Meet Our Team

Onex is led by an Executive Committee comprised of the firm’s founder and CEO, Gerry Schwartz, and four Senior Managing Directors. Onex’ stability results from its ownership culture, rigorous recruiting standards and highly collegial environment.

  • Gerry Schwartz
    Gerry Schwartz
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Gerry Schwartz
    Gerry Schwartz
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex Founder, 1984

    As the Founder and CEO of Onex, Gerry’s principles of value creation and entrepreneurial management suffuse all of Onex’ activities. The climate of incisive analysis, healthy debate and collegial interaction that has been created at Onex and with our partners is a direct reflection of Gerry’s personal style. He has been actively involved in Onex’ major acquisitions, growth strategies and value realizations.

    Before establishing Onex in 1984, Gerry was the co-founder and President of CanWest Capital. Prior to that he worked at a major Wall Street investment banking firm where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions. His previous experience also includes the practice of corporate law in Canada.

    Gerry has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. He serves as a director of Indigo Books & Music Inc. He is also an Honorary Director of The Bank of Nova Scotia and is a Director, Governor, or Trustee of a number of other organizations, including The Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    Gerry has been awarded Honorary Doctoral degrees from five Universities. He holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and an LL.B. and B.Comm. from the University of Manitoba.

  • Ewout Heersink
    Ewout Heersink
    Senior Managing Director
    Ewout Heersink
    Ewout Heersink
    Senior Managing Director
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 1984

    Ewout has been with Onex since its founding in 1984. He serves on the firm's Board of Directors and Executive Committee as well as Onex Partners' Investment Committee. In addition, Ewout has had a wide variety of duties related to Onex’ financial management, having held the position of Chief Financial Officer from 1984 until December 2007.

    Prior to 1984, he was with Gerry Schwartz at CanWest Capital and a Chartered Accountant and consultant at KPMG. Ewout serves on the Advisory Board of the Queen’s University Business School and has been a director of a number of Onex subsidiaries since 1984.

    Ewout is a CPA, CA. He also holds an M.B.A. from Queen’s University and an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

  • Robert Le Blanc
    Robert Le Blanc
    Senior Managing Director
    Robert Le Blanc
    Robert Le Blanc
    Senior Managing Director
    Location New York
    Joined Onex 1999

    Bobby is Co-Head of Onex Partners, a member of its Investment Committee and a member of Onex' Executive Committee. He is responsible for Onex Partners' origination efforts and leadership of its investment professionals.

    Bobby is a director of PowerSchool Group, Ryan Specialty Group, Parkdean Resorts, Convex, First Berkshire Hathaway Life and DREAM Charter School.

    Prior to joining Onex, Bobby was with Berkshire Hathaway for seven years after starting his career at General Electric.

    Bobby holds an M.B.A. from New York University and a B.S. from Bucknell University.

  • Seth Mersky
    Seth Mersky
    Senior Managing Director
    Seth Mersky
    Seth Mersky
    Senior Managing Director
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 1997

    Seth is Chair of Onex Partners' Investment Committee and a member of Onex' Executive Committee. He is also responsible for Onex Credit and a member of its Board.

    Seth serves on the boards of Survitec Group and WireCo WorldGroup. He also serves on the board of Village Community Schools.

    Prior to joining Onex, Seth was Senior Vice-President, Corporate Banking, at Bank of Nova Scotia.

    Seth holds a B.S. in Accounting and Philosophy from the University of Delaware.

  • Anthony Munk
    Anthony Munk
    Senior Managing Director
    Anthony Munk
    Anthony Munk
    Senior Managing Director
    Location New York
    Joined Onex 1988

    Anthony is Co-Head of Onex Partners, a member of its Investment Committee and a member of Onex' Executive Committee. He oversees Onex Partners’ operating company portfolio, working with the investment and operations teams to maximize value creation. He is also responsible for the stewardship of Onex’ mid-market private equity platform, ONCAP, and is a member of the Board for Onex Credit.

    Anthony currently serves on the boards of JELD-WEN, Clarivate Analytics, Save-A-Lot, Ryan LLC and sgsco.

    Prior to joining Onex, Anthony was a Vice President with First Boston Corporation in London, England and an Analyst with Guardian Capital in Toronto.

    Anthony holds a B.A. (Honours) from Queen’s University.

  • Chris Govan
    Chris Govan
    Chief Financial Officer
    Chris Govan
    Chris Govan
    Chief Financial Officer
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 1998

    Chris has overall responsibility for Onex’ finance, treasury, fund management, corporate administration, investor relations, legal and information technology functions. Chris joined Onex in 1998 to head up its tax function and was a Managing Director from 2008 until his appointment as Chief Financial Officer in early 2015.

