Oversight

The Board of Directors is committed to reviewing and adapting governance practices to meet changing needs and to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

AutoCanada Inc. considers good governance to be central to ensuring effective and efficient operations.

The Board is responsible for establishing and maintaining a culture of integrity in the conduct of the affairs of the Company. The Board seeks to discharge this responsibility by satisfying itself as to the integrity of the senior Leadership Team of the Company,

and by overseeing and monitoring the Leadership Team to ensure a culture of integrity is maintained. Although Directors may be nominated or elected by shareholders to bring special expertise or a point of view to Board deliberations, they are not chosen to represent a particular constituency. The best interests of the Company and its shareholders must be paramount at all times.

Paul W. Antony
Paul W. Antony
Paul W. Antony
Paul W. Antony

Paul is Founder, President and Managing Partner at MAP Investco, a diversified investment management firm. MAP invests in market-leading and disruptive businesses which are looking for both capital and expertise to consolidate market leadership and accelerate growth. While MAP’s closely held status allows it to invest and consult broadly, it maintains a core focus on businesses in software and data/info services, frequently with a vertical focus on automotive and insurance globally. Paul and his team’s efforts over the last 20+ years have generated over $1.5 billion in value for investors and partners.

Prior to MAP, Paul was the Founder, Chairman & CEO at CARPROOF, a North American software and data company. Under Paul’s leadership, CARPROOF grew rapidly, earning a regular spot on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Fast 500 lists, as well as the distinction of being named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2011 through 2015. After over a decade of operations without any outside capital, Paul led the sale of a minority stake in CARPROOF to San Francisco-based private equity firm Hellman & Friedman in late 2013. This was followed by the ultimate sale of CARPOOF to IHS Markit in December 2015.

Paul is a native of London, Ontario and is from a family with a strong history in the automobile industry dating back to 1938.

Dennis DesRosiers
Dennis DesRosiers
Dennis DesRosiers
Dennis DesRosiers

Dennis has more than 40 years of experience in the automotive sector in Canada.

Since starting his consulting company in 1985, Dennis has become literally the “go-to-guy” for interpretive insights into the North American automotive industry and is considered by the industry as one of North America’s leading analysts. His thinking is sought not only by automotive executives throughout the value chain but also by government policy makers and the media.

In 2012 he was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contribution to the automotive sector in Canada.

Married with one adult daughter he now spends his spare time at his country home near Stratford, Ontario.

Stephen Green
Stephen Green
Stephen Green
Stephen Green

Prior to his retirement in 2017, Stephen was Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Secretary at IHS (now IHS Markit), a leading global, publicly-traded, Information Services company. In that role, Steve led a team of professionals worldwide delivering support to the company through the legal, compliance, risk management and insurance functions. Steve led the successful IPO of IHS in 2005 and multiple successful follow-on secondary offerings and public and private debt offerings. Steve was instrumental in implementing the company’s M&A strategy, completing over 70 transactions, including the roll up of companies to establish a market leading position in information and analytics in the energy and transportation industries, including automotive, and culminating in a transformational merger of equals between IHS and Markit.

Prior to IHS going public, Steve was general counsel to both IHS and the industrial companies that made up the remainder of the portfolio of TBG, a family-owned conglomerate that, in addition to IHS, included companies with leading positions in various manufacturing industries. Steve holds a BA from Yale University and received his JD from Columbia Law School.

Barry James
Barry James
Barry James
Barry James

Mr. James is a Board member and the Audit Committee Chair of Corus Entertainment and ATB Financial. He is also the Audit Committee Chair of the Government of the Province of Alberta, a Senator and Board member of the University of Alberta, and a Trustee of the University Hospital Foundation. He is President of Barry L. James Advisory Services Ltd., a private consulting firm. Previously Mr. James was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, has been recognized a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, and also holds the ICD.D designation.

