People at DCCC

Check out our team, board of directors, investment committee members, and women in business.

Our Team at DCCC

Mark Warren

COFOUNDER,
CHAIRMAN & CEO

Glen Tennison

COFOUNDER,
PRESIDENT & CFO

MacKenzie Keillor

VP, M&A, Strategy & Shareholder Relations; President, Dockside Investco.

Alexandra Wood

VP, Marketing & communications

Christine Walsh

VP, NATIONAL SALES

Peter Galoska

VP, ACCOUNTING & ADMINISTRATION

Brett Flahr

VP,
Manufacturing

Melissa Robertson

DIRECTOR, FORMULATION
& NUTRITION

Brandon Kerr

DIRECTOR, E-COMMERCE

Samantha Anderson

DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER RELATIONS

Suryakant Bheem

GROUP FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Nabil Ahmed

INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTANT

Takeo Hirasawa

CREATIVE MULTIMEDIA SPECIALIST

Mark Warren

COFOUNDER, CHAIRMAN & CEO

Mark Warren is the founder and former President & CEO of Pethealth Inc. formed in 1998. Under his leadership, Pethealth became the leading aggregator of new pet and pet owner data, the largest provider of cloud-based software to the companion animal industry, one of the largest providers of pet insurance in the US, UK & Canada and the world’s largest provider of companion animal microchip technology. He is also a former CEO of Hambros Canada Inc. and former Executive Director of Hambros Bank Limited.

Mark holds a B.A. (Hon) from University College, University of Toronto and a M.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics. He is the father of two grown sons and as empty nesters, he and his wife Sue share their home with two dogs.

Board Participation

Henry & Harvey, Companion Pet Products, Baie Run, Mountain Dog Food, Midgard Insect Farm, Dockside Pet Products.

Education

University of Toronto

London School of Economics

Glen Tennison

COFOUNDER, PRESIDENT & CFO

Glen Tennison is the former CFO of Pethealth Inc. from its creation in 1998 to its sale to Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited in 2014. He led Pethealth’s many acquisitions including that of Nestlé Purina’s pet insurance business, PurinaCare; the acquisition of Domestic and General Group Limited’s U.K. pet insurance provider, Pet Protect Ltd.; and the acquisition of VetMedsDirect.co.uk, an online retailer of pet specialty products. He holds a B. Comm (Hon) from McMaster University and a CPA, CA designation which he earned while working for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He and his wife Alaina have three children and a dog named Teddy. In addition to sitting on the boards of DCCC portfolio companies, he is a board member of the Darling Home for Kids, a hospice and palliative care facility for medically fragile children.

Board Participation

Henry & Harvey, Baie Run, Mountain Dog Food,Companion Pet Products, Midgard Insect Farm, Dockside Pet Products, Darling Home for Kids

Education

McMaster University

Canadian Institute of

Chartered Accountants

MacKenzie Keillor

VP, M&A, Strategy &
Shareholder Relations; President, Dockside Investco.

MacKenzie leads M&A activities and strategic initiatives at Dane Creek Capital Corp. Her focus is on sourcing, evaluating, and completing investment/acquisition opportunities, and supporting portfolio companies.

Prior to joining DCCC, MacKenzie worked as an investment analyst and program lead for Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital fund Innovacorp, covering life sciences, ocean technology, clean technology and information technology sectors. MacKenzie holds a Bachelor of Management degree with a major in sustainable resources and environmental management from Dalhousie University. More recently, she studied venture capital finance at Saint Mary’s University and is currently pursuing her CFA.

Education

Dalhousie University

Saint Mary’s University

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Alexandra Wood

VP, Marketing & communications

Alexandra is the VP, Marketing and Communications. She is responsible for Brand Management across the portfolios brands of pet food, treats, supplements and alternative proteins.
 
