President and Chief Executive Officer

Gregory J. Smith

Managing Partner

George So

Managing Partner

Morty White

Partner

Jonathan Stone

Partner

Jack Bittan

Partner

Stephen Simpson

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

John Gort

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President

Sarah Borg-Olivier

Vice President, Information Technology & Cybersecurity

Jonathan Trope

Principal

Daniel Perruzza

Principal

Will Chow

Principal

Nosh Irani

General Counsel

Gregory Joffe

Corporate Law Clerk

Parmjit Sidhu

Vice President

Taylor McManus

Associate Vice President

Cathy Xue

Associate Vice President

Brian Seong

Associate Vice President

Nitish Sharma

Associate Vice President

Ryan Wang

Associate

Matt McDonald

Associate

Tanner Ives

Associate

Sam Wong

Associate

Kingston Fyffe-White

Senior Analyst

Andrew Rogers

Senior Corporate Accountant

Irely Hernandez

Senior Fund Accountant

Connie Chow

Senior Fund Accountant

Kirti Dhull

Associate Vice President, Communications

Ashley Smith

Communications Manager

Karen Li

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Iris Roesler

Business Development Associate

Sonja Weiss

Advisory Board Member

Rick Byers

Advisory Board Member

Mike Crawley

Advisory Board Member

Jim Dougan

Advisory Board Chair

Dennis Freeman

Advisory Board Member

Mary Hemmingsen

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Vee Kachroo

Advisory Board Member

David Mullen

President and Chief Executive Officer

Gregory J. Smith

Gregory Smith brings more than 25 years of experience in the investment, operation, acquisition and financing of public and private infrastructure, real estate, power, and utility businesses. Prior to founding Instar, Gregory was managing partner and head of Brookfield Financial’s global infrastructure advisory group. He was also the president of Macquarie Capital Funds Canada where he was responsible for Macquarie’s unlisted and listed funds business in Canada along with the management of Macquarie’s Canadian assets owned by offshore funds. Prior to Macquarie, Gregory was managing director at RBC Capital Partners and a managing director at Deloitte.

Gregory has acted as a director or observer/advisor to the boards for several reporting issuers and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and Lighthouse Equity Partners. Active in the private equity and venture capital sector since 1994, Gregory previously served for a number of years on the board of Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, including as chair and president.

Gregory is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.

Managing Partner

George So

George So is a seasoned infrastructure, investment and finance professional with over 20 years of specialized expertise in principal investing, asset management, restructurings, acquisitions and capital raising. At Instar, George is responsible for strategic and business development, transactions and asset management.

George was most recently the founder and Managing Partner of Kindle Capital Group Inc., an independent investment firm established in 2009 to lead and manage groups of Canadian institutional investors in syndication and co-investment opportunities in the infrastructure and private equity sector in North America and globally.  Notable transactions included Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group, 407ETR, Behrman Capital, Anglian Water Group and Colonial First State’s Global Diversified Infrastructure Fund, among others.

Prior to establishing Kindle, George served as a senior member for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s private investment infrastructure team, where he was responsible for executing global direct investments valued at approximately $7 billion, and part of a team managing a $4.5 billion investment portfolio.  Prior to CPPIB, he served in leadership roles at various private equity and global investment banking firms located in Asia, US and Canada, where he specialized in principal investing, capital restructurings, distressed real assets and international corporate finance.

George holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Chartered Accountancy Studies from the University of Waterloo and the Chartered Accountant designation.  He is an avid supporter of various community causes and institutions, including Right to Play, The Stop and the University of Waterloo.

Managing Partner

Morty White

Morty White is a seasoned private equity executive with over 25 years of experience and a demonstrated track record for leading all aspects of complex North American middle-market investments, including evaluating investment opportunities, developing new markets, formulating investment strategies, recruiting and supervising management teams, as well as negotiating and structuring transactions. At Instar, Morty is responsible for driving and elevating the company’s origination and executive strategies and investment management activities.

Morty was most recently a Managing Director at Wynnchurch Capital, a private equity firm focused on investments in the North American middle market, where he spearheaded the American company’s Toronto office for 12 years. Prior to Wynnchurch, Morty ran a consulting practice advising equity funds and growth companies, and held senior positions at GE Capital, including serving as a Vice President in the company’s Telecom, Media and Technology Group. While at GE Capital, Morty was a part of the team that launched the company’s Merchant Banking Group and co-founded the private equity division. 

Morty holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Partner

Jonathan Stone

Jonathan Stone is a seasoned infrastructure investment professional with over 20 years of experience as a financial advisor, equity sponsor and contractor across multiple sectors and jurisdictions. As a partner at Instar, Jonathan shares responsibility for strategic and business development, transactions and asset management.

Jonathan was most recently Managing Director and Co-Head, Energy, Infrastructure, Power & Utilities EMEA at Scotiabank, where he advised such businesses in identifying, marketing, negotiating and executing investment opportunities.  He co-founded the Scotia Waterous Infrastructure Finance Team (SWIFT), an internal joint venture to pursue energy infrastructure M&A opportunities such as storage, midstream and LNG.

Prior to Scotiabank, Jonathan served as a Vice President of Plenary Group (Canada), leading public-private partnership transactions as a developer and equity investor including eight large-scale projects over $3.0 billion in project value.  Jonathan’s prior experience includes serving as Vice President for CIT Energy and Infrastructure, where he led financial advisory mandates for Canadian public-private partnerships across multiple sectors including transportation, light and heavy rail, social infrastructure and power generation.  During his time at CIT, he structured and closed over $1.5 billion of project finance transactions in the power and infrastructure market.

Jonathan currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, an organization of over 270 corporate firms and 1800 individual members dedicated to empowering private capital professionals and advancing leadership in finance.

Jonathan holds a First from Cambridge University where he received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Judge Business School, a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Partner

Jack Bittan

Jack Bittan has over 15 years of experience in the financing, acquisition and operation of renewable power, utilities, transportation and social infrastructure assets, including public-private partnerships.  As a Partner at Instar, Jack shares responsibility for strategic and business development, transactions and overseeing asset management activities.

Prior to joining Instar, Jack was Executive Vice President of Business Development for Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, where he actively originated and evaluated prospective investment opportunities, overseeing all mergers and acquisitions and related financing strategies. During this time, he also served as Chief Executive Officer for Capstone Power Development Corp., successfully achieving commercial operations on several development wind farms across Canada.

Jack also formerly served as Senior Vice President for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd., where he was responsible for execution and asset management across a range of infrastructure businesses, including toll roads, district energy providers, off-airport parking, aviation services and regulated utilities.  His tenure with Macquarie included serving as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership (MEAP), leading strategic planning, stakeholder relationships and financial reporting. Over his career, Jack has held numerous roles with Boards of Directors, including with AltaLink, Access Roads Edmonton, Sea to Sky Highway, Bristol Water, Värmevärden and Capstone Power.  He also served for three years on the infrastructure committee for the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

Jack is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Management and Professional Accounting degree from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management.

Partner

Stephen Simpson

Stephen Simpson has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of principal infrastructure investing, including acquisitions, asset management and realization. He joined Instar in 2014 to lead the evaluation, negotiation and structuring of acquisitions and investment opportunities. Stephen’s practice focuses on aviation infrastructure, agribusiness and energy transition infrastructure.

Stephen was previously a Vice President of Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, a publicly-traded diversified infrastructure company, where he played a key role in the analysis, evaluation and execution of investment opportunities, including renewable power projects, utility businesses, transportation assets and public-private partnerships (P3s). He also contributed his financial and operational acumen to the company’s portfolio of infrastructure businesses.

Stephen was formerly a Manager with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd. From 2006 to 2011, he provided valuable asset management expertise to Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership (MEAP), a private investment fund, where he served on the asset management teams for the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the Southeast Anthony Henday Drive, AltaLink and Aquarion, developing significant expertise across the P3 and transportation sectors, and the electricity transmission and regulated utilities space. Stephen was actively involved in MEAP’s strategic initiatives, in particular the Fund’s realization through asset sales in 2010 and 2011.

Active in the energy infrastructure sector since 2006, Stephen supports innovative sustainability initiatives through his position on the Investment Committee for the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, a non-profit corporation established by the City of Toronto to finance local projects improving air quality and addressing climate change.

Stephen holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master’s degree in Finance from INSEAD. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

John Gort

John Gort joined Instar in 2015 with more than 20 years of financial and private equity industry experience in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. He is responsible for Instar’s administration and operations along with fund accounting, treasury management, valuations, tax and financial reporting.

John most recently served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Burgundy Asset Management, a leading global investment manager based in Toronto, where he was responsible for corporate and fund accounting and oversaw the company’s operations department. He was also formerly Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Edgestone Capital Partners, a Canadian private equity firm, where he directed the corporate finance and reporting function while supporting fundraising, regulatory and investor relations initiatives. John’s international experience includes senior roles with Bisys Private Equity Services in New York, and Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets division in New York and London.

John holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy Studies from the University of Waterloo, and the Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations. He co-formed the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s CFO Taskforce and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He also served as the Chair of the Advisory Board of the University of Waterloo’s Student Investment Fund.

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President

Sarah Borg-Olivier

Sarah Borg-Olivier is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Instar where she is responsible for overseeing fund administration activities and non-investment operations, including investor relations, business development, environmental, social and governance initiatives, and human resources and professional development strategies.

