In 1989, three entrepreneurial professionals founded ARC Financial Corp. (previously known as PowerWest Financial). The company focused on providing corporate advisory services and in-depth investment research. During the early years, the company also invested, as principals and with partners, in the equity of early stage energy companies and in oil and gas production assets. The growth of ARC’s production asset business led to the founding of the ARC Energy Trust in 1996 (TSX - ARX).
In 1997, ARC’s corporate advisory, research and equity investment businesses evolved into an exclusive focus on private equity investing. Since then, ARC has raised nine energy focused private equity funds totaling $6.0 billion of committed capital from institutional investors across the globe. The ARC Energy Funds provide growth equity capital to companies operating across the energy spectrum.
Since the launch of the first ARC Energy Fund in 1997, ARC has invested over $5 billion of capital in more than 180 companies. We are presently invested in roughly 20 portfolio companies across four active funds. ARC is pursuing investment opportunities up to $200 million across the energy sector.
ARC invests in early stage, growth focused oil and gas companies and in established, growth focused energy transition companies with high quality management teams. In addition to providing capital, ARC leverages its extensive industry experience and deep relationship network to actively work with management teams as they execute their business plans. ARC provides support in areas such as strategy, deal sourcing, leadership development and corporate governance best practices. Through the ARC Energy Research Institute, portfolio companies have access to differentiated and proprietary energy sector research.

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ARC is focused on investing in conventional oil and gas and in sustainable energy industries. Located in Calgary, the heart of the Canadian energy sector, ARC has access to attractive, competitive opportunities and a pool of talented and experienced entrepreneurs.

Oil and Gas
The upstream oil and gas sector includes finding and extracting reserves of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. We focus on a variety of geologic play types and commodities, cost discipline, environmental responsibility and adoption of innovative technology. ARC does not invest in oil sands reserves. With a demand for a modernized, retooled equipment fleet and technological solutions that lower costs for operations, ARC’s oilfield service strategy focuses on uncovering the trends below the surface and adapting to the ever changing needs of the industry.

Energy Transition
As the world transitions from fossil-based fuels to low carbon and more sustainable energy systems, it creates an exciting and rapidly growing area of new investment. ARC's investible universe includes upstream renewable assets, energy storage, biofuels and carbon capture; along with all related services, manufacturing and infrastructure.

Executive in Residence
Propriety deal origination and an Executive in Residence (EIR) program are key differentiators of our investment strategy. ARC’s EIR program involves ARC partnering with high potential CEOs and management team members within our offices during the formative stages of an investment concept to refine the business plans, assess the opportunities and build out the teams. This program has successfully originated investments with over $2 billion of total capital commitments.

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Contact Info

ARC Financial Corp.
4300, 400 - 3 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 4H2


Key Personnel

Kevin Brown, Co-Chair and Director
Lauchlan Currie, Co-Chair and Director
Brian Boulanger, Chief Executive Officer and Director

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