Elevated by experience
Our mission is to expand trade and elevate small and medium-sized businesses by providing fast, customer-focused trade finance solutions, all delivered within a framework of trust, prudence and responsible risk-managed growth by people who care.
Duncan Munn, Co-Founder & Chair of the Board
Duncan is an experienced senior executive and governance expert with a background in financial services, public policy and regulatory matters. Duncan is Senior Vice-President and COO of C.D. Howe Institute, an instigator of its Financial Services Research Program and past chair of an OFSI and DICO regulated financial institution with $4 billion under management.
Troy Wright, Co-Founder
Troy Wright is a globally recognized leader with a proven 30 year plus track record in the financial services industry. Previously he was President and CEO of Scotiabank Group Mexico, the largest subsidiary of Scotiabank outside of Canada, a full service bank with 2.4 million customers, US $23 billion in assets, 900 branches and 15,000 employees. Troy has lived and worked domestically and in several international locations and is multi-lingual.
Credit & Underwriting
Ed Walsh, President
Ed Walsh is a dynamic leader who has been active in the underwriting and credit community for over 25 years. Having managed teams of 5 to 44 and a half-billion dollars in assets, he brings experience from diverse industries and across North America to Elevate. With a B.A. and several professional designations, he has a lifelong approach to learning and professional development. An active member of professional associations and boards, including at the national level, he is committed to building productive relationships and giving back to the community.
Francisco Garcia, Senior Vice-President & Chief Business Development Officer
Kevin Fairs, Senior Vice-President
Francisco Garcia is an accomplished trade finance executive, with close to 20 years experience in structuring transactions in key global markets. Francisco has supported over US$ 1 billion in export sales in support of small and medium sized exporters, which has gained him the trust from many participants in the industry. To accomplish this, he has actively worked alongside Export Credit Agencies from North America, Europe and Australasia. In his role at Elevate, he will be providing the necessary tools, advice and experience for Canadian companies to successfully grow their business internationally.
Kevin started his career in London, England and has worked for some of the world’s largest enterprises throughout Canada, US and Europe. He brings 20+ years’ experience in global retail & commercial banking, wealth management & capital markets developing extensive expertise in front, middle and back office operations. He has supported business leaders in financial services, entertainment and the airline industry in both big cities and rural communities, learning to adapt to different cultures and serve the needs of businesses and consumers.
James Reble, Business Development Manager
Carla Abrahamsohn, Business Development Coordinator
As Business Development Manager, James provides the support and tools necessary for Canadian companies to grow their business internationally. Prior to Elevate, he worked as a Research Analyst with an investment boutique and has experience in Business Development and Project Management. James holds a Masters in Management and International Relations from the University of St Andrews.
Experienced sales professional with a background in international mining and trading companies in Latin America. Carla has an honours degree in Business Administration and excels at establishing and building new relationships.
Compliance & Operations
Scott Rambeau, Chief Administrative Officer
As Chief Administrative Officer for Elevate, Scott Rambeau presides over the operational and financial governance of Elevate’s business and loan portfolio. Previously a global consultant for PriceWaterhouseCooper, Rambeau has been at the forefront of successfully re-engineering company financial systems and implementing strategic recommendations to c-suite executives to facilitate growth, retain talent and expand organizations.
Peter MacKay is a Partner in the Baker McKenzie Toronto office. Prior to joining the Firm in 2016, Peter MacKay, PC, QC (Privy Council and Queen's Counsel), served in the Parliament of Canada for over 18 years and in a ministerial post in the Canadian government for almost ten years after the Conservative Party formed a government in 2006. Most recently, he served as Canada's Attorney General and Minister of Justice until November 2015, a position to which he was appointed in 2013. Prior to this post, Mr. MacKay served as the Minister of National Defence for six years and held joint cabinet positions as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Dwight Duncan serves as a Senior Strategic Advisor at McMillan LLP, one of Canada’s largest and most respected full service law firms. Mr. Duncan also serves as a Principle of McMillan Vantage the firm’s wholly owned public policy advisory firm. Prior to joining McMillan, Mr. Duncan had a distinguished career in public service that spanned close to 25 years. During his time as a Member of the Ontario Legislature he served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet, Chair of Cabinet, Government House Leader, Minister of Energy, Minister of Revenue, Minister of Government Services and Opposition House Leader. Duncan delivered six budgets and authored historic reforms to Ontario’s tax, pension, insurance, and energy regimes. As Finance Minister, he lowered corporate and personal taxes, eliminated the capital tax and created the harmonized sales tax (HST).
