BUILDING VALUE BY APPLYING CAPITAL AND MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE

About Us

Magnetic North Acquisition Corporation, trading as “MNC” on the TSX Venture Exchange, is a Toronto and Calgary-based investment company that builds value by applying capital and management. Historically, Venture Capital and Private Equity firms were very profitable when they were focused on business management and they applied capital and experienced people. Over time, the model evolved, becoming more about money management with little or no business management, and as a result produce average returns.  Magnetic North is focused on historical VC/PE models and is only focusing on select deals, applying capital and expertise to build value for our investors.

Investment Strategies

We are disciplined investors and active owners that seek businesses in a variety of industries that require management expertise and funding to improve their business model, strategy and geographic reach. Our investment criteria include a review of market characteristics, risks, strategy, competition, customer focus, deal quality and entrepreneur, product and financial characteristics.

We target companies that are near positive cash flow, have the ability to generate sustainable cash flow; and where improvements in structure or operations can create a positive impact on value. Market segments we invest in include clean power technology, oilfield service, consumer products, and technology (software and hardware).

Our Strategies:
  • Finance
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Operations
  • Strategy
  • Concentrating on select deals that meet our investment strategy
  • Reducing risk through a diversified portfolio, and strong management team
  • Management participates through ownership rather than management AND performance fees charged by money managers
  • Applying a combination of capital AND management expertise

Management

Andrew Osis

Co-Chief Executive Officer; Director

Mr. Osis has a twenty-year career working in investment banking and commercial operations having managed teams with up to one hundred people. Over the length of his career Mr. Osis has been involved in more than $25 billion in transactions. Mr. Osis formerly held positions as Vice President, Global Banking with RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Canada’s largest investment banking firm, as well as positions with Peters & Company and Newcrest Capital where he focused on mergers, acquisitions, and equity and debt financings. Since leaving the investment banking business, Mr. Osis has served on numerous Boards of Directors, and as CEO and CFO of public and private organizations, covering technology, media and entertainment, energy and oilfield services, manufacturing, life sciences, and other sectors.

Kevin Spall

Co-Chief Executive Officer; Director

Mr. Spall has eighteen years of financial services and alternative energy experience in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and business development. From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Spall worked at: Yorkton Securities (now Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.), Versant Partners Inc. (now Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Corp.), where he was the Head of Investment Banking, and Blackmont Capital Inc., where he was the Head of Diversified Investment Banking. Since 2010, Mr. Spall has focused on several opportunities primarily in the alternative energy industry, including the successful development of a 50MW solar farm in Africa. Currently, Mr. Spall sits on the Board of Directors of several private companies.

Ha Tran

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Tran has over eighteen years of experience in corporate financial reporting, audit and financial management in various industries including mining, manufacturing, technology and construction. Prior to joining Magnetic North, she held several positions at DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd., the most recent being Vice President Finance. She was instrumental with DIRTT’s initial public offering in November 2013. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Stephen McCormick

Vice President Capital Markets

Mr. McCormick is a senior executive with over twenty years of experience across various industry sectors, including investment management, telecom and information technology. Mr. McCormick has formerly held positions with BMO Nesbitt Burns providing integrated wealth management solutions for high net worth clients, as well as, working on corporate structures for private businesses. His proven track record and expertise in finance, marketing, business transformation and business development is invaluable to Magnetic North and its shareholders.

Board of Directors

Ian Wild

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Wild is the former Executive VP, ATB Corporate Financial Services as well as the past director of AltaCorp Capital (now ATB Capital). He brings over thirty-five years in banking commencing in the UK with National Westminster Bank in their International Division working in trade finance, corporate finance and global risk management. Immigrating to Canada in 1982, Mr. Wild worked for Continental Bank of Canada (now HSBC) and then Royal Bank of Canada in the Special Loans Group, Oil & Gas Banking, Corporate Banking and Investment Banking as a Vice President in RBCDS. He was the past Chairman of the Financial Advisory Committee for Calgary Economic Development and is Chairman of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (a Geopolitical Think Tank).

Trent Larson

Director

Mr. Larson brings over twenty-five years of experience with a proven track record of developing and implementing growth strategies to improve performance and profitability in telecom, media, technology, manufacturing, solar, healthcare, retail, energy and financial services companies. He is a recognized digital pioneer, author of various research papers and has been an advisor to the European Commission on digital policy. Mr. Larson has served as CEO and Managing Director with leading international organizations and benefits from an extensive global network.Currently, Mr. Larson serves as board member and an advisor to several organizations and is an active member of the technology start-up investment community. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from DeVry University in California and an MBA from the University of London.

