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Thank you for attending the 2023 Dealmakers of the Year Awards on Thursday, February 1st at the Sutton Place hotel!
Please click here to view photos from the event. 
The Deal of the Year Award celebrates a leading British Columbia sell-side transaction. This award recognizes the executive team and CEO, as well as British Columbia-based professional firms and other individuals whose excellence in executing on that transaction led to an exceptional outcome.

WINNER: Safe Software Inc.
•    Dale Lutz, Co-Founder and CEO
•    Advisors: Fort Capital Partners, Mogan Daniels Slager LLP, PwC LLP


ACG BC also recognizes two finalists for the Deal of the Year transaction.

Northwestern Systems Corporation
•    Christopher Ramsden and Harry Lim
•    Advisors: PwC, Lawson Lundell LLP

WhistlerBlower Security
•    Shannon Walker, Founder
•    Advisors: Capital West Partners, Osler, Baker Tilly

The Dealmaker of the Year Award focuses on recognizing the contribution of an outstanding individual dealmaker who has contributed significantly to the prosperity of BC middle market companies through dealmaking.

WINNER: Rob Mitchell and Barry Glotman, Pit Stop Portables

FINALIST: Josh Pekarsky, Longview Communications


The Rising Stars Award focuses on recognizing the contributions of emerging leaders with less than seven years' experience in the industry who have contributed to the prosperity of BC middle market companies through dealmaking. Click here for the Rising Stars Nomination Form.

Andrew Kemp, Lawson Lundell LLP
Megan O'Neill, Farris LLP
Daniel Gardiner, KPMG Corporate Finance
Vlad Manchash, Tricor Pacific Capital

2022 Dealmakers of the Year Awards Recipients


WINNER: Carmanah Technologies

ACG BC is proud to recognize as BC's Middle Market Deal of the Year the sale of Carmanah Technologies to Vance Street Capital, a Los Angeles based private equity firm. The transaction was led by President and CEO Geoff Wilcox and Chairman and former CEO, John Simmons. Carmanah was advised by Fort Capital Partners with a team consisting of Mike Burtch, Aleem Jinnah, Taylor Carter and Nic Xylinas, and by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP with a team consisting of Warren Learmonth and Julie Bogle. The divestiture of Carmanah represented the final move in a strategy set by the Board of Directors in 2019 when the Company was taken private by Terry Holland (Krystal Growth Partners) and Jim Meekison (Trimin Capital).

FINALISTS: Harbourfront Wealth Management and Comala Technology Solutions 

Harbourfront Wealth Management in its sale to Audax Private Equity, in a transaction led by its founder and CEO Danny Popescu, and advised by Jon Conlin of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and Ed Higham and Sean Martin of Raymond James Ltd.

Comala Technology Solutions ULC in its sale to Appfire Technologies LLC, in a transaction led by its shareholder Roberto Dominguez, and advised by Erica McGuinness of Sequeira Partners, Alexander Demner of Thorsteinssons LLP and Adam Dlin of Stikeman Elliot LLP.



WINNER: Adam Lewis, Founder, Ecofish Research Ltd. 

ACG BC is proud to recognize Adam Lewis, founder of Ecofish Research Ltd. ("Ecofish") as Dealmaker of the Year 2022. Together with his team, Adam created significant value for the shareholders and the broader B.C. environmental community by being instrumental in the development of provincial and federal environmental assessment and monitoring guidelines, growing the business organically and through acquisitions, and maintaining a relentless focus on the principles of scientific excellence, professional environmental ethics, and social responsibility. Ecofish was acquired by Trinity Consultants in June 2022 as the cornerstone to Trinity's growing global water and ecology practice.

FINALIST: Darby Kreitz, P. Eng, Founder and CEO, Allnorth Consultants Limited

ACG BC also recognizes Darby Kreitz, Founder and CEO of Allnorth Consultants Limited ("Allnorth") as the Finalist for Dealmaker of the Year 2022. Over the past several years Darby and his team have completed numerous acquisitions which ultimately culminated in Allnorth security Long Point Capital, LLC as a new equity investor in 2022. Not only was this a successful deal for Darby and the company's shareholders, but it also resulted in a strategic partnership that will position Allnorth well for continued expansion.

Special Thanks to our 2023 Sponsors!

About Dealmakers of the Year Awards

The 2023 Association for Corporate Growth British Columbia Dealmakers of the Year Awards will be hosted at the Sutton Place Vancouver on Thursday, February 1st. Join us to celebrate the achievements of local M&A professionals and to network with industry leaders.

Please click here for 2022 Gala Photos.


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