David is the Co-Founder of Progressa and also Founded Merchant Advance Capital Ltd., an alternative small business financing company that provides funding on credit card cash flow. Merchant Advance Capital has provided over C$100.0 million to Canadian businesses to date. David is responsible to over 50 investors who have invested over C$20.0 million to date and have earned returns of over 10.0% per annum compounded since the company's inception 7 years ago. David was previously a partner with GBA Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on small to medium sized business acquisitions in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. David's background includes working as an investment analyst with CAI Capital Management Co., a New York-based private equity firm focused on mid-market transactions in Canada and the US. David holds a BComm (Finance) degree from UBC where he graduated with honours as a Leslie Wong Fellow. He was born and raised in Vancouver, BC.
David is widely recognized as one of the most successful younger leaders in Vancouver, being named to the prestigious Business in Vancouver “40 under 40 List” in 2014, named to the BC Business “30 under 30 List” in 2015, and most recently an E&Y Pacific Entrepeneur of the year finalist in 2016.
Dave Nickel has a noteworthy career in the North American banking and specialty finance industry spanning over 26 years, where he has built and managed teams in complex operating environments. He has overseen $1B+ in small ticket lease and loan transactions across a wide range of asset and credit classes.
Mr. Nickel founded SNAP Financial Group, guiding it become one of North America’s most successful specialty finance companies, on track to lend in excess of $1 billion per annum to businesses and consumers across North America. In 2017, Mr. Nickel worked through a successful CEO transition in SNAP, where he continues to hold a large equity stake and director seat. Mr. Nickel assembled a potent executive team, and led the business through a continuing evolution which now has the Company active in two distinct product markets of insurance premium financing, and consumer financing for home improvement loans across North America.
Mike has spent the last ten years helping start-up companies obtain the capital necessary to grow their businesses. He is a co-founder of Aroway Energy Corp, a junior oil and gas Exploration Company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. In addition to being a director of Creditloans Canada Financing Inc., he is currently a director of Upton Capital Corp., a privately held Mortgage Investment Corporation that specializes in residential mortgages in Western Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Simon Fraser University and a Masters of Arts (Economics) from McGill University.
Hashem is Vice President at Conconi Growth Partners, based in Vancouver, BC. He specializes in providing growth capital for tech startups and other growing businesses. Before joining the team at Progressa, Hashem founded GBA Equity Partners (GBA), a Vancouver-based private equity firm. Prior to GBA he worked with Vanedge Capital, a $140 million technology venture capital fund. As part of the investment team, he helped invest and allocate over $50 million in innovative growth companies and the entrepreneurs that drive them. In conjunction with these investments, Hashem was actively involved in their growth and execution at the board level, in strategic planning, business development and occasionally, interim-operating positions. Hashem was also instrumental in fund raising, sourcing new investments and overall strategy.
Hashem holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) from University of British Columbia, where he was part of the renowned Portfolio Management Foundation. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Dillon joined Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd. in September 2000. He is a partner of the firm, and responsible for managing the Income Strategy with a focus on high yield debt securities. Prior to joining Deans Knight, Dillon worked on the trading floor at Scotia Capital Inc. in Toronto. Dillon graduated from Bishop's University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in Finance, and received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2002.
Dillon currently serves on the Board of the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society of Canada, and has actively served the organization for over 6 years. Dillon volunteers as a mentor in the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation program, guiding students who are pursuing similar careers, and as a youth soccer coach with Vancouver United Football Club.
Kevin is the Founder and President of Sport Mart Inc., Canada's largest independent sporting goods retailer with 70 superstores at the time of his departure. The company gained critical acclaim for its leading-edge marketing, merchandising, and distribution strategies. He has served as a Director and Board Member for British Columbia Lottery Corporation and the Forzani Group, and as Chairman of Coast Wholesale Appliance Trust. He has received many awards, including the Canadian Retailer of the Year and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, an award given to Canadians in recognition of their significant contributions and achievements. He is presently founder and President of Jardine Capital Corp., a diversified investment and Brand Development Company that specializes in consumer branded and strategic businesses.
Kalle Radage is currently President of Payfirma, who is responsible for a range of functions including product development, finance, marketing, strategy, and performance tracking. Kalle has also held senior roles at Oracle, Nokia, and a startup, Sabela Media, which was successfully acquired by 24/7 Real Media for $70M. Kalle held roles as a Venture Capitalist at both Nokia Ventures and BDC Venture Capital, investing in disruptive software companies. Kalle earned an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain and a computer science degree from UBC in Canada. Kalle is also an active member of the technology community as an advisor, investor, and board member.
Simon Stanlake is the former Chief Technology Officer of Hootsuite, a world leading platform for social media marketing. As a technology executive and team builder, Simon worked directly with the CEO to grow revenue from zero to over $50 million and expand from a startup environment to over 500 employees (including over 100 person engineering team). Simon has proven experience turning good ideas into great businesses and is an active advisor to many startups who are rapidly growing their technology and engineering capability.