Ironbridge Equity Partners, Toronto, ON
Pete Samson is a Managing Partner at Ironbridge Equity Partners, based in Toronto. Ironbridge provides equity capital to Canadian companies. It makes equity investments from $5 to $20 million. It looks for a core management team that is motivated to stay and invest, businesses that are leaders in their core markets, a history of positive earnings and an opportunity to grow revenue and improve earnings either organically or through acquisitions. Sectors of interest include manufacturing, distribution, consumer products and services, and business products and services.
Prior to joining Ironbridge, Pete spent 21 years at Bain & Company in their Toronto office. Bain is recognized as the leading strategy consulting firm serving private equity clients worldwide. Prior to Bain, Pete worked as an Associate at Wood Gundy, a major Canadian Investment Bank.
During his time at Bain, Pete worked on a number of assignments in: mergers & acquisitions; corporate and business unit strategy; sales force strategy; pricing strategy; strategic cost reduction; and customer retention. While at Bain, he held various roles as the head of the Canadian Financial Services, the Canadian Private Equity and the Americas Asset Management Practices.
Pete worked on over 75 transactions in multiple industries and in multiple countries during his Bain tenure. The transactions ranged in size from $50 million to $50 billion. He spent a considerable amount of time on these transactions supporting the pre-acquisition diligence efforts of private equity funds or strategic buyers, but the majority of his time was focused post-acquisition, working with management teams from the acquirer and the target company to realize value from the acquisition. With this experience Pete was a leader in Bain’s Global Merger Integration Practice Area.
Pete currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Frischkorn Audio-Visual Corp., Demers, Ambulance Manufacturer Inc., LaFrentz & Christenson Trucking Ltd. and Hank’s Maintenance and Service Co. Ltd., and is a member of the Board of Directors of Frost Fighter Inc.
Pete holds an Honours Business Administration degree from The University of Western Ontario and the CFA designation.