Board of Directors

Ted Redmond has 30 years of management experience in Canada and the U.S. with leading international companies including Rockwell International and The Boston Consulting Group. This includes over 20 years of experience in executive roles in both publicly traded and private equity owned businesses offering services to the crane/heavy haul, oil sands, conventional oil and gas, refining/petrochemical, and other industries. Ted is a member and past Chair of the Crane Governance Committee of the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association and the current Chair of the  Crane Rental Association of Canada. Ted is a member of the International Crane Standards Association and is a Board member of the Alberta Council of Turnaround Industry Maintenance Stakeholders. He graduated with a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Alberta, a M.S. in Engineering from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Cody Church is the chairman of the NCSG board and Senior Managing Director of TriWest Capital Partners. Mr. Church co-founded TriWest in 1998. Since 1998, Mr. Church has been deeply involved with over half of TriWest’s portfolio investments, with special emphasis on the valuation, financing, structuring and negotiation of these investments. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Church was with EXOR America, a New York-based private equity firm. Prior to joining EXOR, Mr. Church was a member of the Leveraged Finance Group of Credit Suisse First Boston, where he worked with financial buyers in areas of acquisition and divesture, high-yield bonds, initial public offerings and refinancings.  Mr. Church graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Economics from Harvard University.

Bradford Creswell became a member of the Board in 2006.  Mr. Creswell is a partner and co-founder of Northwest Capital Appreciation, the predecessor firm to NCA. Mr. Creswell is also co-founder and director of Northern Frontier Corp. Prior to NCA, Mr. Creswell worked in Bankers Trust’s corporate finance department from 1986 to 1992, and earlier in the audit department of Arthur Young from 1982 to 1985, where he earned his CPA. Mr. Creswell is currently also a board director for SPI Petroleum LLC, PTW Energy Services Ltd., and Northern Frontier Corp. and served as the CFO of Carson Products Company from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Creswell holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Puget Sound and a Master of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

John Jacobs became a member of the Board in 2006. Mr. Jacobs is a partner and co-founder of Northwest Capital Appreciation, the predecessor firm to NCA.  Mr. Jacobs has also served as CEO, co-founder and director of Northern Frontier Corp. since 2011. Prior to joining NCA, Mr. Jacobs served as managing director for Piper Jaffray & Co. from 1989 to 2003. Before serving as a Managing Director, Mr. Jacobs worked in investment banking and commercial banking at the Chase Manhattan from 1983 to 1987. Mr. Jacobs has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and has a Masters of International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Michael (“Mick”) MacBean is a Senior Managing Director of TriWest Capital Partners, a Calgary based Private Equity firm. Mr. MacBean is a director of a number of public and private companies with a primary focus on the energy industry.  From October 1998 to April 2010, Mr. MacBean was the Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Energy Services LP, a partnership engaged in the energy services sector. From 1995 through 1998, Mr. MacBean served as Controller and subsequently Senior Investment Analyst for ARC Financial Corporation. During this time, Mr. MacBean also served as Vice-President, Finance for the ARC Energy Trust.  Mr. MacBean received his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990. In 1993, Mr. MacBean received his C.A. designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. In February 2007, Mr. MacBean received his Chartered Directors (C. Dir) designation from McMaster University.

Rakesh Saraf is the Head of Private Investments for the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF). Mr. Saraf heads the Private Investments function at ATRF. He joined ATRF in 2010. Previously he served as a Senior Vice President and Head of Private Equity at Alberta Investment Management Corp. (“AIMCo”). Prior to joining AIMCo, Mr. Saraf was the CEO of Stratcap Securities, the largest independent fixed income securities brokerage in India, from 1998 to 2000. He has also held positions at Dresdner Bank as Dealer, Money Markets and Fixed Income Securities and began his career as a fixed income and currency trader at American Express, where he worked from 1988 to 1993.  Mr. Saraf has an MMS from JBIMS, University of Mumbai and is a CFA charter holder. He also holds ICD.D designation.

Jon Spencer is a Vice President at TriWest Capital Partners. Prior to joining TriWest in 2007, Jon worked at RBC Capital Markets in the Global Energy Investment Banking Group where he was involved in a number of corporate finance and mergers and acquisition assignments.  From 2008 to 2010, Jon served as president for the Calgary, Alberta Chapter of the Richard Ivey School of Business Alumni Association. Mr. Spencer graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, with an Honors degree in Business Administration.


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