Your Advisor for Selling or Buying a Canadian Business

Our Team 2020-02-19T14:31:59+00:00
Mark Groulx, AIM Group Canada

Mark Groulx, BComm, MBA – President

Mark is the President and founder of AIM Group Canada Ltd. Mark has led numerous successful transactions from origination through preparation, structuring, negotiation and closing across several industries in his more than 20 years with AIM. Previously Mark had an extensive background in corporate and investment banking.

Before founding AIM in 1990, Mark spent four years in London, England, where he was an investment banker at two sister firms, Orion Royal Bank and Libra Bank, both owned by Royal Bank of Canada. In these positions he marketed corporate finance products to U.S. corporations and European banks. Prior to working in the U.K., Mark spent the first five years of his career as a corporate banker in Canada, with Bank of America and The First National Bank of Chicago.

Mark graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Finance and subsequently earned an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Andrea Poptsis, HBA, MBA – Advisor

Andrea is an accomplished executive with extensive corporate finance experience. She has worked with numerous businesses for over 20 years both within the organizations as a senior finance and operations leader as well as a third party transaction Advisor.

She has worked on several M&A transactions with AIM Group where she has served as an advisor for over 15 years. Most recently, Andrea was Chief Financial Officer of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 organizing committee where she delivered the games significantly under budget.

Some of the other organizations she has held leadership positions with include Virgin, Bell Canada, Pink Tartan and the Ontario Public Service.

Andrea holds an HBA from Ivey Business School and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

 Tim Weichel, BA, MBA – Financial Analyst with AIM Group Canada

Tim Weichel, BA, MBA – Advisor

Tim Weichel brings extensive senior level leadership experience in Mid-Market Merger and Acquisitions to AIM Group Canada. His 35 years of experience include having been President of Carlton Cards and President of Canadian chocolate icon Laura Secord. Tim also served as Vice President of Regional Operations and as Vice President of Business Development for Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc.

His role at Laura Secord was to prepare the business for divestiture, and to create and deliver management presentations to prospective financial and strategic purchasers of the business. He was successful in selling the business to a private equity firm at an enhanced multiple. At Van Houtte, he was involved in the sale of the business from its publicly traded status to a private equity firm, and subsequently from private equity back to a publicly traded firm. While at Van Houtte, Tim was also responsible for six tuck-in acquisitions, and two non-core business divestitures.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration degree from York University.

Ricky Yang, B.Comm. – Financial Analyst with AIM Group Canada

Ricky Yang, B.Comm – Financial Analyst

Ricky joined AIM as an analyst in April 2017 and is responsible for research, analysis, financial modelling and due diligence to support all of the firm’s mandates.

Prior to AIM, Ricky worked at a mid-market private equity fund where he performed competitive and financial evaluation of acquisition opportunities in numerous industries including consumer goods, energy, software
and technology.

Ricky holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Specialist in Finance & Economics from the University of Toronto and is a CAIA Charterholder. He has passed all three levels of the CFA Program and may be awarded the charter upon completion of the required work experience.

Your M&A Advisors

The AIM Group team has extensive backgrounds in corporate and investment banking from across Canada and around the world. We work closely with our clients to maximize the profitability of each sale or purchase. Examples of our proven track record of mergers, acquisitions, and business investment advisory services can be found listed on the Transactions page of this website.

AIM Group also employs an extensive network of investment bankers, financial analysts, lawyers and accountants on a case by case basis to assist our clients when selling or buying a business. These advisors are hired based on either their industry expertise or their expertise in specific types of transactions. The inclusion of these experts in the completion of the transaction is done so at no additional cost to the client.