FINANCIALS, ENTREPRENEURS, MANAGERS AND PARTNERS
NAMAKOR Holdings regroups a team of skilled managers and seasoned operational partners.
OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Our management team brings together the complementary expertise in all the key functions of a company of our skilled managers. Led by its two co-founders, the team drives all aspects of each deal including sourcing, review, diligence, structure, closing, integration and active growth management.
Co-chairman and CEO
Patrick is the CEO and leads Namakor holdings and is a member of the investment committee. He has completed over $300 MM (CAD) in transactions as a private investor. As an entrepreneur at heart, he has been in business with Stéphane Huot for close to 20 years. As an investor, he has participated in the acquisition of various SMEs and, as an owner, actively contributed to their growth on the national and international scene. This business enthusiast also evolved in the banking world, namely at BMO and National Bank.
Through his leading role at NAMAKOR Holdings and as an active YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) member in both Canada and the United States, this visionary takes concrete action by sharing his skills, experience and extensive network of contacts with the top management of North American businesses.
An administration graduate from UQAM, Patrick Dussault also has a graduate diploma in financial analysis and has received training at McDonald’s University, the fast-food restaurant giant. Committed to the well-being of the community, Patrick is currently a member of the board of the Tampa zoo in Florida.
President and COO
Stéphane is the President and COO, and leads all new investment opportunities, and is a member of the investment committee. Stéphane has completed over $270 MM (CAD) in transactions working with Patrick Dussault for close to 20 years. As a former member of the Control Management Team at Bombardier Transport and Vice-President of Johnvince Foods, Stéphane is the executive vice-president of the board of Termaco, e2ip and GelPac, Canadian companies that have experienced strong growth under his leadership. Stéphane’s operational experience ensures that the business reaches its full potential.
One of Stéphane’s key strengths is knowing how to build a strong team and managing to move forward the skills and synergy of his teams to optimize productivity and performance.
Recognized by his peers for his keen sense of analysis and innate talent in the art of developing strategies that will play an essential role in the growth of a business, Stéphane has a diploma in administration from UQAM. Throughout the years, he gained solid experience in management, finance and operational control.
Vick is the Co-Chairman and is a member of the investment committee. Vick has more than 30 years of corporate finance and real estate experience and has completed transactions in excess of $110 billion (USD). He is the Co-Chairman of Namakor and founder and Managing Partner of Sunsar Capital Management. Most recently, Vick served as the Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Raymond James and prior to that was the Managing Director and Head of the Real Estate Investment Banking Group after founding the group in August 2001.
Throughout his career, Vick has been instrumental in the formation and growth of several high quality, private and public companies, primarily in the real estate arena and has been involved in over 30 as lead banker or advisor since 1992. Vick remains passionate about partnering with high quality, growth-oriented executives/sponsors, owners and operators to create the next generation of leading companies. He currently serves as board member/advisor on several emerging growth companies including E-Line Media and Engineer.AI.
Vick received a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
OUR INVESTMENT TEAM
The M&A specialists of our investment team have a keen understanding of the strategic issues linked to the optimization of ROI performance as well as a comprehensive track record in the development of all relevant financial models and the meticulous conduct of the due diligence process.
Abhi is a Principal at Namakor Holdings, where he is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, working closely with existing portfolio companies, and managing the Namakor investment team. He is closely involved with the leadership on Namakor’s strategic initiatives and growth plans. He is also a Principal at Sunsar Capital Management ($1.0B+ in Real Estate assets) and former Associate Consultant at Wipro Consulting.
Over the course of his career, he has conducted transactions in excess of $1.5B in value and led the investments through investment committees thru closing.
Abhi holds a B.B.A from Symbiosis International University and M.S from Brown University
Cole is an analyst on the investment team at Namakor. Prior to Namakor, Cole was an analyst on the investment team at Innovative Industrial Properties (NYSE: IIPR), a publicly traded REIT, where he evaluated opportunities and supported the deal team to help close over $400M in acquisitions through underwriting properties, conducting due diligence, and preparing investment committee presentations. Prior to IIPR, Cole worked as an engineer at Flux Power, a designer and manufacturer of lithium battery packs for industrial equipment, where he consulted senior executives on design changes that made products more cost effective and quicker to assemble.
Cole graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
OUR OPERATIONS TEAM
Our operations team is comprised of seasoned operations focused leaders with deep industry experience and expertise. Namakor leverages their experience to integrate, manage and unlock shareholder value in its investments.
Sr. Vice President Operations
Luc is a Senior Vice President and leads day to day oversight of portfolio companies and integration plans for new investments. Luc is a result-oriented senior executive with 32 years experience in high tech companies, particularly in the fields of Operations and Business Development and all the activities related to company strategic plan and actions. Known for visionary leadership, the ability to create strong and clear Business Strategic (BS) plan, develop state-of-the-art strategy to achieve the BS plan and optimize the key performance like profitability, productivity, quality, on-time delivery while strengthening client relations.
He was involved in more then twenty M&A transactions and the successful integrations of those companies which was aligned with the growth plan for creating value. Also involved, as Board Member and Chairman of the Board on many private mid-market companies in Québec, with goals to expand at the international level. Mr. St-Georges held previous positions as Executive Vice-President Operations and Business Development, Chief Operating Officer at Miranda / Belden and was COO of multiple companies. He was also a partner at Ernst & Young in the manufacturing practice with some strategic customers in Canada.
