- Managing Director, Industrial Products, Energy & Power, and Interim Head, Consumer & Retail
Romeo Leemrijse leads the fund's private equity transactions in the industrial products, energy & power sectors. He joined Ontario Teachers in 2006 and was most recently director, consumer and retail for Private Capital. Since joining Ontario Teachers' Romeo has worked on a number of significant transactions, including PODS, GFL, GNC, Serta Simmons Bedding, Shearers, Dematic, CSC, Aethon and Infiltrator. He currently sits on the boards of PODS, Serta Simmons Bedding, Hawkwood, EdgeMarc, Aspenleaf and CSC.
Romeo was previously a principal at EdgeStone Capital Partners, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing investments, as well as monitoring and providing strategic guidance to portfolio companies.
Romeo is a CFA charterholder and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
- Director, Consumer & Retail
Kevin Mansfield joined Private Capital in 2005 and has over 15 years of private equity experience. He has been involved in a number of Ontario Teachers' investments, including 24 Hour Fitness, Arterra Wines Canada, BRG Sports (formerly Easton-Bell Sports), Flynn Restaurant Group, GCAN, Helly Hansen, Munchkin, Osprey Media, Plano Synergy Holding and Traeger Grills. He currently serves on the boards of 24 Hour Fitness, Arterra Wines Canada, BRG Sports and Plano Synergy Holding.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers' Kevin worked at Scotia Merchant Capital, the private equity arm of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a CFA charter holder.
- Director, Consumer Retail
Harj Shoan joined Private Capital in 2014, and has more than 15 years of private equity, investment banking, and corporate finance experience. Harj currently sits on the boards of Arterra Wines Canada, Munchkin, Shearer's Snacks, Traeger Wood Pellet Grills and BRG Sports. Harj also sits on the investment committee of Mesoamerica LatAm Holdings, a Colombia-based fund focused on the Consumer and Healthcare markets in the Andean region.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Harj worked at Imperial Capital, Morgan Stanley Private Equity (UK), Shoppers Drug Mart, and BMO Nesbitt Burns (in both private equity and investment banking).
Harj holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Jonathan Mendonca joined Private Capital in 2014. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Jonathan worked in investment banking at BMO Capital Markets.
Jonathan holds a Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and a Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
- Investment Associate
Keren Beletsky joined Private Capital in 2018. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Keren worked in M&A investment banking at National Bank Financial.
Keren holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
- Investment Associate
Brendon Lendor-Mason joined Private Capital in 2015. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', he worked in growth equity at Eventi Capital Partners.
Brendon holds an Honours in Business Administration (HBA) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.