Smart, Strategic, World-Class Experienced Team

Elroy Gust
President & CEO

Elroy is President, CEO and founder of Newlook Capital. Prior to founding Newlook Capital, Elroy started his career with positions at several banks as a commercial lender, moving on to hold several senior level positions at a multinational logistics company. During the tenure of his 15-year career with Newlook Capital, Elroy has been directly involved with real estate and private equity investments totalling in excess of $150,000,000.

Abbas Osman
Chief Investment Officer

Abbas is currently the Chief Investment Officer of Newlook Capital.

Before joining the team, Abbas closed several deals with Newlook Capital in his capacity as a Senior Advisor/Co-leader on Direct Elevator, True Canadian and New Taste Partners. At that time, he was the Managing Director of Vestarck Capital, an investment company that serves clients from the Middle East & North America.

Prior to Vestarck Capital, Abbas was responsible for managing the investment department of the Abudawood Group. The Group is very well known in the Middle East as the partner of Procter & Gamble. He was responsible for the group’s global investment portfolio that stretches across different asset classes and industries – mainly industrial, services, FMCG, aviation, hospitality, real estate and financial services. In his 15+ year career, he has managed a team of professionals covering private equity funds, direct investments, public equities, M&A and real estate. Abbas, to date, remains as an advisor to the group on their global investment portfolio.

Abbas holds a BA in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut and a Masters in Finance & Investments from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. In addition, he has attended several training sessions with P&G, Citibank and London Business School. Moreover, Abbas is a frequent speaker at private equity conferences alongside international and regional industry veterans.

Tony Diab CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer

Tony is Chief Financial Officer of Newlook Capital. Tony is involved in financial and strategic oversight of existing businesses as well as potential new acquisitions.

Prior to joining Newlook Capital, Tony worked in public accounting for over nine years in the areas of audit, tax (with a specialty in International tax) and advisory. Tony’s experience includes working with public and private corporations of varying sizes in the real estate, manufacturing, consumer business, and financial services industries, provide accounting, tax compliance and advisory services.

Tony has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton for the past four years, and is serving as Chair for the current year.

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Gavin Treanor
VP of External Sales

Gavin is an Aerospace Engineer by training, having started his career with Rand Worldwide and quickly moved to Country Manager running the Asia-Pacific division based in Australia. Gavin then founded a Merchant Banking firm focused on identifying and developing strategic metals for B.R.I.C. Countries and had offices in Australia, China and Africa.  In the last 10 years, he has founded, raised substantial capital and sold several entities operating in Africa, Asia and North America. Gavin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the capital markets, asset management, mergers, and acquisitions to the Newlook Team.

Oliver Blum
Fund Manager, Industrial Services Fund II

Oliver joined Newlook Capital in summer 2018 as the Fund Manager for Industrial Services Fund II. Blum has significant experience in both operations and finance from senior operations roles at both automotive parts manufacturing and industrial chemical supply companies, and as VP of Commercial Lending at a major Canadian bank, among others. Blum has a business degree from Queens University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Jean Gauthier
Fund Manager, Industrial Services Fund I

Jean is the Fund Manager for Industrial Services Fund I, and has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of operational management positions. Most recently, Jean was the President of Multigas Detection, Western Canada’s largest provider for Fixed Gas Detection. Prior to joining the Newlook team, Jean held various national operational roles with companies like The Brick and Acklands Grainger. Jean has benefited from diverse corporate exposure from a young age, and has managed operations and distribution for hundreds of locations and employees from his early 20s.

Some highlights of Jean’s career include assuming the leadership for Multigas Detection during the height of the Alberta recession. Not only was he able to stabilize the business but he was successful in growing EBITDA in tough economic conditions. From 2003-2010 Jean was the National Distribution Manager for XS Cargo, a national retail chain with over $100M in sales. Jean was instrumental in taking the distribution channels national and supporting the business in going public. Jean earned his Professional Logistician (P.Log) designation in 2011 from the Logistics Institute in Toronto.

Laura Livingstone
Investor Relations

Prior to coming on with Newlook Capital, Laura worked in various sales, marketing, and management capacities for two of Newlook Capital’s portfolio companies. She now manages investor communications, marketing and media, and contributes to business development strategy for new acquisitions. Laura’s education is in International Relations and Business, and she spent time working for the Federal Government in Ottawa while a student. She also spent several months with an organization in Brazil developing a business model and marketing strategy for a start-up.

Sean Fontyn CPA, CMA
Senior Analyst

Sean is a Certified Management Accountant. Sean reports to Tony Diab, CFO and assists with the finance, treasury, and financial reporting divisions of Newlook Capital, as well as maintain relationships with financial institutions, and contribute to the strategic positioning of the company’s acquisitions, finance, and disposition plans.

Sean, who is a U of T alumni and former Varsity Blues athlete, promotes a team based environment with emphasis on connecting the right people and building collaboration between operations and management to execute corporate growth strategy.

Mikael Astejada CPA, CA
Manager of Financial Reporting

Mikael is the Manager of Financial Reporting for Newlook Capital. He is involved in the financial reporting, accounting and operational oversight of both current and prospective businesses. Mikael works closely with Tony Diab, CFO and Abbas Osman, CIO, on the establishment of standard financial accounting practices and operational efficiencies across the businesses within the funds.

Prior to joining Newlook Capital, Mikael worked at Performance Auto Group as a Manager of Reporting, one of Ontario’s largest automotive dealerships, where he was involved in the integration of accounting and financial reporting across the group. In addition, Mikael worked in public accounting for over five years, three of which was with an international accounting firm. He has worked in various industries and sizes of companies, including NPOs, manufacturing and retail/hospitality.

Mike Harrison
Analyst

Newlook hired Mike in the spring of 2017 as an Analyst. Prior to coming on with Newlook, Mike worked with another Private Equity firm, focusing on technology and SME based service companies. Mike is working closely with Abbas Osman, CIO, as he completes his CFA designation, and is focused on the investment side of the business, assisting with the due diligence and ongoing operational support for current and future portfolio companies.

Mike is a U of T alumni, where he completed his undergraduate in finance and economics and worked on developing his skills in the areas of financial modelling and financial analysis through a variety of extra-curricular and case-based competitions.

Marko Rozic
Staff Accountant

As part of Newlook Capital’s dynamic accounting department, Marko is involved in the financial reporting and accounting within the Funds. An alumnus of the Windsor University, Odette School of Business and currently a CPA candidate, Marko has developed technical accounting knowledge which he applies to his accounting responsibilities at Newlook. Before making the switch to Newlook, Marko worked as an investment and industry bookkeeper in Windsor, Ontario where he developed extensive experience in various accounting functions.

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