Our focus is on quality with respect to both our people and the clients we serve. We have earned a reputation for identifying and implementing creative and strategic corporate finance solutions in challenging situations.
We are also recognized for the objectivity of our advice. When we feel a potential transaction or pursuit is inconsistent with our client’s objectives, we advise against it.
We demonstrate our commitment to our clients’ success through our dedication to client projects and our success-driven fee structure.
Based in Toronto, we serve clients throughout Canada. We often utilize our excellent working relationships with firms outside Canada that share fully our values and our quality focus.
Cambridge is independently owned and managed by our key people.
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CPA, CA, MBA, CF, ICD.D
Cambridge is led by Paul Lavelle who formed the firm in 2002. His career includes over twenty-five years experience leading companies through challenging issues and successfully executing value-enhancing business strategies and transactions.
Prior to founding Cambridge, Paul was Vice-Chairman of Ernst & Young Corporate Finance and a Senior Partner of Ernst & Young LLP, where he provided strategic advice to the CEOs of the firm’s major clients as leader of the firm’s Center for Strategic Transactions. Before joining Ernst & Young, Paul was President and CEO of Thornmark Corporation, an investment company with major interests in shipping, real estate development, energy and merchant banking.
As an adviser and as a corporate executive Paul has planned, structured and negotiated numerous acquisition, financing, merger and divestiture transactions in industries as diverse as banking, publishing, real estate, resource exploration, transportation health care, consumer products and others. Paul applies his combined experience as both principal and adviser, and in both strategy and transaction execution, to enable Cambridge clients to develop and implement value-enhancing solutions.
Paul is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He chaired the CICA Corporate Finance committee and is active in community affairs.
BBM, CPA, CA, CBV, CF
A former partner of KPMG Corporate Finance, Craig has over 25 years of investment banking experience, including debt and equity finance, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, valuation and strategy. He has completed transactions for public and private corporations in many industries at values between $5 million and over $300 million. Craig is particularly experienced in the technology, cable television, media and entertainment areas, and led KPMG’s corporate finance industry specialization in the sector nationally. His experience in this and other sectors through periods of rapid growth and consolidation includes advising many entrepreneurs in successfully unlocking the value created in their business careers.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree from Ryerson University, is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator. Craig is active in community and charitable activities, and is a part time lecturer in corporate finance.
Wendy Evans has over twenty-five years experience in the retail and wholesale sectors as an operating executive, consultant and author. Wendy brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to selected Cambridge clients in these sectors, and was a member of the Cambridge team on the recently completed sale of Thrifty Foods to Sobeys. Through her own consulting firm she has advised major companies including Dupont, Loblaws, Royal Bank, CIBC, Home Depot, Molsons, Federated Department Stores, Saks, Bass Pro and others.
Wendy has dealt extensively with cross-border retail issues, was co-author of Border Crossings published by Prentice-Hall and author of numerous industry studies including European Retailers in the North American Market, Top of the E-Class and Foreign Retailers in Canada.
She serves on the board of Sun Life Financial and North West Company Fund and is active in community affairs, including the Corporate Cabinet of the Conservation Foundation, and the Granite Club, as Chair. Wendy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Trent University.