CHAIRMAN & CEO
As an entrepreneur, Louis has, over the years, owned numerous business ventures in conjunction with his CPA firm activities. At times he used his skills to purchase insolvent companies to turn them around to successfully run or sell.
He founded the Affinity Financial Group of companies (1991 to 2002). Arguably the first true family office company in Canada consisting of a diverse group of financial service companies including, merchant banking, insurance, investment planning and asset management, concierge service and other financial services required by the high net worth clientele. This corporate group grew to over 30 staff and achieved annual sales of $80,000,000.Presently active in various private investment syndicates specializing in Angel or venture capital investing. Raising Private equity and debt financing for clients.
Louis has served on various corporate boards and advisory teams over the years and has devoted himself to numerous philanthropic activities.
Meet Our Advisors
James is a private equity and operations consultant, and past CEO of Canadian, US and international companies.
For clients he has bought and managed, through either aggressive growth strategies or turn around financing, companies in the resort development, automotive, marine, and plastics industries.
He has undertaken turn-arounds of companies in the North America, Europe and Asia, and as part of the Oxford Investment Group, he created Oxford Automotive Europe through the acquisition and turn-around of four European automotive parts manufacturers.
James is first and foremost a strategist and operations improvement executive, having been CEO at Composite Marine International, an Asian manufacturer of composite carbon aircraft fuselages and wings, sailing hydro-foils, and building structures. Prior to that he was CEO of Sealine International Ltd., one of the big four UK boat builders, , He has been CEO of Baglietto Group SpA in Italy, COO of Neptunus Yachts in Canada and Holland, and COO of Pebra GmbH of Canada and Germany.
James C. Blackwell
James has 40 years of experience in the public accounting field . He retired from BDO Canada LLP in August 2017.
He was Group Managing Partner / Client Services partner of BDO Canada LLP for 26 years from 1991 to 2017. He also was National Policy Board Member of BDO Canada from 1999-2005 & the Chairman of the Board 2001-2002.
He has extensive experience in working with agricultural, retail, manufacturing, services, municipalities, not for profits and professional businesses.
James has a special skill set and capabilities to bring solutions to corporate Finance clients and expertise crosses taxation and corporate business advisory.
Saurab lives and work in Toronto. Saurab’s professional experience spans various finance roles in major Financial Institutions, specifically focused in Capital Markets, Credit Risk Management and Treasury. Saurab’s held positions ranging in complexity and responsibility that deal with Traded Financial Products, Leveraged Finance and Asset Based Lending, Corporate Banking and Risk Management.
During Saurab’s most recent trip to Asia, he discovered the great cities of Hong Kong and Bangkok.
Saurab holds a MBA with a focus in international finance, and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant.