Our strategy is reinforced by our distinctive culture. This requires a collective focus, guided by our values.
We are inspired by excellence
We seek excellence in everything we do, through attention to detail, innovation, and continuous improvement.
We embrace teamwork
We collaborate and cooperate in a shared commitment to successful results.
We are caring and inclusive
We strive for a respectful, open, and diverse work environment.
We act with integrity
We conduct ourselves with the highest standards of behaviour and ethics, focused on always doing what is right.
Andrew founded Altas Partners in 2012. Andrew established the firm following a 17-year career with Onex Corporation where, as a Managing Director, he co-led the establishment of the firm’s large cap private equity platform in 2001 and oversaw its other investing platforms, including ONCAP.
Andrew worked at McKinsey & Company and a private family business prior to joining Onex in 1995. Andrew is or has served as a Board member or Trustee of The Hospital for Sick Children, Hot Docs, the York School, Urban Squash Toronto, and Harvard Business School’s Canadian Advisory Board.
Andrew received a BCom in Economics (First in Class) from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Scott was a founding partner of Altas. Prior to joining Altas, Scott worked at Providence Equity Partners in New York. At Providence, Scott was focused on opportunities in the business services and communications sectors.
Prior to Providence, Scott worked at McColl Partners, an investment banking firm founded by Hugh McColl, where he advised corporations and large family-owned businesses in merger, acquisition, and financing transactions. Scott serves on the Global Leadership Council at the University of North Carolina.
Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chris was a founding partner of Altas. Prior to joining Altas, Chris was Director, Business Transformation at Husky Injection Molding Systems, the world’s leading supplier of plastic injection molding equipment and services, overseeing global growth and cost improvement initiatives. Chris joined Husky from Onex Corporation, where he led the operational improvement due diligence associated with the acquisition of Husky in 2007.
Prior to joining Onex, Chris worked in the merchant banking group within CIBC World Markets (joined in 2001) where he focused on equity co-investments, mezzanine debt loans, bridge loans, and other transactions spanning a diverse range of industries.
Chris completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard University and the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program with a minor in Mathematics (with High Distinction) at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Katie joined Altas Partners as Chair in 2019 after serving as a member of the Altas Advisory Board for four years. She also served on the board of MyEyeDr., an Altas portfolio company, until its sale in 2019.
Katie is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. During her 24-year career with Four Seasons, she held a number of senior leadership roles and was instrumental in building its global brand and international portfolio of luxury properties.
Katie is Chair of the Board of the Royal Bank of Canada, a Trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children (and co-Chair of the hospital’s $1.3 billion Capital Campaign), Vice-Chair of the Adecco Group of Zurich and a Director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Air Canada.
Katie has been the recipient of the Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership and the inaugural Medal for Career Achievement from the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University. She has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends as well as the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Hall of Fame, and has been the recipient of the Governance Professionals of Canada Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award. She is a Fellow of both the Institute of Corporate Directors in Canada and of the National Association of Corporate Directors in the U.S.
Katie is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council, where she co-chairs the Human Capital Policy Council. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business and the Principal’s International Advisory Board at McGill University.
Katie holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto. In addition, Katie was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Laws from the University of Toronto, McGill University, York University and Trent University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University.
Prior to joining Altas, Paul was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Celestica Inc., a NYSE/TSX-listed company with approximately $6 billion in revenues and 30,000 employees across North America, Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Paul was one of Celestica’s founding executives. He worked closely on the corporate carve-out of Celestica in 1996 when it was a subsidiary of IBM, and its subsequent development into a global leader in outsourced electronics manufacturing and supply chain management. During his career at Celestica, Paul held numerous executive leadership positions. As Chief Financial Officer for six years, Paul also led the company’s strategy and M&A functions.
Paul has completed the Leadership Best Practices program at Harvard University and the G100 Next Generation Leadership Program. Paul has co-led an annual fundraising initiative for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society, and served on the Audit, Finance, and Risk Committee of Habitat for Humanity Toronto.
Paul was educated at the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies) and the Schulich School of Business (Master of Business Administration with Honours). Paul has completed the Leadership Best Practices program at Harvard University and the G100 Next Generation Leadership Program.
Prior to joining Altas, David worked at Apollo Global Management in London and New York, where he focused on sourcing, evaluating, and executing private equity investment opportunities across a variety of industries. David began his career in the Leveraged Finance group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
David holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Distinction from Queen’s University.