Prior to joining DCCC, Alex worked for Mercatto Hospitality as the Corporate Brand Manager. During her four-year tenure she was responsible for brand strategy across the five Mercatto restaurants, as well as, their affiliate Toronto-based businesses. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Education

Acadia University,

BBA

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Gilberto Gandra

VP, Operations

Gilberto began his career as one of the first employees of Pethealth Inc., starting in sales for pet insurance, before going on to lead the company’s customer service, insurance claims and retention departments. In 2007, Gilberto led a new department (Shelter Outreach) to place Pethealth as the top choice of Animal Welfare clients in the areas of Pet Insurance, SaaS technology & Biotech. After leaving Pethealth in 2018, Gilberto Co-founded Adopets.com an iPaaS/Fintech platform which accelerates pet adoptions via mobile, paperless adoptions (TechStars Boston 2019).

Gilberto’s educational background earned him a BSc. from University of Toronto specializing in Biology & Chemistry. Gilberto serves as a board member of the New England Federation of Humane Societies where he chairs the organization’s Data Governance Committee. At home, Gilberto and his wife Christa strive to manage their most important startup in the form of 5-year old son, Lucca.

Education

University of Toronto

BSc

Peter Galoska

VICE PRESIDENT, ACCOUNTING & ADMINISTRATION

Peter Galoska is a veteran finance and accounting professional with over 35 years of experience managing both public and private sector company finances. His skill set includes operations, reporting, acquisitions, IT systems, and more. Formerly the VP of Finance at Pethealth Inc., Peter has been working with the co-founders since 2005. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of New Brunswick, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from McGill University and a CPA, CGA designation.

In his spare time, Peter enjoys traveling to the U.K. and time spent with his grandkids.

Education

University of New Brunswick

McGill University

Brett Flahr

VP, Manufacturing

My name is Brett Flahr, I was born and raised in and around Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I am a married father of two sons & our cat named Carter. I worked in the printing industry for 20 years before changing directions and becoming a pet food manufacturer which I have been doing for the past 14 years. My hobbies include fishing, riding quads, Kung Fu and spending time with my family.

Spring Meadows Natural Pet Food was founded in 2004 to provide pet owners with a high quality raw ground whole animal pet food. Understanding the varying needs of our pet clientele, we provide a variety of product sizes that make it easier to feed small to large animals. We are proud of our products and the health and vitality it offers our four-legged friends. We are here for pet owners who are seeking the best for their pets. We are a newer company in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan offering a natural alternative pet food manufactured in our own plant. We are giving the consumers pets the health & vitality they deserve. We believe Spring Meadows is: The Best Choice… Naturally.

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Melissa Robertson

DIRECTOR, FORMULATION & NUTRITION

Melissa is the Director of Formulation and Nutrition for Dane Creek. Her focus is on analysing, testing and reformulating recipes within the portfolio companies, formulating new innovative products in the raw food and supplement verticals, and educating retailers and pet parents across the nation.

Melissa has a rich history of formulating and analysing species-appropriate diets. Co-founding Naturawls Pet Products in 2011, one of the fastest-growing Canadian raw pet foods, and later becoming the Director of Operations for Pets4Life, Canada’s first AAFCO compliant brand of raw pet food. She has a passion for petitioning for appropriate regulation around raw feeding and foods. Challenging the “status quo” of feeding highly processed diets full of preservatives, to our companion pets.

Through her years of studying in Ayurveda, she has developed a keen sense for digestion. “If people or our pets are not eating what they were designed to digest, the result is always going to be disease”.

Education

Lakehead University,

BScN California College

of Ayurveda, AHC

Brandon Kerr

DIRECTOR, E-COMMERCE

As Director of E-Commerce, Brandon is accountable for the treat and supplement brands’ P&L and the growth of DCCC brands in the global digital space. He is responsible for crafting the strategic direction of eCommerce initiatives in close alignment with a holistic retail marketing and sales plan.

Prior to joining DCCC, Brandon managed the small-cap venture capital portfolio for the family office of Jim Treliving – a portfolio of private companies across diversified industries. Brandon was also responsible for developing and marketing a global ambassador program, implementing SEO, social media / email marketing, and automation while tracking key metrics for sustained profitable growth with an E-Commerce venture he founded.

Brandon was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario where he also received his bachelor’s in economics and was a member of the varsity hockey team at Brock University. Whenever he gets the chance he’s on the ice coaching hockey youth and enjoys all things health and wellness related.

