Board of Directors 2020-10-06T17:35:42+00:00


Karen Basian

Karen Basian has over 25 years of experience in the consumer products and services, financial services, travel and technology sectors. Ms. Basian is currently President of KB Capital Management Inc. (a strategy and advisory services firm) and a partner with 3NP Realty Inc. (a real estate company). She serves on the Board of Directors of goeasy Ltd. (TSX:GSY), where she chairs the Human Resources and Compensation Committee; The Flowr Corporation (TSX-V:FLWR), where she serves as Board and Audit Committee Chair; BookJane Inc. (on-demand healthcare staffing), where she Chairs the Audit Committee; Kognitiv Inc. (new technology and business model for turning spare capacity into Loyalty Capital); and she was Managing Director of Newtopia Inc., an innovative personalized health company. Previously, Ms.Basian was Chief Global Strategy and Business Development Officer for McCain Foods Ltd. An innovative thinker with deep financial acumen and diverse governance experience, Karen was recognized, in 2000 as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” for her work as the CFO & SVP, Corporate Services for 724 Solutions (NASDAQ/TSX). Prior roles include SVP Strategy for Frito-Lay North America; Manager with Bain and Company; and International Tax Specialist with Deloitte. Ms.Basian’s community and philanthropic efforts include her advisory work with Baycrest, UHN, Robarts Research Institute and FINCA Canada; and the founding of the Jewish Women’s Venture Philanthropy Fund. Ms.Basian is a CPA,CA; an MBA from IMEDE, Lausanne, Switzerland and Honors Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Director since February 24, 2020.
Member of the Governance & Human Resources Committee, and Member of the Audit, Finance, and Risk Committee.

Charles Frischer

Charles Frischer is the general partner of LFF Partners, a family office based in Seattle focused on generating market beating risk-adjusted returns over a 3-5 year periods. From 2005 until 2008, Mr. Frischer was a Principal at Zephyr Management, L.P., a New York based private equity firm, where he was responsible for overseeing a 5,000 unit multi-family apartment portfolio, including new acquisitions, financing, asset management and dispositions, placing over US$210 million in financing for the fund and overseeing the acquisition of US$75 million in new assets. From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Frischer was employed by Capri Capital, rising to Senior Vice President, where he was responsible for financing more than US$800 million multi-family and commercial loans. Mr. Frischer was also an Asset Specialist for the Resolution Trust Corporation (1990 to 1993) and was co-manager of the US$1 billion tax-exempt bond sales initiative and the lead manager for the RTC National Environmental property sale. Mr. Frischer graduated from Cornell University in 1988 with an A.B. in Government from the College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Frischer’s prior public company board experience includes being a board member of Imageware Systems (OTC: IWSY) from September 2017 until May of 2019.

Director since February 24, 2020. Chairman of the Board.
Member of the Governance & Human Resources Committee.

Sandra Hanington

Sandra Hanington is the former President & Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Canadian Mint, a $1.4 billion global manufacturing and marketing business, where she led a multi-year strategic and operational turnaround. Prior to that, she had deep experience in the financial services sector and served in a number of progressively senior roles in Canada and the U.S., culminating as Executive Vice-President and member of the Management Committee of BMO Financial Group. She currently serves as a director for Extendicare, Inc., a public company which provides care to seniors across Canada in long term care homes, retirement homes or through quality home care, as well as a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. She previously served on the boards of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and Symcor, Inc. Ms. Hanington is co-founder and has served as a director of, a Canadian youth mental health charity since 2010 and is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross from the office of the Governor General for her work with the organization. Ms. Hanington was named by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)™ as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women three times in a row, from 2007 to 2009 and was inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame in 2010. Ms. Hanington is a licensed professional engineer with a BASc from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and holds the ICD.D designation.

Director since February 24, 2020.
Chair of the Governance & Human Resources Committee.

Michael Lehmann

Michael Lehmann has been involved in the Investment business for more than twenty five years, most recently as the Founder and Managing Member of LARC Capital Holdings LLC, a privately held partnership and owner of a diverse investment portfolio of businesses. Prior to launching LARC Capital in 2016, Mr. Lehmann was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Third Avenue Management, LLC for 18 years, a highly respected SEC-registered Investment Advisor. Mr. Lehmann’s responsibilities grew to include Co-Manager of the Third Avenue Value Fund (TAVFX) – Third Avenue’s flagship investment product, Lead Manager of Third Avenue Separate Account business, Portfolio Manager of the Global Value Equity product, Co-Lead PM of Third Avenue Balanced Fund and Lead Manager of Third Avenue Variable Series Fund, where the Fund was awarded the Lipper award for best 5-year track record and SOLIS Partners, where he was a Member of the Investment Committee. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lehmann was a Vice President of Gabelli Funds, Inc, an Investment Advisor to the Gabelli Mutual Funds and an Associate Portfolio Manager of private investment portfolios with Mario J. Gabelli. Mr. Lehmann has a Bachelor of Science degree with a primary concentration in Finance and a secondary concentration in Marketing from Fordham University.

