Pioneer Fuels Inc.

President & CEOStrategic PlanningMergers & Acquisitions
DESCRIPTION:  Pioneer Fuels Inc. is a commercial petroleum distribution company that specializes in delivering high-quality diesel fuel, gasoline, heating oil, propane, lubricants and equipment. John Hamilton served as President & CEO; overseeing operations, business development, supplier arrangements, expense and capital management, working with the Board to facilitate the sale of the Business, and winding up the legal entities.

Pioneer Energy

z1SERVICES PROVIDEDCorporate DevelopmentStrategic PlanningMergers & Acquisitions
DESCRIPTION:  Pioneer Energy is one of Canada’s largest independent fuel distributors with a premier network of 393 gas stations and 12 Commercial locations throughout Ontario, Manitoba and Atlantic Canada, operating primarily under the Pioneer and Esso brands. Pioneer distributes 2.2 billion litres of fuel annually with $2.5 billion in system-wide sales. StrategEx acted as financial and strategic advisor and project leader to The Pioneer Group Inc. and Suncor Energy (50/50 owners) in the $481 million sale of Pioneer Energy to Parkland Fuel Corporation.

Pioneer Fuels Inc.

z2SERVICES PROVIDED:  Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, President & CEO
DESCRIPTION:  Pioneer Fuels Inc. is a commercial fuels business involved in the sales, service and delivery of heating oil, bulk fuels, lubricants, and other related products and services to residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ontario and throughout Atlantic Canada.  StrategEx acted as M&A advisor to Pioneer Fuels in the acquisition of Global Fuels Agency Inc., a fuel transportation business with a fleet of more than 40 trucks.  Following this acquisition, StrategEx (John Hamilton) also serves as CEO for Pioneer Fuels Inc. 

Guelph Food Technology Centre – GFTC

z3SERVICES PROVIDED:  Corporate Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, President & COO
DESCRIPTION:  GFTC is the Canadian leader in providing food safety, training, quality, technical and innovation solutions for food processors and manufacturers. StrategEx acted as financial and strategic advisor and project leader in the reorganization and sale/merger of the business with NSF International to create the combined largest food safety certifier in the world. As a result of this reorganization and transaction, StrategEx (John Hamilton) also served as President and COO of GFTC while leading the creation of a multi-million dollar endowment fund established to invest in technology, innovation and training initiatives that will further advance the competitiveness of the Canadian Food Industry.

The WaterStreet Group Inc.

z6SERVICES PROVIDED:  Strategic Planning, Corporate Development, Finance, Operations, Business Advisory Services
DESCRIPTION:  WaterStreet is Canada’s leading Multi-Family Office firm in a relatively young industry, dedicated to managing the personal wealth and lives of affluent private families and individuals.  John Hamilton served as MD & COO in the amalgamation of CPA into WaterStreet, overseeing strategy and other corporate development, combining regulatory environments of operations and launching the unified WaterStreet Family Offices brand.  John also led corporate finance and M&A activities for WaterStreet’s clients.

The WaterStreet Group Inc. & WaterStreet Family Capital Council Inc.

z7SERVICES PROVIDED:  Strategic Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions
DESCRIPTION:  WaterStreet was a relatively young, but unique and highly recognized Canadian private wealth counsel and family office practice.  As a private equity investor and strategic/financial advisor, John led the successful sale of the Company to Scotiabank.  

ESC Corporate Services Ltd.

z4SERVICES PROVIDED:  M&A Debt & Equity Financing
DESCRIPTION:  ESC is an electronic service bureau that provides automated access and tools to over 4,500 clients at Canada’s top law firms, accounting firms, insurance companies and financial institutions to perform corporate public records searches, due diligence and filing. John arranged private debt and equity financing to facilitate the acquisition of Dye & Durham from Teranet. 

Jameson Bank 

Interim President & CEO
DESCRIPTION:  John Hamilton served as Interim President & CEO for the company during a critical transition period;addressing regulatory matters,simplifying the strategic plan, building the sales team, overseeing the implementation of a new IT platform and working with the Board to identify new CEO candidates. 