Education

Brock University,

BA: Economics

Samantha Anderson

DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER RELATIONS

Samantha was born in Peterborough Ontario where she has had a passion for animals for as far back as she can remember, bringing her first dog everywhere with her including hiking and camping trips to high school, University and College classes. She thought the obvious choice for a life path would be to focus on animals.

Background in Wildlife Biology at Trent University and Fish and Wildlife studies at Fleming College,she started her career working all across Canada’s north studying animal behavioural patterns. Once back to Ontario she set focus on animal nutrition and started working with a raw food company that opened her eyes to the fast growing industry and the chance to help animals everyday.

Samantha’s role is centered around customer onboarding with education, support for our sales team, retailers and customers. Creating the content needed to help the public understand the importance of an ancestral diet and the effects it has for all animals overall health. Helping the movement of pet specialty moving toward a clean eating future with happy and healthy pets.

Education

Trent University,

Wildlife Biology

Fleming College

Fish & Wildlife Studies

Suryakant Bheem

GROUP FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Before joining the accounting team at Dane Creek, Suryakant held the position of Financial Controller at Pethealth Inc. for over 8 years. Prior to that, while working for KPMG and a multinational bank, Surya led numerous audit engagements, SOX projects and fraud investigations in Canada, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Surya holds a degree in Commerce with a major in accounting from the University of Karachi and now is the Group Financial Controller for the Dane Group of Companies.

He and his wife Maya have a daughter named Aankshika. In their spare time they enjoy interior décor, painting with mixed media and cooking.

Education

University of Karachi,

Bachelor of Commerce

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Nabil Ahmed

INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTANT

Nabil is an Intermediate Accountant at Dane Creek Capital. Before joining Dane Creek, Nabil was an Accounting Manager at AXIS Integrated. Nabil has worked in a variety of industries including food, transportation, fashion, healthcare and marketing. He has developed an extensive knowledge in full-cycle accounting. Nabil is also studying to complete his CPA designation.

In his spare time Nabil likes to hang out with his friends and families. His hobbies include art, shopping and working on his car.

Education

York University, BBA

Working on CPA.

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Takeo Hirasawa

CREATIVE MULTIMEDIA SPECIALIST

Takeo (Tak) is a multimedia designer at Dane Creek Capital Corp. His responsibilities at the company are largely concerned with producing print marketing materials and web/ digital front end solutions for all holding companies and businesses in the Dane Creek portfolio. Tak’s experience and creative strategies have been involved with establishing corporate identities, digital products, motionography and more. Through rigorous training, Tak recognizes the importance of maintaining craft in any design oriented solution. He always considers to engage in a multitude of aesthetic choices, all of which must remain simple, clean and human.

Education

Sheridan College, Certificate

York University, BDES (Hons)

The Pethealth Story

DCCC Chairman & CEO Mark Warren is the founder and former President & CEO of Pethealth Inc. which he formed in 1998. Under his leadership, Pethealth became the leading aggregator of new pet and pet owner data, the largest provider of cloud-based software to the companion animal industry, one of the largest providers of pet insurance in the US, UK & Canada and the world’s largest provider of companion animal microchip technology.

Pethealth was acquired by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (‘Fairfax’) in November, 2014 for all cash consideration of C$100M representing 2.1x twelve months trailing revenue, 19.6x twelve months trailing EBITDA and a 69% premium to the common share price.

So Why us?

We are entrepreneurs ourselves. We understand the challenges you face and have hands on experience turning good ideas into profitable ventures.

We know the pet industry and we’ll lend our strategic insights to the advancement of your business, whether you’re looking to sell or seeking investment.
Our review process is fast. We personally select each investment and work with our small board of directors and investment committee groups to make quick decisions.
Once approved, you’ll have sale proceeds or investment funds in hand in 60-90 days. 
We provide back office management support so you can focus on what matters most, whether that’s moving onto your next venture or growing your business in partnership with us.

Get in Touch

Phone: +1 (905) 291-0103
Fax: +1 (905) 296-1165

Mark Warren

COFOUNDER,
CHAIRMAN & CEO

Glen Tennison

COFOUNDER,
PRESIDENT & CFO