Meet Our Team
Westcap has established an experienced team of business professionals with extensive knowledge in their respective fields, including an executive team with more than a century of investment management expertise.
From left to right: Haley Anderson, Graham Friedt, Darryl Caudle, Tyler Bradley, Virgil Cairns, Shayla Romanyshyn, Jamie Schwitzer, Heidi Loth, Stacey Kotsanidis, Rob Connoly, Wanda Hunchak, Douglas Banzet, Grant Kook, Darcy Ogrodnick, Patrick Morgraidge, Jeffrey Leech, Brenda Gessner, Nicole Shoaf, Tim Quiring, Ashlee Taylor, Marlin Stangeland, Raeleen Mann, Rozlynn Burlock, (Missing: Peter Wilson).
With a passion for creativity and drive for success, Rozlynn Burlock is a Communications Coordinator on the Westcap team. Ms. Burlock brings experience in design, marketing and events, and an educational background in Commerce, which guide her role in communications for Westcap and all Funds Under Management. Ms. Burlock enjoys volunteering with her local community association and assisting in charitable events throughout the year.
Grant Kook, C.Dir., S.O.M.
President/Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Grant Kook is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Manager. Mr. Kook is the co-founder and President and Chief Executive Officer of Cheung On Investments Group Ltd., an international investor syndicated fund. Mr. Kook has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ramada Hotels since 1992. Mr. Kook was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Directors for SaskTel in February 2008 and Vice Chairman of the Saskatchewan Health Authority in June 2017. Mr. Kook also sits or has sat on the boards of a number of companies, including Saskatchewan Blue Cross and is currently a member of the Investment Committee for the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation pension fund. Mr. Kook was a Vice President of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) and past Chairman of the Board of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. Mr. Kook was the chair of the 2013 and 2014 CIS University Cup Men’s Hockey Championship, and a founding board member of the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame.
Mr. Kook is the recipient of the 2013 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and also the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012, and the Commemorative Medal of the Centennial of Saskatchewan, 2005. He is the recipient of the 2014 Saskatoon Tourism Leadership award and has been recognized as the 2013 Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur Award for Community Involvement, the 2013 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Volunteer of the Year Award, the 2008 B’nai Brith – We Are Proud of You Award. He has earned the Chartered Director Designation (C. Dir.) from McMaster University DeGroote School of Business.
With over 8 years of professional experience, Patrick is an Accountant at Westcap and responsible for supporting the financial activities of the team in a variety of capacities. In 2012, Patrick earned a diploma in Accounting and Business from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and is currently a candidate at the Chartered Professional Accountants Western School of Business (CPAWSB).
Tim Quiring, B.Comm.
Tim joined Westcap in 2018 and is responsible for supporting the investment team on current and prospective investments. Prior to joining Westcap, Tim spent one year in corporate development at an agricultural finance company in Regina. Tim holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance from the University of Saskatchewan and is a CFA Level II candidate.
Nicole Shoaf is Senior Director for Westcap. Ms. Shoaf has more than thirteen years of banking experience and, prior to joining the Westcap team, was part of an asset management team where she managed a $2.5 billion securitized commercial real estate portfolio. Additionally she has extensive experience with syndicated corporate loans and acted as Agent on a $7 billion portfolio. From 2001 to 2006 Ms. Shoaf worked within the chartered banking system in various roles including corporate syndicated loans and retail and business banking.
Ms. Shoaf is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and holds certificates in Canadian Securities, Investment Administration and Securities (UK), Advanced Operational Risk and Global Operations Management.
Jeffrey joined Westcap earlier in 2017 and is responsible for providing analysis on current portfolio investments and new investment opportunities. Prior to joining Westcap, Jeffrey worked as an Analyst in the mid-market investment banking group of a Canadian bank in Calgary. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from the University of Alberta and is a CFA Level II candidate as well as a Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators Level II Student.
Graham Friedt joined Westcap in early 2017 and is responsible for supporting the investment team on current and prospective investments. Mr. Friedt has over 5 years of investment management experience. Prior to joining Westcap, Mr. Friedt was with a large energy infrastructure company in Calgary, focused on investment analysis. Mr. Friedt holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance from the University of Calgary and is a CFA Level III candidate.
Heidi Loth joined the Westcap team in 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. In her role, she provides administrative support to team members and is responsible for the management of the front office. Prior to Westcap, Ms. Loth worked in the customer relations field for seven years, developing her communication and client relations skills. Ms. Loth has three years of experience working in administration and has completed the Human Resources Management Certificate program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Heidi has a passion for the arts and enjoys singing and playing the violin. She shares her music through her volunteer work with senior citizens.
Stacey Kotsanidis, B.Ed.