Jeff Davison

Director

Mr. Davison was elected to serve the City of Calgary in October 2017. As a City Councillor, his focus has been to bring back a pro-business vision to City Council. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, Calgary Economic Development and is the Council representative on the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund, a tool that is used to attract and support transformative investments in Calgary. In addition, Mr. Davison is Director for the Calgary Film Centre, as well as Calgary Parking Authority. Prior to being elected, Mr. Davison had decades of successful career experience in marketing, communications and investor relations in both the energy and technology sectors.

John Kowal

Director

Mr. Kowal is a consultant for End Result Inc. and is engaged as an advisor to Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. since 2012. He is responsible for providing domestic and cross-border advisory and corporate finance services. In addition, he is/has been retained by a number of companies to provide both technical and capital markets advice. His background consists of over 35 years of experience in a variety of senior financial and treasury positions in several multinational companies during which Mr. Kowal has executed numerous debt and equity financings, completed several multibillion-dollar M&A transactions and has taken several companies public, including the first primary listing by a Canadian company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Kowal has served as Co-CEO at Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. and Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Total E&P Canada Ltd. Mr. Kowal also served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Deer Creek Energy Limited and Treasurer of Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd. Additionally, Mr. Kowal’s diversified experience includes positions at Noranda Inc., John Labatt Limited, Celestica Inc., and IBM Canada Limited. Mr. Kowal holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University.

Andrew Osis

Co-Chief Executive Officer; Director

Mr. Osis has a twenty-year career working in investment banking and commercial operations having managed teams with up to one hundred people. Over the length of his career Mr. Osis has been involved in more than $25 billion in transactions. Mr. Osis formerly held positions as Vice President, Global Banking with RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Canada’s largest investment banking firm, as well as positions with Peters & Company and Newcrest Capital where he focused on mergers, acquisitions, and equity and debt financings. Since leaving the investment banking business, Mr. Osis has served on numerous Boards of Directors, and as CEO and CFO of public and private organizations, covering technology, media and entertainment, energy and oilfield services, manufacturing, life sciences, and other sectors.

Kevin Spall

Co-Chief Executive Officer; Director

Mr. Spall has eighteen years of financial services and alternative energy experience in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and business development. From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Spall worked at: Yorkton Securities (now Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.), Versant Partners Inc. (now Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Corp.), where he was the Head of Investment Banking, and Blackmont Capital Inc., where he was the Head of Diversified Investment Banking. Since 2010, Mr. Spall has focused on several opportunities primarily in the alternative energy industry, including the successful development of a 50MW solar farm in Africa. Currently, Mr. Spall sits on the Board of Directors of several private companies.

Board of Advisors

John Blair

CEO/CTSO/Inventor, CXTL Recycling Canada Corp.

John Blair has a broad range of experience in entrepreneurialism across the globe. His experience covers the spectrum from international home furnishings manufacturing to oil & gas technology development and manufacturing. He has a strong inventive technical background, which includes successfully guiding projects from concept and development to developed market stages. John has a proven track record of expanding resources by utilizing innovative engineering and management concepts, building companies from concept to 9,000 plus employees. He emphasises risk management by developing and managing technical teams with a clear focus on creating value for shareholders. John is the Inventor of the core platform technologies of CXTL Recycling Canada Corp., the CEO/Founder of Cirque Innovations Ltd., He holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering, graduate studies in Magnetic Fluid Dynamics & Zero Gravity Propulsion, and an Executive-MBA from the University of North Carolina. John is a lifelong Tar Heel.

Portfolio

Magnetic North’s focus is on value creation and capital preservation. We offer investee companies the opportunity to monetize existing wealth and gain access to capital and management expertise in strategy, operations and leadership while still maintaining an active role in the business.

We view investee companies from a systems perspective and use an improvement framework to enhance their productivity and effectiveness by assessing performance on a wide range of business indicators. The process is used to understand all of the internal and external forces that drive the business, to prioritize and improve what is critical to success and to select the courses of action that build value.

Magnetic North leverages investment capital, best practices and its diverse team of professionals across opportunities, and within individual opportunities to mitigate risk, achieve a sustainable competitive advantage, build a more capable organization and create value

Current Projects

Previcare

Previcare

Previcare is a specialty chemical company with patented technology that keeps surfaces clean of pathogens for extended periods of time – much longer than existing disinfectants. Learn More

CXTL Recycling Canada Corp

CXTL is an entity co-founded by Magnetic and the inventor to create a company that completely recycles plastics and e waste in a profitable and environmentally conscious way. Learn More

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

Graeme Dick
Investor Relations
403-561-8989
graeme@colwellcapital.com

Stephen McCormick
Vice President – Capital Markets
403-619-6898
stephen@magneticnac.com