Patrick W.A. Handreke, Chairman
Patrick is the co-founder of Signal Hill Equity Partners and has over 30 years of international investment structuring and general management experience in real estate and private equity. He oversees European investor relationships, fund raising & business development initiatives in Europe and also serves as Chairman of Northam Realty Advisors Limited, a Canadian real estate investment management firm primarily funded by European institutional and family office capital with a current property portfolio of approximately 7 million square feet of Canadian commercial space.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Patrick received his B.A. in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto.
James C. Johnson, Managing Partner
James is the co-founder of Signal Hill Equity Partners and has over 25 years’ experience investing and building companies. He started his business career as a senior executive at Newcourt Credit Group and helped build the second-largest non-bank finance company in the world. As a member of Newcourt's Investment Committee, he helped accumulate a portfolio of debt and equity investments in excess of $28 billion, and assisted in completing 26 acquisitions.
James has extensive operational and financial restructuring experience, serving as Chairman, CEO and President of a number of public and private companies including, MDC Corporation and Farley Windows (now part of Gienow Windows and Doors), and helped transform them from positions of financial distress to profitable companies. He was previously a Partner at EdgeStone Capital Partners, one of the most successful private-equity firms in Canada, and was the co-founder of Ironbridge Equity Partners Inc.
James serves as Chairman of Westridge Cabinets Ltd. and C&V Portable Accommodations Ltd., CCI Group Inc., OEL Projects Ltd., Romet Ltd and City Wide. He previously served as Chairman of Orbit Garant Drilling Inc., and was Vice Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of both Newcourt Capital Inc., and Farley Windows and Doors Ltd. He also served on the Board of Directors of Gesco Industries Inc., Davis + Henderson Income Fund and Labstat International Inc.
He holds an MBA - LLB degree from the University of Windsor, where he previously received his Bachelor of Commerce degree. James taught insolvency and restructuring law at the University of Windsor Law School. He is also the founder and a lecturer of the Advanced Business Law course. This course is designed as a workshop that aims to bring together academics and real life cases in order to provide students with practical insights and experiences in M&A, securities, corporate finance and insolvency and restructuring. James received many scholarships and awards including the Clark Award for his outstanding service to the University of Windsor.
Imran Siddiqui, Partner
Imran joined Signal Hill in 2009, and has over 13 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. Previously, he worked for over four years in the Investment Banking division of Merrill Lynch Inc., where he was part of a team assisting with mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions for companies in the North American aerospace, pharmaceutical, mining, retail and manufacturing industries. Imran has also worked as an Associate at an emerging-markets-focused private-equity firm with over US-$7.5 billion of assets under management.
Imran currently serves as the Chairman of McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd., where he has facilitated the completion of over thirteen acquisitions. He also serves on the Board of Directors of City Wide Towing & Recovery Service Ltd.
Aleks Sobot, CFA, Associate
Aleks joined Signal Hill in September 2018, with four years of experience in financial restructurings and principal investing. He was previously an Investment Analyst at Anson Funds, a large Canadian long-short hedge fund, where he assisted with investment screening, research, due diligence, and deal execution. Previously, Aleks worked at Alvarez & Marsal, a leading global professional advisory firm where he worked on financial restructurings, distressed mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions, and company turnarounds in a variety of sectors including retail, consumer goods, industrials, infrastructure, and natural resources.
Aleks holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and a Honours Business Administration degree (Dean's Honours List) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.