Michael Rawluk
Michael Rawluk
Michael Rawluk
Michael Rawluk

Mr. Rawluk joined AutoCanada Inc. in the role of President in June 2018. Previously he was Chief Operating Officer at Birchwood Automotive Group, Winnipeg’s largest network of automotive retailers with 22 franchised operations. In that capacity, he was responsible for day-to-day operations and long-term growth of the business. During his 15 years at Birchwood he held several other operational roles and managed some of the Group’s dealerships.

He also holds an MBA from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Rawluk brings considerable experience in automotive retailing and enhancing dealership performance to AutoCanada.

Originally from a small town outside of Winnipeg Manitoba, Michael is married and has two adult sons.

Maryann Keller
Maryann Keller
Maryann Keller
Maryann Keller

Maryann Keller founded Maryann Keller & Associates in 2001 after 28 years of automotive expertise as a Wall Street analyst. She became a sought after analyst thanks to her strong understanding of the financial markets and accurate market predictions.

She led the 1996 IPO of Cross Country Auto Retailers, the first IPO of a public auto retailer. She later advised on the IPOs of Penske (UAG), Lithia, and Asbury. Maryann worked as an adviser and participant to MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program which produced a landmark study in a book entitled “The Future of the Automobile Industry.” A second book, published four years later, “The Machine that Changed the World,” highlighted the differences in lean (Toyota) versus mass production (GM) manufacturing techniques.

Maryann has written two books on the auto industry: “Rude Awakening” & “Collision.” “Rude Awakening” is a winner of the Eccles Prize from Columbia University.

She is a Board member of DriveTime Automotive Group, a national dealership group in the USA, and Lee Auto Malls, a regional dealership group in Maine, USA,. Previously she served on the Board of Directors of Sonic Automotive and Lithia Motors, public dealership groups in the USA. She has a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from Baruch College.

Married with two surviving children and five grandchildren. Maryann and her retired husband can be found in Connecticut, when not traveling.

Elias Olmeta
Elias Olmeta
Elias Olmeta
Elias Olmeta

Elias Olmeta is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Mitchell International, Inc. As CFO, he is responsible for all matters related to Finance, Accounting, Tax and Treasury. In his capacity as CFO, he works closely with the executive leadership team to ensure alignment and achievement of the Company’s financial, operational and strategic objectives.

In 2017, the San Diego Business Journal honored Elias by awarding him their CFO of the Year award which recognizes outstanding financial professionals in the San Diego area. Prior to joining the Mitchell team, Elias served as an executive consultant at CarProof, where he worked on strategy and operational initiatives. Prior to CarProof, Elias held positions at Solera Holdings; first as their Senior Vice President of Corporate Development where he was responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions on a worldwide basis, and subsequently as Chief Financial & Operating Officer of North America leading Finance, Sales, and HR. Earlier career experiences include positions at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Arthur D. Little International as a member of their Strategy and Organization Practice. Elias holds an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from the University of Rochester.

Michael Rawluk
Michael Rawluk
Michael Rawluk
Michael Rawluk

President (Canada)

  • Master’s in business administration from the University of Manitoba
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration
  • Certificate in collision repair and refinishing

With over 15 years of dealership experience, Michael has actively worked in and managed almost every facet of dealership operations. Michael started his automotive career not at the boardroom table, but on the car lot, as an attendant. From there, he moved on to the sales and service department, gained hands-on experience fixing and selling cars, and worked in the parts department. Most recently, Michael was the Chief Operating Officer of a large Canadian automotive retail group, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations, as well as, the long term direction and growth of the organization.

Raj Juneja
Raj Juneja
Raj Juneja
Raj Juneja

Chief Financial Officer

  • BComm, LLB and MBA

Raj was previously a senior partner with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Canada’s leading business law firm. With a core focus on tax and related corporate finance, Mr. Juneja was one of Canada’s most distinguished financial and tax lawyers. He has over 17 years of experience working with public companies, as well as their investors, in solving their most complex problems. He has extensive experience with corporate finance, capital markets, REITs and mergers and acquisitions.

