Private Equity Team

Antoine Bisson McLernon Antoine Bisson McLernon MBA, BCom, CFA

Partner and Chief Executive Officer

Antoine Bisson McLernon is Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Fiera Comox.

He chairs the firm’s Investment Committee and oversees its three strategies: Agriculture, Private Equity and Private Credit. Prior to establishing Fiera Comox in 2016, Antoine spent seven years with PSP Investments, where he last was Managing Director and head of Private Equity for the Americas and Asia. He ran both direct and fund investments, oversaw a $11.0 billion portfolio and a team of 25 people. In 2011, he started PSP Investments’ global Natural Resources group and led the group for five years, building a $3.0 billion portfolio of direct investments. Under his leadership, the group acquired over 2 million acres of timberland and farmland. During this period, Natural Resources was the top performing asset class at PSP. Antoine was a member of PSP Investments’ firm‑wide Investment Committee from 2011 until he left PSP Investments in July 2016.

Before joining PSP Investments in 2009, Antoine worked in private equity at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and in investment banking at National Bank of Canada. He currently sits on the boards of directors of Auvil Fruit Company (US), Golden Pear Funding (US), Rangitata Dairies (New Zealand), and Lassen Land Company (US). He has previously sat on the boards of directors of Telesat (Canada), AmWins Group Inc. (US), Haymarket Financial LLP (UK), TimberWest Forest Corp.(Canada), Kaingaroa Timberlands (New Zealand), YBY Agro (Brazil) and X2 Resources (UK). Antoine received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce (Great Distinction) from McGill University and is a CFA charterholder.

Maxime Pelletier Maxime Pelletier MBA, BCom

Partner, Private Equity

Partner, Private Equity

Maxime is a Partner in Private Equity at Fiera Comox. In his role, Maxime leads the due diligence and execution of private equity transactions across several sectors and geographies through directs, co-investments secondaries and funds. Maxime is actively involved in sourcing and managing our portfolio investments. 

Prior to joining Fiera Comox, Maxime worked in private equity at Bain Capital in Boston and PSP Investments in Montreal, and in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in New York. Maxime worked on numerous successful private equity transactions worth in excess of US $7 billion primarily in business services, and the retail, industrial and energy sectors. During his years at Goldman Sachs, Maxime was involved in multiple transactions in the Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) space.

Maxime holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BCom (Honours) from Queen’s University.



Frédéric Despars Frédéric Despars MBA, LL.L, LL.B, B.B.A.

Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Frédéric Despars is Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Fiera Comox.

Prior to Fiera Comox, Frédéric spent six years with PSP Investments where he last was Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer overseeing a team of 35 people. Prior to his nomination as CLO, Frédéric led a team of transactional lawyers advising PSP’s natural resources, private equity, private debt, and infrastructure asset classes representing $24 billion of net assets. During his six years at PSP, Frédéric was directly involved with some of PSP’s most significant transactions, including leading the deal structuring and execution of the acquisition of a 50% interest in TimberWest ForestCorp. (Canada), the acquisition of a majority interest in Kaingaroa Timberlands (New Zealand) and the take private of Charter Hall Office REIT (Australia). Frédéric sat on the Boards of TimberWest Forest Corp. (Canada) and YBY Agro (Brazil).

Before joining PSP, Frédéric occupied the top legal position for a Montreal-based pharmaceutical company and held senior legal positions within the Quebecor group of companies. He started his career in private practice with Fasken Martineau (Montreal) and Clifford Chance (Paris). In 2005, he was recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” in-house counsel by Lexpert and the National Post. Over the years, Frédéric worked on transactions in more than twelve countries, including setting up joint ventures in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Italy and Egypt.

Frédéric holds an MBA from Laval University, law degrees in civil and common law from Ottawa University and a B.B.A. from HEC Montréal.

Stephanie Lachance Stephanie Lachance LL.B, ICD.D

Head of Sustainable Investment

Stéphanie Lachance is a recognized sustainable investment expert and experienced corporate director. Prior to joining Fiera Comox, Stéphanie spent 15 years at PSP Investments where she was most recently Managing Director and Head of Responsible Investment.  She played a central role in the development of PSP Investments’ responsible investment strategy. She led the Responsible Investment group of PSP Investments which played a key role in the organization’s investment strategy in ensuring that environmental, social and governance factors are incorporated in investment decisions and across all asset classes.

Lawyer with a strong background in corporate governance, responsible investment, securities law and regulations, Stéphanie was providing legal advice to public issuers, stock exchanges and securities regulators prior to joining PSP Investments.  She namely held senior positions at Québecor Media, Autorité des marchés financiers, Toronto Stock Exchange and Montréal Exchange.