Prior to joining Altas, Damon worked at Mill Road Capital in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he focused on private equity and public equity investments, and at Onex Corporation in Toronto, where he was actively involved with the acquisition and subsequent ownership of Husky Injection Molding Systems. Damon began his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at CIBC World Markets.
Damon earned a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours from Queen’s University and a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Prior to joining Altas, Lisa spent 14 years with the Boston Consulting Group. Most recently, Lisa led the end-to-end talent strategy and operations for the firm’s Canadian practice, and she previously served in a variety of roles leading projects across a range of industries, counselling clients globally, and developing thought leadership on issues related to talent and organization. Lisa began her career in public opinion and market research at Pollara Strategic Insights.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University (Dean’s List) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business (Dean’s List, Valedictorian).
Prior to joining Altas, Alisha worked at Uber, where she focused on strategy and operations for the company’s rideshare and food delivery businesses across Canada, and at McKinsey & Company, where she was involved in digital transformation and advanced analytics projects across a range of industries.
Alisha studied at Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (with Distinction, Sterling Award) and a Master of Science in Computer Science.
Prior to joining Altas, Aza worked in the Investment Banking Division at RBC Capital Markets in Toronto, where she was involved in executing M&A and capital markets transactions for clients in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors.
Aza studied at the Schulich School of Business at York University, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and graduated with Distinction.
Prior to joining Altas, Nick worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in Toronto, where he was involved in executing M&A and capital markets transactions across a wide variety of industries.
Nick studied at McGill University, where he completed his Bachelor of Computer Engineering, graduating on the Dean’s Honour List.
Prior to joining Altas, Patrick worked in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley in Toronto, where he was involved in executing M&A and capital markets transactions across a wide range of sectors.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from Queen’s University.
Prior to joining Altas, Joyce worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in San Francisco, where she was involved in executing M&A and capital markets transactions across a variety of sectors.
Joyce graduated from the University of Western Ontario, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business (with Distinction, Ivey Scholar).
Prior to joining Altas, Minnie was a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Financial Institution and Real Estate Practice. She primarily focused on the audit of private equity, hedge funds, pensions, and asset management clients. Minnie also sat on the board of the KPMG Pension Plan and was the lead recruiting manager for the University of Toronto St. George campus.
Minnie earned a BComm with High Distinction from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business. Minnie also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Prior to Altas, Chevonne was a Financial Analyst at Bosch Canada where she worked directly with the division’s controller to support all financial reporting needs.
Chevonne studied at McMaster University, where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Commerce. Chevonne also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant Designation.
Judy joined Altas after working in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in New York, where she was involved in executing M&A and capital markets transactions for clients in the healthcare sector.
Judy studied at the University of Waterloo, where she completed her Bachelor of Accounting and Finance, graduating on the Dean’s Honour List.
Ryan joined Altas after working at Bain & Company in Toronto, where he was involved in private equity diligence, procurement, and corporate strategy projects across a variety of sectors.
Ryan studied at Queen’s University, where he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering (Gold Medalist).
Daniel joined Altas following graduation from law school. Previously, Daniel worked at Bain & Company in both Toronto and London, where he was involved in private equity diligences and corporate strategy projects across various sectors.
Daniel received a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours from Queens Univeristy, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was recipient of the Sears Prize.
Sam joined Altas at its founding. Prior to joining Altas, Sam worked in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley in Toronto, where he was involved in executing M&A and capital markets transactions across a wide range of sectors.
Sam studied business and economics at Queen’s University and completed dual Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees, graduating first in his Bachelor of Commerce class.
Prior to joining Altas, Jack worked at Berkshire Partners. At Berkshire, Jack evaluated investment opportunities across a wide range of sectors and had various portfolio company responsibilities. Before joining Berkshire, Jack worked at Bain & Company in Toronto, where he was involved in a number of private equity diligences and corporate strategy projects.
Jack studied at the University of Western Ontario, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Ivey Scholar, Concurrent Gold Medalist) and a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinction).
Prior to joining Altas, Akshay worked at Blackstone in New York and at TPG in San Francisco, focusing on investment opportunities across a wide variety of industries. Akshay began his career in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in New York.
Akshay holds a BA in Honours Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business (Ivey Scholar, Concurrent Gold Medalist) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Prior to joining Altas, Simon worked in the Private Equity Group at Ares Management in Los Angeles, where he evaluated investment opportunities across various sectors.