Financial Administrative Associate
Ms. Kotsanidis joined the Westcap team in early 2015. She provides administrative support to the Finance team and Executive Office, and is also a liaison with the Fund’s Board of Directors and Committees. Prior to joining Westcap, Ms. Kotsanidis graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with distinction and a Bachelor of Education and worked as a Teacher and Educational Assistant in Saskatoon. During her University career, she sat on the Board for the Education Student Society for two years, as the Executive Fundraising Coordinator and Social Representative. Ms. Kotsanidis is currently the Vice-President and one of the co-founders of the Aetos Hellenic Greek Dance group which involves her in various cultural and fundraising events in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Shayla Romanyshyn joined Westcap in 2014. Ms. Romanyshyn has 5 years of experience in the client services and customer relations industry. She is highly involved in the community with consistent volunteer work with Big Brothers and Sisters of Saskatoon and is a member of the Canadian Cancer Society. Ms. Romanyshyn assists in public relations and marketing initiatives for the funds under management with her strong communication and customer service skills . She is also responsible for providing administrative support to the committee’s and senior management team.
Director of Corporate & Community Relations
Ms. Gessner has been with Westcap since its inception and is responsible for the overall administrative management of the office of the President as well as the lead liaison with the Fund’s Board of Directors and sub-committees. Ms. Gessner has over 20 years of office management and administrative experience in the financial and information technology sectors.
IT Project Manager
Bryan Reiter provides a broad range of technical guidance and support to maintain operations and further increase efficiencies in the area of IT infrastructure and communications for the Westcap group, its inter-related companies and all Funds under management. Mr. Reiter has held senior positions in small and medium-sized corporations as well as technology start-ups. His experience in strategic planning, management, technology and operational improvement benefits companies that are in high-growth, rapid-change and administrative intensive industries. Mr. Reiter is dedicated to the well-being of his community and has served on the executive of several non-profit organizations.
Manager of Payroll Services
Virgil Cairns has been working with employee investment opportunities since 2004 and is responsible for the delivery of Golden Opportunities Fund’s Payroll Investment Plan, which continues to expand. Mr. Cairns works with the Fund’s network of Investment Advisors to support the introduction, implementation and on-going management of Golden Opportunities Fund’s Group Payroll Plans. Mr. Cairns is an active volunteer in Regina minor sports having served as the President of Hockey Regina Inc. and manager of Team Saskatchewan at the Baseball Canada National championships. Mr. Cairn’s volunteer efforts as President of Hockey Regina Inc. with the southern Saskatchewan hockey community were instrumental in the creation of Saskatchewan’s Provincial Bantam Hockey League.
Raeleen Mann, B.Comm.
Ms. Mann has over a decade of experience with Westcap and is responsible for managing and directing a broad range of communication efforts for Westcap and its Funds. She is involved in the strategic planning, development, management and implementation of various shareholder and community initiatives while contributing to the execution of other Westcap programs. Ms. Mann holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) degree in Marketing with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan.
Haley Anderson, CPA, CMA, B.Comm.
Haley Anderson joined Westcap in early 2012 and is responsible for supporting the activities of the investment accounting and investment operations teams. In addition to financial support, she is involved in the activities of the communications team. Ms. Anderson holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation and Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) designation. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan.
Darcy Ogrodnick, CPA, CA, B.Comm., MPAcc.
Director of Finance
Darcy Ogrodnick has held management positions with various public companies since 2004. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Ogrodnick provided financial management and reporting services as a consulting Chief Financial Officer for a number of small public companies. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Ogrodnick was the Corporate Accounting Manager for a large heavy construction contractor, where he was a member of the management team responsible for the completion of the company’s initial public offering on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Ogrodnick was the Tax Manager for a large publicly traded income trust in the retail consumer products industry. Prior to 2004, he worked for both international and Saskatchewan-based public accounting firms serving clients in a number of industries. Mr. Ogrodnick holds Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.), and Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc.) designations. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan.
Marlin Stangeland, CPA, CA
Marlin Stangeland is the Senior Director for Westcap with over 20 years of experience in a wide range of private and public ventures. Most of his career has been spent operating his consulting firm through which he undertook a wide variety of projects including managing a $40 million portfolio of investments in small and medium sized companies, business start-up and expansion projects, corporate turn-a-round assignments as well as founding the BioAccess Commercialization Centre. In 2007 Mr. Stangeland was invited to join the Saskatchewan government and assist as Chief of Staff to the Minister in overseeing portfolios such as the Crown Corporations of Saskatchewan, Enterprise Saskatchewan and First Nations & Métis Relations. Mr. Stangeland holds a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) designations and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan. He is the past Chair for the Parkinson Society of Saskatchewan and currently serves as the Chair of the Investment Committee for Parkinson Canada.
Tyler Bradley holds the office of Vice-President with the Manager. Mr. Bradley has more than 15 years of investment management experience, with a focus on private company finance. Prior to joining the Manager in 2007, Mr. Bradley was an Investment Analyst for a seed-stage investment fund from 2005 to 2007, where he was responsible for new venture investments and portfolio management. Between 2001 and 2005, Mr. Bradley worked in various corporate finance roles with start-up and growth-stage companies. Mr. Bradley received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan. Mr. Bradley serves as a director of a number of private Canadian companies involved in the oil and gas exploration, and software industries.
