George Fowlie, MBA
Over the course of his 40-year career in corporate finance, George Fowlie has held roles such as founding partner and managing director in the areas of commercial banking, merchant banking, investment banking, private equity and mezzanine debt funds. Most recently, George was Head of Investment Banking for Westwind Capital, which he helped build into an international natural resources boutique until it was acquired in 2008 by Thomas Weisel Partners. George retired in 2008 to pursue his own investments and is now engaged and active in a wide variety of industries. He has served as a director on numerous private, public and not-for-profit Boards and is the past Chair of Outward Bound Canada. George has an MBA from the Ivey Business School and also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Robert Gillis, CPA, CA
Rob Gillis is President and Director of Thornridge Holdings Limited, a private holding company with interests in High Liner Foods Inc., Envirosystems Inc., Annapolis Group Inc., and Glen Arbour Golf Course. Rob also serves as Chairman and CEO of Hawthorne Capital Inc. and as a Director of several subsidiary companies within the Group. Hawthorne is a mid-market merchant bank focused on acquiring and growing established enterprises, primarily in Atlantic Canada. Rob also has professional practice experience in assurance and business advisory services including business valuations, forensic accounting and litigation support.
Christopher A. Johnson, CFA
As Crown’s president and CEO, Chris is responsible for directing Crown Capital investment functions, including deal origination, underwriting and portfolio management. He also manages client relations. Prior to starting Crown Capital, Chris was an investment manager for Crown Life Insurance Company. Chris has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Guelph and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Larry Pollock was appointed as a Director and President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Western Bank (“CWB”) in 1990, where he had a distinguished 23-year career. During his time as CEO, CWB’s market capitalization grew from $16 million to $2.3 billion and its assets increased to $17 billion by the time of his retirement in 2013. Mr. Pollock has extensive corporate governance experience. He is currently a trustee of Melcor REIT (TSX:MR.UN), and he has also served as the Chair of HNZ Group Inc. (TSX:HNZ) and a Director of Westjet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA), EPCOR Utilities Inc. and Clark Builders.
Glen Roane, MBA, ICD.D
Over an 18-year career in the Canadian financial services industry, Glen Roane held leadership roles in commercial banking, investment banking and investment management, with TD Bank, Burns Fry and Lancaster Financial. Since 1997, Glen has principally served as a corporate director; he is currently the Chair of Badger Daylighting and a director of Enerplus Corporation and the GBC AmericanGrowth Fund. Previously, he served as a board member of a number of TSX-listed energy/resources companies. Glen also served two terms as a Member of the Alberta Securities Commission. He has a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA from Queen’s University and also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Alan Rowe, CPA, CA
Alan Rowe is a partner with Crown Realty Partners, an investment management firm. He is also a Director of Canadian Western Bank. Prior to July 2007, Alan was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Crown Life Insurance. Alan is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Accountant. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Peter Snucins is the Founder, President & CEO of Polycorp Ltd., a role he has held since 1997. From 1988 to 1993 he was the President of Clairvest Group and prior to that a founding shareholder and Director of CCFL (1978-1988). Peter is a founder, sponsor, and Director of GreenCentre Canada, a National Centre of Excellence, and has created and managed a number of publicly-listed and privately-held companies. He is currently a member of several boards and has served as Chair for both the Audit and Ethics Committees of a Canadian Chartered Bank.