Prior to founding Links Capital, Ron was a Partner at Mercantile Bancorp Ltd, a middle market private equity fund with offices in Calgary and Vancouver. The fund’s focus was on investing equity capital and subordinated/mezzanine debt in growth projects, working capital expansions, management buyouts, acquisitions, and recapitalizations of mid-market companies, including the divestiture of these investments.
Ron experience also includes being responsible for a national bank’s private equity management buyout fund in Western Canada, member of the investment committee for a private equity fund, investment banking in the US and sitting on over ten corporate boards as a director of both private and public companies (TSX and NYSE) in the distribution, financial services, forest by-products, manufacturing, oilfield service industries, retail and wholesale industries. Ron is also the past Chairman of the Board of Hockey Calgary, where he held that position for six years.
Ron has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA) with the CFA Institute, the Corporate Finance Qualification (CF) from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Corporate Directors Certification (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), with a major in finance from the University of Manitoba. Ron has passed the U.S. National Association of Securities Dealers Series 7 & 63 examinations and was designated as a Portfolio Manager by the Alberta Securities Commission.