Robert Carbonaro

Head of Investment Banking


  • Over 15 years of investment banking experience
  • Advisor on $260M acquisition of CDN potash project by China’s Yancoal in 2011
  • Senior management experience in Canada and U.S.
  • President of New York investment dealer for Gravitas
  • Detailed knowledge of IPO and RTOs in both Canada and the U.S. markets
  • Significant corporate governance experience

Kia Besharat

Senior Managing Director

  • Mr. Besharat has over 15 years of extensive Founder, Private Equity, Investment Banking, and Directorship experience, including as former Managing Director at Ubequity Capital Partners, a leading global merchant and investment bank. Mr. Besharat is also a founder and shareholder in global private equity funds, hedge funds and debt funds.
  • While at Ubequity, Mr. Besharat led advisory, restructuring, corporate finance, and mergers & acquisitions mandates in the following industries: metals & mining, oil & gas, consumer/retail, real estate, clean technology, internet/new-media, and financial services. He currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at Prodigy Capital, an international private equity, investment banking, and asset management firm with over a billion dollars in assets under management, and as Senior Managing Director of Global Investment Banking at Gravitas Securities, a leading independent, internationally owned and operated wealth management and capital markets firm. Gravitas Securities is a full service investment dealer platform registered with IIROC and a member of CIPF.
  • Mr. Besharat holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from McGill University and a Master of Science (Finance & Investment) from the University of Edinburgh. He is also actively involved in various charitable endeavors. Mr. Besharat was one of Canada’s top tennis players, having competed as a professional in tournaments around the world and at the NCAA division 1 level. He is also a member in good standing at the Vancouver Club and Hollyburn Country Club.

Fabiene Evans (CA, CPA)

  • Senior Executive with over 20 years of experience in Capital Markets.
  • Expertise in research, investment management, institutional equity sales, banking and advisory.
  • Experience in growth & innovation with a strong background in working with small early stage companies in diverse non-resource sectors, including industrial, technology, healthcare, cleantech, and consumer products.
  • Brings a distribution network of strong relationships with Institutional and High Net worth clients.
  • Began her career at Touche Ross where she then went on to earn her CA and CPA designations.
  • Was a founder and past Board member of “Santa Comes to Bay Street”, and past Board member of the North York Women’s Shelter.

James Beattie (CFA)

  • Senior Capital Markets Executive with over 25 years of experience in the domestic & international capital markets, in both Investment Banking and Capital Markets Trading roles.
  • Industry experience includes Equity Market Structure, Entrepreneurial Growth Capital focused on Technology (Mobile Messaging), & Non-Bank Financial Services.
  • Previously held Senior Executive positions on Independent IIROC Broker Dealer Platforms as well as at CIBC WM Inc, RBC CM and BMO Asset Management (formerly BMO Investment Counsel).
  • Known for driving top results by building motivated, high performance teams on a foundation of operations infrastructure excellence.
  • Graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Odette School of Management (University of Windsor) and the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).
  • CFA charter holder and a FCSI.

Amanda Zhao

  • Over 15 years of industry experience specializing in client and network development, real estate and mortgage investment management, and private equity sales.
  • Strong financial network of high net worth Chinese investors and clients.
  • Background in facilitating mergers and acquisitions and public listings of Chinese companies from China and North America in Canadian markets.
  • Founder and shareholder of global real estate funds, private equity funds, and mortgage investment funds.