choice for founder-owned
businesses in the Canadian
lower middle market
Rooted In Canada
Having invested $1.5 billion in private equity over three decades, CAI has partnered with companies across North America. We are focused on Canada, a region where our connectivity offers a definitive edge.
Our longstanding Canadian roots make us alive to the possibilities in the Canadian lower middle market and a phone call away from the experts and partners who can accelerate growth for each of our portfolio companies.
In Canada’s close-knit business community, the reputation and relationships we’ve developed are among our greatest assets. We are Canadian – respectful in our approach, open in our thinking, and dogged in our determination.
Many of the past and present founders of portfolio companies in which we’ve invested trust us to manage their personal capital. Their endorsement speaks for itself.
Building Market Leaders
Our sustainable approach to value creation has led to substantial EBITDA growth across our portfolio companies. We seek control positions in founder-led businesses where we can drive growth by adding talent, professionalizing processes, investing in infrastructure, and identifying expansion opportunities.
$3 to $10 Million of EBITDA
Founder owned / led business
Business services or specialty manufacturing
Willingness to take a control investor
No prior institutional equity
Canadian presence (preferred)
There’s no substitute for experience and no shortcut to expertise.
Ms. McVicar has been recognized in Canada 150 Women (2017), 50 Most Influential Women in BC – BC Business (2015), WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women - Top 100 (2014), Influential Women in Business Award – Business in Vancouver (2009), Association of Women in Finance PEAK Awards (2008), and Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40 (2007).
Ms. McVicar received a B.Comm (Finance) from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors Director designation (ICD.D).
Mr. Johansson received a B.Comm (Finance) from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and is a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors Director designation (ICD.D).
Mr. Wildeman is the Chair of the Universal Group, was formerly the Chair of Tiger Calcium Services (a Parallel49 Equity portfolio company), and serves on the Board of the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. He was previously the Chair of Expocrete Concrete Products and a Director of Advance Engineered Products, Beresford Box, Golden Boy Foods, and Gold Standard Baking (all Parallel49 Equity portfolio companies). Mr. Wildeman has been recognized as one of the ACG British Columbia’s Deal Makers of the Year (2014) and Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 (2009).
Mr. Wildeman received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Chartered Accountant and is a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors Director designation (ICD.D).
Mr. Herriott received a B.Comm (Finance) from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr. Riback received a B.Comm (Accounting) from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Mr. Restler transferred leadership of the firm to Tracey McVicar in 2015 and is involved in the wind-up of CAI Fund III and CAI Fund IV.
Mr. Restler received a B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Yap received a B.Comm from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CA).