David LaFrance, MBA, CMA

David LaFrance, MBA, CMA

David is a senior financial professional with fifteen years experience providing subordinate financing, venture capital, and corporate finance advisory services to small and mid-market private and public companies.

David’s business experience is supported by professional credentials. He earned an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University, is a Certified Management Accountant and obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Queens University.

David recently established and headed a national Subordinate Financing business unit at Farm Credit Canada, a $22 billion financial institution and leading agricultural lender in Canada. He was responsible for the product roll-out and all aspects of portfolio development from deal origination, due diligence, deal structuring, negotiations, closing and monitoring. He created unique financing structures to support management/leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, expansions and acquisitions in the small to mid-market food and agribusiness sector across Canada. He has developed an extensive national deal flow network in the food and agri-business sector.
In addition to his transactional expertise, David gained valuable hands-on financial restructuring experience from an operating perspective. As a financial consultant (interim CFO) to a distressed manufacturer of compostable paper packaging products, he guided the company through a critical phase of severe cash shortages enabling continued production during its most important operating periods. He improved financial reporting, secured a credit facility, and assisted the CEO and board of directors in the eventual successful sale of the business.

David spent several years with a boutique investment banking firm with offices in Toronto and Calgary. He participated as a transaction team member in over $100 million worth of private placements and financial advisory engagements. In addition to raising equity and mezzanine financing for both private and public companies, he coordinated efforts to raise capital for a small tax advantaged Flow-Through Fund and identified investment opportunities among qualifying Canadian junior oil and gas companies.

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David LaFrance  
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