Mosaic’s management team has an extensive breadth and depth of experience gained through many years in fund management, public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions, corporate restructurings, financings, venture capital and private equity investing, and corporate turn-arounds.
Harold Kunik, President
Harold has over 20 years experience as a private equity & venture capital fund manager and in corporate turn-arounds and restructurings. He is the President, Co-founder, and a Director of Mosaic Capital Corporation. He began his career with KPMG Peat Marwick doing corporate restructurings and acting as corporate consultant and business planner to clients across a broad range of industries. In 1994, Harold joined Western New Ventures Capital Corporation, a private equity firm located in Edmonton, Alberta. He became a partner with Western New Ventures and played a key role as Chief Financial Officer and as a Director of several of the investee companies. In 2001, he joined Avenir Capital Corporation, a Calgary-based private equity fund as Managing Director, Investments, and later managed the Avenir Growth Fund.
Harold holds two professional accounting designations: Certified Management Accountant (CMA) – Society of Management Accountants of Alberta and Chartered Accountant (CA) Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand.
John Mackay, Executive Chairman
John has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur taking his first company public in 1988 which was ultimately acquired by Bendix. He spent 11 years as a lawyer, and was a Partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP in the Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions group, where he was involved with over $1 billion worth of transactions. Over the past ten years John has been involved in starting, acquiring and running many successful private and public companies in a wide variety of businesses both domestic and international. Johns’ involvement in these businesses include corporate finance, strategic development, business plan execution, M&A execution and litigation. John is the Co-founder, Executive Chairman and Director of Mosaic Capital Corporation. He is past Chair of the Securities Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association and is a past member of the Securities Advisory Committee to the Alberta Securities Commission.
John received a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom in 1993 and has been a member of the Law Society of Alberta since 1994.
Mark Gardhouse, CEO
Mark Gardhouse is an experienced financial professional, having worked in the Canadian private equity industry for over twenty-five years in both direct investing functions and senior leadership roles both in merchant banking and private equity and with a number of Canadian financial institutions. For the past five years he has been the President and CEO of a $500 million revenue operating business headquartered in Edmonton.
From 2005 to 2010, he held the position of President and COO of C.A. Bancorp Inc., a TSX listed alternative asset management firm, which was successfully grown from a startup to $560 million in assets invested and under management. Prior to that, Mark was Managing Director/Group Head of RoyNat Capital Inc.’s (a division of Scotiabank) middle-market internal equity buyout group. Mark has successfully invested in various industries including financial services, auto parts manufacturing, heavy industrial products, distribution and food manufacturing and wholesaling.
Prior to his tenure at RoyNat Capital Inc., Mark completed numerous private equity investments for several different financial firms, including Canadian chartered banks Lincoln Capital Corp. and First Chicago Inc. He also has had extensive past board experience with a number of Canadian private and public companies. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and an Honours under graduate degree from the University of Toronto.
Troy Pearce, COO
Troy has nearly 20 years of experience in the private equity business, spending much of that time as Vice President of a well-known Calgary-based private equity operation. He has participated in dozens of private equity investments and divestiture initiatives. He has a broad set of experience in sourcing, negotiating and completing new investments, working with management team partners to grow their businesses and eventually realize on these co-endeavors. Since 2014, Troy has overseen the Operations Group at Mosaic, taking a more active leadership role in growing and professionalizing the Mosaic Group of Companies. He has sat on the Board of Directors of many portfolio companies, including several currently. Troy received an MBA from the University of Calgary in 1997 (Finance, with Distinction) and became a CFA Charterholder in 2000.
JF Gratton, Vice President, Portfolio Operations
JF Gratton brings nearly 20 years of progressive project, operations, and business management experience from the oil & gas services, manufacturing, construction & engineering sectors.
JF began his career in construction & engineering, working with a General Contractor and a leading EPC firm in Canada. He subsequently moved into project and portfolio management functions, leading & mentoring project teams in the delivery of oil & gas, mining & infrastructure projects. JF’s most recent roles as General Manager and EVP of engineering, manufacturing and construction organizations, have focused primarily on operations management, continuous improvement and strategic oversight.
JF has a Professional Engineering (P.Eng) designation as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business in addition to an Engineering degree from McGill University.
Rob Withers, Senior Vice President, Investments
Rob has over 20 years of extensive private equity, M&A and investment banking experience across a broad array of businesses and industries, on both the principal and advisor side of transactions. As a member of the investment committee at a mid-market western Canadian based private fund, he was responsible for identifying, analyzing and executing numerous investment, acquisition and exit opportunities. Transactions generally involved arranging debt financing, and often syndication, amongst various private equity, venture capital and individual investors. Post transaction he was principally responsible for the management of the investment over its duration advising management teams, actively participating on the Boards of Directors, creating and reviewing financial performance, acting as in-house M&A advisor and developing and executing exit strategies to public, private and strategic buyers. Rob has conducted these same investment activities for several high net worth individuals/family offices in relation to their private equity, venture capital, real estate and public market investments. Rob has considerable private and public company Board experience including chairing the Board of publicly traded PRT Growing Services (North America’s largest container grown forestry seedling company), leading it through several significant corporate events, culminating in a successful go-private sale in 2012.
Gord Boersma, Investment Manager
Prior to joining Mosaic, Gord spent 10 years in public accounting practice in a variety of accounting, tax, restructuring and M&A roles focused on private companies operating in across a large number of industries. Gord is a CMA, CPA (Alberta, 2007) and a CIRP (Alberta, 2013).
Kameron Erker, Investment Manager
Kameron has nearly a decade of financial analysis, due diligence and transaction experience. Having most recently worked at EY in their Transaction Advisory Services group, he provided advisory for both buy side and sell side mandates across a broad number of industries including oil & gas, entertainment, construction, transportation, manufacturing, and distribution. Kameron completed his Chartered Accountant designation with EY and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting, from the University of Saskatchewan.