Beyond Banking: Building

Senior Officers

Kevin Andrews, President & CEO

Kevin is the President, CEO and majority shareholder of CFI. He brings over 20 years of specialized corporate finance and executive management experience to the firm. Kevin joined CFI in the early 90's and subsequently pioneered the first non-bank asset-backed securitization of auto and lease financings funded by commercial paper in Canada. To date, CFI has originated more than $3 billion dollars in this asset class. Prior to his work with CFI, Kevin held a management position with Credit Lyonnais (a predecessor to Credit Agricole, one of the largest banks in France), which was one of Canada's most active foreign banking institutions at the time. During his tenure with Credit Lyonnais, Kevin oversaw specialized lending portfolios. Kevin is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CFI, which has over $1.25 billion in assets under management. He is also responsible for developing new business strategies, and managing long-term growth and development. Kevin holds a BSc and an MBA from Dalhousie University.

Christopher Ball, Executive Vice President

Chris brings over 35 years of domestic and international banking experience to the position of Executive Vice-President of CFI and President of CFI Capital Inc. He joined CFI in January of 1988. Chris is CFI's Infrastructure and Power project specialist and has been instrumental in the initial funding of several of Canada's leading hydroelectric development companies, many of which have gone on to become publicly listed entities, including: Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation (TSX: "AQN"), Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX: "INE"), and Boralex Inc. (TSX: "BLX"). Prior to joining CFI, Chris was the Vice-President responsible for establishing the cross-Canada presence of Standard Chartered Bank. Also he held various managerial positions with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Chris is an Independent Director of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation, a past Director of the Clean Energy BC, an Advisor to Hydrovision International, and a recognized speaker within the Hydro Electric Industry.

Rozmin Patel, Senior Vice President

Rozmin has been with CFI and CFI related companies since 1999. Her career at CFI commenced as an analyst and over the past decade and a half has evolved to the position of Senior Vice-President.  As head of the securitization department her role entails setting direction for the portfolio growth, which at its peak was at $750 million and arranging funding for the portfolio both public and private.  In 2003, CFI Trust was the first non-bank financial institution to obtain a AAA rating from DBRS for its first public bond issue. In 2004, CFI launched the CFI Asset Trust extending it's funding from vehicles and light duty trucks to equipment and heavy trucks. Recently Rozmin has been charged with managing the operations of CFI's automotive group including Auto|One Leasing and Woodbine Nissan, with over 45 employees. In addition to her substantial experience and knowledge Rozmin brings passion, drive and focus to her job and her team.  Outside of CFI Rozmin is a longtime supporter of the Big Brother and Big Sister program that she has been a part of since 2004, participating as a mentor to her "little sister" for the past eight years. Rozmin has a MBA in finance from Saint Mary's University and a Bachelor in Commerce from Mumbai University, India.

Eugene Hodgson, Vice President, Origination—Western Region

Eugene joined CFI in December of 2006, bringing 30 years of private and public sector experience to his position. Eugene began his public sector career in the Northwest Territories where he acted as Senior Policy Advisor on resource-based projects. In the early 80's he served as Executive Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Lands, Parks and Housing in the British Columbia Government. Eugene's diverse private sector business experience includes positions as Director of Investments for a mineral investment fund, First Capital Inc., VP Corporate Development for a water-based transportation company, Director of a renewable energy development company and Director of Corporate Development for Intrawest Corporation. While at Intrawest, Eugene negotiated millions of dollars in infrastructure funds from the Quebec and Federal governments. These funds were critical to the development of the Mont Tremblant Ski Resort. He was also responsible for investor and community relations at Intrawest. Eugene is Co-Chair of the BC Wind Energy Association and a member of the Public Affairs Committee of CANWEA and CARE and a member of the Advisory Council of the Independent Power Producers of BC. Eugene holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Calgary.

Jacques Huot, Vice President, Origination—Toronto

Jacques brings over 30 years of domestic and international finance, specializing in project and infrastructure finance, to his position. He joined CFI in January of 2005. His expertise in the area of infrastructure financing is highlighted by his experience with public-private partnerships in Canada. As Vice President Public-Private Partnerships at Ontario SuperBuild, an agency of the Government of Ontario, his responsibilities included the design and implementation of a public-private partnership initiative, the privatization of provincially owned business enterprises, and he co-chaired the committee responsible for the development and implementation of policies regarding the restructuring of Ontario's electricity sector. In addition, Jacques has held positions with Citibank, N.A. and with SNC Lavalin. As an aboriginal Canadian, Jacques is focusing his considerable expertise on the needs of Canada's First Nations in the areas of power, water and housing. Jacques also serves as a member of the Boards of Anishnawbe Health Toronto, a clinic serving the needs of the Aboriginal community in the Greater Toronto Area. Jacques earned his BA from Concordia University.

Simon Kinnaird, Vice President, Origination—Toronto

Simon brings over 25 years of capital market experience to his position. He joined CFI in June of 2003. Prior to joining CFI, Simon was Vice-President of a large multi-national real estate advisory firm where he was responsible for structuring domestic and cross-border debt financing and private equity placements. Simon has also held senior positions at GE Capital and Bank of America. With over $1 billion in transaction experience, across all asset classes, in both domestic and foreign markets, Simon delivers high quality strategic advice and creative solutions to our clients. Recent transactions include credit tenant financing, sale-leasebacks and infrastructure project financing for non-profit and for-profit healthcare, energy, housing and transportation entities. Simon holds a BA in Business Administration from Concordia University and is a member of many professional infrastructure associations in Canada.

Paul McCuaig, Vice President, Origination—Toronto

Paul brings over 25 years of experience in business development and finance, with a specialization in the North American energy sector. He joined CFI in 2010. Prior to joining CFI, Paul was Regional Manager for the Toronto office of Powerex, BC Hydro's marketing and trading subsidiary. The Toronto office was established to allow Powerex to better pursue niche opportunities in the east, including financial, term and structured energy products. In his capacity as Regional Manager, Paul introduced unique products such as PPAs for unit contingent nuclear energy, and transactions supported by credit default insurance. Paul's banking experience included the position Vice-President, Energy Group, BNP in which he played the role of primary contact to serve the varied needs of large, medium and small sized energy producers throughout Canada. Paul has been on the Conference Planning Committee for the Association of Power Producers of Ontario, and been an active member of various committees, groups, and panels for such organizations as the IESO, PJM and NEPOOL. He has been a presenter at such venues as the Conference Board of Canada, APPrO, and the Enerdata Power Fair. His diverse energy sector background gives him a unique perspective in advising CFI's customers on how to optimize the value of their assets. Paul holds a BSc. from McGill University and an MBA from University of Alberta.

John Burns, Legal Department

John joined CFI in January of 2004 from the national law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP where he was a partner and head of the National Corporate / Commercial Law Practice Group. John brings his considerable expertise, gained in over 35 years in the practice of corporate and commercial law in Canada for both private and public companies. John is actively involved in all of CFI's business lines, and facilitates an efficient and smooth closing process for the more complex transactions we undertake. In 1992, in recognition of his significant volunteer work with community-based organizations, John was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada by the Governor General of Canada. John holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an LLB from the University of Ottawa.