Valitas Team

There are two things an advisory firm must master to excel. The first is to gain the trust and respect of its clients and advise them well. The second is to attract, develop and retain the best team. These two key elements are the cornerstones on which we built Valitas.

Our core team consists of some of the most esteemed and well-pedigreed experts in their respective fields. The members of our core and advisory teams have been connected for several years. In many cases, we have known each other for over 20 years. The team is drawn to Valitas out of mutual respect and shared values. We are convinced that together we offer unique skills and perspective to business owners in the Canadian mid-market.

  • Paris Aden

    Involved as both an advisor and a private equity principal in greater than 100 M&A transactions worth in excess of $80 billion. Former RBC, CSFB, Clairvest and Morgan Stanley. Co-founder of Alluence Capital Advisors.

  • Geoff Bennett

    Geoff is a seasoned M&A and corporate finance advisor, having spent over 20 years driving results for mid-market clients. Geoff also maintains an extensive family office and ultra-high net worth investor network.

  • Boris Novansky

    Advised on over $60 billion in successful corporate transactions across a broad range of industry sectors, including some of the largest and most complex transactions completed in North America. Former Kirchner, CIBC, Cormark, TD, Newcrest and BMO.

  • Brian Van Allen

    Brian has held roles as a senior debt lender, a mezzanine debt financier, and an investor in mid-market companies. He has been involved with companies across a range of industries, including but not limited to manufacturing, distribution, entertainment, food & beverage, and software.

  • Louis Goldberg
    Director, Investment Banking Coverage

    Combines experience in financial services with a background in corporate strategy and analytics. Holds an Honours Business Administration degree, with distinction, from Ivey School of business and has passed the CFA Level I exam. 

  • Michael Mazza
    Investment Banking Associate

    Experienced in corporate finance and private equity assignments. Holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto specializing in Finance and Economics and has passed the CFA Level I exam.

  • Christopher Tuszynski
    Investment Banking Analyst

    Combines experience in private equity, venture capital and corporate development. Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Economics, with distinction, from Queen’s University.

  • Shelby Canvin
    Investment Banking Analyst

    Combines experience in both private equity and digital marketing. Holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University.

  • Dean Walt
    Coverage Associate

    Combines entrepreneurship experience with a background in IT consulting. Hold an Honours Business Administration degree from Ivey School of business.

  • Ryan Maglalang
    Coverage Associate

    Combines extensive start-up and legal experience with an academic background. Ryan holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto, with majors in Political Science and Criminology and has been a top competitor in both domestic and international student competitions.

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