Peter Hong
Peter Hong
Peter Hong
Peter Hong

Chief Strategy Officer & General Counsel

Peter was previously a senior partner with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and is one of Canada’s leading M&A and securities lawyers. He has over 20 years of experience dealing with some of Canada’s most complex M&A, securities and finance transactions, and advising public companies and their boards on strategic and governance matters.

Bill Berman
Bill Berman
Bill Berman
Bill Berman

President, United States

  • Master’s in business administration from the University of Miami

Bill was the President and Chief Operating Officer of AutoNation, North America’s largest automotive retailer, where he had over 20 years of experience establishing a solid track record of leadership and operational excellence. Bill was responsible for AutoNation’s 26,000 associates and the operational performance of AutoNation’s 300+ new vehicle franchises. These responsibilities included new and used vehicle sales and four automotive auctions, as well as customer care which encompassed service, parts, and 80 collision centers.

 

Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham

Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, United States

  • Masters in Business Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA
  • Bachelors in Business Administration, emphasis accounting, from California State University, Chico.

Michael has over thirty years’ experience in the Retail Automotive industry. He most recently held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Potamkin Automotive Group, a large private automotive dealer group in the United States, with 16 brands spread across five states and 29 locations. Prior to that he held multiple positions with AutoNation, the largest automotive retailer in the United States. His positions with AutoNation included Vice President Finance for the Western Region overseeing 70 store locations, and Market President for stores in The Southern California and Chicago areas.

Jeffery Christie
Jeffery Christie
Jeffery Christie
Jeffery Christie

Vice President, General Motors and European Brands Platforms

  • CPA, CA Designation, articled with KPMG LLP
  • Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Dalhousie University.

Jeff articled with KPMG from 2004 to 2006 and became a Chartered Accountant in 2007. Jeff joined AutoCanada in 2008 as Manager, Financial Reporting and served as Vice-President, Finance from 2010 to 2014. Jeff managed the finance and treasury team for AutoCanada during a period of significant internal growth and completed over $1 billion in equity and debt financings during his tenure. Jeff transitioned to operations in 2015 in the role of Vice-President, Operations where he managed the Sales Operations team at AutoCanada. Jeff became Vice-President, General Motors Brand Platform in 2016 and added the European Brands Platform in 2018.

Robert Smoczynski
Robert Smoczynski
Robert Smoczynski
Robert Smoczynski

Vice President, Asia Brand Platform

  • CPA, CA Designation
  • Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University of Alberta

Robert has over 12 years automotive industry experience and joined AutoCanada in 2006. He has held various positions including Controller, Group Controller and Director of Acquisitions, where he developed an acquisition team and was responsible $0.5B in acquisitions and divestatures at that capacity. In 2018, Robert was promoted to Vice-President of Asia Brand Platform, from Director of Sales Operations, a role he had occupied since 2015.

Prior to joining the automotive industry, Robert articled at with accounting firm, KRP LLP, in Edmonton where he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation.

Derrick Edmunds
Derrick Edmunds
Derrick Edmunds
Derrick Edmunds

Vice President, FCA Brand Platform

  • Bachelor’s of Commerce Honours Business Administration
  • Computer Science from University of Windsor.

Derrick started his career in the automotive industry working on the assembly line building Dodge Caravans in Windsor, Ontario, while attending University. After graduating commenced his professional career with Chrysler Financial and over four years worked in various roles that supported both the customers and FCA dealer network. In 2009 Derrick joined Chrysler Canada as a District Sales Manager where he was responsible for maximizing retail sales, inventory management and providing consultation to improve operational excellence for 20-25 dealerships. During his time with Chrysler Canada he had the opportunity to build strong working relationships with several AutoCanada dealerships in western Canada and wanted to become a part of the team, so he joined AutoCanada in 2013. Derrick has worked his way up through several positions within Sales Operations Team at AutoCanada and in April 2018 was promoted to Vice President, Brand Platform FCA where he motivates and leads the General Managers to higher levels of performance.