Sarah has 20 years of experience in designing and executing various initiatives to drive business growth and establish brand leadership. She formerly held executive roles with Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, a publicly-traded diversified infrastructure company, and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd. She also previously led the investor relations practice of a Toronto-based consulting firm where she provided strategic counsel to a diverse North American client base and managed a team of consultants.

Sarah holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Toronto and completed the Certified Professional of Investor Relations (CPIR) program sponsored by the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI). She served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of CIRI’s Ontario chapter.

Vice President, Information Technology & Cybersecurity

Jonathan Trope

Jonathan Trope is responsible for leading Instar’s information technology strategy, digital capabilities, cybersecurity and all related IT functions with a focus on value-added technology initiatives to support the company’s growth.

Jonathan has 15 years of experience implementing and managing information technology systems to improve organizational efficiencies and drive  innovative businesses solutions. He most recently served as Senior Manager, Information Security and IT Operations at Toronto-based Propel Holdings Inc., a financial technology company offering alternative online lending solutions, where he led the company’s information security program and strategy, managed ongoing technology risk assessments and led the evaluation and adoption of new information technology systems. He was previously the Chief Information Officer for Blue Label Telecoms, a business-to-business digital transaction service provider for emerging markets, leading the organization’s information technology function.

Jonathan holds a Master of Commerce, Information Systems from the University of the Witwatersrand, an Honors Bachelor of Commerce, Information Systems from the University of South Africa and holds the CISM designation.

Principal

Daniel Perruzza

Daniel Perruzza has over 13 years of principal investing, asset management and investment banking experience in the transportation, aviation, utilities and industrials sectors.  As a Principal at Instar, Daniel leads the evaluation, negotiation and structuring of acquisitions and investment opportunities. Daniel also serves on the board of several companies across Instar’s portfolio, including AMPORTS, Skyservice and Leading Edge Jet Centre.

Prior to Instar, Daniel was a Senior Vice President at Jefferies within the infrastructure group, where he advised companies and investors on acquisitions, divestitures, equity and debt financings as well as capital raising transactions in the transport and renewable power sectors globally. Daniel played a key role in the execution of several marquee transactions, including the sale of Total Terminals International to Terminal Investment Limited, EQT’s acquisition of Global Gateway South and the refinancing and sale of WindMW to China Three Gorges.

Daniel was formerly an Associate Director with HSBC covering private equity and infrastructure investors and leading M&A, financing and capital raising transactions. Daniel’s experience also includes four years as an Executive at Macquarie Capital Funds Europe where he completed transactions and assisted in the asset management of companies in the transport and utility sectors, including Thyssengas, Deep Water Container Terminal Gdansk, Wightlink Ferries and Warnow Tunnel.

Daniel holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University.

Principal

Will Chow

Will Chow brings over 12 years of direct infrastructure experience to Instar, including the evaluation and execution of both standard and first-of-a-kind infrastructure investments in the water, healthcare, social accommodation, transportation and mixed-use infrastructure sectors.

Will was previously a Vice President of Global Infrastructure at Brookfield Financial, where he managed the development and financing of large-scale infrastructure and mixed-use public-private partnership (P3) projects. At Brookfield, he was responsible for forming and leading teams in the pursuit and development of large-scale P3 projects including the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant Project, Safe Clean Drinking Water Project, Etobicoke General Hospital Project, and Pan-American Games Athlete’s Village Project.

Prior to Brookfield, Will was on the Infrastructure and Project Finance team at Deloitte, advising on the finance and procurement of large-scale infrastructure projects including the Ottawa Light Rail Transit, Waterloo Light Rail Transit Project, 407 East Extension Project, Union Pearson Express, Ontario Provincial Police Modernization Project, Communications Security Establishment Canada Project and Women’s College Hospital Redevelopment Project.

Will holds a Bachelor of Commerce Co-op degree from Dalhousie University, and the Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.

Principal

Nosh Irani

Nosh Irani is an experienced investment professional with nearly 15 years of experience in private equity, infrastructure investing and investment banking, including originating, analyzing, and negotiating asset and corporate acquisitions, executing debt financings and tax-equity financings. At Instar Nosh is responsible for evaluating, negotiating and structuring investment opportunities and acquisitions from the company’s Denver office.

Nosh was previously a Principal with Ares Management LLC where he was responsible for new deal origination and investment management, in their Energy Infrastructure Private Equity group. Focused on the U.S. midstream, renewable energy, conventional power generation, LNG export and power transmission sectors, Nosh managed all aspects of deal evaluation, execution and asset management, including financial analysis, due diligence and negotiate purchase and sale, partnership, operating and financing agreements. He also worked closely with management and operations teams to drive value creation opportunities across multiple portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Ares Management LLC, Nosh worked as an Investment Banking Analysist in the Energy & Utilities group at Deutsche Bank.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Economics & Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.

General Counsel

Gregory Joffe

Gregory Joffe leads the company’s legal, compliance and governance activities, assisting in all aspects of the investment process such as negotiations, due diligence and structuring. Since Instar’s inception in 2014, he has played an active role in asset management, serving as interim General Counsel for Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners in 2015. Gregory also contributes to broader business and product development.

In 2019, Gregory received the Canadian General Counsel Award for Mid-Market Excellence. Prioritizing knowledge-sharing and collaboration, he shares his deep experience negotiating and structuring infrastructure development transactions with the MBA candidates at his alma mater, the Schulich School of Business, serving as a sessional instructor for the Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure Program since 2020.

Gregory holds a Master of Business Administration degree, specializing in real estate and infrastructure, from the Schulich School of Business, and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and currently serves on the board of the Israel Cancer Research Fund.

Corporate Law Clerk

Parmjit Sidhu

Parmjit Sidhu is a Corporate Law Clerk with over a decade of working experience. At Instar, she is responsible for preparing and maintaining Instar’s investment legal records, organizing new corporations, limited partnerships, assisting in the administration of corporate policies and other required documents in addition to supporting the General Counsel.

Most recently, Parmjit served as Legal Assistant at Aird and Berlis, focused on Wills & Estates. She independently managed the department’s daily operations and assembled estate planning documents. Prior to this position, she was a Junior Corporate Law Clerk at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where she provided legal support including maintaining corporate databases.

Parmjit received her Law Clerk Certificate in 2013. She also holds a Law Firm Profile Certificate (Office Administration) from Humber College.

Vice President

Taylor McManus

Taylor McManus joined Instar in 2014 where he applies his strong skills in financial modelling, valuation and analytics to the evaluation and execution of investment opportunities.  He also contributes to asset management and reporting.

Prior to joining Instar, Taylor was an Investment Banking Analyst with Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.’s metals and mining group where he was responsible for performing financial, valuation and industry analysis and played a key role in supporting mergers, acquisitions, restructuring transactions and equity financings.  He was previously an Investment Banking Summer Analyst with Paradigm Capital, where he assisted in the financial analysis for M&A mandates.

Taylor holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.

Associate Vice President

Cathy Xue

Cathy Xue has over 8 years of principal investing, asset management and investment banking experience in the infrastructure sector, focused on mobility and connectivity. As an Associate Vice President at Instar, Cathy contributes to the origination, evaluation, negotiation and structuring of acquisitions and investment opportunities. Cathy also plays an important role in the asset management of Instar’s portfolio companies, including AMPORTS, Inc.

Prior to joining Instar, Cathy was an Investment Banking Analyst with Deutsche Bank’s Natural Resources Group, where she focused on the power and utilities sector and performed financial and valuation analyses to support financing and M&A transactions.

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cornell University and a Master of Finance degree from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Associate Vice President

Brian Seong

Brian Seong joined Instar in 2018, applying his strong skills in financial analysis, modelling and valuation to the evaluation and execution of investment opportunities and asset management.

Brian was previously a Private Equity Associate in the infrastructure and energy group at Allstate Investments. Focusing on power generation, transportation, oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors, Brian was responsible for investment screening, building and modifying valuation or operational models, conducting due diligence, transaction structuring and drafting investment memoranda. Previously, Brian was an Investment Banking Analyst within Citigroup’s global energy group.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University.

Associate Vice President

Nitish Sharma

Nitish Sharma joined Instar in 2017 and has since been focused on application of strategic planning and execution, financial modelling, valuation, and analytics in support of asset management and the evaluation and execution of investment opportunities.

Prior to joining Instar, Nitish was a Senior Consultant with Oliver Wyman, where he focused on strategy consulting for high profile clients in the Americas, including conducting M&A evaluation, and operational projects for clients in the financial services, telecommunications,  and not-for-profit sectors.

Nitish holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (with Distinction) with a Specialization in Finance from the University of Waterloo. He has also completed Level 2 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.

Associate Vice President

Ryan Wang

Ryan Wang joined Instar in 2019 from KPMG Corporate Finance Inc., where he was an Associate providing M&A buy-side and sell-side advisory services for diverse transactions across the aviation, food & beverage, financial technology and retail sectors. Notably, Ryan served as the lead analyst on the sale of Skyservice to Instar in 2017. He previously served as Senior Accountant at Ernst & Young, where he focused on credit loss evaluation, modelling and credit rating review. At Instar, Ryan is responsible for the analysis of investment opportunities including financial modeling, valuation, and due diligence, as well as assisting with asset management.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and he holds the CPA, CA, and CFA designations.