Stéphanie holds a Law Degree (LL.B.) from the Université de Montréal and is a member of the Quebec Bar. She is a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors Director designation (ICD.D). She serves on the board of the Food Banks of Quebec, is a member of the Investment Fund Review Committee of the Corporation de services du Barreau du Québec, is a member of the Investment Committee of the Canadian Medical Protective Association and is a member of the Independent Review Committee on Standard Setting in Canada.

Stéphanie is an instructor at the Institute of Corporate Directors for the sustainability module. She is also the co-author of ‘The Origins of ESG in Pensions: Strategies and Outcomes’, published by Wharton University Pension Research Council in 2021.

Daniel Cohen Daniel Cohen BCL, LLB, JD, BCom

Director, Private Equity

Daniel is a Director in Private Equity at Fiera Comox. Prior to joining Fiera Comox, Daniel was the CEO of a mid-market closely held manufacturing company based in Montreal.  He was previously a corporate lawyer at Stikeman Elliott LLP. At Stikeman, he practiced primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate law, with a focus on cross border private equity transactions.

Daniel holds a law degree (BCL / LLB / JD) and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and is a certified member of the Quebec Bar.

Ross Gelber Ross Gelber BSc. MSc.

Vice President, Private Equity

Ross is a Vice President in Private Equity at Fiera Comox. In his role, Ross is responsible for evaluating and executing private equity transactions across several sectors and geographies through directs, co-investments secondaries and funds. Ross is actively involved in the management of our portfolio investments.

Prior to joining Fiera Comox, Ross worked in Power Corporation’s Corporate Finance department in Montreal where he worked on major investments, acquisitions, value creation, and strategic initiatives for the holding company and its subsidiaries. Prior to that, Ross was in investment banking at RBC Capital Markets in London where he worked in the Diversified Industrials & Services group, completing several M&A and financing transactions in Europe. Ross started his career as an actuary at Reinsurance Group of America in Toronto.

Ross has BSc. in Actuarial Mathematics / Finance from Concordia and a MSc. in Financial Economics from the Said Business School at Oxford.

Maxime Goulet Maxime Goulet MBA, B.B.A.

Senior Associate, Private Equity

Maxime Goulet is a Senior Associate in Private Equity at Fiera Comox. Maxime evaluates and executes private equity transactions across several sectors and geographies through directs, co-investments secondaries and funds. Maxime is also actively involved in the management of our portfolio investments.

Prior to joining Fiera Comox, Maxime worked in private investments at Investissement Quebec and in real estate private equity at Ivanhoe Cambridge, the real estate investment arm of CDPQ. During his time at Ivanhoe, Maxime was involved in several international transactions across various real estate sectors.

Maxime holds an MBA in finance and a B.B.A. from Laval University.

Max William Dunberry Max William Dunberry

Analyst, Fiera Comox

Max William Dunberry is an Analyst at Fiera Comox for the Private Credit, Agriculture and Private Equity Strategies. Prior to joining Fiera Comox, Max worked in the strategic partnership group of CDPQ where he analyzed multiple strategies across different asset classes in order to source investment opportunities for CDPQ’s Private Credit, Private Equity and Infrastructure’s investment teams. He previously also worked at Deloitte and BMO Financial Group.

Max holds a BBA from HEC (with high distinction).

 

Joshua Nagalingam Joshua Nagalingam

Analyst, Fiera Comox

Joshua Nagalingam is an Analyst at Fiera Comox for the Agriculture, Private Equity and Private Credit strategies. Prior to joining Fiera Comox, Joshua worked in private equity at CDPQ, where he was involved in multiple equity transactions in sectors such as information technology, financials and industrials. He previously worked at Wood Mackenzie covering Canadian energy and PSP Investments. Additionally, he is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves.

Joshua holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) from Concordia University and is a Calvin C. Potter Fellow.

Jasmine Mussani Jasmine Mussani

Analyst

Jasmine Mussani is an Analyst at Fiera Comox for the Agriculture, Private Equity, and Private Credit strategies. In her role she is involved in financial analysis and due diligence processes.

Prior to joining Fiera Comox, Jasmine worked as a healthcare equity analyst at Desautels Capital Management during her graduate studies. She has also worked in various clinical and academic research settings in healthcare, including at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Jasmine holds a Masters in Finance from McGill University, a BScH (Honors) from Queen’s University, and is a Marcels A. Desautels Fellow.

Michel Piette Michel Piette CFA

Senior Vice-President, Business Development

Michel Piette is a member of the Institutional Markets team and is responsible for client servicing and business development for institutional clients for private investment strategies.

