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At Mercana, we partner with entrepreneurs to build great businesses
At Mercana, we believe a vibrant entrepreneurial community is fundamental to economic prosperity. We strive to be catalysts and facilitators working at the intersection of great people, great business models and well-structured capital. Our key differentiator is our team of talent on which we rely for their domain expertise and leadership. These skills and knowledge provide real value to businesses facing major decisions or growth challenges.
Type of Business
Usually privately owned, entrepreneurial in style, innovative, and growth oriented, but experiencing challenges in achieving their objectives.
The reach of our Associates group allows us to have broad coverage amongst most industries.
Size of Company
We work with small to medium sized businesses, and are often connected to them through our Associates, their investors, or their trusted advisors.
Primarily Canadian based businesses, with international horizons.
How We Work
Mercana’s Driving Principles
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The Management Team Powering Mercana
Peter Waugh, Managing Partner
Peter has been advising businesses for over 30 years in the areas of business development, leadership and organizational effectiveness, corporate finance and governance, in a wide range of industries. He is a consummate connector, always looking to match the needs of the business with the right resources to unlock growth potential, usually involving uniquely talented people and specialized forms of financing.
Prior to founding Mercana in 2009, he was President of EnGrowth Business Solutions Inc., which provided assistance to several privately owned businesses in the areas of succession planning, business transformation, organizational effectiveness and corporate finance.
Peter’s earlier career includes 18 years with RBC Royal Bank, including executive roles in the areas of commercial banking, risk management, deposit products, and global technology and operations.
Prior to RBC, Peter was VP, Finance of a publicly listed plastic products manufacturer and AVP a mid-market corporate finance boutique.
He is presently a director of Quantius Inc., and a past director of Transition-Path Inc. and Titanium Logistics Inc. He is currently serving as a committee member of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Small and Medium Enterprises Committee (SMEC).
He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, and has his Chartered Directors designation.
Bill Thomson, Managing Partner
Bill brings to Mercana a 50-year record of achievement completing turnarounds, sourcing private-equity capital for emerging growth companies, and providing critical guidance and advice to help steer businesses though challenging situations towards positive growth. Prior to 2009, he was President of Thomson Associates Inc. In this capacity he held interim CEO positions for several companies in financial distress in a variety of different industries.
Bill currently serves as a director for four private businesses: Summitt Energy, Electrical Contacts Ltd., Media Tube Corp., and YTW Growth Management Corp. Bill also serves on the boards of four public companies, one of which is based in China: China Armco Metals, theScore Inc., Chile Mining Technologies Inc. and is Lead Director for Hampton Financial Corp. Bill has also been appointed Chairman and President of Not-for-Profit, Children International Canada. As a board advisor, Bill provides a wealth of knowledge in the areas of finance, leadership, strategic alliances, and corporate development and governance. He currently serves as audit committee chair for four public companies and is often called upon to provide expertise in the areas of corporate governance and compensation.
Bill prides himself on his ability to deploy appropriate human and financial resources to promising situations in order to achieve success for partners and clients. He is a chartered accountant (in denial) and lives in Thornhill with his wife Janice.