Louis graduated from the world renowned Schulich School of Business in 1986 with an MBA and obtained his CA designation in 1985. He established his Chartered Accounting practice as a sole proprietor in 1986 where today he is the managing Partner & CEO, of HS & Partners LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants.
Aside from the CA firm, Louis has been very engaged in life. He has been entrepreneurial and philanthropic having owned numerous business interests, participating in many charitable endeavors, authoring numerous articles and books and speaking at various events and conferences over the years. He has also sat on numerous boards in the private, public and charitable sectors. Louis founded the Affinity Financial Group of companies (1991 to 2002); a diverse group of financial service companies including, merchant banking, insurance, and investment planning and asset management. He is currently the majority owner and chairman of The Office Mover, a Toronto based Service Company and leads several investment syndicates involved in the mining and telecommunications sectors.
He is a proud member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and continues in various Investment banking projects, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Real Estate, and Management Consulting Hockley Miller’s Consulting Services.
James is a private equity and operations consultant, and past CEO of Canadian, US and international companies.
For private equity and corporate clients he has bought and managed, through either aggressive growth strategies or turn around financing, companies in the resort development, automotive, marine, steel and plastics industries. He has undertaken turn-arounds of companies in North America, Europe and Asia. As part of US based private equity firm Oxford Investment Group, he created and expanded 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.
Melissa is a skilled business analyst with a varied background in Business Financial Planning and Analysis. Hockley Miller’s Consulting Services.
Her experience includes working in large organizations, including Wolseley Canada and most recently at Second Cup Coffee Co. as the Manager of Finance. At Wolseley, her responsibilities included strategic planning, budgeting and business analytics for a $250m business with over 50 locations across Canada and mergers and acquisition work.
At Second Cup, her duties included managing capital expenditure budgets as well as overseeing the redesign and implementation of financial processes and management information systems.
MANAGER – USA CORPORATE RELATIONS
George Sharp is an experienced businessman with a diverse background in in information technology and growth companies.
After studying at the University of Waterloo, George joined the Engineering Department of the City of Calgary’s Electric System. There, George engineered a software application to more accurately examine the physical stresses on electrical wood poles. That effort garnered him recognition at the 1983 Stanford University Congress of Electrical Engineers. George was then recruited to join Northern Telecom in Bramalea, Ontario as a software engineering consultant.
In the early 1990s, George founded Progressive Microsystem Designs to develop a number of business software packages for the emerging microcomputer market. The centerpiece of PMD was one of the first Human Resources Administration software products for microcomputers. Eventually, George relocated PMD to Southern California in order to better service the bulk of its clients.
Since 2002, George has dedicated himself to eradicating stock market fraud, specifically in the micro-cap genre. He has become a well-known and outspoken activist against penny stock fraud and has appeared on television and as an expert witness in litigation. His work has launched investigations by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Industry (FINRA), the United States Department of Justice/FBI and the Alberta Securities Commission, many of which have resulted in criminal and civil charges.
George’s vast experiences have brought him many relationships in the business and American political sectors.