    Prior to joining Onex, Chris was a Senior Tax Manager in Arthur Andersen’s Toronto office.

    Chris holds a Master of Accounting and B.A. degrees from the University of Waterloo.

  • David Copeland
    David Copeland
    Managing Director – Fund Finance and Tax
    David Copeland
    David Copeland
    Managing Director – Fund Finance and Tax
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2007

    David has overall responsibility for Onex’ tax function, including planning and related due diligence and structuring for the acquisition and divestiture of operating companies for Onex Partners, ONCAP, Onex Credit and Onex Real Estate Partners. In addition, David is responsible for managing the tax reporting to the partners of Onex Partners, ONCAP and Onex Real Estate Partners.

    Prior to joining Onex, David was a Senior Tax Manager in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Deloitte’s Toronto office focused on the acquisition, financing and disposition of international organizations.

    David is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.

  • Andrea Daly
    Andrea Daly
    Managing Director - General Counsel
    Andrea Daly
    Andrea Daly
    Managing Director - General Counsel
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2004

    As Managing Director – General Counsel, Andrea has overall responsibility for general corporate, legal and compliance matters.

    Prior to joining Onex in 2004, Andrea was a senior partner of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, one of Canada’s leading business law firms. Her practice focused on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity transactions.

    Andrea holds an LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario and a B.A. from Dalhousie University.

  • Heather Hrousalas
    Heather Hrousalas
    Managing Director - Talent Management
    Heather Hrousalas
    Heather Hrousalas
    Managing Director - Talent Management
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2015

    Heather is responsible for developing and leading Onex’ talent strategy in support of the firm’s plans for continued growth. In partnership with Onex management, Heather is focused on key processes related to people management, including recruiting, professional development, and organizational culture and diversity.

    Prior to joining Onex, Heather was based in New York as Executive Director, Global Experience and Executive Recruiting at J.P. Morgan and earlier as an executive search consultant with Korn/Ferry’s Investment Banking & Private Equity practice.

    Heather holds an M.Sc. in Management Research from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

  • Ted Larkin
    Ted Larkin
    Managing Director
    Ted Larkin
    Ted Larkin
    Managing Director
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2018

    Ted works with Onex Management to focus on business, relationship and investment opportunity development in Canada.

    Prior to joining Onex, Ted worked for over 30 years in Toronto and London with UBS Investment Bank in a variety of senior roles. Most recently, he was the Managing Director of the Toronto Investment Banking group working on advisory and financing assignments for Canadian and global clients. He started his banking career in London with UBS, where he worked in capital markets for 18 years.

    Ted received his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University School of Business. He is a third-term member of the Toronto Stock Exchange's Listing Advisory Committee and continues to be active with the Track3 children with disabilities ski programme.

  • Yonah Feder
    Yonah Feder
    Chief Compliance Officer
    Yonah Feder
    Yonah Feder
    Chief Compliance Officer
    Location New York
    Joined Onex 2018

    As Chief Compliance Officer of Onex Partners and ONCAP, Yonah has overall responsibility for Onex’ private equity compliance program.

    Prior to joining Onex, Yonah served as Chief Compliance Officer and Associate General Counsel for the Alternatives business at Neuberger Berman, comprising several private equity strategies and a multi-manager hedge fund business. Previously, Yonah served as in-house legal counsel at Lehman Brothers for the Absolute Return Strategies group, supporting its proprietary hedge fund products.

    Yonah holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Talmudic Studies from Beth Medrash Govoha.

  • Robert Auld
    Robert Auld
    Vice President - Taxation
    Robert Auld
    Robert Auld
    Vice President - Taxation
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2000

    Rob is responsible for tax planning and compliance for Onex, ONCAP and Onex Credit. He also provides advice on corporate structure, taxation, financing and due diligence for both new acquisitions and existing operating companies.

    Prior to joining Onex, Rob was a Senior Tax Manager at Arthur Andersen focusing on International Taxation.

    Rob is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.

  • Carlo Chiarot
    Carlo Chiarot
    Vice President - Taxation
    Carlo Chiarot
    Carlo Chiarot
    Vice President - Taxation
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2014

    Carlo is responsible for tax planning, tax-related due diligence and structuring for the acquisition and divestiture of operating companies for Onex Partners and ONCAP. In addition, Carlo is responsible for managing the tax reporting to the limited partners of Onex Partners and ONCAP.