 

Angela Merriott
Angela Merriott
Angela Merriott
Angela Merriott

Vice President, Human Resources

  • MBA from Athabasca University
  • B.Mgmt with a major in HR/IR from University of Lethbridge
  • Asia Pacific Management Diploma from MacEwan University
  • Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads
  • Project Management Certificate from Keyano College
  • CPHR designation (Chartered Professional in Human Resources)

Angela has 12 years experience creating and leading HR teams in various industries including manufacturing, oil & gas and commercial and industrial services. Angela joined AutoCanada from Gateway Mechanical Services where she was Vice President, HR & Safety. In that role, she partnered with the CEO, Board of Advisors and leadership team to implement a succession plan, improve the safety culture, negotiate a new collective agreement, implement both an ERP and new HCM/payroll systems and lead the annual employee engagement survey program. Prior to that she spent five years in cross-border HR Director roles with two large public companies. In the early stages of her career, Angela held specialist roles in recruitment, talent management, learning & development and operations.

Jonathan Parker
Jonathan Parker
Jonathan Parker
Jonathan Parker

Vice President of Special Finance

Before joining AutoCanada in 2018 as Vice President, Special Finance, Jonathan already had 12 years of experience in the auto industry, starting his career in 2006 selling cars until the summer of 2010 where he transitioned his career to focus on special finance. Jonathan successfully built a special finance department that was one of the biggest in the country. Along with the success in sales he also helped build an entire brand and focus around special finance.

Jonathan’s leadership and knowledge has been instrumental in tripling growth in a three-year span and he is an expert in understanding how the banks operate and buy special finance paper. He also has very strong relationships with the banks and looks forward to graduating the special finance portfolio to prime customers for the AutoCanada dealer network.

Mikel Pestrak
Mikel Pestrak
Mikel Pestrak
Mikel Pestrak

Vice President, Finance & Insurance

  • CA, CPA designation
  • Bachelor of Commerce Honors from the University of Manitoba.

Mikel has 10 years’ of experience in the retail and insurance industries. Prior to joining AutoCanada in 2018 in the capacity of Vice President, Finance & Insurance, Mikel served as the Director of Finance & Risk Management of the F&I department of a large Canadian auto group. Mikel was successful in leading the growth of this department for five consecutive years.

In early 2017, Mikel transitioned into the Special Finance department of the same auto group, acting as Director of Finance and Risk Management where he was responsible for developing and administering the finance, accounting and lending policies, collections, and back-office systems. Mikel’s exceptional leadership and team work abilities helped the company triple it’s growth in just one year.

Prior to joining the automotive industry, Mikel articled with the international accounting firm Deloitte, where he earned his Chartered Accountant designation. During his time at Deloitte, Mikel specialized in the insurance and retail sectors of the firms’ audit practice, working on a number of high-profile public company audits, as well as serving private company clients in the retail automotive sector.

Arthur Crawford
Arthur Crawford
Arthur Crawford
Arthur Crawford

Vice President, Collision Centres

  • Lean six sigma black belt from York University – Schulich School of Business
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bishop’s University
  • Marketing diploma from Mohawk College.

Arthur has 17 years experience combined in the car rental, MRO (maintenance, safety and operation supplies) distribution and collision industries.
Arthur began his career with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, last serving as an District Manager. During his tenure of nine years, he achieved the most profitable district in Canada. In the summer of 2010, Arthur transitioned to Acklands Grainger serving as a senior manager in the Manitoba region. There, he managed the team to record high sales.

Prior to joining AutoCanada, Arthur was with a large Canadian automotive retail group, operating as Director of Collision Centres. He managed the day-to-day operations and overall direction of each facility, which are recognized as a top revenue generating multi-store operation in Canada (Collision Repair Magazine). During his tenure, Arthur led a major modernization of the collision centre operations, successfully implementing industry best practices.

