People

Capital Canada has a professional team diverse industry backgrounds focused on providing value added. We're dedicated to building long term relationships with our clients. Capital Canada also has access to an extensive network of professionals in law, accounting, tax, public policy, government relations and regulatory analysis in addition to working relationships with financial institutions in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Capital Canada is respected by institutional and corporate clients for its selective approach to transactions.

Robert J. Foster
President & CEO

Robert J. Foster, B.A, M.A. (Economics), CFA, is Founder, President and CEO of Capital Canada, an independent investment banking firm. Mr. Foster focuses on negotiating and structuring mergers, acquisitions and financings. He has a long history of successful transactions, with a particular emphasis on media, sports and entertainment, aviation and real estate. His background includes periods as an analyst, director of research, corporate finance, sales and director of sales.

Mr. Foster currently serves on the board of Intertape Polymer Group, Hunter Amenities, Securcor and Anthem Media Group. In the past he has served on the boards of CHC Helicopters, Golf Town, Cargojet, Canada 3000 and Canadian Airlines Regional in addition to currently serving on a number of private company boards.

Mr. Foster is currently Chair of Artscape, which in 2012 opened the extraordinary Daniels Spectrum, a 60,000 square foot cultural centre in Regent Park. He is Vice-Chair of Business for the Arts, an organization which connects arts professionals to business patrons and volunteers across the country. He also serves on the boards of the Harbourfront Foundation, Luminato, The Mayor's Task Force- Arts & Theatre, The National Arts Centre - Ontario Scene and The Toronto Theatres Working Group. In 2011, Mr. Foster was the lead Co-Chair for a year long examination of Toronto's cultural capacity and priorities, which resulted in the Creative Capital Report for the City of Toronto. This has been embraced by City Council and is a guiding document for the city's cultural funding and growth moving forward. Robert Foster was named co-recipient of the Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Cultural Leader Award at the Mayor’s Lunch on June 27th, 2013. This award is presented biennially to an individual who has demonstrated cultural leadership in the development of arts and culture in Toronto.

Over his lifetime, Robert Foster has generously donated his time, expertise and financial support to more than 30 city and country building initiatives and organizations. He is proud of his wife Julia Foster and four grown children, who all also contribute to the enrichment of our community.

Mr. Foster was born in Vancouver and educated at the University of British Columbia and Queen’s University where he received his B.A. and M.A. In 1975 he earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Jack Steckel
Managing Director

Mr. Steckel joined Capital Canada in 2000 after having a relationship with the company since 1997, in which Capital Canada provided financial advisory services for ventures in which Jack was involved. Jack's previous background concentrated on advertising and marketing services, retail store operations and development, and most recently, technology.

At Capital Canada, Jack has provided financial advisory services for both public and private companies, initiated acquisition opportunities on behalf of clients as well as arranging for equity, mezzanine and debt financing.

Previously, Jack had arranged financing for a takeover of a TSX listed retailer with sales in excess of $100 million.

In the advertising and marketing field, Jack started with JWT, had his own agency which he sold to Grey Advertising and was a senior vice president at Bates and Doner Advertising. During this time clients worked on included Procter & Gamble, Bally Shoes, TD Bank, Sporting Life, Danier, Wendy's, Speedy Auto Service, Zellers, Blockbuster and Purolator.

In 1997, Mr. Steckel developed the concept of Golf Town, which has become the largest golf products retailer in the world. He has also been instrumental in the development of Pro Hockey Life, a big-box format hockey retailer created from the acquisition of Sports Rousseau. Mr. Steckel currently serves on the board of directors of Gemoscan and DCR Strategies Inc.

Douglas A. Prothero
Managing Director

Mr. Prothero focuses on business development, mergers and acquisitions and financings. He has a particular emphasis on transactions in the marine (commercial, pleasure craft, berthed and un-berthed passenger cruise vessels, transportation, ship construction, port facilities and shipyards), oil and gas, natural resources and leisure sectors.

Mr. Prothero has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, largely in the marine and leisure areas. He has founded and owned a number of small and medium enterprises. His career has included significant experience as a professional captain, shipbuilder, ship owner, shipbroker and surveyor.

He has provided consulting services to equity funds, shipping firms, private industry, government agencies/regulators, and lending institutions in the areas of business development, debt and equity financing, industry consolidation and regulatory compliance and reform.

He has served on the boards of a number of industry associations and several charities. Mr. Prothero is currently Chairman of the UK based global youth charity, Sail Training International, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Mr. Prothero was born in Port Stanley, Ontario. He was educated with a specialty in Marine Studies at both the B.A. and M.A. levels (Western Michigan University, University of Maryland and Wilfrid Laurier University). He is a regular conference speaker on subjects related to business development, regulatory compliance and reform, fleet/flag state relations, safety at sea, adventure travel and regional tourism development.

Blair Milroy
Managing Director

Mr. Milroy joined Capital Canada Limited in the Fall of 2006. Prior to joining Capital Canada, Mr. Milroy worked for a Toronto based institutional equity research and analysis firm. Mr. Milroy brings with him several years of experience in financial analysis, equity research and information technology consulting. He has an extensive background in architecting, developing and analyzing technology solutions.

Mr. Milroy has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Mr. Milroy as a member of the Board of Directors of iS5 Communications Inc. and the Ontario Securities Commission's Small and Medium Enterprises Committee.