Investment Team

Patrick W.A. Handreke, Chairman

Patrick W.A. Handreke, Chairman

Patrick is the co-founder of Signal Hill Equity Partners, responsible for investor relations with and fundraising from its European investor clients and currently also serves as Chairman of Northam Realty Advisors Limited, a Canadian real estate investment management firm primarily funded with European capital, established in 1971, with a current property portfolio in excess of 6.1 million square feet valued in excess of $2.1 Billion.

In private equity, Patrick actively participated in the consolidation of the North American automotive parts distribution industry as Chairman of Metrix Holdings Inc. until 1999.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Patrick received his B.A. in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto.


James C. Johnson, Managing Partner

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.

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Imran Siddiqui, Partner

Imran Siddiqui, Partner

Imran joined Signal Hill in 2009, and has over 10 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. Previously, he worked as an Associate 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 The Abraaj Group, an emerging-markets-focused private-equity firm with over US-$7.5 billion of assets under management.

Imran is actively involved with CCI Group Inc., where he facilitated the completion of five tuck-in acquisitions. He also serves on the Board of Directors of City Wide Towing & Recovery Service Ltd. and OEL Projects Ltd.

Imran holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Comm. degree from McGill University where he graduated second in his class and made the Dean's Honour List.

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Carl Elia, Vice President

Carl Elia, Vice President

Carl joined Signal Hill in 2016 with over 8 years of experience investing in, advising and building businesses. Prior to joining Signal Hill, Carl was a Vice President with Brookfield Asset Management focused on the sourcing, due diligence, and execution of renewable energy investments globally for its public and private infrastructure funds.

Prior to Brookfield, Carl worked as an Associate in investment banking for two Toronto based, mid-market investment banks where he focused on debt and equity financing, and M&A. Previously, Carl was responsible for business development of an Ontario based restaurant franchise, expanding the franchise and implementing procedures chain-wide.

Carl holds an M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management in addition to a B.Comm from Ryerson University. Carl is also a CFA charterholder.

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Stephen Orr, Vice President

Stephen Orr, Vice President

Stephen joined Signal Hill in 2017, and has over 10 years of experience in advising and building businesses. Previously, he worked as a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he focused on operations, organization and corporate development for companies in the financial services and consumer industries.

Prior to BCG, Stephen practiced law in the New York offices of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and White & Case LLP, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Stephen also clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario where he worked closely with the judges on the decisions of the Court.

Stephen obtained an LL.B. and a B.C.L. from McGill University, an M.A. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in Economics and History from McGill University.

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Victor Pang, Senior Associate

Victor Pang, Senior Associate

Victor joined Signal Hill in February 2015, bringing with him four years of experience in investment banking. He was previously an Associate at Raymond James in Toronto, where he assisted with mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions for companies in a variety of sectors including consumer, industrials, technology and real estate.

Victor holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (High Distinction) degree from the University of Toronto.

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Peter Sun, Associate

Peter Sun, Associate

Peter joined Signal Hill in January 2017. He previously worked at RBC's Mergers and Acquisitions team where he assisted in sourcing and executing mergers and acquisitions across a wide variety of industries including construction, energy services, engineering and technology. Prior to RBC, Peter worked at KPMG and Deloitte where he supported a number of advisory and valuation mandates.

Peter is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Business Valuator and a CFA Charterholder. Peter holds a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

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Ryan Bradley, Analyst/Operations Associate

Ryan Bradley, Analyst/Operations Associate

Ryan joined Signal Hill in August 2014. He previously worked in supply chain operations for a leading Canadian retailer, where he managed forecasting and the replenishment of several product categories. Prior to that, Ryan worked for a major global software company where he developed software to integrate the company’s middleware solutions.

Ryan holds a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, specializing in Electrical & Computer Engineering.

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Patrick W.A. Handreke, Chairman

Patrick has extensive experience in private equity and real estate investing. Patrick is the co-founder of Signal Hill Equity Partners and currently serves as President & CEO of Northam Realty Advisors Limited, a Canadian real estate investment management firm that was established in 1971. Northam's senior management team, under Patrick's leadership, has expanded the company's assets under management from less than $50mm in 1988 to a current portfolio in excess of 5.9 million square feet of commercial space with a value in excess of $1.94 Billion.

Patrick also has a distinguished track record in private equity. He actively participated in the consolidation of the North American automotive parts distribution industry. His German family's Hamburg-based holding company acquired Metrix Holdings Inc., a specialized distributor of import automotive parts in the United States, and subsequently acquired and integrated a number of smaller competitors. Metrix was sold to Worldpac Inc. in 1999 to create the largest import automotive parts specialty distribution business in North America.

Patrick received his B.A. in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto.



James C. Johnson, Managing Partner

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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.



Hai Tran-Viet, Partner

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Hai joined Signal Hill in October 2010 and has over 15 years of experience investing, building, and advising companies. He was previously a Vice President in the merchant banking and private-equity arm of TD Bank Financial Group where he identified, executed, and monitored equity and mezzanine investments in North American companies. Prior to that, he worked in the investment banking division of CIBC World Markets where he assisted with mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions.

Hai is actively involved with Westridge Cabinets Ltd., and serves on the Board of Directors of C&V Portable Accommodations Ltd. and Romet Limited.

Hai holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and received a B.Sc. degree from McGill University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.



Imran Siddiqui, Partner

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Imran joined Signal Hill in 2009, and has over 10 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. Previously, he worked as an Associate 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 The Abraaj Group, an emerging-markets-focused private-equity firm with over US-$7.5 billion of assets under management.

Imran is actively involved with CCI Group Inc., where he facilitated the completion of five tuck-in acquisitions. He also serves on the Board of Directors of City Wide Towing & Recovery Service Ltd. and OEL Projects Ltd.

Imran holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Comm. degree from McGill University where he graduated second in his class and made the Dean's Honour List.



Carl Elia, Vice President

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Carl joined Signal Hill in 2016 with over 8 years of experience investing in, advising and building businesses. Prior to joining Signal Hill, Carl was a Vice President with Brookfield Asset Management focused on the sourcing, due diligence, and execution of renewable energy investments globally for its public and private infrastructure funds.

Prior to Brookfield, Carl worked as an Associate in investment banking for two Toronto based, mid-market investment banks where he focused on debt and equity financing, and M&A. Previously, Carl was responsible for business development of an Ontario based restaurant franchise, expanding the franchise and implementing procedures chain-wide.

Carl holds an M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management in addition to a B.Comm from Ryerson University. Carl is also a CFA charterholder.



Victor Pang, Associate

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Victor joined Signal Hill in February 2015, bringing with him four years of experience in investment banking. He was previously an Associate at Raymond James in Toronto, where he assisted with mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions for companies in a variety of sectors including consumer, industrials, technology and real estate.

Victor holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (High Distinction) degree from the University of Toronto.


Ryan Bradley, Analyst/Operations Associate

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Ryan joined Signal Hill in August 2014. He previously worked in supply chain operations for a leading Canadian retailer, where he managed forecasting and the replenishment of several product categories. Prior to that, Ryan worked for a major global software company where he developed software to integrate the company’s middleware solutions.

Ryan holds a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, specializing in Electrical & Computer Engineering.