CA, CFA, CF, B. Comm
Aki has over 20 years of private equity and merchant banking experience, currently as Co-founder and Managing Director of Rio Investment Partners, a Canadian based merchant banking firm focused on tech-enabled investing primarily amongst companies engaged in sustainability, health and wellness. Aki co-founded the firm and has been integral in establishing Rio, and its predecessor Avrio Capital, as the global center of influence for food and agricultural investing. Engaged as a principal investor since 2002, he led the majority of the firm’s investments where he has played an active role in defining and monitoring overall strategic plan development and execution thereon. Before he became a venture capitalist, Aki was a Vice-President at Deloitte Corporate Finance in Calgary. He advised Canadian companies on public and private placements, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and strategies for maximization of shareholder value. At Deloitte, Aki led several assignments in the biotechnology, agri-food, health care, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors. Previous investments include Farmlead Inc., Fody Food Co., Hortau Inc., Farmers Edge Ltd.,(Acquired by Fairfax), SunSelect (Acquired by Canopy Growth), Allylix Inc., (Acquired by Evolva), Ascenta Health Care Ltd., (Acquired by Nature’s Way) Brookside Foods Ltd. (Acquired by Hershey Co.), Agribiotics (Acquired by Merck), Bioniche Life Sciences (TSX: BNC), MCN Bioproducts (Acquired by Bunge) and Ensyn Technologies. Aki currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Creations Foods, and is on the Board of the Pyure Company. Aki is a Chartered Accountant, holds the Corporate Finance Qualification Program, is a CFA charter-holder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Aki serves on the Board of Directors of the North Point School for Boys and has been active as a community football coach for ten years, most recently as the Head Coach of the Springbank Community High School Phoenix.