Our Team

Experience and Performance sets our team apart.

Shafin Kanji- MAcc, CA , CBV
Chief Executive Officer
Shafin is a principal and co-founder of Kanvi Homes Inc. and the companies within the KV corporate group. Since 2006, he has been engaged in all aspects of growing these businesses from startup ventures to the successful companies they are today. Shafin previously operated a boutique corporate finance firm and before going into business with his partners held the office of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Matrikon Inc. (previously TSX listed, subsequently acquired by Honeywell). While at Matrikon he successfully negotiated and completed five acquisitions in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany. Shafin also previously served within KPMG’s financial advisory services.
Aleem Virani- CA, CBV
President
Aleem is a principal and co-founder of the companies within the KV corporate group and Kanvi Homes Inc. Since 2006, he has been engaged in all aspects of growing these businesses from startup ventures to the successful companies they are today. In addition to running his own businesses, throughout his career Aleem has been engaged in private company transactions as both an advisor (buy and sell side) and buyer. Before going into business with his partners, Aleem was the Controller for Trans Global Group of Companies (a subsidiary of the Brick Group Income Fund), and he also served as a business valuations and litigation support expert with Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP, and as a public accountant at Deloitte.
Curtis Power
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Power is a Chartered Accountant and a Principal of KV Capital Inc., the private mortgage brokerage, Exempt Market Dealer, Restricted Portfolio Manager, Investment Fund Manager and real estate investment company that provides service to KV Mortgage Fund Inc. Mr. Power previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of a mortgage lending firm specializing in short term bridge financing, that grew from start up to $65 million of assets under management and as an auditor with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Power joined KV Capital Inc. in 2013 and has full responsibility for the firm’s mortgage operations including leading the origination, underwriting and servicing teams in Calgary and Edmonton.

Investor Relations

Nicholas Jeanes
General Counsel
Mr. Nicholas Jeanes currently holds the of office of General Counsel and Corporate Security for the KV corporate group and is responsible for the delivery of all legal services, as well as compliance, ethics and privacy. As Corporate Secretary, Mr. Jeanes works closely with KV Private Equity’s Board of Directors. Mr. Jeanes holds a law degree from the University of Alberta, is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and is a founding member of Young ACG Edmonton, a sub-chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Prior to joining the KV corporate group in 2017, Mr. Jeanes worked in the corporate and commercial practice group of Bennett Jones LLP, an internationally recognized Canadian law firm.
Call Nicholas at 7802337499
Molly Bell
Mortgage Associate and the Office Manager
Molly Bell is a Mortgage Associate and the Office Manager of KV Capital where she helps to ensure the smooth operations of the firm. Molly also works with investors as a valued member of the firm’s Investor Relations team. Prior to joining KV Capital, Molly worked at TMG – The Mortgage Group. In her spare time, Molly likes working out, gardening and most of all, Chihuahuas.

Business Development

Kelly Bagley
VP of Real Estate Finance
Kelly Bagley has been in the Finance industry for over 20 years. His education in the Arts at the University of Calgary has been complemented by his 20 plus years working with such highly respected financial institutions such as RBC Royal Bank, Laurentian Bank, Firm Capital and now KV Capital, where he is currently VP of Real Estate Finance. He has experience at the senior and executive level in Finance across all industries with a specialization in Real Estate Financing. In his spare time, he enjoys fly fishing with his children and playing hockey with friends.
Call Kelly at 4036294445
Gaurav Sobti
Business Development Manager
Gaurav Sobti is the Business Development Manager of KV Capital where he works with mortgage brokers, builders, developers, and realtors in structuring financing solutions for their projects. He is a Chartered Accountant and CFA® Charterholder. He also holds a Masters in Accounting and Bachelors in Biotechnology/Chartered Accountancy from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining KV Capital, Gaurav worked at Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board and Deloitte LLP. In his spare time, Gaurav likes to read and stay active.
Call Gaurav at 7808637449

