John Kennedy, CPA, CA

John Kennedy, CPA, CA

John is a senior corporate finance professional with over 22 years experience investing in and managing public and private companies.

In the private equity sector, John sourced and negotiated investments in, as well as managed a $50 million portfolio of mezzanine debt and equity investments in the commercial agricultural industry.  As a public company CFO, John has international expertise managing subsidiaries in France, Denmark, Great Britain, the United States and China. 

Earning his Chartered Accountant’s designation at Deloitte & Touche in Toronto provided an early exposure to a wide range of both private and public companies in both the assurance and restructuring and advisory services groups. 

John joined Brookfield Properties Corporation, a commercial real estate investment company, during a time of exponential growth involving a series of acquisitions and financing activities which involved public market share and debt offerings totaling over $3 billion during his tenure. In addition to addressing its public company reporting requirements, which included attaining a NYSE listing, John worked on several office and retail property refinancing and sale initiatives.

As a public company CFO, John developed strong presentation skills addressing Boards of Directors and investors. John headed up several strategic initiatives related to acquisitions, restructuring and corporate governance implementation projects. John has experience in developing corporate policies, adopting to new regulatory and financial reporting requirements, valuations of derivatives, and developing systems for identification thereof, US-Canadian GAAP reconciliations, Sarbanes-Oxley internal control compliance systems, and system conversions, among others.

Over the past several years John has rounded out his skill sets within the investing and asset management industry, managing a portfolio of private company investments for the venture capital division of Farm Credit Canada, and its investment in a limited partnership based fund. With a balance of early stage equity investing, and subordinated debt financing, John is well versed in structuring mezzanine debt and equity investments appropriate to the company. John has direct experience in assessing the commercialization attributes of companies focused in the space of food, renewable energy, bio-mass, waste treatment, bio-composites and water treatment, among others. John Kennedy has managed portfolio investments in these sectors, including having Board of Directors level roles, with such Canadian success stories as Bento Nouveau, as well as companies undergoing their development and commissioning phases such as BIOX (bio-diesel plant), Terra Grain Fuels (ethanol plant), and Associated Proteins (canola crushing plant).

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