Michel has 19 years of industry experience. Prior experiences include various positions as analyst and portfolio manager within investment management firms in the United Kingdom. Additionally, he held various business development roles within Deutsche Bank AG, based in London (UK). Prior to joining Fiera Capital, Michel was in charge of business development for Mercer’s Outsourced Chief Investment Officer and alternatives solutions in Montreal.

Michel graduated from University Laval with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), majoring in Finance. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Sophie Lapierre Sophie Lapierre BComm, CPA CA

Senior Vice-President, Finance & Administration

Sophie is responsible for leading the firm’s Finance function, which includes the management of the financial accounting, performance, valuation, treasury, taxation and budgeting functions.

Sophie has 20 years of experience in the accounting and finance fields. She joined Fiera Comox in 2020. Prior to leading the finance team of Fiera Comox, Sophie served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice-President Finance and Administration at the securities dealer arm of the Laurentian Bank, where she led finance, human resources and operations, overseeing a team of 35 people. Prior to Laurentian Bank Securities, Sophie held senior accounting positions in large financial institutions such as Société Générale and National Bank Financial.

Over the years, Sophie has developed significant expertise in accounting, financial disclosure, audit, compliance and operation optimization. She also lived and worked in Boston (USA) for 5 years primarily with a real estate investment management firm.

Sophie is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) since 1999.

Anna Tran Anna Tran CPA, CA

Corporate Controller

In her role as Corporate Controller, Anna oversees the financial accounting and reporting of investments and investment-related activities. Prior to joining Fiera Comox, Anna spent the last 10 years in asset management, as Manager of Corporate Finance at PSP Investments and as Head of Operations for Private Equity and Infrastructure at CDPQ. 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce and a graduate diploma in accountancy from Montreal’s HEC, as well as the CPA, CA designation.

Matteo Pisano Matteo Pisano CPA Auditor

Senior Accountant

Matteo Pisano is a Senior Accountant at Fiera Comox.

Matteo is responsible for supporting the firm’s financial accounting and reporting functions, as well as overseeing the investor reporting activities, for the Agriculture, Private Equity and Private Credit investment strategies.

Prior to joining Fiera Comox, Matteo worked as a Senior Auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he led external audits across an array of large international public and private clients operating primarily in the Asset & Wealth Management, Pension, and Real Estate sectors. Matteo is also a part-time professor at Concordia University, where he teaches core courses in Strategic Managerial Accounting and Control as part of the University’s MBA program.

Matteo holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA auditor) designation. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) and his Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy at Concordia University, where he graduated as Valedictorian of his 2017 cohort.

Joanne Tupaz Joanne Tupaz

Accounting Manager - Financial Planning and Analysis

In her role as the Accounting Manager – Financial Planning and Analysis, Joanne is responsible for supporting the financial reporting, performance and budgeting functions of the 3 investment strategies for Fiera Comox.

Joanne has over 15 years of experience in audit, financial reporting, internal controls and taxation. Prior to joining Fiera Comox, she was a Senior Analyst at the CN Investment Division, the pension plan for Canadian National Railway, where she specialized in investment accounting and financial reporting of alternative investments and derivative instruments. Joanne was a consultant for various companies in the Montreal area, including Domtar, Gildan, Jarislowsky Fraser and Merck Frosst.

Joanne holds the CPA, CA Auditor designation since 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University in Honors Accounting. She also received her Graduate Diploma in Accountancy at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business.

Mihaela-Cristina Bogdan Stefan Mihaela-Cristina Bogdan Stefan

Fund Accountant

In her role as a Fund Accountant, Mihaela is responsible for supporting the firm’s financial accounting and reporting functions for the Agriculture, Private Equity and Private Credit investment strategies.

Mihaela has over 16 years of experience in financial preparation and reporting, personal and corporate taxation and audit. Prior to joining Fiera Comox, she was a property accountant at Cogir Immobilier and served as Assistant Controller for Restaurants Pacini .

For more than 12 years, Acting as Taxation and Accounting Analyst and as Senior Accountant at RSM Richter LLP and Messier Udashkin CPA Inc.for, Mihaela was implicated in various accounting and taxation projects and mandates across an array of clients operating primarily in Real Estate, Management, Information Technology, Investments, Restauration and Catering sectors.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with specialization in professional accountancy from Montreal’s HEC.

Stacey Bebbington Stacey Bebbington

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Stacey is executive assistant to the CEO and the Fiera Comox team. Prior to joining the firm, she was office manager at an IT training school where she was responsible for day-to-day correspondence, client care and accounting duties.  Entrepreneurial by nature, she was previously the owner of a small business in downtown Montreal where she oversaw all financial, marketing and management responsibilities.
Stacey has trained in several accounting and management courses and is currently completing her web development certification at McMaster University.