Trusted Partners, Proven Builders
At McCain Capital Partners, we bring patient capital and expertise to build long-term value.
McCain Capital Partners is in the business of growing businesses. We are a family-owned, Canadian investment company, and we make long-term investments alongside strong, aligned management teams to build real value in the companies we own.
We are patient investors and are not bound by short-term return expectations or liquidity requirements. Instead, we bring an entrepreneurial and flexible approach to our partnerships, providing permanent capital, strategic guidance, and operational support.
We typically take control positions in fundamentally sound businesses with a history of stable cash flows, and which have the potential to lead their markets.
We focus exclusively on the lower-middle market in North America, and work constructively with management on the strategic agenda to drive long-term, profitable growth. We do not invest in pure commodity or real estate businesses, or in start-ups.
Zac has more than 12 years of experience in private equity investing, M&A, and corporate finance and strategy. Prior to joining McCain Capital Partners, Zac was an investment professional at a leading Canadian mid-market private equity firm, where he was responsible for sourcing and driving value creation for investments in market-leading businesses. Zac has a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University, where he was an Academic All-Canadian and Male Athlete of the Year; he received his MBA from Queen’s School of Business, and he is a CFA charterholder.
James joined McCain Capital Partners in 2018, prior to which he was an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at CIBC Capital Markets where he was involved in executing M&A transactions across a wide range of sectors. James has a B.Comm., Honours and a BA (History), both from Queen’s University.
Douglas joined McCain Capital Partners in 2019, following two years as an Associate at Fengate Asset Management, where he was involved in originating and executing investments across a wide range of asset classes in the infrastructure space. Douglas began his career at Deloitte, where he was a member of the firm’s Financial Advisory practice and earned his CPA, CA designation. Douglas holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
McCain Capital Partners is supported by an experienced advisory committee of strategic and operational experts.
Michael McCain is President and Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf Foods, one of Canada’s flagship food companies, with sales of $3.3 billion and employing over 11,500 people in Canada and the United States.
Michael has devoted his career to the food industry, starting at McCain Foods in the late 1970s where he held a variety of roles, including President and Chief Executive Officer of McCain Foods USA. He joined Maple Leaf Foods in 1995. Since then, he has been instrumental in establishing Maple Leaf as a strong and sustainable, values-based company with leading brands and market share across its businesses and a bold vision for the future.
Michael is a director of Maple Leaf Foods, McCain Capital, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. He is a member of the Richard Ivey School of Business Advisory Board and the Business Council of Canada. He is the Honorary Chair of the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security, an incorporated not-for-profit organization.
Jonathan McCain is President and owner of Andover Capital, a Toronto-based investment holding company.
Andover is the majority shareholder of Northstar Scaffold Services Inc., a leading Canadian scaffolding solutions provider. Jonathan has served as the President and CEO of Northstar since Andover’s acquisition in 2012, and has led its growth from a single branch serving Southern Ontario, to a national organization with six branches in three provinces and over 250 employees.
Jonathan is currently a director at Maple Leaf Foods, a publicly listed Canadian food company. Previously, he was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He has an Honours in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at Western University.
Richard Lan has over 30 years of experience in the global food industry, most recently as the CEO of Canada Bread Company and COO of Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
In his role at Maple Leaf Foods, Richard led the restructuring and strategic growth of the bakery business, and assumed overall operating leadership for the food businesses, harvesting synergies between the meat and bakery business.
Richard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island. He was President of Dell Products Corp., until that business was sold to McCain Foods in 1988. Richard then assumed the position of President and CEO of McCain Citrus, where he remained until he joined Maple Leaf Foods.
Bill Aziz is a senior executive and experienced director with a record of achievement in change management, corporate culture transformation and team building.
He has extensive experience in building strong management teams focused on profitability, while promoting strong and flexible strategic thinking to create solutions. Bill also has extensive, international experience in multi-party negotiations, strategic partnerships, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Through BlueTree Advisors, Bill provides advice based on his more than 30 years of turnaround and management experience. His work encompasses diverse industries including mining, financial services, softwood lumber, steel manufacturing, refrigerated warehousing, transportation, retail, telecommunications, manufacturing and media.
Bill is a director, member of the Human Resources Committee, and Chair of the Investment Committee of OMERS and a director, Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committees of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Fengate Real Assets, and is a member of the Ivey School of Business Leadership Council for Cross-Enterprise Leadership. He has previously served on the boards of a number of public and private companies in Canada and United States. He is a CPA, CA and is recognized as a financial expert. Bill is an alumnus of Ernst & Young and a graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western University. He has studied negotiation and multi-party dispute resolution at Harvard Law School and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Governance College at the University of Toronto.