Director since February 24, 2020.

Chris Mittleman

Chris MittlemanChris Mittleman serves as the Chief Investment Officer for Mittleman Brothers Inc., and directs investment policy, research and portfolio management for the Firm. He has provided investment strategy and portfolio management for more than twenty years to clients including high net worth individuals, corporate pension plans, foundations, endowments, and other institutional investors. Chris managed private client portfolios for Spencer Clarke, LLC as Senior Vice President of Investments from 2002 until 2005, when he co-founded Mittleman Investment Management, LLC with his brother, Phil. Prior to that, Chris was an Investment Executive at UBS (PaineWebber) for twelve years. He began his career in 1990 at Shearson Lehman Hutton, after attending Phillips Exeter Academy, and The Pennsylvania State University.

Director since June 19, 2020.

Philip Mittleman

Philip MittlemanPhilip Mittleman is the Chief Executive Officer of Aimia, a member of the firm’s investment committee and a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Mittleman also serves on the boards of several of the firm’s portfolio companies including PLM, Kognitiv and BIGLIFE. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer and President for Mittleman Brothers, LLC and its subsidiaries, including Mittleman Investment Management, LLC, a value-oriented SEC-registered investment adviser. Before co-founding Mittleman Brothers in 2005, he was Managing Partner of Blue Hill Ventures LLC and Voltron Ventures LP, which were venture capital funds with investments in a variety of industries. Early stage investments in companies such as (acquired by Ebay), First International Oil Corp (acquired by Sinopec), Eyewonder (acquired by Limelight), and Audium (acquired by Cisco), resulted in liquidity events of over US$1 billion. From 1991 to 1999, he served as Executive Vice President of the Kushner-Locke Company, a Nasdaq-listed entertainment company. He began his career at Kushner-Locke after attending Kent School, and Trinity College.

Director since April 27, 2018.

David Rosenkrantz

David Rosenkrantz P. Eng. MBA, has been involved in the investment industry for over 30 years. He initially joined a private investment banking boutique in 1986 and in 1993 he co-founded Patica Corporation, a private merchant bank specializing in financing the equity requirements of small-cap, high growth companies. Mr. Rosenkrantz graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree in 1979 and became a Professional Engineer in 1981, and he also holds an MBA from York University. Mr. Rosenkrantz has broad knowledge of both private and public capital markets. His strengths include board governance and audit committee work, financial structuring, negotiations with lenders, and acquisition negotiations. Mr. Rosenkrantz has held the following positions in public companies over the last 5 years: Chairman of Carfinco Income Fund (TSX:CFN), Canada’s largest independent sub-prime auto lender (sold to Banco Santander in 2015); Director and Member of the Audit Committee of NexgenRx Inc. (TSX:NXG), a leading drug adjudication business; and currently Chairman and past Chair of the Audit Committee of Aurora Spine Corporation (TSX-V:ASG), a spinal implant company. He also has other public company experience, including Director, PreMD Inc. (TSX:PMD, AMEX:PME); Director and past Chairman of the Board of Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX-V:SLX, Q:SLXCF); Lead Director of Medisystem Technologies Inc. (TSX:MDY, acquired by Shoppers Drug Mart Corp.). In addition to the above, Mr. Rosenkrantz has invested in and held board and management positions in several private companies.

Director since February 24, 2020.
Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

Jordan G. Teramo

Jordan G. Teramo has 23 years of experience in leveraged capital structure investing and portfolio management. He was most recently the lead portfolio manager for the long/short credit funds of CIFC Asset Management LLC (CIFC) and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He possesses a broad range of investment management skills and experience in private and public markets, having invested in the spectrum of securities that make up a corporate capital structure: high yield to investment grade, distressed and stressed credit, fixed and floating rate instruments, bonds, loans, CDS, convertible bonds, equities, and index products. Mr. Teramo also has extensive personal experience investing in real estate debt and equity, litigation finance, early stage equity, venture capital, and consumer loans. Prior to CIFC, Jordan spent over two years at Magnetar capital as a portfolio manager incubating and executing on a unique investment strategy with his team. By design and with the support of Magnetar, Mr. Teramo and the team spun out to launch Anandar Capital where he served as President, Co-Founder and Head of Credit for another two years. Mr. Teramo spent over eight years as a portfolio manager/analyst in the High Yield division of Mackay Shields with the same team, before leaving with that team to launch Brigade Capital Management where he was a founding partner. He spent another five years with the Brigade team as assets grew from US$125 million to US$11 billion+ by the end of 2011. Before joining Mackay, Mr. Teramo was an analyst/trader in the Credit Arbitrage group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., joining Goldman from Banco Santander where he was a High Yield/Distressed Debt Analyst. Mr. Teramo currently serves on the LP Advisory Committee of Maxim Capital, a commercial real estate lending firm based in New York City. He also serves on the LP Advisory Committee for CityRock venture fund (Hatzimemos/Libby), a strategy and venture firm that focuses on high-growth businesses that add value to society. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Cornell University.

Director since February 24, 2020.
Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.