With offices in Toronto and New York, Kingsdale Advisors is the leading shareholder services and advisory firm having advised on the largest and most high profile proxy fights and transactions.
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Wesley J. Hall, ICD.D
Executive Chairman and Founder
Expert. Innovator. Entrepreneur. With over 20 years of experience in corporate governance and shareholder communications, Wes Hall has established himself as the preeminent leader in shareholder advisory services and proxy solicitation. Canada’s leading newspaper The Globe & Mail has called him one of the nation’s “most influential powerbrokers” and Canadian Business magazine named him one of the “most powerful business people in 2016”.
Wes founded Kingsdale Advisors in 2003 to provide clients with best-
Under Wes’ leadership Kingsdale has set itself apart by delivering an unparalleled track record of success for North America’s biggest names including: Air Canada, Barrick, BHP Billiton, Citigroup, CN, CP, Encana, Goldcorp, Talisman, Suncor and Sprott. He has been sought out to lead some of the highest profile deals and proxy contests in North America. They include Enbridge's $37 billion merger with Spectra Energy, Agrium and Potash Corp.'s $36 billion merger, Tim Hortons' $12.5 billion merger with Burger King, Pershing Square Capital Management's campaign to replace the board of Canadian Pacific Railway, and Petro Canada's $19 billion merger with Suncor Energy.
Committed to sharing his expertise and setting a new standard in governance leadership, Wes was a founding board member of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) and is regularly featured on BNN, Bloomberg TV, and in The Globe & Mail, Financial Post, The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on the cover of the Report on Business as “The Fixer”.
Other accomplishments include the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 award for Ontario and, in 2011, Wes received the designation ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors’ (ICD) in partnership with the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto. In 2016, Wes was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award from the University of the West Indies. He is currently a director of SickKids Foundation and former Chairman of the Board of Difference Capital Financial, former Director of Equity Financial Holdings Inc., Longford Energy, Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. and the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada.
Chief Executive Officer
Amy is a seasoned capital markets professional, with over 12 years of experience in investment banking. Amy is responsible for the day-
Executive Vice President, Communication Strategy
Ian is a strategic communications professional with over 15 years of experience in nationally and globally competitive sectors. He was recently named one of M&A Advisor’s Top 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders, the only Canadian in his award category on the list of U.S. award winners.
Chief Operating Officer
Grant has over 30 years of international experience, predominantly in financial services, spanning Canada, the UK and Australia. Grant heads Operations at Kingsdale and is closely involved in all aspects of our proxy, corporate actions, and shareholder outreach services.
Senior Vice President
Sylvia has over 20 years of experience in corporate governance consulting and proxy solicitation. She currently oversees the proxy solicitation team at Kingsdale Shareholder Services US and provides strategic proxy consulting services to a wide range of clients. Sylvia has been involved in hundreds of annual and special meetings and corporate actions.
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Hooman is an experienced strategic advisor with over 15 years of legal and business experience in mergers and acquisitions, asset management and shareholder activism. In addition to acting as general counsel to the firm, Hooman provides strategic advice to clients of the firm and leads the Kingsdale team in hostile transactions and proxy fights.
Executive Vice President, Governance Advisory
Victor has over 15 years of experience in corporate governance advisory and capital market research. He launched and oversees the Governance Advisory (f.k.a Proxy Analytics) division of Kingsdale to prepare insightful analyses for corporate clients on their corporate governance practices, executive compensation disclosure and structure, stock option plans, shareholder rights plans, proxy contests and mergers and acquisitions – friendly or hostile.
Executive Vice President, Governance Special Situations
Victor Guo is a veteran in corporate governance advisory with special focus on shareholder activism and contested situations. Prior to joining Kingsdale, Victor was Vice President of M&A and Proxy Contest Research for both of Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.'s U.S. and Canadian research teams where he covered and provided vote recommendations for over 80 North American proxy contests as well as more than 1000 M&A transactions to institutional clients during his 5-
Executive Vice President, Head of U.S. Operations
Michael leverages over 25 years of experience on Wall Street to help clients achieve their objectives in shareholder elections with a particular focus on special situations, including transactions and activist campaigns. His expertise spans strategic advisory, corporate governance advisory, and executive compensation matters. Michael's extensive buy-
Kevin W. Auten
Vice President, Operations
Kevin has over 16 years of experience in the proxy solicitation, stock surveillance, and debt-