Jamie Schwitzer, CFA
Jamie Schwitzer holds the office of Vice-President with the Manager. Mr. Schwitzer has over 20 years of investment management experience during which he has developed and implemented rigorous and detailed due diligence processes applicable to a wide range of sectors and investment instruments. Prior to joining the Manager, from 2007, Mr. Schwitzer was a partner with Victoria Park Capital, a private equity firm managing a $400-million-plus portfolio of investments. From 2000 – 2007, Mr. Schwitzer was an investment manager with a specialty finance company specializing in subordinated debt, mezzanine and equity financings across life science, manufacturing, retail and oil and gas sectors. His background also includes managing money market and fixed income investments, public equities, currency trading and asset/liability management with Crown Life Insurance Company. Mr. Schwitzer holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Saskatchewan. Mr. Schwitzer serves as a director of a number of private Canadian companies involved in technology, manufacturing and value added processing.
Wanda Hunchak, CFA, CPA, CMA
Executive Vice President
Wanda Hunchak holds the office of Executive Vice-President with Westcap. Ms. Hunchak has more than 20 years of experience investing in Saskatchewan business opportunities. Prior to joining the Manager in 2003, Ms. Hunchak was the manager of client services within the chartered banking system from 1996 to 1998 and managed a commercial credit portfolio from 1998 to 2001. In 2001 she joined Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation (SOCO) as a venture capital investment analyst and later that year became a senior management consultant with one of Canada’s largest agricultural consulting firms. Ms. Hunchak is involved with various Committees and Boards including past Chair of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) Board of Directors, and was a nomination recipient of the 2016 Women of Distinction Leadership and Professions Award. Ms. Hunchak holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan, the CFA Institute, and the CFA Society of Saskatchewan.
Rob Connoly, CFA, CPA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer
Rob Connoly is the Chief Financial Officer with the Manager. Mr. Connoly has more than 20 years of investment management experience with expertise in real estate investment analysis and market research. Prior to joining the Manager in 2003, Mr. Connoly was with Boston Development Corp. from 1996 to 2003 and Summit Development Group from 1992 to 1994 where he identified and evaluated real estate acquisition opportunities. Mr. Connoly has a strong financial background and his experience includes advising TCU Financial Group from 1994 to 1996 to manage the availability of capital funds and the identification of appropriate market instruments for investment. Mr. Connoly is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA). Mr. Connoly holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan, the CFA Institute, and the CFA Society of Saskatchewan. Mr. Connoly serves as a director on a number of boards for companies in the, infrastructure, food and beverage processing, and value-added processing industries.
Chief Operating Officer, Director
Douglas Banzet is the Chief Operating Officer and a director of the Manager. Mr. Banzet has been Director of Finance of Cheung On since 1995. From March 1993 to June 1995, Mr. Banzet was an independent management consultant to a variety of small and medium-sized Saskatchewan businesses. Mr. Banzet has over forty-five years’ experience in the financial service and asset management fields. His experience includes investment valuations of both private and public businesses, feasibility analysis, risk assessment, commercial loan financing, administration, budgeting, planning and management of large commercial loan portfolios. Mr. Banzet also serves as a director of a number of private Canadian companies involved in life sciences, oil and gas exploration, biotech, value added processing, health care and service industries.
Ashlee Taylor provides administrative support to team members and is responsible for the management of the Westcap front office. Prior to joining Westcap, Ms. Taylor worked in customer relations for several years during which she gained valuable communication and client relations skills. In addition to administration, Ms. Taylor also has experience in Human Resources and has received her Human Resources Diploma through Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
Darryl Caudle, BAC
Vice President – Hotel Operations, Ramada Plaza Regina, Ramada Hotel Saskatoon
In April 2015 Darryl Caudle accepted the position of Vice President of Hotel Operations for Westcap and oversees the Ramada Hotel in Saskatoon and the Ramada Plaza in Regina. Mr. Caudle brings 29 years of experience in hotels, has been involved with the hospitality industry in Saskatchewan for over 35 years and has obtained a BAC from the University of Saskatchewan. Mr. Caudle belongs to various community groups including SKAL Saskatoon, Saskatoon Executive Club and the Saskatoon Progress Club as well he currently sits on the DMP board.
Peter Wilson, J.D.
Investment Analyst & Legal Advisor
Peter is an Investment Analyst and Legal Advisor at Westcap. As a member of the Investment Team, Peter is involved with analyzing, reviewing and structuring prospective investments, in addition to the management of existing investments. Prior to joining Westcap, Peter practised corporate and commercial law with a large Saskatchewan firm. Peter received a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan and is a CFA Level III Candidate.