Our Team

Experience and Performance sets our team apart.

Executives

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
Managing Director
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 and Legal

Nicholas Jeanes
General Counsel
Mr. Nicholas Jeanes currently holds the of office of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary 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

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
Associate, Mortgage Underwriting
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.
Tyler Cikaluk
Senior Underwriter
Tyler Cikaluk is a Senior Underwriter with KV Capital where he works with the Mortgage Underwriting team to assess risk and support the firm’s lending operations. Tyler is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining KV Capital, Tyler worked at KPMG LLP as a Senior Accountant. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys playing golf, exercising, and is an avid sports fan. Tyler is also a travel enthusiast, having already travelled to numerous areas within North America, Europe, and most recently Southeast Asia. He hopes to continue his journey across the globe learning about different cultures and attending live sporting events.
Amaan Datoo
Junior Underwriter
Amaan Datoo is a co-op student working towards a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. Amaan is a member of the Underwriting Team where he works with the Senior Underwriters in assessing the firm’s lending opportunities. Prior to joining KV Capital, Amaan worked with the City of Edmonton in Development Services. In his free time, Amaan enjoys reading, playing hockey, and watching martial arts.

Finance

Renee Kent
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Kent is a Chartered Accountant and currently holds the office of Chief Financial Officer of KV Mortgage Fund and 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. Ms. Kent previously served as a Senior Manager at KPMG LLP where she provided assurance, operational effectiveness, and accounting services to clients covering a wide variety of industries, including entities that are publicly listed on the TSX and/or NYSE.
Kristen Visser
Senior Accountant
Kristen Visser is a Senior Accountant with KV Capital. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Distinction from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining KV Capital, Kristen worked as both an Auditor and US Tax Specialist at KPMG LLP. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys outdoor activities including biking and gardening, reading books, and traveling abroad.
Harpreet Grewal
Assistant Controller
Harpreet Grewal is an Assistant Controller with KV Capital. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is currently working towards completing all three levels of the In-Depth Tax Program with CPA Canada. Prior to KV Capital, Harpreet worked with Grant Thornton as a Senior Accountant and transitioned to Senior Analyst in Tax. During her time off, Harpreet enjoys traveling, cooking, and hiking.
Jolly Prasad
Accountant
Jolly is an Accountant with KV Capital. She has over 12 years of experience in accounting roles in various industries. She is also a part owner of a bookkeeping and tax services company, assisting individuals and small business owners with their bookkeeping, personal and corporate taxes. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with family.
Tanece Hill
Junior Accountant
Tanece is a Junior Accountant with KV Capital. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), and is currently working towards her CPA designation. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and travelling.
Aleem Virani- CA, CBV
Managing Director
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
President
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.
Gordon Verley
Vice President
Gordon joined the KV Group in 2019. He leads the acquisitions team and is involved in executing transactions as well as strategic operational projects for portfolio companies. Gordon began his career in public practice audit, assurance, and taxation working with companies in a variety of industries, both private and publicly traded. After leaving public practice, Gordon had a role in industry leading an FP&A team at a regional fitness Canadian chain. Gordon’s most recent experience was with a large North American bank working on commercial lending and complex debt arrangements. He obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2012 and his Bachelor of Commerce from The Sauder School of Business at The University of British Columbia in 2009. Gordon also has a Strategic Management Certificate from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.
Michael Crawley
Chief Financial Officer
Mike joined the KV corporate group in 2018 and is responsible for portfolio company operations and deal flow. Prior to joining KV corporate group, Mike was a member of BDO Canada’s financial advisory services team performing business valuations, litigation support, and transaction advisory for clients in a variety of industries. To start his career, Mike articled at KPMG LLP, an internationally recognized accounting firm, and split his time between assurance and management consulting.
Nicholas Jeanes
General Counsel
Mr. Nicholas Jeanes currently holds the of office of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary 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 Kaiser
Associate
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.
Darlene Scott
Darlene Scott
Darlene W. Scott, Q.C., is a senior partner in the Edmonton office of Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, where she provides business and legal advice to a range of institutional and corporate clients on real estate and commercial matters. Darlene served as Chair of Dentons Edmonton’s Banking and Finance group for over 10 years and is listed in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the field of Banking and Financial Institutions, having been awarded Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” Award in Corporate Law (2014 and 2018), Banking and Finance (2017) and Real Estate (2019). She received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2016 and has served as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta since 2014, holding the positions of Chair of Audit and Finance, Chair of Credentials and Education, Chair of Conduct and is currently serving as President-Elect.
Aaron Forbes
Aaron Forbes
Mr. Forbes holds a degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Calgary and is a CFA Charter holder. He is a licensed member of the Real Estate Council of Alberta and has completed the Mortgage Associates Program. Mr. Forbes joined MCAP’s Development Finance Group in Calgary in 2006 and is currently a Senior Advisor with the firm, responsible for the origination, negotiation, and underwriting of construction loan facilities for a variety of projects, including apartment condominium, purpose built rental, land servicing, commercial, and mixed-use. To date, he has been involved in structuring financing arrangements for over $2.0 billion of real estate transactions throughout Western Canada and has completed syndications with most major Canadian Banks, Alberta based lending institutions, pension funds, and life insurance companies.