Associate

Matt McDonald

Matt McDonald joined Instar in 2017, where he is responsible for valuation analyses and financial modelling related to the evaluation of investment opportunities and the management of portfolio assets. He previously worked with Instar as a Junior Analyst for two consecutive work terms, focusing on the 2016 investment in Steel Reef, a privately held Canadian midstream energy service company, which he supported from origination to management. Prior to Instar, Matthew spent a work term with Barrick Gold Corporation, where he was responsible for financial reporting.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (with High Distinction) with a specialization in finance from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Associate

Tanner Ives

Tanner Ives joined Instar in September 2020, where he is responsible for the analysis of investment opportunities, including financial modeling, valuation, due diligence and the execution of investment opportunities and asset management. Tanner is based in Instar’s Denver office.

Tanner was previously an Investment Banking Analyst with UBS Investment Bank’s global energy group in Houston, Texas where he was responsible for preparing financial, valuation and industry analysis and supported various buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions, debt financings and equity issuances. He was also formerly a Valuation Advisory Analyst at Stout Risius Ross, where he prepared project-specific financial models and comprehensive reports used for fairness opinions, purchase price allocations and asset impairment tests.

Tanner holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University.

Associate

Sam Wong

Sam Wong joined Instar in March 2021, where she is responsible for the analysis of investment opportunities, including financial modeling, valuation, due diligence, execution and asset management. Sam is based in Instar’s Denver office.

Prior to joining Instar, Sam was an Investment Banking Associate with RBC’s Communications, Media and Entertainment group focused on Cable, Telecom and Communications Infrastructure, where she was responsible for preparing financial, valuation and industry analysis and supported various buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions, debt financings and equity issuances. She was also formerly a Credit Analyst at Bank of America focused on Financial Institutions.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Baruch College.

Associate

Kingston Fyffe-White

Kingston Fyffe-White joined Instar in 2018, where he is responsible for valuation analyses and financial modelling related to the evaluation of investment opportunities and the management of portfolio assets. He previously worked with Instar as a Junior Analyst, supporting tasks ranging from origination to management. Prior to Instar, Kingston spent a work term with CI Financial – Harbour Advisors, where he was responsible for building fundamental equity valuation models for large cap (investment grade) companies.

Kingston holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Dean’s List) from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Senior Analyst

Andrew Rogers

Andrew Rogers joined Instar in September 2020, where he is responsible for valuation analyses and financial modeling related to the evaluation of investment opportunities and the management of portfolio assets. He previously worked with Instar as a Junior Analyst, supporting tasks ranging from origination to asset management. Prior to Instar, Andrew spent two work terms with Royal Bank of Canada as an Operations Agent, where he helped run balance transfers and interest adjustments for large corporate and government clients.

Andrew holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Senior Corporate Accountant

Irely Hernandez

Irely Hernandez is a Certified General Accountant with experience in a variety of industries and more than 10 years of financial experience in Canada. She is responsible for Instar’s corporate accounting, treasury management, tax and financial reporting.

Irely most recently served as a Senior Fund Accountant at Northwood Family Office, providing client accounting and investment administration to a selected group of families in Toronto. Prior to Northwood, she worked as Senior Fund Accountant at Salida Capital Corp, where she acted as a controller for the Salida Strategic Growth Fund and the Salida Wealth Preservation Fund. Irely’s international experience includes roles with Huawei Technologies and Deloitte in Venezuela, where she helped Huawei to set up operations in Caracas and served as Deloitte’s Consultant Accountant for an American company operating high-pressure gas compression facilities in eastern Venezuela.

Irely holds a Bachelor in Public Accounting from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and the Certified General Accountant designation for Ontario.

Senior Fund Accountant

Connie Chow

Connie Chow is a Chartered Professional Accountant with nearly a decade of experience in financial accounting, investment reporting and fund administration. At Instar, Connie is responsible for fund accounting and financial statements, in addition to supporting tax and compliance reporting.

Most recently, Connie was an Intermediate Analyst at Northleaf Capital Partners where she prepared investor reports on key financial indicators for numerous infrastructure investments, executed investor capital calls and distributions, tracked invested capital, and forecasted cashflows. Prior to Northleaf, Connie worked as a Supervisor for CIBC Mellon where she was responsible for striking the net asset value, preparation of financial reports and handling the year-end audit of several mutual funds and Exchange-Traded Funds.

Connie holds a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University.

Senior Fund Accountant

Kirti Dhull

Kirti Dhull is a Chartered Professional Accountant with years of experience in investment accounting. At Instar, she is responsible for fund accounting, preparing quarterly and annual reports, delivering financial statements, and executing calls and distributions for each of the fund’s assets.

Most recently, Kirti served as an Investment Accounting Analyst at Northleaf Capital Partners, where she completed the quarterly Net Asset Valuation of deals and financial statement analysis. Prior to that, Kirti held the role of a Senior Fund Accountant at Citco Canada.

Kirti holds a Master of Accounting from the Schulich School of Business, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from McMaster University.

Associate Vice President, Communications

Ashley Smith

Ashley joined Instar in 2016 where she develops and leads communications strategies to drive business growth and enhance overall stakeholder engagement, drawing on her diverse insight and experience in Canada’s private capital markets.

Ashley has extensive expertise with both traditional and digital communications, creating and leading initiatives to increase brand and business profile through community engagement, thought leadership, and investor, stakeholder and media relations, both corporately and for Instar’s portfolio companies in Canada and the United States.

Ashley was previously a Communications Manager for the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA), where she helped to lead the organization through several foundational initiatives, including establishing the CVCA’s first social media strategy; developing a new online hub for industry news, and refreshing the overall CVCA brand, marketing materials and website. She was also responsible for leading the CVCA’s official print publication, “Private Capital”, and marketing Canada’s largest annual venture capital and private equity conference.

Ashley currently serves as co-chair of the communications committee for Young Professionals in Infrastructure, a non-profit organization focused on increasing knowledge sharing, cultivating meaningful partnerships and driving diversity and inclusion within the infrastructure industry.

Ashley holds a Master of Arts (Honours) in Social Anthropology from the University of St. Andrews with a focus on digital communication and resource extraction.

Communications Manager

Karen Li

Karen Li joined Instar in 2021 from Postmedia Network Inc., where she worked as a Communications Coordinator with responsibilities including external and internal communications materials, media relations, and media monitoring. At Instar, Karen supports corporate communications, creating content, enhancing digital strategy and delivering value for Instar and its growing portfolio of infrastructure companies across North America.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Book and Media Studies from the University of Toronto, Trinity College.

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Iris Roesler

Iris Roesler is responsible for maintaining the high efficiency of Instar’s office operations, including developing corporate policies, setting standards for office systems and procedures, procuring equipment, organizing records and correspondence, coordinating events and travel, and providing administrative support to the entire team.

Iris is an accomplished business and administrative professional, having previously served as an executive assistant with Brookfield Financial’s Global Infrastructure Advisory Group from 2011 to 2014 and with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd. from 1998 to 2011.

Iris holds an Administrative Assistant diploma from the Red River Community College in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Business Development Associate

Sonja Weiss

Sonja Weiss joined Instar in 2017. Her responsibilities include leading and maintaining the company’s relationship management database, supporting internal deal origination processes, and aiding in the company’s fundraising and investor relations initiatives.

Prior to Instar, she worked as an Office Administrator and Deals Secretary for Sutton Group – Tower Realty Ltd., a full-service brokerage with approximately 50 agents. Sonja managed accounting functions, commission statements, fund transfers, payroll and onboarding.

Sonja holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Science from McMaster University.

Advisory Board Member

Rick Byers

Rick Byers was most recently Executive Vice President of Borealis Infrastructure where he led global capital raising efforts. From 1991 to 2007, Rick served with BMO Capital Markets where he held transaction and advisory roles for diverse transportation and energy infrastructure investments, including the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the 407 ETR, NAV Canada, VIA Rail and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.  He also previously served in the Office of the federal Minister of Finance. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Transit Commission. He was formerly a director of Enersource Corporation and the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

Advisory Board Member

Mike Crawley

Mike Crawley currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Northland Power Inc., a publicly traded developer and owner of clean power facilities. Mike has extensive renewable power expertise and has worked in the sector for more than 12 years, including overseeing the growth of AIM PowerGen from a concept to one of the largest independent renewable power developers in Canada. As Chief Executive Officer of AIM and its successor companies, International Power Canada and GDF Suez Canada, Mike oversaw the development, financing, construction and operation of over 700 megawatts of wind and solar power facilities. A robust development pipeline also included biomass and hydro projects. Mike previously served on the Ontario government’s Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force and was a co-chair of the Renewable Energy Task Team.

Mike previously served on the boards of directors of Clean Energy BC  and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario for a number of years. He also served as President of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2012 to 2014.

