Nomination Date: 02/03/2019
Greg leads Criterium Merchant Capital, the financial advisory subsidiary of a Calgary-based boutique consulting firm.
Greg is well-known in Alberta capital markets, with over 20 years’ experience as a financier, advisor, and as a portfolio manager, including serving as the Chief Investment Officer of two large family offices. He has managed portfolios of publicly listed and private companies; sourced and structured investments in private equity, venture capital opportunities, and other financings; executed workout strategies with investee companies; and advised on corporate consolidation opportunities and transition activities.
Greg has served as a director on boards of both publicly-listed and private companies. In addition to his Ivey MBA and his Chartered Investment Management qualification, he earned his B.Comm at the University of Alberta.
His experience in politics extends beyond volunteer and fundraising activity to the six years he spent advising two Canadian Cabinet Ministers, including the Hon. Harvie Andre, M.P. for Calgary Centre, across three portfolios, and the Hon. Jean Corbeil in the Ministry of Transport. At Transport, Greg was actively leading government rationalization activities which included privatizing parts of VIA Rail (now the Rocky Mountaineer); preparing Canadian National for privatization; and divesting airports to Local Airport Authorities.
As a volunteer, Greg served locally with the Canadian Progress Club, raising funds for charities, including Big Sisters and Brothers of Alberta. In 1996, he served as an international reconciliation team member for a three-week term with the United Nations in Croatia, as it was transitioning after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.
Greg is married to Ruth Pogue, and they have a combined family of four sons, aged 21 – 27. Together, they are active in sports, and enjoy music festivals as often as possible.