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. Elroy also serves on the Private Capital Markets Association Advisory Committee.

Abbas Osman
Chief Investment Officer, Partner

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, Partner

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, Partner

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
Managing Director, Partner

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 B.A. Honours degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Hass Keshavji
General Counsel, Partner

Hass is the General Counsel of Newlook Capital. Prior to joining Newlook Capital, Hass was the General Counsel for a group of private funds in Calgary, Alberta.

Hass articled and practiced in the Business Law Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP from 2010-2017 where his practiced focused on corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate governance and general corporate matters. Hass has extensive board experience in a variety of contexts as he has acted as, and continues to act as, a corporate secretary for companies in a variety of industry sectors.

Hass has a degree in Software Engineering from the University of Ottawa (magna cum laude) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary where he was on the Dean’s List.

Laura Livingstone
Acquisition Sourcing & Development

Laura has been with Newlook Capital since 2016 and spent three years in sales and investor relations before joining Oliver in Acquisitions. Laura works with Oliver on industry and region-specific targets for strategic growth and development within the Industrial Services portfolio. Prior to coming on with Newlook Capital, Laura worked in various sales, marketing, and management capacities for two of Newlook Capital’s portfolio companies. Laura’s education is in International Relations and Business. In addition to her 10 years of business experience, she also spent time working for the Federal Government in Ottawa while a student.

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.

Mike Harrison CFA
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.

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