Advisory Board Member

Jim Dougan

Jim Dougan is currently the principal of J.F. Dougan Consulting and has over 35 years of development and construction experience in Canada and the United States. Jim was most recently President, Central and Eastern Canada, for PCL Constructors Canada Inc., where he was responsible for PCL’s district office operations from Manitoba to Newfoundland, a region that has historically completed between $2.0 billion and $2.5 billion in construction volume annually. He also served as a Director for the Corporation, PCL Construction Holdings Ltd. Prior to joining PCL, Jim worked as a consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal to help put together the Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) program and joined Infrastructure Ontario (IO) at its inception as Executive Vice-President, Project Delivery where he provided project oversight and strategic direction leading IO’s team in all areas of project development, including legal, finance, communications and project management. Under his leadership, IO brought 33 major infrastructure projects to market with a capital volume of $10.2 billion of which 27 projects ($6.5 billion) were under construction or completed.

Jim’s prior experience includes serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Falls Management Company, where he was responsible for the successful development of the $1 billion, 2.5 million-square-foot Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This development, which at the time was the largest social infrastructure project in Canada, was a public-private partnership with the Province of Ontario using a design, build, finance and operate delivery model.

Jim also spent over 22 years with Canada’s largest publicly-traded construction and infrastructure development company, BFC Construction Group (now Aecon Group Inc.), including as Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation and the President of the company’s Building Division.

Advisory Board Chair

Dennis Freeman

Dennis Freeman is a seasoned executive with more than 40 years of commercial knowledge and expertise advising on or supporting mergers and acquisitions and other business transactions predominantly in the alternative asset space in North America and internationally, including in the private equity and infrastructure sectors. A partner at KPMG LLP from 1983 until his retirement in 2011, Dennis held a number of senior management roles within the firm in Canada and globally, including establishing, developing and leading its transaction services practice in Canada.

Dennis and his team built this practice into a highly respected market leader, advising hundreds of companies and institutions on how to create, enhance and preserve long-term business value, guiding clients through all facets of assessing, structuring, managing and executing successful transactions. KPMG has served as a principal advisor to several of Canada’s largest pension funds on a wide variety of domestic and complex multi-jurisdictional infrastructure transactions. As a senior partner on several such engagements, Dennis’ professional expertise spans global markets.

Dennis is also a highly skilled corporate governance practitioner as a result of his years of service as a director for corporate and not-for-profit entities. He currently serves on the boards of several private companies.

Advisory Board Member

Mary Hemmingsen

Mary Hemmingsen is a North American energy business leader with 25 years of experience in business development and related asset, portfolio and project management.

She has proven leadership in the development and delivery of strategy, policy, programs, projects and initiatives for energy, power, utilities and related infrastructure businesses in a range of capacities, both in the public and private sector and for major energy companies, public utilities and global asset managers.

Through all her roles, Mary has built productive relationships with counterparties, government and others in informing, negotiating and implementing policies, development and operating structures and engineering procurement and construction terms for successful asset management, contracting and development arrangements.

As Executive Vice President and CFO for North West Innovation Works, part of Global Innovation Works, Mary works to bring global and local energy business content and leadership to new world-scale development of clean methanol and supporting infrastructure.

Prior to North West, Mary served as a Partner, Canadian Power and Utilities Lead and Global Head of Gas and LNG for KPMG, where she led engagements providing strategic advice and support for project and market development to global and regional energy entities in an evolving energy market.

In the power sector, Mary also held senior executive positions at Brookfield Renewable Power responsible for business development and a number of senior lead roles at BC Hydro in planning, portfolio management, operations, asset management, procurement, finance, risk management, project management as well as strategy and business transformation.

Mary serves on the Board of Directors of Stuart Olson Inc. and is chair of the Board of Directors for Trace Water Solutions Ltd.  She is also active within the industry, including serving on the governing board for Women in Energy Canada.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Vee Kachroo

Vee Kachroo was appointed as Senior Vice President, Operations of Canpotex in September 2017.  Vee is based out of Canpotex’s head office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is a member of the Canpotex Executive Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Canpotex, Vee worked for CN Rail for over 30 years, holding a variety of technical, financial, sales and marketing, commercial, and operating roles. He served as Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions from 2012-2017, and was responsible for subsidiaries that included Autoport, Transloads, CNWW, Great Lakes Fleet (vessels and docks), and freight optimization.  Other positions at CN included Vice President, Industrial Products from 2010-2012.

Vee currently sits on various  boards of directors, including Neptune Terminals, Portland Bulk Terminals (PBT), Canpotex Rail Maintenance facility (CRML), and until recently was a board member of the Saudi Railway Company (SAR), and the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO).

Vee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from McGill University in Montreal.

Advisory Board Member

David Mullen

David Mullen is a leading executive in the private capital industry with more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector. David is currently the Managing Director of Highland West Capital Ltd, a merchant bank offering a broad array of capital alternatives.

In addition, David is a founding Managing Director at Graycliff Partners, an independent investment management firm focused on middle-market private equity and mezzanine investments in the US and Latin America.

David is the former Managing Partner and Chair of Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc. Both firms were previously the merchant banking subsidiaries of HSBC, and were formed in connection with management buyouts that were completed in 2011 and led by David. Previously, David was Head of Private Equity North America at HSBC Capital, managing merchant banking operations in Canada, the US and Latin America with capital commitments in excess of $2 billion.

David is on the board of directors of NGEx Resources and serves as a director of various public and private companies as well as several not-for-profit associations.  He also formerly served as chair of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Gregory J. Smith

Managing Partner

George So

Managing Partner

Morty White

Partner

Jonathan Stone

Partner

Jack Bittan

Partner

Stephen Simpson

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

John Gort

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President

Sarah Borg-Olivier

President and Chief Executive Officer

Gregory J. Smith

Gregory Smith brings more than 25 years of experience in the investment, operation, acquisition and financing of public and private infrastructure, real estate, power, and utility businesses. Prior to founding Instar, Gregory was managing partner and head of Brookfield Financial’s global infrastructure advisory group. He was also the president of Macquarie Capital Funds Canada where he was responsible for Macquarie’s unlisted and listed funds business in Canada along with the management of Macquarie’s Canadian assets owned by offshore funds. Prior to Macquarie, Gregory was managing director at RBC Capital Partners and a managing director at Deloitte.

Gregory has acted as a director or observer/advisor to the boards for several reporting issuers and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and Lighthouse Equity Partners. Active in the private equity and venture capital sector since 1994, Gregory previously served for a number of years on the board of Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, including as chair and president.

Gregory is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.

Managing Partner

George So

George So is a seasoned infrastructure, investment and finance professional with over 20 years of specialized expertise in principal investing, asset management, restructurings, acquisitions and capital raising. At Instar, George is responsible for strategic and business development, transactions and asset management.

George was most recently the founder and Managing Partner of Kindle Capital Group Inc., an independent investment firm established in 2009 to lead and manage groups of Canadian institutional investors in syndication and co-investment opportunities in the infrastructure and private equity sector in North America and globally.  Notable transactions included Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group, 407ETR, Behrman Capital, Anglian Water Group and Colonial First State’s Global Diversified Infrastructure Fund, among others.

Prior to establishing Kindle, George served as a senior member for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s private investment infrastructure team, where he was responsible for executing global direct investments valued at approximately $7 billion, and part of a team managing a $4.5 billion investment portfolio.  Prior to CPPIB, he served in leadership roles at various private equity and global investment banking firms located in Asia, US and Canada, where he specialized in principal investing, capital restructurings, distressed real assets and international corporate finance.

George holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Chartered Accountancy Studies from the University of Waterloo and the Chartered Accountant designation.  He is an avid supporter of various community causes and institutions, including Right to Play, The Stop and the University of Waterloo.

Managing Partner

Morty White

Morty White is a seasoned private equity executive with over 25 years of experience and a demonstrated track record for leading all aspects of complex North American middle-market investments, including evaluating investment opportunities, developing new markets, formulating investment strategies, recruiting and supervising management teams, as well as negotiating and structuring transactions. At Instar, Morty is responsible for driving and elevating the company’s origination and executive strategies and investment management activities.

Morty was most recently a Managing Director at Wynnchurch Capital, a private equity firm focused on investments in the North American middle market, where he spearheaded the American company’s Toronto office for 12 years. Prior to Wynnchurch, Morty ran a consulting practice advising equity funds and growth companies, and held senior positions at GE Capital, including serving as a Vice President in the company’s Telecom, Media and Technology Group. While at GE Capital, Morty was a part of the team that launched the company’s Merchant Banking Group and co-founded the private equity division. 

Morty holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Partner

Jonathan Stone

Jonathan Stone is a seasoned infrastructure investment professional with over 20 years of experience as a financial advisor, equity sponsor and contractor across multiple sectors and jurisdictions. As a partner at Instar, Jonathan shares responsibility for strategic and business development, transactions and asset management.

Jonathan was most recently Managing Director and Co-Head, Energy, Infrastructure, Power & Utilities EMEA at Scotiabank, where he advised such businesses in identifying, marketing, negotiating and executing investment opportunities.  He co-founded the Scotia Waterous Infrastructure Finance Team (SWIFT), an internal joint venture to pursue energy infrastructure M&A opportunities such as storage, midstream and LNG.

Prior to Scotiabank, Jonathan served as a Vice President of Plenary Group (Canada), leading public-private partnership transactions as a developer and equity investor including eight large-scale projects over $3.0 billion in project value.  Jonathan’s prior experience includes serving as Vice President for CIT Energy and Infrastructure, where he led financial advisory mandates for Canadian public-private partnerships across multiple sectors including transportation, light and heavy rail, social infrastructure and power generation.  During his time at CIT, he structured and closed over $1.5 billion of project finance transactions in the power and infrastructure market.