    Prior to joining Onex, Carlo was a Senior Manager in the Transaction Tax group of Ernst & Young’s Toronto office focused on the acquisition, financing and disposition of international organizations.

    Carlo holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University.

  • Virgil Colby
    Virgil Colby
    Vice President - Group Procurement
    Virgil Colby
    Virgil Colby
    Vice President - Group Procurement
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2015

    Virgil leads Onex’ group purchasing program with the goal of increasing shareholder value by driving procurement best practices and group contracts across portfolio companies.

    Prior to joining Onex, Virgil was Senior Director of Indirect Procurement at Celestica, a role in which he managed a team of procurement professionals that purchased indirect goods and services globally. Virgil also served as Director of Corporate Finance at Celestica, with responsibility for Financial Systems, IT Controllership and Finance Learning and Development.

    Virgil holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business and an Honours Genetics and Biochemistry degree, both from the University of Western Ontario. Virgil is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Project Management Professional.

  • Natasha Giannopoulos
    Natasha Giannopoulos
    Vice President - Information Technology
    Natasha Giannopoulos
    Natasha Giannopoulos
    Vice President - Information Technology
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2016

    Natasha is Vice President, Information Technology of Onex Corporation. Natasha has overall responsibility for Onex Information Technology, including the development and implementation of a strategic technology roadmap in support of the Company’s direction and growth plans.

    Prior to joining Onex, Natasha held senior leadership roles in a number of industry sectors including retail, telecommunications, financial services and loyalty marketing with responsibilities for technology strategy, applications portfolio management and implementation of large-scale, enterprise-level systems and technology transformations.

    In the last five years, Natasha has led operations for international expansions, as well as held the position of Chief Sustainability Officer for Canada’s largest loyalty marketing company.

  • Janet Lumb
    Janet Lumb
    Vice President - Corporate Administration
    Janet Lumb
    Janet Lumb
    Vice President - Corporate Administration
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2015

    Janet is responsible for corporate administration, providing leadership for all administrative, insurance and facilities management requirements.

    Prior to joining Onex, Janet was Vice President, Corporate Projects at The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and held senior leadership roles in Facilities, Administration and Human Resources.

    Janet holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a post-diploma certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College.

  • Derek Mackay
    Derek Mackay
    Vice President - Finance
    Derek Mackay
    Derek Mackay
    Vice President - Finance
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2008

    Derek leads Onex’ public financial reporting, working closely with the Onex Partners and ONCAP operating companies, providing guidance and support for their financial reporting requirements. Derek also oversees the performance reporting for Onex to its shareholders and for the Funds to its Limited Partners.

    Derek is responsible for Onex’ corporate reporting and treasury functions as well as supporting the investment teams with transaction regulatory filings. Derek is also actively involved with the financial reporting for Onex’ real estate and credit platforms. Prior to joining Onex, Derek was a senior associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto.

    Derek is both a Chartered Professional Accountant in Ontario and a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois. Derek holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (with High Distinction) from Wilfrid Laurier University.

  • Colin Sam
    Colin Sam
    Vice President and Associate General Counsel
    Colin Sam
    Colin Sam
    Vice President and Associate General Counsel
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2018

    Colin plays a key role in the execution of legal strategy and the operational model for Onex globally including responsibilities for broad range of legal and regulatory matters.

    Prior to joining Onex, Colin served as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of Aecon Group Inc., Canada’s largest publicly traded infrastructure development and construction company. Previously, Colin was a senior associate at Clifford Chance LLP in London, England and an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in Toronto, Canada.

    Colin holds a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

  • Carrie Chan
    Carrie Chan
    Director - Finance
    Carrie Chan
    Carrie Chan
    Director - Finance
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2014

    Carrie is responsible for financial reporting for various entities within the Onex Partners and ONCAP Funds, as well as for Onex Credit Lending Partners. In addition, Carrie assists the investment teams on transactions within the Funds from a treasury and reporting perspective.

    Prior to joining Onex, Carrie was an associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto.

    Carrie is both a Chartered Professional Accountant in Ontario and a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois. Carrie holds a Master of Accounting (with Distinction) and Bachelor of Mathematics (with Distinction) from the University of Waterloo.

  • Grace Fung
    Grace Fung
    Director - Taxation
    Grace Fung
    Grace Fung
    Director - Taxation
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2008

    Grace is responsible for the tax compliance function for Onex Partners, which includes reporting to the US, Canadian and other tax jurisdictions, as well as tax and other information reporting to the Limited Partners. She also has oversight of the global information reporting function under FATCA and Common Reporting Standards for all of Onex’ private equity funds and provides tax compliance support to the investment teams.