University of Western Ontario, Ivey School of Business (Distinction, Ivey Scholar)
Prior to joining Altas, Nick worked at TPG in San Francisco, where he evaluated investment opportunities across a variety of sectors. Nick began his career in the Technology Investment Banking group at Morgan Stanley in New York.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Science with majors in Finance, Accounting, and Economics from Boston College (summa cum laude) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Prior to joining Altas, Dharmesh was an Associate Director in BCE’s Corporate Strategy and M&A team, where he worked extensively to grow BCE’s hosting business into the largest co-location provider in Canada. Dharmesh also worked on a number of strategic initiatives with BCE’s Media and Mobility divisions. Dharmesh worked at Veritas Investment Research and Deloitte prior to joining BCE in 2009.
Dharmesh was educated at the Schulich School of Business, York University (Bachelor of Business Administration, with Distinction) and the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (Master of Business Administration, Dean’s Honour List). Dharmesh also holds a Chartered Accountancy designation.
Prior to joining Altas, Aisha was a Vice President in the Corporate Advisory group at Evercore in Toronto and New York, where she advised clients across a broad range of sectors on M&A and capital markets transactions. Before joining Evercore, Aisha worked in the Diversified Industries investment banking group at J.P. Morgan. She began her career in public finance investment banking at Banc of America Securities.
Aisha holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Prior to joining Altas, Michael worked at Scotiabank, where he supported an enterprise-wide transformation program, and at Bain & Company, where he led projects across private equity due diligence, corporate strategy, and performance improvement.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Business Administration from University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business (with Distinction, Ivey Scholar), a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario (with Distinction), and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University (with Distinction).
Prior to joining Altas, Arun worked at Deloitte’s Audit and Assurance practice, where he served clients across various sectors on M&A transactions and IPO readiness reviews.
Arun received a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours from Queen’s University. Arun also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Prior to joining Altas, Yidi was a manager in PwC’s Real Estate and Asset Management practice, where she focused primarily on audit for real estate clients.
Yidi studied at University of Waterloo, where she completed her Bachelor of Mathematics (with Distinction) and Master of Accounting. Yidi also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Andrew Hauptman is the Chairman of Andell Inc., a private investment firm and family office he controls along with his wife, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman.
Andrew currently serves on the advisory board of Pendulum Holdings and has been a director of numerous public and private companies, including BSN SPORTS, Dick Clark Productions, Koor Industries, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Storage Mobility (PODS), and Canyon Ranch Holdings. From 2007 to 2019, Andrew was owner and chairman of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Soccer Club. The Club was also consistently recognized for its deep community engagement, having most recently won the 2019 ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year award.
Andrew co-founded and serves as Director of The Bronfman Hauptman Foundation, which is dedicated to social justice, advancements in education, and environmental protection, and supports many other philanthropic and civic causes. He is a board member of the Center for American Progress, an independent policy institute committed to improving the lives of Americans through bold, progressive ideas and leadership. Andrew was elected Charter Trustee of City Year in 2020 after having served as Trustee for more than 12 years. He is the Co-Founder, former Chair of the board for nine years, and now Chair Emeritus of City Year Los Angeles and serves on the Leadership Council of Service Year Alliance. He is Co-Founder and Trustee of The Charles Bronfman Prize, which recognizes young Jewish humanitarians whose innovative work serves to inspire the next generation. Andrew is a member of the Yale University Council, the Advisory Board of The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, and the Leadership Council of International Medical Corps. Andrew served as President of the Chicago Fire Foundation for 12 years, and in 2017, he was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame as Sports Advocate of the Year.
Earlier in his career, Andrew was a senior executive with Universal Studios in London. Through Andell Entertainment Andrew produced several feature films including “State of Play,” starring Russell Crowe, and “Millions,” directed by Danny Boyle. Prior to his time in the media industry, Andrew worked in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions at Alex. Brown & Sons in New York.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Prior to his retirement in 2013, Tony was Co-Head of Credit Suisse’s Private Fund Group (PFG), a leading global institutional private equity advisory firm, having worked for PFG and its predecessor, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), since 1998. Prior to DLJ, Tony worked for 13 years at Bankers Trust Company in a variety of positions in the fixed income, derivative, and asset management businesses. In the mid 1990s, he served as Managing Director and Head of Sales, Marketing and Client Service of BT Asset Management, which managed more than $200 Billion of institutional assets, then one of the largest investment managers in North America. Today, he holds several board and advisory positions.
Tony began his career at Walter E. Heller & Company in Chicago, and also spent two years as a First Scholar with The First National Bank of Chicago.