Jonathan currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, an organization of over 270 corporate firms and 1800 individual members dedicated to empowering private capital professionals and advancing leadership in finance.

Jonathan holds a First from Cambridge University where he received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Judge Business School, a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Partner

Jack Bittan

Jack Bittan has over 15 years of experience in the financing, acquisition and operation of renewable power, utilities, transportation and social infrastructure assets, including public-private partnerships.  As a Partner at Instar, Jack shares responsibility for strategic and business development, transactions and overseeing asset management activities.

Prior to joining Instar, Jack was Executive Vice President of Business Development for Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, where he actively originated and evaluated prospective investment opportunities, overseeing all mergers and acquisitions and related financing strategies. During this time, he also served as Chief Executive Officer for Capstone Power Development Corp., successfully achieving commercial operations on several development wind farms across Canada.

Jack also formerly served as Senior Vice President for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd., where he was responsible for execution and asset management across a range of infrastructure businesses, including toll roads, district energy providers, off-airport parking, aviation services and regulated utilities.  His tenure with Macquarie included serving as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership (MEAP), leading strategic planning, stakeholder relationships and financial reporting. Over his career, Jack has held numerous roles with Boards of Directors, including with AltaLink, Access Roads Edmonton, Sea to Sky Highway, Bristol Water, Värmevärden and Capstone Power.  He also served for three years on the infrastructure committee for the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

Jack is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Management and Professional Accounting degree from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management.

Partner

Stephen Simpson

Stephen Simpson has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of principal infrastructure investing, including acquisitions, asset management and realization. He joined Instar in 2014 to lead the evaluation, negotiation and structuring of acquisitions and investment opportunities. Stephen’s practice focuses on aviation infrastructure, agribusiness and energy transition infrastructure.

Stephen was previously a Vice President of Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, a publicly-traded diversified infrastructure company, where he played a key role in the analysis, evaluation and execution of investment opportunities, including renewable power projects, utility businesses, transportation assets and public-private partnerships (P3s). He also contributed his financial and operational acumen to the company’s portfolio of infrastructure businesses.

Stephen was formerly a Manager with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd. From 2006 to 2011, he provided valuable asset management expertise to Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership (MEAP), a private investment fund, where he served on the asset management teams for the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the Southeast Anthony Henday Drive, AltaLink and Aquarion, developing significant expertise across the P3 and transportation sectors, and the electricity transmission and regulated utilities space. Stephen was actively involved in MEAP’s strategic initiatives, in particular the Fund’s realization through asset sales in 2010 and 2011.

Active in the energy infrastructure sector since 2006, Stephen supports innovative sustainability initiatives through his position on the Investment Committee for the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, a non-profit corporation established by the City of Toronto to finance local projects improving air quality and addressing climate change.

Stephen holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master’s degree in Finance from INSEAD. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

John Gort

John Gort joined Instar in 2015 with more than 20 years of financial and private equity industry experience in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. He is responsible for Instar’s administration and operations along with fund accounting, treasury management, valuations, tax and financial reporting.

John most recently served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Burgundy Asset Management, a leading global investment manager based in Toronto, where he was responsible for corporate and fund accounting and oversaw the company’s operations department. He was also formerly Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Edgestone Capital Partners, a Canadian private equity firm, where he directed the corporate finance and reporting function while supporting fundraising, regulatory and investor relations initiatives. John’s international experience includes senior roles with Bisys Private Equity Services in New York, and Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets division in New York and London.

John holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy Studies from the University of Waterloo, and the Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations. He co-formed the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s CFO Taskforce and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He also served as the Chair of the Advisory Board of the University of Waterloo’s Student Investment Fund.

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President

Sarah Borg-Olivier

Sarah Borg-Olivier is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Instar where she is responsible for overseeing fund administration activities and non-investment operations, including investor relations, business development, environmental, social and governance initiatives, and human resources and professional development strategies.

Sarah has 20 years of experience in designing and executing various initiatives to drive business growth and establish brand leadership. She formerly held executive roles with Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, a publicly-traded diversified infrastructure company, and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd. She also previously led the investor relations practice of a Toronto-based consulting firm where she provided strategic counsel to a diverse North American client base and managed a team of consultants.

Sarah holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Toronto and completed the Certified Professional of Investor Relations (CPIR) program sponsored by the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI). She served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of CIRI’s Ontario chapter.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Gregory J. Smith

Managing Partner

George So

Managing Partner

Morty White

Partner

Jonathan Stone

Partner

Jack Bittan

Partner

Stephen Simpson

Principal

Daniel Perruzza

Principal

Will Chow

Principal

Nosh Irani

Vice President

Taylor McManus

Associate Vice President

Cathy Xue

Associate Vice President

Brian Seong

Associate Vice President

Nitish Sharma

Associate Vice President

Ryan Wang

Associate

Matt McDonald

Associate

Tanner Ives

Associate

Sam Wong

Associate

Kingston Fyffe-White

Senior Analyst

Andrew Rogers

President and Chief Executive Officer

Gregory J. Smith

Gregory Smith brings more than 25 years of experience in the investment, operation, acquisition and financing of public and private infrastructure, real estate, power, and utility businesses. Prior to founding Instar, Gregory was managing partner and head of Brookfield Financial’s global infrastructure advisory group. He was also the president of Macquarie Capital Funds Canada where he was responsible for Macquarie’s unlisted and listed funds business in Canada along with the management of Macquarie’s Canadian assets owned by offshore funds. Prior to Macquarie, Gregory was managing director at RBC Capital Partners and a managing director at Deloitte.

Gregory has acted as a director or observer/advisor to the boards for several reporting issuers and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and Lighthouse Equity Partners. Active in the private equity and venture capital sector since 1994, Gregory previously served for a number of years on the board of Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, including as chair and president.

Gregory is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.

Managing Partner

George So

George So is a seasoned infrastructure, investment and finance professional with over 20 years of specialized expertise in principal investing, asset management, restructurings, acquisitions and capital raising. At Instar, George is responsible for strategic and business development, transactions and asset management.

George was most recently the founder and Managing Partner of Kindle Capital Group Inc., an independent investment firm established in 2009 to lead and manage groups of Canadian institutional investors in syndication and co-investment opportunities in the infrastructure and private equity sector in North America and globally.  Notable transactions included Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group, 407ETR, Behrman Capital, Anglian Water Group and Colonial First State’s Global Diversified Infrastructure Fund, among others.

Prior to establishing Kindle, George served as a senior member for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s private investment infrastructure team, where he was responsible for executing global direct investments valued at approximately $7 billion, and part of a team managing a $4.5 billion investment portfolio.  Prior to CPPIB, he served in leadership roles at various private equity and global investment banking firms located in Asia, US and Canada, where he specialized in principal investing, capital restructurings, distressed real assets and international corporate finance.

George holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Chartered Accountancy Studies from the University of Waterloo and the Chartered Accountant designation.  He is an avid supporter of various community causes and institutions, including Right to Play, The Stop and the University of Waterloo.

Managing Partner

Morty White

Morty White is a seasoned private equity executive with over 25 years of experience and a demonstrated track record for leading all aspects of complex North American middle-market investments, including evaluating investment opportunities, developing new markets, formulating investment strategies, recruiting and supervising management teams, as well as negotiating and structuring transactions. At Instar, Morty is responsible for driving and elevating the company’s origination and executive strategies and investment management activities.

Morty was most recently a Managing Director at Wynnchurch Capital, a private equity firm focused on investments in the North American middle market, where he spearheaded the American company’s Toronto office for 12 years. Prior to Wynnchurch, Morty ran a consulting practice advising equity funds and growth companies, and held senior positions at GE Capital, including serving as a Vice President in the company’s Telecom, Media and Technology Group. While at GE Capital, Morty was a part of the team that launched the company’s Merchant Banking Group and co-founded the private equity division. 

Morty holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Partner

Jonathan Stone

Jonathan Stone is a seasoned infrastructure investment professional with over 20 years of experience as a financial advisor, equity sponsor and contractor across multiple sectors and jurisdictions. As a partner at Instar, Jonathan shares responsibility for strategic and business development, transactions and asset management.

Jonathan was most recently Managing Director and Co-Head, Energy, Infrastructure, Power & Utilities EMEA at Scotiabank, where he advised such businesses in identifying, marketing, negotiating and executing investment opportunities.  He co-founded the Scotia Waterous Infrastructure Finance Team (SWIFT), an internal joint venture to pursue energy infrastructure M&A opportunities such as storage, midstream and LNG.

Prior to Scotiabank, Jonathan served as a Vice President of Plenary Group (Canada), leading public-private partnership transactions as a developer and equity investor including eight large-scale projects over $3.0 billion in project value.  Jonathan’s prior experience includes serving as Vice President for CIT Energy and Infrastructure, where he led financial advisory mandates for Canadian public-private partnerships across multiple sectors including transportation, light and heavy rail, social infrastructure and power generation.  During his time at CIT, he structured and closed over $1.5 billion of project finance transactions in the power and infrastructure market.

Jonathan currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, an organization of over 270 corporate firms and 1800 individual members dedicated to empowering private capital professionals and advancing leadership in finance.