Underwriting

Colin Brenneis
Director, Mortgage Underwriting
Colin Brenneis is KV Capital’s Director, Mortgage Underwriting where he works with the executive team to oversee the firm’s mortgage lending and underwriting operations. Colin is a Chartered Accountant and CFA® Charterholder. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. In his spare time, Colin enjoys the outdoors especially kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and skiing with his wife. He is working towards completing a travel goal of visiting every continent, with only Africa and Antarctica remaining on his list. Colin is also an avid reader and board game player.
Wolfgang Baumann
Senior Underwriter
Wolfgang Bauman is a Senior Underwriter with KV Capital. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree both from the University of Alberta. He is currently working towards his Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Prior to joining KV Capital, Wolfgang worked at WSP in a Project Management role. In his spare time, Wolfgang likes to play hockey and volleyball and travelling around the globe, having already been to Asia, Africa and Europe.
Nolan Ryan
Underwriter
Nolan Ryan is an Underwriter with KV Capital. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from the University of Alberta and is a CFA® Level II candidate. Prior to joining KV Capital, Nolan held roles as an Investing Banking Analyst at Valitas Capital Partners, and as an Analyst at AIMCo on their Public Equities team. In his spare time, Nolan enjoys exercising, playing hockey, golfing, and working on his car. Nolan is also an amateur race car driver and has raced Formula 2000 race cars in Florida and Atlanta.
Laramie Anderson
Junior Underwriter
Laramie Anderson is a co-op student working towards a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. Laramie is a member of the Underwriting Team where she works with the senior underwriters in assessing the firm’s lending opportunities. In her spare time, Laramie enjoys travelling and going to music festivals.