Tony received a BA from Connecticut College and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
David Lawee is Founder and General Partner of CapitalG. Previously, David was Google’s Vice President of Corporate Development, managing the company’s acquisitions and investments. Over David’s five-year tenure, Google acquired approximately 100 companies. Before that, as Google’s first Vice President of Marketing, David managed all of Google’s consumer, advertiser, and partner marketing globally.
Before joining Google, David was a founder of Xfire, a leading online gaming community, which was acquired by Viacom. Previously, David co-founded three other start-ups, including Mosaic Venture Partners, a leading Toronto-based venture capital firm. He also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
David holds degrees in law and philosophy from McGill University and the University of Western Ontario, respectively, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Joe Natale is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Communications, Canada’s largest provider of wireless communications services and one of the country’s leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet, information technology, and telephony services. Prior to Rogers, Joe was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Telus Corporation, having held positions of increasing responsibility over twelve years.
Previously, Joe held senior leadership roles at KPMG Consulting, including Global Managing Director in consumer and industrial markets, Country Leader for Canada, and Managing Partner for Business Transformation Services. Joe joined KPMG Consulting after the company he founded, PNO Management Consultants Inc., was acquired by KPMG in 1997. He began his career at Accenture in 1987 in strategy and transformation services.
Joe is a member of the Board of Soulpepper Theatre Company and the Board of Trustees of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Univeristy of Waterloo.
John Francis is the Managing Director of Fraser Kearney Capital Corp., an investment company that oversees the Francis family office. Before Fraser Kearney, he was President and CEO of Trader Media Corp., a classified media business he led for 16 years that was acquired by Yellow Pages Income Fund in 2006.
Prior to Trader Media, John was an Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions with Castle & Cooke Inc., a public company controlled by Pacific Holding Company, the private Los Angeles-based family office of David Murdock. Before moving to Los Angeles, he was an Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Goldman Sachs in New York.
John is a director of NSC Inc., OTI Lumionics, and NoNo Inc. In addition, he is a director and past chair of the SickKids Foundation and serves as chair of the investment committee for Rideau Hall Foundation. He works actively in the early-stage venture space, volunteering as a G7 Fellow at the Creative Destruction Lab, an accelerator that provides mentorship, capital, and networking to young entrepreneurs.
John is a graduate of University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business (Honours Business Administration, with Distinction) and serves as a member of the School’s Advisory Board.
Robin L. Washington is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Alphabet, Inc., Honeywell International, Inc., and Salesforce.com. She serves as chair of the leadership development and compensation committees for Alphabet, and as chair of the audit committee for Salesforce.com. Robin is also a member of the Presidents Council & Ross Business School Advisory Board at the University of Michigan; a member of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Board of Directors; and a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation.
Robin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gilead Sciences, Inc., from 2008 to 2019, where she oversaw Global Finance, Facilities and Operations, Investor Relations and the Information Technology organizations. Previously, Robin spent nearly 10 years at PeopleSoft., where she served in a number of executive finance positions, and two years as the Chief Financial Officer of Hyperion Solutions Inc., an enterprise software company that was sold to Oracle Corporation in 2007.
Robin is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Yves de Balmann
From 2002 to 2012, Yves was Co-Chairman of Bregal Investments, a global private equity firm that he built on behalf of the Brenninkmeijer Family. Bregal, which operates from offices in New York, London, Luxembourg, Jersey, and Calgary, invested more than $9 billion during Yves’ tenure with the firm.
Prior to Bregal, Yves was Co-Head of Deutsche Bank’s Global Investment Bank (GIB) and a member of the Board of the Bank’s Global Corporates and Institutions Division. In addition, Yves was Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown, the bank’s U.S.-based investment banking and retail brokerage business. As co-head of GIB, Yves also oversaw the firm’s private equity and venture capital investments.
Prior to its merger with Deutsche Bank in 1999, Yves was an executive at Bankers Trust, where he rose to the position of Vice Chairman of Bankers Trust Corporation, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of BT Alex. Brown, and Co-Head of Global Investment Banking. Yves’ banking career began in 1973 at Citibank, where he was Division Executive responsible for all aspects of Interest Rate and Currency Derivatives and Proprietary Trading in North America. Yves left Citibank in 1987 to run the Capital Markets business at E.F. Hutton, later named Shearson Lehman Hutton.
Yves is a director of Exelon Corporation (a NYSE-traded company), ESI (a Paris SE-traded company), and Conversant IP Management (where he is non-executive Chairman). He holds dual U.S. and French citizenship.
Yves earned an Engineering degree from the École Polytechnique in Paris and a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford.