Loren G. RafesonPartner Growth Equity
Loren Rafeson is Partner, Growth Equity, in our Toronto office. Loren has close to 15 years of experience in private equity, capital markets, leveraged finance and operations. He has an extensive Canadian network and a global orientation having worked and lived in North America, Europe and Asia. He currently serves on the boards of Firmex, InvestorCOM, and Rx Drug Mart.
Before joining BDC, Loren was a Principal at VERTU Capital, a technology-focused private equity firm, where he evaluated growth equity and buyout investment opportunities. He also worked on a number of strategic and operational initiatives as Special Assistant to the President at Kerr Industries. Before that, he was a Director at Spectrum Capital Partners, evaluating buyout, growth equity and mezzanine investment opportunities at this mid-market private investment firm. Having helped build two independent Canadian private equity firms from inception, Loren is well equipped to provide strategic insight into company growth and expansion. Earlier in his career, he evaluated and executed several investments in the manufacturing, distribution, business service and real estate industries.
A proven collaborator who’s worked with many cross-functional teams, Loren is passionate about bringing out the best in people. As an INSEAD MBA graduate and CFA charterholder, he has an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to simplify complex financial data. Loren is dedicated to offering organizations innovative solutions tailored to their individual situations, making him a strong ally to entrepreneurs.