Danilee is a private equity investment firm that does things differently. We find great people to partner with and make long-term investments in companies. With our $150 million committed fund, we focus on creating enduring value and rewarding the people who are responsible for creating the value - the employees.
Danilee offers competitive valuations for businesses by understanding market conditions and how to find opportunities to create value.
Danilee's long-term focus and employee-centric model eliminates significant uncertainty when a business goes through a sale or brings on a partner. This, combined with our collaborative style and unique approach to working with businesses, allows for a smooth transition.
Business owners can take comfort in knowing that they have looked after their employees when working with Danilee. We provide strategic and leadership support to management through a team of successful operating advisors and offer a path for employees to participate in the financial success of the business.
Danilee's partners each have 20 years of finance and investing experience in the Canadian middle-market across a variety of industries. They have a track record of establishing collaborative relationships and identifying attractive opportunities, which has resulted in consistently strong returns across several debt and equity funds throughout their careers.
Danilee's unique investment model has attracted a team of successful business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders to work with us. These individuals have built and led great teams, cultures and successful businesses in a mix of industries.
Danilee has committed funding that is supported by a mandate to buy great businesses, support them in developing a long-term strategy and proudly own the business for many years.
We are targeting unique companies that have the following characteristics:
Lindsay Wilson founded Danilee Capital after nearly two decades of investing in the Canadian middle-market. After completing his MBA, Lindsay spent the majority of his career sourcing and leading transactions in a variety of industries such as automotive, industrial packaging, industrial parts manufacturing, food services, travel, distribution and third party logistics.
Derrick Ho joined Danilee shortly after it was founded, and brings almost 20 years of experience in finance. Derrick holds the CPA, CA and CFA designations. He was most recently the CFO of a sports technology startup, guiding the company through a successful sale. Prior to that, he was a partner at a Canadian middle-market private equity firm, having led transactions in numerous industries, including SaaS, manufacturing, infrastructure services, and retail.
Adam Dean is the founder of Dean Executive Search. Adam is an entrepreneur at heart and established his own search firm after a successful career in investment banking and at a global search firm. A well-known and trusted advisor to senior management, Adam maintains relationships across a broad array of industries with many operational and thought leaders.
Bill Goodwin is an experienced executive, leading businesses in retail and wholesale. He has led the expansion of several retailers in Canada and has opened hundreds of retail locations across the country. Bill has successfully executed numerous acquisitions and divestitures and served as an executive for retailers in the US as well. Bill is a proven leader with the ability to attract and empower talented teams.
John Neate has over 25 years of experience in lending, investing, and operating mid-market companies in a variety of industries. He is currently the President and CEO of Great Lakes Food Company Ltd. which is an international freshwater fish harvester and processor. Prior to this, John was a partner at a Canadian mid-market private equity firm where he led numerous transactions.
Derrick Phelps is the former president of ABC Group, a $1B+ revenue global industrial manufacturer and also holds CA and CBV designations. Derrick has experience leading a large organization, developing best practices within lean, just-in-time manufacturing industries and achieving consistently strong results.
Adrian Vido is an automotive executive with global experience building teams and achieving operational excellence. Adrian has led numerous growth opportunities and turn-around situations with major OEMs around the world. Adrian is highly sought-after for his interpersonal skills and ability to guide a team in strategy development and execution.
Kevin Wilson is a Bay Street veteran, having worked with several accounting firms before launching his own investment banking advisory business. Kevin’s relationship development skills created a platform for many successful mandates in a variety of industries. Also, his advisory engagements often led him into operating roles and ownership positions of middle-market Canadian businesses.
Addmore Group Inc. has been a leading provider of top-quality, cost-effective SAP staffing solutions since its establishment in 1992. Through years of experience supporting the SAP marketplace, Addmore has become one of Canada's and North America's premier SAP staffing solutions providers. Its clients include SAP, software vendors, consulting firms, and multinationals.
Black Knight is leading racquet sports brand founded in Canada and known worldwide. It has a rich history of innovative advancements in racquet technology and designs. www.blackknight.ca
Canadawide Sports is a sporting goods distributor that owns and licenses leading athletic brands and specializes in selling through major box stores, independent retailers and e-commerce platforms across Canada. www.canadawidesports.com
HockeyShot is a leading brand for hockey training aids from synthetic ice and other sport surfaces to stickhandling, passing, and shooting equipment. Its products can be found in professional training centres as well as driveways, garages, backyards, and basements around the world. www.hockeyshot.com
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