Jonathan holds a First from Cambridge University where he received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Judge Business School, a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Partner

Jack Bittan

Jack Bittan has over 15 years of experience in the financing, acquisition and operation of renewable power, utilities, transportation and social infrastructure assets, including public-private partnerships.  As a Partner at Instar, Jack shares responsibility for strategic and business development, transactions and overseeing asset management activities.

Prior to joining Instar, Jack was Executive Vice President of Business Development for Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, where he actively originated and evaluated prospective investment opportunities, overseeing all mergers and acquisitions and related financing strategies. During this time, he also served as Chief Executive Officer for Capstone Power Development Corp., successfully achieving commercial operations on several development wind farms across Canada.

Jack also formerly served as Senior Vice President for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd., where he was responsible for execution and asset management across a range of infrastructure businesses, including toll roads, district energy providers, off-airport parking, aviation services and regulated utilities.  His tenure with Macquarie included serving as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership (MEAP), leading strategic planning, stakeholder relationships and financial reporting. Over his career, Jack has held numerous roles with Boards of Directors, including with AltaLink, Access Roads Edmonton, Sea to Sky Highway, Bristol Water, Värmevärden and Capstone Power.  He also served for three years on the infrastructure committee for the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

Jack is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Management and Professional Accounting degree from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management.

Partner

Stephen Simpson

Stephen Simpson has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of principal infrastructure investing, including acquisitions, asset management and realization. He joined Instar in 2014 to lead the evaluation, negotiation and structuring of acquisitions and investment opportunities. Stephen’s practice focuses on aviation infrastructure, agribusiness and energy transition infrastructure.

Stephen was previously a Vice President of Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, a publicly-traded diversified infrastructure company, where he played a key role in the analysis, evaluation and execution of investment opportunities, including renewable power projects, utility businesses, transportation assets and public-private partnerships (P3s). He also contributed his financial and operational acumen to the company’s portfolio of infrastructure businesses.

Stephen was formerly a Manager with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd. From 2006 to 2011, he provided valuable asset management expertise to Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership (MEAP), a private investment fund, where he served on the asset management teams for the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the Southeast Anthony Henday Drive, AltaLink and Aquarion, developing significant expertise across the P3 and transportation sectors, and the electricity transmission and regulated utilities space. Stephen was actively involved in MEAP’s strategic initiatives, in particular the Fund’s realization through asset sales in 2010 and 2011.

Active in the energy infrastructure sector since 2006, Stephen supports innovative sustainability initiatives through his position on the Investment Committee for the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, a non-profit corporation established by the City of Toronto to finance local projects improving air quality and addressing climate change.

Stephen holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master’s degree in Finance from INSEAD. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Principal

Daniel Perruzza

Daniel Perruzza has over 13 years of principal investing, asset management and investment banking experience in the transportation, aviation, utilities and industrials sectors.  As a Principal at Instar, Daniel leads the evaluation, negotiation and structuring of acquisitions and investment opportunities. Daniel also serves on the board of several companies across Instar’s portfolio, including AMPORTS, Skyservice and Leading Edge Jet Centre.

Prior to Instar, Daniel was a Senior Vice President at Jefferies within the infrastructure group, where he advised companies and investors on acquisitions, divestitures, equity and debt financings as well as capital raising transactions in the transport and renewable power sectors globally. Daniel played a key role in the execution of several marquee transactions, including the sale of Total Terminals International to Terminal Investment Limited, EQT’s acquisition of Global Gateway South and the refinancing and sale of WindMW to China Three Gorges.

Daniel was formerly an Associate Director with HSBC covering private equity and infrastructure investors and leading M&A, financing and capital raising transactions. Daniel’s experience also includes four years as an Executive at Macquarie Capital Funds Europe where he completed transactions and assisted in the asset management of companies in the transport and utility sectors, including Thyssengas, Deep Water Container Terminal Gdansk, Wightlink Ferries and Warnow Tunnel.

Daniel holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University.

Principal

Will Chow

Will Chow brings over 12 years of direct infrastructure experience to Instar, including the evaluation and execution of both standard and first-of-a-kind infrastructure investments in the water, healthcare, social accommodation, transportation and mixed-use infrastructure sectors.

Will was previously a Vice President of Global Infrastructure at Brookfield Financial, where he managed the development and financing of large-scale infrastructure and mixed-use public-private partnership (P3) projects. At Brookfield, he was responsible for forming and leading teams in the pursuit and development of large-scale P3 projects including the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant Project, Safe Clean Drinking Water Project, Etobicoke General Hospital Project, and Pan-American Games Athlete’s Village Project.

Prior to Brookfield, Will was on the Infrastructure and Project Finance team at Deloitte, advising on the finance and procurement of large-scale infrastructure projects including the Ottawa Light Rail Transit, Waterloo Light Rail Transit Project, 407 East Extension Project, Union Pearson Express, Ontario Provincial Police Modernization Project, Communications Security Establishment Canada Project and Women’s College Hospital Redevelopment Project.

Will holds a Bachelor of Commerce Co-op degree from Dalhousie University, and the Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.

Principal

Nosh Irani

Nosh Irani is an experienced investment professional with nearly 15 years of experience in private equity, infrastructure investing and investment banking, including originating, analyzing, and negotiating asset and corporate acquisitions, executing debt financings and tax-equity financings. At Instar Nosh is responsible for evaluating, negotiating and structuring investment opportunities and acquisitions from the company’s Denver office.

Nosh was previously a Principal with Ares Management LLC where he was responsible for new deal origination and investment management, in their Energy Infrastructure Private Equity group. Focused on the U.S. midstream, renewable energy, conventional power generation, LNG export and power transmission sectors, Nosh managed all aspects of deal evaluation, execution and asset management, including financial analysis, due diligence and negotiate purchase and sale, partnership, operating and financing agreements. He also worked closely with management and operations teams to drive value creation opportunities across multiple portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Ares Management LLC, Nosh worked as an Investment Banking Analysist in the Energy & Utilities group at Deutsche Bank.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Economics & Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.

Vice President

Taylor McManus

Taylor McManus joined Instar in 2014 where he applies his strong skills in financial modelling, valuation and analytics to the evaluation and execution of investment opportunities.  He also contributes to asset management and reporting.

Prior to joining Instar, Taylor was an Investment Banking Analyst with Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.’s metals and mining group where he was responsible for performing financial, valuation and industry analysis and played a key role in supporting mergers, acquisitions, restructuring transactions and equity financings.  He was previously an Investment Banking Summer Analyst with Paradigm Capital, where he assisted in the financial analysis for M&A mandates.

Taylor holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.

Associate Vice President

Cathy Xue

Cathy Xue has over 8 years of principal investing, asset management and investment banking experience in the infrastructure sector, focused on mobility and connectivity. As an Associate Vice President at Instar, Cathy contributes to the origination, evaluation, negotiation and structuring of acquisitions and investment opportunities. Cathy also plays an important role in the asset management of Instar’s portfolio companies, including AMPORTS, Inc.

Prior to joining Instar, Cathy was an Investment Banking Analyst with Deutsche Bank’s Natural Resources Group, where she focused on the power and utilities sector and performed financial and valuation analyses to support financing and M&A transactions.

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cornell University and a Master of Finance degree from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Associate Vice President

Brian Seong

Brian Seong joined Instar in 2018, applying his strong skills in financial analysis, modelling and valuation to the evaluation and execution of investment opportunities and asset management.

Brian was previously a Private Equity Associate in the infrastructure and energy group at Allstate Investments. Focusing on power generation, transportation, oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors, Brian was responsible for investment screening, building and modifying valuation or operational models, conducting due diligence, transaction structuring and drafting investment memoranda. Previously, Brian was an Investment Banking Analyst within Citigroup’s global energy group.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University.

Associate Vice President

Nitish Sharma

Nitish Sharma joined Instar in 2017 and has since been focused on application of strategic planning and execution, financial modelling, valuation, and analytics in support of asset management and the evaluation and execution of investment opportunities.

Prior to joining Instar, Nitish was a Senior Consultant with Oliver Wyman, where he focused on strategy consulting for high profile clients in the Americas, including conducting M&A evaluation, and operational projects for clients in the financial services, telecommunications,  and not-for-profit sectors.

Nitish holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (with Distinction) with a Specialization in Finance from the University of Waterloo. He has also completed Level 2 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.

Associate Vice President

Ryan Wang

Ryan Wang joined Instar in 2019 from KPMG Corporate Finance Inc., where he was an Associate providing M&A buy-side and sell-side advisory services for diverse transactions across the aviation, food & beverage, financial technology and retail sectors. Notably, Ryan served as the lead analyst on the sale of Skyservice to Instar in 2017. He previously served as Senior Accountant at Ernst & Young, where he focused on credit loss evaluation, modelling and credit rating review. At Instar, Ryan is responsible for the analysis of investment opportunities including financial modeling, valuation, and due diligence, as well as assisting with asset management.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and he holds the CPA, CA, and CFA designations.

Associate

Matt McDonald

Matt McDonald joined Instar in 2017, where he is responsible for valuation analyses and financial modelling related to the evaluation of investment opportunities and the management of portfolio assets. He previously worked with Instar as a Junior Analyst for two consecutive work terms, focusing on the 2016 investment in Steel Reef, a privately held Canadian midstream energy service company, which he supported from origination to management. Prior to Instar, Matthew spent a work term with Barrick Gold Corporation, where he was responsible for financial reporting.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (with High Distinction) with a specialization in finance from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Associate

Tanner Ives

Tanner Ives joined Instar in September 2020, where he is responsible for the analysis of investment opportunities, including financial modeling, valuation, due diligence and the execution of investment opportunities and asset management. Tanner is based in Instar’s Denver office.