StrategEx Capital Management Inc.

z8SERVICES PROVIDED:  Private Equity Investment & Strategic Realignment
DESCRIPTION:  StrategEx made a private equity investment in WaterStreet Wealth Management and refreshed its strategic plan. WaterStreet is a multi-family office firm serving ultra-high net worth clients.

Arthur’s Fresh Co. Ltd.

z9SERVICES PROVIDED:  Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
DESCRIPTION:  Arthur’s Juice is a Canadian producer and innovation leader in all-natural fruit smoothies. StrategEx acted as financial advisor and project manager to Arthur’s and its shareholders for financing and the successful sale of the Company to H.J. Heinz Company of Canada Ltd.   

FreshChange Food Group Ltd.

z10SERVICES PROVIDED:  Private Equity Investment Advisory Services
DESCRIPTION:   FreshChange is an investment firm that invests in and works with privately owned food companies in the “good for you” space that want strategic, operational or capital support to accelerate growth.  StrategEx acted as financial advisor for a private equity investment in Arthur’s Juice; the makers of all-natural fruit smoothies.  

Bergevin Investments Inc. & Mesier China Ltd. & Dalian AW Gratings Ltd.

z11SERVICES PROVIDED: Private Equity Investment Advisory Services, Corporate Finance Restructuring
DESCRIPTION:   Bergevin is a Canadian private equity investment company. Meiser is the Hong Kong parent company for a China-based steel fabricating company. StrategEx has conducted various business and strategy reviews on behalf of Bergevin for prospective investment opportunities and most recently acted as advisor to Bergevin for the financial restructuring of Mesier and Dalian.  

The Current Sales Corporation

z12SERVICES PROVIDED:  Business and Strategy Review
DESCRIPTION:   Current Corp is the Canadian leader in marine night vision camera systems.  StrategEx has acted as strategic and financial advisor to the company to lead a detailed organizational review, strategy assessment and providing ongoing corporate development services. 

HIG Capital, LLC, Private Equity Investments

z13SERVICES PROVIDED:  Acquisition
DESCRIPTION:  HIG Capital is a global private investment firm with over $7.5 billion of capital under management.  StrategEx acted as financial advisor for a $225 million acquisition opportunity.

Alberta Service Bureau Inc.

z14SERVICES PROVIDED:  Mergers & Acquisitions
DESCRIPTION:   ASB is a registry agent for the Province of Alberta with its head office in Edmonton Alberta.  StrategEx acted as financial advisor to the shareholders for the sale of the company.   

Transcom WorldWide S.A.

z15SERVICES PROVIDED:  Mergers & Acquisitions
DESCRIPTION:  Transcom is a leading global outsourced services company specializing in Customer Relationship Management and Credit Management Services, with 17,300 employees serving clients from 72 sites around the globe in 29 countries.  StrategEx acted as financial advisor for the review of North American acquisition opportunities.  

Resolve Corporation & Resolve Business Outsourcing Income Fund

z16SERVICES PROVIDED:  Mergers & Acquisitions, Divestiture, Corporate Finance, Other Corporate Development
DESCRIPTION:   Resolve provides business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions to large businesses and governments in North America.  As SVP Corporate Development, John acted as financial advisor for the restructuring and sale of the Travel Fulfillment Division, negotiating strategic alliances with 2 key partners, leading the preparation for the company’s IPO in conjunction with the merger with Canadian Securities Registration System, and leading the successful process reengineering and contract procurement for the Canada Student Loans Program resulting in a 5 year $270 million contract with the Federal Government.

CIBC & Edulinx Canada Corporation

z17SERVICES PROVIDED:  Business & Strategy Review, Acting CFO, Leading Change by way of Restructuring, Corporate Finance, Divestiture
DESCRIPTION:   Edulinx Canada Corporation is a Business Process Outsourcing company providing loan servicing and call centre services for various governments and financial institutions.  As acting CFO, John led an in-depth business and strategy review, operational and financial restructuring and successful divestiture of Edulinx for CIBC.