    Prior to joining Onex in 2008, Grace was a Senior Tax Manager at Franklin Templeton Investments focusing on Corporate and Mutual Fund taxation.

    Grace is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo.

  • Priya Gnanabhaskar
    Priya Gnanabhaskar
    Director - Information Technology
    Priya Gnanabhaskar
    Priya Gnanabhaskar
    Director - Information Technology
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2014

    Priya leads the team for the strategy, development and implementation of finance applications at Onex. The team focus is to deliver finance systems that enable core business processes within Onex and facilitate reporting for internal and external stakeholders.

    Prior to joining Onex, Priya worked for 11 years with KPMG in IT consulting, responsible for various projects related to IT application transformation, Systems and Solution Design and implementation.

    Priya holds a Master’s in Information Technology and a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from India in addition to multiple IT certifications.

  • Brett Holdway
    Brett Holdway
    Director - Information Technology
    Brett Holdway
    Brett Holdway
    Director - Information Technology
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2007

    Brett leads the team for Infrastructure and Service Delivery at Onex. The team focus is on the management, strategy, and execution of IT infrastructure while delivering key services to the business.

    Prior to joining Onex, Brett held senior technical and consulting roles in the manufacturing, media, and distribution sectors across Canada with responsibilities for researching, planning, and implementation of the most recent technologies in the industry.

    Brett is a graduate of the Computer Science program at Camosun College in Victoria, BC in addition to completing multiple IT certifications.

  • Ivan Jovcevski
    Ivan Jovcevski
    Director - Finance
    Ivan Jovcevski
    Ivan Jovcevski
    Director - Finance
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2010

    Ivan is responsible for managing and evolving Onex’ financial analysis capabilities in support of capital allocation, business development, investor relations, fundraising and other corporate decisions. He also assists with performance reporting for Onex to its shareholders and for the Funds to its Limited Partners.

    Ivan began his career in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Audit and Assurance practice prior to joining Onex.

    Ivan is both a Chartered Professional Accountant in Ontario and a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois. Ivan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto.

  • Ani Kirakosyan
    Ani Kirakosyan
    Director - Finance
    Ani Kirakosyan
    Ani Kirakosyan
    Director - Finance
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2014

    Ani works closely with the Onex Partners and ONCAP operating companies, providing support for their financial reporting requirements. In addition, Ani assists with transaction regulatory filings and private equity valuations.

    Prior to joining Onex, Ani was a senior associate at a large Canadian accounting firm and was an internal auditor at the Canadian branch of a Dutch banking and financial services company.

    Ani is both a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois. Ani holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with High Distinction) from the University of Toronto.

  • Marty Mailloux
    Marty Mailloux
    Director - Finance
    Marty Mailloux
    Marty Mailloux
    Director - Finance
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2017

    Marty works closely with the Onex Partners and ONCAP operating companies, providing guidance and support for their financial reporting requirements. In addition, Marty is responsible for the preparation of financial reporting of Onex to its shareholders and assists with transaction regulatory filings.

    Prior to joining Onex, Marty held the title of Leader, Financial Reporting with D+H in Toronto. Prior to that, Marty was a Finance Manager with CGI in Toronto, supporting their banking and global wealth business verticals.

    Marty is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor.

  • Alan Tsang
    Alan Tsang
    Director - Internal Audit
    Alan Tsang
    Alan Tsang
    Director - Internal Audit
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2018

    Alan is responsible for leading Onex’ internal audit function, encompassing financial and compliance matters, as well as other internal audit initiatives.

    Prior to joining Onex, Alan led the internal audit and compliance function at a Canadian multinational corporation that owns and operates a global portfolio of mining and energy assets and operations. Prior to that, Alan was a Manager in the Toronto EY office having worked in both external audit and finance risk advisory services.

    Alan is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

  • Sarah Whelan
    Sarah Whelan
    Director - Finance
    Sarah Whelan
    Sarah Whelan
    Director - Finance
    Location Toronto
    Joined Onex 2016

    Sarah is responsible for financial reporting for various entities within the Onex Partners and ONCAP Funds. In addition, Sarah assists the investment teams on transactions within the Funds from a treasury and reporting perspective.

    Prior to joining Onex, Sarah was a manager in regulatory compliance, operations and financial reporting for a Toronto-based hedge fund. Prior to that, Sarah was a manager with PwC in Toronto, where she focused on both retail and alternative asset management audit clients and also spent time working in the New York office.

    Sarah is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.