 

Colin MacLean
Colin MacLean
Colin MacLean
Colin MacLean

Vice President, Facilities

  • CPA, CA Designation, articled with Meyers Norris Penny
  • Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University College of Alberta

For the past 15 years Colin has been involved in the automotive industry. While articling at Meyers Norris Penny in Leduc, Alberta Colin became exposed to the car industry by heading up a number of automotive engagements. In 2006 he joined the Yachimec Group as a Dealership Controller. In 2007, Colin joined the AutoCanada family as a Group Controller. Shortly after joining he assumed the additional role of Corporate Controller. In 2014 Colin became the Chief Controller overseeing the Group Controllers and Controllers. Colin has recently moved into the position of Vice President, Facilities where he will be responsible for the dealership infrastructure. Colin has always tried to lead by example and treat everyone around him with dignity and respect.

Devon Wilson
Devon Wilson
Devon Wilson
Devon Wilson

Director, Treasury

  • Certified Treasury Professional (CTP)
  • Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA)
  • Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) – University of Saskatchewan
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) – University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) – University of Alberta

Devon joined AutoCanada in January 2015 as a Financial Analyst and shortly thereafter moved into the role of Manager, Financial Planning & Treasury before advancing into his current position as Director, Treasury.

Devon’s responsibilities include management of the treasury and corporate finance functions within the organization which encompasses identifying strategies to maximize liquidity and minimize risk while overseeing all aspects of operational and capital financial forecasting and budgeting.

Prior to AutoCanada, Devon articled at KPMG LLP where he earned his Chartered Accountant (CA)/Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

Kevin McPherson
Kevin McPherson
Kevin McPherson
Kevin McPherson

Director, Financial Reporting

  • Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA), articled with PWC completing the Chartered Accountant School of Business (CASB) program
  • Bachelor of commerce, with a Major in Accounting and Minor in Strategic Management and Organization from the University of Alberta

Starting with the AutoCanada team in late 2014, Kevin brings over 15 years of experience working in the automotive industry. He started as a lot attendant, worked in parts and service departments and sold cars while finishing his degree at the University of Alberta.

At AutoCanada, he spent his first three years as the Controller for one of the Largest FCA dealerships in Canada and was also the controller of a KIA dealership for one and half years during that time. His previous hands on experience allowed him to quickly gain the trust of the management team and as a result was involved in all aspects of the business. In his current role as Director of financial reporting, Kevin uses his automotive operational experience coupled with his financial expertise to ensure the Company is accurately reporting to the public capital markets.

Prior to Joining AutoCanada, he spent 5 years with PwC Edmonton where he quickly climbed the corporate ladder to be a Manager in the Audit and Assurance practice. He honed his accounting and finance acumen at PwC, where he specialized in the Automotive Sector and Public Company Audits. While with PwC, he gained experience in a variety of industries including oil and gas, real estate and construction and financial services.

Landon Robertson
Landon Robertson
Landon Robertson
Landon Robertson

Director, Corporate Development

  • CPA, CMA Designation
  • Accounting and Strategic Measurement Diploma Grant MacEwan University
  • Bachelor of Management Degree Majoring in Accounting from University of Lethbridge

Landon joined AutoCanada in 2013 as part of the Corporate Development Team and has completed over 50 acquisitions and disposals since. Landon started his career in Financial Reporting with Sysco Canada while obtaining his CMA Designation prior to joining AutoCanada. In his current role as Director, Corporate Development, Landon is involved in all aspects of strategic acquisitions, from inception through due diligence, valuation, negotiation, closing, and integration while coordinating internal approvals and communications with the Executive Team.

Brad McMaster
Brad McMaster
Brad McMaster
Brad McMaster

Director of Internal Audit

  • CPA-CA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta

Brad has been with AutoCanada for 7 years. Starting with the company as a dealership Controller, Brad went on to be a Group Controller for 5 years, helping to oversee the operational accounting of AutoCanada dealerships and assisting management with their analysis and reporting needs. From there, he took on the position of Director of Internal Audit, to build AutoCanada’s Internal Audit function with a focus on risk mitigation and process improvement. Before coming to AutoCanada, Brad spent 7 years in public practice as an accounting, assurance, and tax professional, and articled at KPMG to obtain his CPA-CA designation.