Over the past decade Chris has collaborated with investment banks including RBC, ScotiaBank, and Goldman Sachs and entrepreneurs alike. His creativity and passion have been enlivened since going freelance in order to realize his dream of living abroad. Chris routinely works closely with a range of clients that includes founders of pre-revenue companies and C-level executives at public issuers.
Guided a startup VR company that operates in the film and television industry through an initial capital raise of $1 million.
Prepared, from scratch, a completely interactive five-year financial forecast model with easily adjustable key assumptions and the ability to conduct 'what if' scenario analysis. Management applauded the model's capacity to stress test the forecast, as it significantly aided their preparation for meetings with potential lenders and investors.
Developed strategic messaging to be consistently incorporated in all materials presented to potential lenders and investors.
Designed a compelling pitch deck for meetings with potential lenders and investors.
Authored the financial section of the company's business plan and ensured that strategic messaging was consistent with the company presentation and forecast.
Focus areas: Business Plans & Model Development, Financial Forecast, Financial Modeling & Valuation, Investor & Board Presentation Development, Business Writing
2014 - 2016
Bay Street Communications
Developed messaging and marketing materials for initial public offerings: HydroOne, Inc. (TSX:H) $1.83B, Spin Master Corp. (TSX:TOY) $253.1M, and Automotive Properties REIT (TSX:APR) $81.2M.
Worked closely with Scotiabank and CIBC to prepare strategic messaging and marketing materials for Northern Property REIT’s acquisition of True North Apartment REIT and an institutional portfolio of assets, creating a $3B national multi-family REIT.
Authored responses to tenders offered by companies for such needs as IPO consulting, ongoing investor relations services, and other special projects.
Worked directly with senior management of reporting issuers on the TSX to prepare and communicate strategic messaging by way of investor presentations, news releases, letters to shareholders, and conference calls.
Identified competitors and evaluated their strengths and weaknesses to better understand clients' respective competitive positions. Consequently synthesized resulting information for use in presentations made by the executive to their respective boards of directors.
Ensured that all external communications conveyed financial results and corporate actions in a manner consistent with big-picture strategic messaging.
Prepared quarterly and special presentations for current and prospective retail and institutional investors.
Reviewed competitor websites to identify best practices and utilized these outputs to create content for clients' investor relations websites.
Leveraged my business consulting expertise in preparing a strategic plan for ZSA Toronto's accounting business line, which addressed strategies related to marketing, business development, and candidate identification/attraction.
Prospected and developed relationships with existing and new institutional clients.
Consulted with senior professionals and identified solutions to human capital requirements. Subsequently executed head-hunting campaigns to ensure that the best talent in the area was consistently identified and presented to clients.
Successfully negotiated terms and conditions as well as statements of work on behalf of ZSA, balancing client satisfaction with profitability.
Focus areas: Business Development, Accounting & Finance, Recruiting, Executive Recruiting, Strategic Planning, Business Plans & Model Development, Tender Responses
2011 - 2013
Robert Half International
Generated a gross profit in excess of $300,000, resulting in a ranking of third globally among our peer group within the first year of the role.
Identified and successfully placed an interim CFO at a $50M manufacturing company within a week of receiving the mandate. However, pleased with the exceptional quality of candidate's work, they ultimately hired him on a permanent full-time basis.
Sourced roles and identified candidates for a variety of positions, including financial reporting, accounting, finance, taxation, financial systems implementations, process improvements and redesign, audit and compliance, administration and operations management, and project management.
Focus areas: Business Development, Client Relations, Accounting & Finance, Recruiting
2007 - 2011
Veracap Corporate Finance, Ltd.
Applied valuation knowledge in the preparation of the fairness opinion with respect to Alliance Grain Traders, Inc.'s proposed $105 million acquisition of the Arbel Group. Involvement on this mandate included both preparation of the business valuation and contributions to the authoring of the report.
Assisted in the successful disposition of a Canadian-based modular home builder to a private equity buyer. Involvement on this mandate included: preparing the confidentiality information memorandum, teaser, and investor presentation; identifying strategic and financial buyers; liaising with prospective buyers; and acting as a resource to management during negotiation of the purchase price ($15 million).
Prepared an annual valuation of a privately held oil and gas company (equity value in excess of $2 billion) and real estate holding company (equity value in excess of $300 million).
Demonstrated the ability to swiftly interpret and identify relevant strategic points of interest from a variety of business documents.
Prepared numerous comparable company and precedent transaction analyses in conjunction with valuation and M&A mandates.
Channeled legal knowledge to collaborate effectively with lawyers and company legal departments during the preparation of valuation reports relating to litigation matters.
Executed the complete valuation process, from drafting the letter of engagement and attending client meetings to synthesizing client information and preparing financial forecasts and valuation analysis.