Canada with its thriving economy supports the formation and transaction processes in businesses of all the country’s different key industries: agriculture, energy, technology, services and manufacturing. Direct access to ports and the commitment to public transport form an innovative, green and progressive business climate. Given these conditions and the fact that investments in the fields of traditional capital markets are becoming riskier every day during the recent crisis, single family offices, the private investment companies associated with the richest and wealthiest individuals, are focusing on private equity investments to balance their portfolios. As part of our database of the largest single family offices in Canada, we want to present you three Canadian single family offices, that pursue private equity investments.
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#1: Tricor Pacific Capital
Vancouver-based and established in 1996, the company’s original goal was to carry out private equity transactions, using the owner family’s, as well as institutional funds to invest in middle-market companies across North America. Until today, Tricor Pacific Capital has evolved into a single family office that solely invests its own capital. Under the direction of Rod Senft, the investment company managed four separate funds with a total committed capital of $1.2 billion, focusing on real estate and private equity. Preferred industries are real estate, food, industrial and transportation with a strong focus on middle market companies. Tricor Pacific Capital, for example, is invested in Dinoflex, a leading innovator in the manufacturing of recycled rubber products and specialist in producing premium quality rubber flooring, surfaces, tiles and custom products. Rockmount Research and Alloys is another exemplary private equity investment of Tricor Pacific Capital. The industrial company is a leading supplier of high-quality repair and maintenance welding alloys specifically designed to weld stronger and last longer.
Hedgewood Inc. serves as the private investment firm of the the co-founder and past Chairman & CEO of WebHosting.com and InQuent Technologies: Jesse Rasch. In addition to WebHosting.com and InQuent Technologies Jesse Rasch also co-founded CareGuide. Hedgewood Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Toronto. InQuent provides private label hosting solutions to telecommunications customers. WebHosting.Com was one of the largest business web hosting companies in the world. In 2000, Rasch sold InQuent and WebHosting.Com to AT&T. As a global thinking investor, Hedgewodd Inc. focuses not only on transactions in Canada and the United States, but also seeks for global investments. Besides private equity, investments are made in venture capital, capital markets, lending and real estate.
#3: Marin Investments Limited
Vancouver-based Marin Investments engages as the private investment vehicle of the Young Family and was established in 1952. Since 1982, Charles Young, graduate of Stanford and Harvard Business School, leads the investment firm. Marin Investments Limited back then started investing with a major controlling interest in Finning Tractor and Equipment, the largest Caterpillar distributor worldwide. It didn’t take long and the firm expanded its investment activities to real estate, private equity and stock markets. Tantalus is part of Marin’s private equity portfolio and delivers measurable and meaningful operational savings through their multi-purpose Smart Grid solutions platform for Advanced Metering, Demand Management, Distribution Automation and Grid Optimization. Another investment is prepac, a successful North American designer, manufacturer and drop shipper of functional and stylish RTA (Ready-To-Assemble) home furniture.
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