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An experienced team you can trust

The experience of the Avante Corp management team is one of its biggest assets. Guided by a seasoned Board of Directors, the management team has created a disciplined and consistent approach to sourcing, evaluating, managing and creating value for its investments. The team is significantly invested in each of our portfolio companies and approaches each business as shareholders.

Management

Founder and CEO

Emmanuel Mounouchos

For over 35 years Emmanuel (Manny) Mounouchos has been a key figure in the Canadian security industry.

For over 35 years Emmanuel (Manny) Mounouchos has been a key figure in the Canadian security industry. Following his graduation from Ryerson University in 1986, Manny established his first security company, Omni Security Inc. In 1996, he founded Avante Security Inc., a now wholly-owned subsidiary of the Corporation, which became publicly traded in 2008. Manny was also instrumental in the formation of Matiadeka Ventures Inc., a capital pool company that acquired Avante Security Inc. in 2008. He is a member of various Canadian security associations including ASIS Canada and Canadian Security Association (“CANASA”). Manny stepped down from his role as Co-CEO of the Corporation in 2015 before rejoining the Corporation in 2018 as a consultant and becoming CEO on March 30, 2022.
CFO

Raj Kapoor

Mr. Kapoor brings thirty years of progressive experience as a financial executive in Toronto and Seattle, USA. Most recently, he was Vice President, Finance and Administration at Optimus SBR Inc., a management consulting firm in Toronto.

Mr. Kapoor brings thirty years of progressive experience as a financial executive in Toronto and Seattle, USA. Most recently, he was Vice President, Finance and Administration at Optimus SBR Inc., a management consulting firm in Toronto. Prior roles include: Vice President, Finance and Operations at Baymount Inc., Chief Financial Officer at BizXchange Inc., and Vice President, Finance and Operations at iJoin Technologies. Mr. Kapoor holds the Certified Management Accountant designation and has earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Toronto.
Founder and CEO of NSSG

Alessandro Martello

Since 2017, Alessandro Martello has served as the CEO & Founder of NSSG. Prior to this role, he held the position of Director of Special Operations at a prominent international private security firm before stepping down.

Since 2017, Alessandro Martello has served as the CEO & Founder of NSSG. Prior to this role, he held the position of Director of Special Operations at a prominent international private security firm before stepping down. With a background as a Special Forces Detachment Leader in the Italian Army and graduate of Ashworth College, he is an active member of ASIS International and holds positions within both the Crisis Management & Business Continuity Steering Committee and The Security Institute.

Board of Directors

Emmanuel Mounouchos

Founder and CEO

Founded Avante Security Inc. in 1996, a now wholly-owned subsidiary of the Corporation, which became publicly traded in 2008. Manny was also instrumental in the formation of Matiadeka Ventures Inc., a capital pool company that acquired Avante Security Inc. in 2008.

Manny stepped down from his role as Co-CEO of the Corporation in 2015 before rejoining the Corporation in 2018 as a consultant and becoming CEO on March 30, 2022.

Bruce Bronfman

Director

President of Mida Investments Ltd. since 1994, an investment and advisory firm based in Toronto

Involved in a number of startup and early-stage companies assisting them with their overall strategic direction, financing and related corporate activities.

Rob Klopot

Director

President and CEO of The Forest Hill Group, a market leader in the delivery of premium property management, luxury concierge/security and complete facility maintenance services to the upscale condominium market since 1999.

Involved in the founding and sale of numerous service-based businesses, including Quintessentially Canada, DECK Agency Inc. and Every Last Detail FCP
Involved in a number of startup and early-stage companies assisting them with their overall strategic direction, financing and related corporate activities.

Dan Argiros

Director

President and CEO of Conundrum Capital Corporation, a Canadian private-equity real estate management firm.

Founder and Chairman of Arch Corporation, a private equity investment management firm.

Wade Burton

Lead Director

President and Chief Investment Officer at Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd., in its capacity as investment manager of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited and certain affiliates thereof.

Mr. Burton has sat on various boards and credit committees of public and private companies.