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“Those who say it cannot be done should get out of
the way of those who are doing if.”
- Anonymous

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“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”
- Roger Staubach

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“Don't wait. The time will never be just right.”
- Napoleon Hill

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“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now.”
- Chinese Proverb

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“When everything seems to be going against you,
remember that the airplane takes off
against the wind, not with it.”
- Henry Ford

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“It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
nor the most intelligent, but the one
most responsive to change.”
- Charles Darwin

Our Team

Steve Balaban, CFA

Founder and Chief Investment Officer

Steve Balaban is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Mink Capital, the private equity solution for family offices.

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He is an inspiring, entertaining speaker on the subjects of private equity, wealth management and entrepreneurship. Mr. Balaban teaches at the University of Waterloo where he created a new course titled Private Equity and Venture Capital and teaches Investment Management at Wilfrid Laurier University. He also serves as a member of CFA Society Toronto’s Private Client Committee, Mentorship Committee and Awards and University Relations Committee, and he is a director of Wealth Management Canada.

Prior to Mink Capital, as a senior executive of a private equity company, Mr. Balaban conducted a consolidation of billboard companies throughout Canada. Through acquisitions and partnerships in Muskoka, Kawartha Lakes, Saskatchewan, Hamilton, Caledon, Lindsay, Peterborough and Southwestern Ontario, he turned a small billboard company into Stellar Outdoor Advertising, a player in the Canadian billboard market with over two hundred billboards, including Hamilton’s only digital billboard network. He served as President of Stellar Outdoor Advertising for over three years before deciding to venture out on his own to start Mink Capital.

Mr. Balaban received a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, graduating on the Dean’s list, and received an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has also earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Mr. Balaban has extensive international experience. He has worked, studied and visited over seventy countries in every continent in the world.

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Bruce Yang, MBA, FRM, PMP

Private Equity Associate

At Mink Capital, Mr. Yang builds financial models and performs financial sensitivity analysis. In addition, he creates in depth research reports for clients including some of Canada’s leading private equity firms.

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Mr. Yang received a Masters of Business Administration from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and he has successfully completed all three CFA examinations. Mr. Yang has also earned his Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification and his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Prior to Mink Capital, Mr. Yang worked in Tokyo, Japan for over six years. With his strong experience in the Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) sector, he was awarded the “Highly Skilled Foreign Professional” by the Japanese Government in Aug 2012. While studying at Rotman, Mr. Yang completed a summer intern program at RBC Capital Markets in 2013.

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Jordan Lima

Private Equity Analyst

At Mink Capital, Mr. Lima is responsible for the marketing and media management.

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Prior to Mink Capital, for seven years, Mr. Lima was a private banker and financial advisor at the biggest independent investment firm in Brazil, where he developed a vast amount of knowledge in financial markets, wealth management and investment advisory. He was also a financial instructor for the company, teaching clients how to better understand investments. He has several certifications and awards in the financial markets.

Mr. Lima received a Bachelor in Business Administration from one of the best universities in Brazil, PUC RIO – Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, and earned a Certificate in Financial Analysis and Investment Management at University of Toronto where he is preparing himself a CFA designation.

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Ahmet Kul

Marketing Coordinator

At Mink Capital, Ahmet is responsible for creating digital marketing campaigns, establishing SEO strategies and developing marketing plans.

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Prior to joining Mink Capital, Ahmet worked in digital marketing and advertising at Voiceover Agency, where he directed the major part of the marketing campaigns in the company. He maximized the B2B sales by six hundred percent and minimized the cost by forty percent over the course of six months.

Ahmet has an extensive and deep knowledge of digital marketing and has been responsible for developing social media and digital strategies across a wide range of marketing functions.

Ahmet holds a Bachelors’ degree from Girne American University in International Business Management and is currently pursuing a marketing management and financial services post-graduate program at George Brown College.

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