He holds an Engineering degree from Polytechnic of Montréal, an executive MBA from Queen’s University and is a member of the ‘Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec’.
LUC GERMAIN DUGAS
Vice President Operations
Luc is a Vice President and helps manage portfolio companies and integration plans for new investments. Luc has led and coached numerous manufacturing operation teams to success in a broad array of business sectors within the last 40 years. With operational improvement and efficiency being at the core of his approach and passion – he is highly appreciated for his ability to create enthusiasm and enable teams toward achieving beyond expectations.
As an extensively engaged senior leader, he was involved with numerous and international operations (Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, Mexico, United States, Canada) enabling significant value creation/delivery through teams in place. Prior to Namakor, Luc was as Senior Vice President operations at Dyno Nobel, Vice President at General Dynamics, Orica and Wire Rope Industries. He was also a Manufacturing Consulting Manager with Ernst & Young with clients in Canada and the United Kingdoms.
He holds a Mechanical Engineering D.E.C., Certificate in Business Management from Montreal University, Senior Executive program from both Queens University and Columbia Business School. Luc is also a certified member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).
Vice President Business Development
Audrey has been building her network for the last 15 years throughout her career in politics. As head of office to the Health Minister in Quebec, she was in contact with great investors and got to understand the governmental structure inside and out. She is in charge of significant sponsorship programs, public subsidies, and non-profit fundraising for major international events and corporations in North America partners trust her and love to collaborate with her.
She raised millions of dollars for Hospital foundations and world-renowned festivals. With her entrepreneurial skills, her mission is to close sharp deals for all parties. Always aware of new available funds, she makes sure every possible opportunity for grants and financing is targeted and secured. Managing activation budgets that often reach hundreds of thousands of dollars, she knows how to optimize each investment. She will constantly seek to maintain exceptional communications. She has strong work ethics and creativeness; she is known as a problem solver.
She holds a Law degree from Ottawa University and a Certificate in Exercising leadership from Harvard Business School/
Mathieu has more than 35 years of experience in private equity, mergers & acquisitions, corporate development and strategic planning. He has a track record of supporting growth in order to create value for stakeholders. Mathieu is experienced in all aspects of private equity, including fund raising, investor relations, deal sourcing and negotiations, due diligence, investment monitoring, value creation plan execution, and exits.
He was Senior Vice President at Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec where he was responsible to oversee the Caisse’s private equity investments in Quebec-based companies. Prior to joining the Caisse, he was Partner at Richter Advisory Group Inc. where he provided transaction advisory services in various industries. He previously worked for Schroders & Associates Canada Inc., a leading international manager of Buy-Out funds, where he was also Partner.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
PORTFOLIO COMPANY LEADERS
Each member of our portfolio leadership team is a recognized results-oriented leader with a full commitment to the achievement of bold strategic plans through a deep-rooted focus on process optimization and manpower mobilization to outsmart any competition.
President and general manager, Duchesne Inc.
An executive in marketing, sales and operations, he has over 30 years of experience in the retail and distribution industry. Christian is a results-oriented and goal-oriented manager. He leads successful teams by emphasizing teamwork, a participatory approach and employee empowerment.
With great communication and negotiation skills and an excellent business sense, he managed the commercial division of the Reno-Depot banner for several years. During these years, he was able to optimize business opportunities, establish the banner’s commercial strategy while maintaining a close relationship with its business partners.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Duchesne, his priorities will remain to ensure customer satisfaction by remaining on the lookout for their needs in addition to increasing the operational efficiency of the organization as well as the development of human resources in order to take the company to new heights.
President and general manager, Gelpac Inc.
With more than 20 years of experience in the manufacturing field, Alain Robillard rose from the position of comptroller to become CEO. Companies under his management enjoyed exceptional growth and were recognized as models of integrity within the industry. President and general manager of Gelpac Inc., he ensures that each stakeholder contributes to the achievement of the strategic plan.
A key strength of this manager with a keen long-term vision, is the quality of his leadership. Day-in, day-out he strives to optimize the synergy of his teams in order to efficiently reach bold targets.
To his open mind and multidisciplinary skills, Alain adds a diploma in administration from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and holds the CPA and CA certifications from l’Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.
President and general manager, E2iP Technologies
A seasoned business leader with a proven track record, Eric’s comprehensive Sales and International business development career covered the telecommunications (Inmarsat, Teleglobe), e-commerce (Mediagrif) and enterprise application (Infor) fields. He further developed his expertise by managing engineering groups (software and hardware) as well as directing manufacturing and supply chain operations in the electronic and digital media fields. As general manager of TouchTunes, Eric was a key member of the team that managed its turn-around and its high value sale to Soros and Searchlight Capital Partners.
Namakor Holdings will benefit from his expertise in the areas of businesses with accelerated growth and those operating in multicultural markets.
Eric’s college education in Sciences was rounded up with studies in psychology at Mc Gill University and Business Administration at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
President and general manager, Termaco Ltd
Miro Yaghi is a seasoned, experienced leader holding a Masters degree in industrial Engineering (M. Eng), a Masters in business administration (MBA) and a certified accountant CPA. Throughout his career he built up an impressive track record. As such he has occupied strategic positions and leading roles in companies of international scope active in various industries, notably, aerospace, railways, banking, and in the manufacturing and distribution sectors.
He is recognized by his peers as being results oriented and a strategic leader for business development and for optimizing business execution. Miro will invest his skills, energy and leadership in order to lead and accelerate the growth of Termaco.