Denis joins Elevate after 20 years with Export Development Canada as a leader in their SME financial services team. During his time with EDC. he acquired extensive expertise in the area of credit, particularly in emerging markets. From 2012-2017, he served as EDC's Chief Representative in China, assuming responsibility for business development and relationship management in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. He has held many positions within EDC for which he has acquired invaluable experience in the fields of Machinery and Equipment, Advanced Technology and Manufacturing, Telecommunications and Small Business Solutions. Elevate will leverage Denis' underwriting expertise as a member of Elevate's Credit Committee.
With more than 25 years' experience building alliances among businesses, academic institutions, as well as community, labour, and advocacy organizations, Myers has been instrumental in shaping the public policy environment in Canada. Between 2007 and 2016, he served as President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. He was also the founding Chair of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, Vice Chair of Canada’s National Roundtable on Skills, and Vice Chair of the Ontario and Great Lakes Manufacturing Councils.
Michael has over 36 years of experience in the public sector, and has held several high-level positions including Deputy Minister of Finance, Government of Canada; Executive Director for the Canadian, Irish and Caribbean Constituency, International Monetary Fund; Deputy Minister of the Environment and Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Government of Canada.
Brian Shaw is a Canadian financial industry executive with particular expertise in capital market and investing activities, and is a private investor and corporate advisor. He was the Chairman and CEO of CIBC World Markets from 2005 through 2008 and prior to that managed the Global Equities Division for a number of years. He is currently a Corporate Director for Encana Corporation, as well as NuVista Energy Ltd. (an oil and gas resource company), Manulife Bank of Canada (a private chartered bank), Manulife Trust Company (a private trust company) and Ivey Canadian Exploration Ltd. (a private exploration company).
Rick launched Phaze 3 in 2016, after stepping down, as President, at Weston Forest. Throughout these years, Rick served on the Executive Committee of the National Hardwood Lumber Association, and became Chair of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association. He was a frequent speaker at industry events, at the prestigious C.D. Howe Institute, where he is a long-term member, at the Schulich School of Business, and presents annually to the Conservative Party of Canada’s internship program. In December of 2015, following a carefully planned succession process, Rick stepped away from his day-to-day role at Weston; however, he maintains the title Chief Executive Officer and remains actively involved in shaping the company’s strategic direction and in government relations activities on behalf of the industry.
Peter Ostapchuk, CPA, CA, ICD.D, C.DIR, ACC, CITP is President of icorp.ca, a Corporate Director, and executive financial advisor for pre-IPO preparedness of innovation and scaling companies, and large public organizations | agencies ranging from $1.0M to $10.0B in size. His experience is in corporate governance, business strategy, public company regulatory disclosures, M&As negotiating exits, and enterprise risk management. Peter specializes in board and audit committee governance, corporate financing and reporting, and supporting shareholder value creation.
Recent corporate directorships included: OSFI regulated public financial institution Boards of Alterna Savings and Alterna Bank, with FUM exceeding $5.0B, as Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee of Savings; OSC regulated financial institution boards as Chair of the Audit Committee, with FUM approaching $1.0B; Investment Committee of the Board of the Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation; and Member on the Canadian participating standard development committee for ISO International Standard for Management Consultancy. Peter also sits on a number of private company Boards.
Nicole Gileadi, based in New York, is an experienced digital marketing professional who helps businesses grow by leveraging data partnerships to make efficient and effective investment choices. Prior to working at Google, Nicole led development efforts at the C.D. Howe Institute, Canada’s leading economic think tank.
Kevin has over 30 years of public sector experience including serving as Assistant Deputy Minister and CFO at the Department of National Defense and and CFO at Industry Canada. He has been involved in economic policy programs for most of his career and is also a Certified Management Accountant
Dalton is an expert in the field of international trade law, including anti-dumping / countervailing / safeguard matters before the CBSA / CITT and in other NAFTA and WTO / GATT related matters. He also advises and represents clients on sales, use, and commodity tax matters, including the Goods and Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST), and federal excise taxes and duties. Other areas of practice include customs law value for duty, tariff classification, export controls / sanctions and import controls, and duty relief.