Finance

Sandra Jory
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Jory is a Chartered Accountant and currently holds the office of Chief Financial Officer of KV Private Equity. Ms. Jory previously served as a Senior Manager at MNP LLP where she provided risk management, operational effectiveness, assurance, accounting and tax services to various industries. Prior to this she worked as the CFO and Director of Corporate Services for the St. John Ambulance Council for Alberta. Ms. Jory currently serves as the Board Chair for Sage Properties Corp., a private company that manages real estate assets in the Calgary area.
Mat Forster
Controller
Mat Forster is KV Capital’s Controller where he works with the finance team to oversee the firm’s financial reporting function. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is planning to write the CFA® Level III exam in June 2019. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining KV Capital, Mat worked at KPMG LLP. In his spare time, Mat enjoys travelling abroad in addition to watching as many Toronto Raptors games as his wife will allow.
Lorraina Lu
Accountant
Lorraina Lu is an accountant with KV Capital’s finance team. She is working towards her CPA designation and holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. In her spare time, Lorraina enjoys cooking and traveling and cheering on her beloved Golden State Warriors.
Christiaan de Vos
Junior Accountant
Christiaan de Vos is a Co-op Student working in KV Capital’s finance team. He is currently working towards a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining KV Capital, Christiaan worked at the Wainwright Public Works Department. In his spare time, Christiaan likes recreational weightlifting and playing videogames.
Aleem Virani- CA, CBV
President
Aleem is a principal and co-founder of the companies within the KV corporate group and Kanvi Homes Inc. Since 2006, he has been engaged in all aspects of growing these businesses from startup ventures to the successful companies they are today. In addition to running his own businesses, throughout his career Aleem has been engaged in private company transactions as both an advisor (buy and sell side) and buyer. Before going into business with his partners, Aleem was the Controller for Trans Global Group of Companies (a subsidiary of the Brick Group Income Fund), and he also served as a business valuations and litigation support expert with Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP, and as a public accountant at Deloitte.
Shafin Kanji- MAcc, CA , CBV
Chief Executive Officer
Shafin is a principal and co-founder of Kanvi Homes Inc. and the companies within the KV corporate group. Since 2006, he has been engaged in all aspects of growing these businesses from startup ventures to the successful companies they are today. Shafin previously operated a boutique corporate finance firm and before going into business with his partners held the office of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Matrikon Inc. (previously TSX listed, subsequently acquired by Honeywell). While at Matrikon he successfully negotiated and completed five acquisitions in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany. Shafin also previously served within KPMG’s financial advisory services.
Jonathan Herman
Chief Operating Officer
Jonathan is a principal of the KV corporate group, having originally joined the companies in 2011. He most recently held the office of Chief Financial Officer, where he oversaw all aspects of the KV corporate groups finance and reporting functions, regulatory compliance obligations, legal matters, structuring of offerings, investor relations and capital operations. In 2016, he assumed day to day responsibility for the operations of KV Private Equity Inc. and KV Private Equity Fund, and today leads the private equity team within KV. Prior to joining the KV corporate group, Jonathan worked as a public accountant within the assurance practice at Deloitte and as a Tax Officer within the Tax and Revenue Administration of Alberta Finance.
Scott Alanen
Vice President
Scott joined the KV corporate group in 2016 after successfully operating his own business as a contracted financial executive to various Alberta based companies engaged in the upstream oil and gas and energy service industries. Prior to joining the KV corporate group, Scott held the office of VP Finance and CFO for Point Loma Energy Ltd., Controller for a group of private upstream oil and gas companies, and Manager of Financial Reporting for Ember Resources Inc. and Canexus Corporation (TSX listed) respectively. Scott also previously served as a public accountant at MNP LLP and Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP.
Sandra Jory
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Jory is a Chartered Accountant and currently holds the office of Chief Financial Officer of KV Private Equity. Ms. Jory previously served as a Senior Manager at MNP LLP where she provided risk management, operational effectiveness, assurance, accounting and tax services to various industries. Prior to this she worked as the CFO and Director of Corporate Services for the St. John Ambulance Council for Alberta. Ms. Jory currently serves as the Board Chair for Sage Properties Corp., a private company that manages real estate assets in the Calgary area.
Nicholas Jeanes
General Counsel
Mr. Nicholas Jeanes currently holds the of office of General Counsel and Corporate Security for the KV corporate group and is responsible for the delivery of all legal services, as well as compliance, ethics and privacy. As Corporate Secretary, Mr. Jeanes works closely with KV Private Equity’s Board of Directors. Mr. Jeanes holds a law degree from the University of Alberta, is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and is a founding member of Young ACG Edmonton, a sub-chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Prior to joining the KV corporate group in 2017, Mr. Jeanes worked in the corporate and commercial practice group of Bennett Jones LLP, an internationally recognized Canadian law firm.
Call Nicholas at 7802337499
Michael Crawley
Senior Associate
Michael Crawley is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is working toward the Chartered Business Valuator designation. As Senior Associate with KV Private Equity, Mike works closely with the executive team, executing growth strategies and evaluating deal opportunities. Prior to joining KV Private Equity, Mike worked in transaction advisory and valuations at BDO LLP. He enjoys travelling to every corner of Canada. From the rocks of Newfoundland, the rolling Prairies, and the frozen Beaufort Sea, Mike appreciates all this country has to offer.
Michael Kaiser
Analyst
Michael is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s School of Business and has passed all three levels of the CFA® program. Michael is a valued member of the KV Private Equity team where, as Analyst, he supports all functions of portfolio company growth strategy and deal evaluation. Prior to joining KV Private Equity Michael worked at Rohit Group of Companies. In his spare time, Michael enjoys playing hockey and trumpet.
Melissa Wai
Corporate Controller
Melissa Wai is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. As Corporate Controller of KV Private Equity, Melissa works closely with the executive team in overseeing financial operations of the Firm. Prior to joining KV Private Equity, Melissa worked at Deloitte LLP. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading mystery novels and quilling.
Paul Allard
Mr. Allard holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Alberta and he is the Vice President of Edmonton-based Allard Developments. For the last 16 years, Mr. Allard has been actively involved in the full cycle execution of residential and commercial real estate development projects within Alberta through Allard Developments and its partners. Mr. Allard currently focuses on the commercial leasing operations for both the private real estate holdings and new development sites that are managed within the portfolio of Allard Developments. Mr. Allard previously sat as a Director of Calgary based Vero Energy Inc. and he is concurrently serving as a Director of the Vancouver based Highbury Foundation.
Guy Scott
Mr. Scott holds a Masters of Science in Urban Planning. He is a founding partner of WAM Development Group. He is Past Chairman of the University Hospital Foundation and continues as an Emeritus member. He is co-chairman of the Brain Center Campaign for the same Foundation. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and various industry organizations. His business career has centered around real-estate development, mortgage investments in Western Canada and the United States. Through The Shelley and Guy Scott Family Foundation he is involved in philanthropic interests. He is President of Ventura Interests Inc. a family holding company involved in real estate and mortgage investments.
Don Paulencu
Mr. Paulencu is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors holding the ICD.D designation. Mr. Paulencu retired from Deloitte LLP in 2015 where he served as a partner for 31 years having the position as managing partner of the Edmonton office for 10 years. Mr. Paulencu was an audit and advisory partner serving both publicly traded and private companies primarily in the financial institution and real estate industry sectors. Mr. Paulencu is currently chairman of the publicly traded company, Athabasca Minerals Inc., and serves as an advisory director on two large privately held companies in the real estate and manufacturing industry sectors. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Baseball Alberta as Past President having served as President for eight years and the Board of Directors of Baseball Canada as Vice President serving as chair of the strategy and planning committee and the umpire committee.