Tanner was previously an Investment Banking Analyst with UBS Investment Bank’s global energy group in Houston, Texas where he was responsible for preparing financial, valuation and industry analysis and supported various buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions, debt financings and equity issuances. He was also formerly a Valuation Advisory Analyst at Stout Risius Ross, where he prepared project-specific financial models and comprehensive reports used for fairness opinions, purchase price allocations and asset impairment tests.

Tanner holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University.

Associate

Sam Wong

Sam Wong joined Instar in March 2021, where she is responsible for the analysis of investment opportunities, including financial modeling, valuation, due diligence, execution and asset management. Sam is based in Instar’s Denver office.

Prior to joining Instar, Sam was an Investment Banking Associate with RBC’s Communications, Media and Entertainment group focused on Cable, Telecom and Communications Infrastructure, where she was responsible for preparing financial, valuation and industry analysis and supported various buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions, debt financings and equity issuances. She was also formerly a Credit Analyst at Bank of America focused on Financial Institutions.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Baruch College.

Associate

Kingston Fyffe-White

Kingston Fyffe-White joined Instar in 2018, where he is responsible for valuation analyses and financial modelling related to the evaluation of investment opportunities and the management of portfolio assets. He previously worked with Instar as a Junior Analyst, supporting tasks ranging from origination to management. Prior to Instar, Kingston spent a work term with CI Financial – Harbour Advisors, where he was responsible for building fundamental equity valuation models for large cap (investment grade) companies.

Kingston holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Dean’s List) from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Senior Analyst

Andrew Rogers

Andrew Rogers joined Instar in September 2020, where he is responsible for valuation analyses and financial modeling related to the evaluation of investment opportunities and the management of portfolio assets. He previously worked with Instar as a Junior Analyst, supporting tasks ranging from origination to asset management. Prior to Instar, Andrew spent two work terms with Royal Bank of Canada as an Operations Agent, where he helped run balance transfers and interest adjustments for large corporate and government clients.

Andrew holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

John Gort

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President

Sarah Borg-Olivier

Vice President, Information Technology & Cybersecurity

Jonathan Trope

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Iris Roesler

General Counsel

Gregory Joffe

Corporate Law Clerk

Parmjit Sidhu

Associate Vice President, Communications

Ashley Smith

Communications Manager

Karen Li

Senior Corporate Accountant

Irely Hernandez

Senior Fund Accountant

Connie Chow

Senior Fund Accountant

Kirti Dhull

Business Development Associate

Sonja Weiss

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

John Gort

John Gort joined Instar in 2015 with more than 20 years of financial and private equity industry experience in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. He is responsible for Instar’s administration and operations along with fund accounting, treasury management, valuations, tax and financial reporting.

John most recently served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Burgundy Asset Management, a leading global investment manager based in Toronto, where he was responsible for corporate and fund accounting and oversaw the company’s operations department. He was also formerly Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Edgestone Capital Partners, a Canadian private equity firm, where he directed the corporate finance and reporting function while supporting fundraising, regulatory and investor relations initiatives. John’s international experience includes senior roles with Bisys Private Equity Services in New York, and Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets division in New York and London.

John holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy Studies from the University of Waterloo, and the Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations. He co-formed the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s CFO Taskforce and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He also served as the Chair of the Advisory Board of the University of Waterloo’s Student Investment Fund.

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President

Sarah Borg-Olivier

Sarah Borg-Olivier is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Instar where she is responsible for overseeing fund administration activities and non-investment operations, including investor relations, business development, environmental, social and governance initiatives, and human resources and professional development strategies.

Sarah has 20 years of experience in designing and executing various initiatives to drive business growth and establish brand leadership. She formerly held executive roles with Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, a publicly-traded diversified infrastructure company, and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd. She also previously led the investor relations practice of a Toronto-based consulting firm where she provided strategic counsel to a diverse North American client base and managed a team of consultants.

Sarah holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Toronto and completed the Certified Professional of Investor Relations (CPIR) program sponsored by the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI). She served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of CIRI’s Ontario chapter.

Vice President, Information Technology & Cybersecurity

Jonathan Trope

Jonathan Trope is responsible for leading Instar’s information technology strategy, digital capabilities, cybersecurity and all related IT functions with a focus on value-added technology initiatives to support the company’s growth.

Jonathan has 15 years of experience implementing and managing information technology systems to improve organizational efficiencies and drive  innovative businesses solutions. He most recently served as Senior Manager, Information Security and IT Operations at Toronto-based Propel Holdings Inc., a financial technology company offering alternative online lending solutions, where he led the company’s information security program and strategy, managed ongoing technology risk assessments and led the evaluation and adoption of new information technology systems. He was previously the Chief Information Officer for Blue Label Telecoms, a business-to-business digital transaction service provider for emerging markets, leading the organization’s information technology function.

Jonathan holds a Master of Commerce, Information Systems from the University of the Witwatersrand, an Honors Bachelor of Commerce, Information Systems from the University of South Africa and holds the CISM designation.

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Iris Roesler

Iris Roesler is responsible for maintaining the high efficiency of Instar’s office operations, including developing corporate policies, setting standards for office systems and procedures, procuring equipment, organizing records and correspondence, coordinating events and travel, and providing administrative support to the entire team.

Iris is an accomplished business and administrative professional, having previously served as an executive assistant with Brookfield Financial’s Global Infrastructure Advisory Group from 2011 to 2014 and with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd. from 1998 to 2011.

Iris holds an Administrative Assistant diploma from the Red River Community College in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

General Counsel

Gregory Joffe

Gregory Joffe leads the company’s legal, compliance and governance activities, assisting in all aspects of the investment process such as negotiations, due diligence and structuring. Since Instar’s inception in 2014, he has played an active role in asset management, serving as interim General Counsel for Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners in 2015. Gregory also contributes to broader business and product development.

In 2019, Gregory received the Canadian General Counsel Award for Mid-Market Excellence. Prioritizing knowledge-sharing and collaboration, he shares his deep experience negotiating and structuring infrastructure development transactions with the MBA candidates at his alma mater, the Schulich School of Business, serving as a sessional instructor for the Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure Program since 2020.

Gregory holds a Master of Business Administration degree, specializing in real estate and infrastructure, from the Schulich School of Business, and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and currently serves on the board of the Israel Cancer Research Fund.

Corporate Law Clerk

Parmjit Sidhu

Parmjit Sidhu is a Corporate Law Clerk with over a decade of working experience. At Instar, she is responsible for preparing and maintaining Instar’s investment legal records, organizing new corporations, limited partnerships, assisting in the administration of corporate policies and other required documents in addition to supporting the General Counsel.

Most recently, Parmjit served as Legal Assistant at Aird and Berlis, focused on Wills & Estates. She independently managed the department’s daily operations and assembled estate planning documents. Prior to this position, she was a Junior Corporate Law Clerk at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where she provided legal support including maintaining corporate databases.

Parmjit received her Law Clerk Certificate in 2013. She also holds a Law Firm Profile Certificate (Office Administration) from Humber College.

Associate Vice President, Communications

Ashley Smith

Ashley joined Instar in 2016 where she develops and leads communications strategies to drive business growth and enhance overall stakeholder engagement, drawing on her diverse insight and experience in Canada’s private capital markets.

Ashley has extensive expertise with both traditional and digital communications, creating and leading initiatives to increase brand and business profile through community engagement, thought leadership, and investor, stakeholder and media relations, both corporately and for Instar’s portfolio companies in Canada and the United States.

Ashley was previously a Communications Manager for the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA), where she helped to lead the organization through several foundational initiatives, including establishing the CVCA’s first social media strategy; developing a new online hub for industry news, and refreshing the overall CVCA brand, marketing materials and website. She was also responsible for leading the CVCA’s official print publication, “Private Capital”, and marketing Canada’s largest annual venture capital and private equity conference.

Ashley currently serves as co-chair of the communications committee for Young Professionals in Infrastructure, a non-profit organization focused on increasing knowledge sharing, cultivating meaningful partnerships and driving diversity and inclusion within the infrastructure industry.

Ashley holds a Master of Arts (Honours) in Social Anthropology from the University of St. Andrews with a focus on digital communication and resource extraction.

Communications Manager

Karen Li

Karen Li joined Instar in 2021 from Postmedia Network Inc., where she worked as a Communications Coordinator with responsibilities including external and internal communications materials, media relations, and media monitoring. At Instar, Karen supports corporate communications, creating content, enhancing digital strategy and delivering value for Instar and its growing portfolio of infrastructure companies across North America.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Book and Media Studies from the University of Toronto, Trinity College.

Senior Corporate Accountant

Irely Hernandez

Irely Hernandez is a Certified General Accountant with experience in a variety of industries and more than 10 years of financial experience in Canada. She is responsible for Instar’s corporate accounting, treasury management, tax and financial reporting.

Irely most recently served as a Senior Fund Accountant at Northwood Family Office, providing client accounting and investment administration to a selected group of families in Toronto. Prior to Northwood, she worked as Senior Fund Accountant at Salida Capital Corp, where she acted as a controller for the Salida Strategic Growth Fund and the Salida Wealth Preservation Fund. Irely’s international experience includes roles with Huawei Technologies and Deloitte in Venezuela, where she helped Huawei to set up operations in Caracas and served as Deloitte’s Consultant Accountant for an American company operating high-pressure gas compression facilities in eastern Venezuela.

Irely holds a Bachelor in Public Accounting from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and the Certified General Accountant designation for Ontario.

Senior Fund Accountant

Connie Chow

Connie Chow is a Chartered Professional Accountant with nearly a decade of experience in financial accounting, investment reporting and fund administration. At Instar, Connie is responsible for fund accounting and financial statements, in addition to supporting tax and compliance reporting.

Most recently, Connie was an Intermediate Analyst at Northleaf Capital Partners where she prepared investor reports on key financial indicators for numerous infrastructure investments, executed investor capital calls and distributions, tracked invested capital, and forecasted cashflows. Prior to Northleaf, Connie worked as a Supervisor for CIBC Mellon where she was responsible for striking the net asset value, preparation of financial reports and handling the year-end audit of several mutual funds and Exchange-Traded Funds.

Connie holds a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University.

Senior Fund Accountant

Kirti Dhull

Kirti Dhull is a Chartered Professional Accountant with years of experience in investment accounting. At Instar, she is responsible for fund accounting, preparing quarterly and annual reports, delivering financial statements, and executing calls and distributions for each of the fund’s assets.

Most recently, Kirti served as an Investment Accounting Analyst at Northleaf Capital Partners, where she completed the quarterly Net Asset Valuation of deals and financial statement analysis. Prior to that, Kirti held the role of a Senior Fund Accountant at Citco Canada.

Kirti holds a Master of Accounting from the Schulich School of Business, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from McMaster University.

Business Development Associate

Sonja Weiss

Sonja Weiss joined Instar in 2017. Her responsibilities include leading and maintaining the company’s relationship management database, supporting internal deal origination processes, and aiding in the company’s fundraising and investor relations initiatives.

Prior to Instar, she worked as an Office Administrator and Deals Secretary for Sutton Group – Tower Realty Ltd., a full-service brokerage with approximately 50 agents. Sonja managed accounting functions, commission statements, fund transfers, payroll and onboarding.

Sonja holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Science from McMaster University.

Advisory Board Member

Rick Byers

Advisory Board Member

Mike Crawley

Advisory Board Member

Jim Dougan

Advisory Board Chair

Dennis Freeman

Advisory Board Member

Mary Hemmingsen

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Vee Kachroo

Advisory Board Member

David Mullen

Advisory Board Member

Rick Byers

Rick Byers was most recently Executive Vice President of Borealis Infrastructure where he led global capital raising efforts. From 1991 to 2007, Rick served with BMO Capital Markets where he held transaction and advisory roles for diverse transportation and energy infrastructure investments, including the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the 407 ETR, NAV Canada, VIA Rail and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.  He also previously served in the Office of the federal Minister of Finance. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Transit Commission. He was formerly a director of Enersource Corporation and the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

Advisory Board Member

Mike Crawley

Mike Crawley currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Northland Power Inc., a publicly traded developer and owner of clean power facilities. Mike has extensive renewable power expertise and has worked in the sector for more than 12 years, including overseeing the growth of AIM PowerGen from a concept to one of the largest independent renewable power developers in Canada. As Chief Executive Officer of AIM and its successor companies, International Power Canada and GDF Suez Canada, Mike oversaw the development, financing, construction and operation of over 700 megawatts of wind and solar power facilities. A robust development pipeline also included biomass and hydro projects. Mike previously served on the Ontario government’s Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force and was a co-chair of the Renewable Energy Task Team.

Mike previously served on the boards of directors of Clean Energy BC  and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario for a number of years. He also served as President of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2012 to 2014.

Advisory Board Member

Jim Dougan

Jim Dougan is currently the principal of J.F. Dougan Consulting and has over 35 years of development and construction experience in Canada and the United States. Jim was most recently President, Central and Eastern Canada, for PCL Constructors Canada Inc., where he was responsible for PCL’s district office operations from Manitoba to Newfoundland, a region that has historically completed between $2.0 billion and $2.5 billion in construction volume annually. He also served as a Director for the Corporation, PCL Construction Holdings Ltd. Prior to joining PCL, Jim worked as a consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal to help put together the Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) program and joined Infrastructure Ontario (IO) at its inception as Executive Vice-President, Project Delivery where he provided project oversight and strategic direction leading IO’s team in all areas of project development, including legal, finance, communications and project management. Under his leadership, IO brought 33 major infrastructure projects to market with a capital volume of $10.2 billion of which 27 projects ($6.5 billion) were under construction or completed.

Jim’s prior experience includes serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Falls Management Company, where he was responsible for the successful development of the $1 billion, 2.5 million-square-foot Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This development, which at the time was the largest social infrastructure project in Canada, was a public-private partnership with the Province of Ontario using a design, build, finance and operate delivery model.

Jim also spent over 22 years with Canada’s largest publicly-traded construction and infrastructure development company, BFC Construction Group (now Aecon Group Inc.), including as Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation and the President of the company’s Building Division.

Advisory Board Chair

Dennis Freeman

Dennis Freeman is a seasoned executive with more than 40 years of commercial knowledge and expertise advising on or supporting mergers and acquisitions and other business transactions predominantly in the alternative asset space in North America and internationally, including in the private equity and infrastructure sectors. A partner at KPMG LLP from 1983 until his retirement in 2011, Dennis held a number of senior management roles within the firm in Canada and globally, including establishing, developing and leading its transaction services practice in Canada.

Dennis and his team built this practice into a highly respected market leader, advising hundreds of companies and institutions on how to create, enhance and preserve long-term business value, guiding clients through all facets of assessing, structuring, managing and executing successful transactions. KPMG has served as a principal advisor to several of Canada’s largest pension funds on a wide variety of domestic and complex multi-jurisdictional infrastructure transactions. As a senior partner on several such engagements, Dennis’ professional expertise spans global markets.

Dennis is also a highly skilled corporate governance practitioner as a result of his years of service as a director for corporate and not-for-profit entities. He currently serves on the boards of several private companies.

Advisory Board Member

Mary Hemmingsen

Mary Hemmingsen is a North American energy business leader with 25 years of experience in business development and related asset, portfolio and project management.

She has proven leadership in the development and delivery of strategy, policy, programs, projects and initiatives for energy, power, utilities and related infrastructure businesses in a range of capacities, both in the public and private sector and for major energy companies, public utilities and global asset managers.

Through all her roles, Mary has built productive relationships with counterparties, government and others in informing, negotiating and implementing policies, development and operating structures and engineering procurement and construction terms for successful asset management, contracting and development arrangements.

As Executive Vice President and CFO for North West Innovation Works, part of Global Innovation Works, Mary works to bring global and local energy business content and leadership to new world-scale development of clean methanol and supporting infrastructure.

Prior to North West, Mary served as a Partner, Canadian Power and Utilities Lead and Global Head of Gas and LNG for KPMG, where she led engagements providing strategic advice and support for project and market development to global and regional energy entities in an evolving energy market.

In the power sector, Mary also held senior executive positions at Brookfield Renewable Power responsible for business development and a number of senior lead roles at BC Hydro in planning, portfolio management, operations, asset management, procurement, finance, risk management, project management as well as strategy and business transformation.

Mary serves on the Board of Directors of Stuart Olson Inc. and is chair of the Board of Directors for Trace Water Solutions Ltd.  She is also active within the industry, including serving on the governing board for Women in Energy Canada.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Vee Kachroo

Vee Kachroo was appointed as Senior Vice President, Operations of Canpotex in September 2017.  Vee is based out of Canpotex’s head office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is a member of the Canpotex Executive Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Canpotex, Vee worked for CN Rail for over 30 years, holding a variety of technical, financial, sales and marketing, commercial, and operating roles. He served as Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions from 2012-2017, and was responsible for subsidiaries that included Autoport, Transloads, CNWW, Great Lakes Fleet (vessels and docks), and freight optimization.  Other positions at CN included Vice President, Industrial Products from 2010-2012.

Vee currently sits on various  boards of directors, including Neptune Terminals, Portland Bulk Terminals (PBT), Canpotex Rail Maintenance facility (CRML), and until recently was a board member of the Saudi Railway Company (SAR), and the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO).

Vee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from McGill University in Montreal.

Advisory Board Member

David Mullen

David Mullen is a leading executive in the private capital industry with more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector. David is currently the Managing Director of Highland West Capital Ltd, a merchant bank offering a broad array of capital alternatives.

In addition, David is a founding Managing Director at Graycliff Partners, an independent investment management firm focused on middle-market private equity and mezzanine investments in the US and Latin America.

David is the former Managing Partner and Chair of Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc. Both firms were previously the merchant banking subsidiaries of HSBC, and were formed in connection with management buyouts that were completed in 2011 and led by David. Previously, David was Head of Private Equity North America at HSBC Capital, managing merchant banking operations in Canada, the US and Latin America with capital commitments in excess of $2 billion.

David is on the board of directors of NGEx Resources and serves as a director of various public and private companies as well as several not-for-profit associations.  He also formerly served as chair of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.