We are a boutique consulting firm, devoted to helping Canadian’s buy and sell small businesses. Navigating an exit of ones’ business for the first time can be challenging. Purchasing a business can be equally uncharted. We help individuals understand the process, lay the road-map and identify the advisors they will need to involve for a successful transaction to occur.
We believe in supporting small businesses to successfully transition their ownership into the hands of the next generation. We believe in helping to maintaining the jobs of the employees who work for these companies and that there are qualified purchasers eager to take the reigns.
In supporting business owners, it is our mission to provide early access to information around exit planning, now and in the years prior to a sale so that they may understand the process and proactively position themselves to meet market demand.
In support of purchasers, it is our mission to help them navigate the market, understand the information that is being presented and ask the right questions.
Laura Bechard, MBA, CPA
Growth & Transition Advisor
Professional Speaker, Family/Business Specialist, Change Specialist
Laura’s passion is helping family and private business succeed. She is the creator of the innovative ProVision Business System, promoting the effective, fulfilling union of family and entrepreneurial life.
In working with owner-operated private companies, often “family” businesses, Laura draws from personal experience as she currently shares in co-ownership with her husband of a century old grain farming operation in Saskatchewan. The family operation is now venturing into “cannabusiness” and other health and wellness botanicals. Laura is also overseeing the transition of the business to their children implementing sound succession and estate planning.
Laura believes that success is intentional, the result of evaluating every strategy and implementing the “right” ones.
Laura’s heartfelt commitment is to ensure that family and private business owners reap the benefits of transition, as they continue on to realize their own dreams, and create a legacy for their children.
Laura and her husband, Arnie, enjoy attending football and hockey games, experiencing good food, and traveling the world, especially for a visit with their daughter in Australia. Together, the couple has raised four children who are building their respective professional careers, while finding their inspired roles in the family business as well.
Growth & Transition Advisor
Rick has over 37 years of unique business experience. He has financed and advised companies big and small, both public and private. Rick specializes in helping owners and management teams get a handle on cash flow and their individual roles in driving the profitability of their business. With those building blocks in place Rick is able to help the business maximize its value when sold.
In his long career Rick provided start up capital and ongoing advice to companies whose market caps now exceed $3 billion CDN. He also co-founded a private equity firm and played a large role in raising investment capital and the acquisition of four portfolio companies. The first acquisition that Rick sourced won the 2017 Private Capital Market Association Deal of the Year award in Canada.
Rick is the author of the book Scale-Up to Sell. He is an accomplished speaker and contributor to CanadianSME Magazine and Business Edge Magazine
Rick is a father of two and devoted husband. He is a two time Ironman Canada finisher and has competed in the New York and Chicago marathons.
Jon Hudson, CFA
senior Transaction advisor
Starting his early years in Winnipeg and finishing them in Edmonton, when Jon wasn’t in school he sought adventure climbing 11,000 ft mountains or taking scuba diving to extreme depths.
Attending University of Alberta, Jon found a passion for numbers, earning a bachelor of science with specialization in mathematics and finance, while at the same time starting his pursuit of, and later obtaining his Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Jon started trading with a large Canadian fund before making the move to advise on private transactions with a successful boutique firm. Helping business owners navigate the complexity of business is what Jon does best. He takes the time to develop comprehensive knowledge of your business, your industry, and your potential.
Jon spends as much time as possible chasing outdoor adventures with his wife and dogs.
Elizabeth MacRae coordinates a team of consultants with expertise in business valuation, transaction services, project management, business development, marketing, communications, and sales. Together they work closely with lenders, coaches, financial planners, legal, and accounting professionals to ensure their clients have a holistic support system. It is said that it takes a community to raise a child, so too does it require a collective to transition a business from one owner to the next.
Following the sale of her automotive franchise Elizabeth was mentored by the late Pam Ryan, who introduced her to the sector of small business transaction services, known as Business Brokering. Since taking on the role of President she has evolved the model to cater to business owners prior to a sale through educating them on the process and how buyers think. She is an active speaker to audiences of business owners and advisors who are preparing for the exit stage.
As a business owner herself, Karla Helm understands the importance of having the right advisors that have an established and connected network to assist in a business sale or purchase. Working closely with the team, Karla organizes and manages the minutest of details ensuring an efficient process throughout a business’s experience with Commercial Ventures.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
Karla is committed to the Commercial Ventures mission of supporting Small Business owners during the transition out of their business, while supporting their successor on the way in.
Brigitte Legault, BBA
After an arduous exit from her own business, Brigitte spent several years with the Calgary based
non-profit organization; Momentum, helping entrepreneurs plan and launch their new ventures.
Having experienced each phase of the business life-cycle herself, she has come full circle; now
supporting business owners in being proactive in their exit approach. She is passionate about
entrepreneurship and understands that planning your exit is just as important as your initial
“Business owners’ stories fascinate me. When they reach the point of preparing to sell, it is a
vulnerable time in their journey. I want to help make the transition as uncomplicated as possible.”
Who we serve
Our typical Client
We typically work with businesses who have top line revenue between $500K and $10M, or EBITDA less than $1M
Businesses below this benchmark will often utilize us for Sell-by-Owner consulting or partipate in a workshop.
If your business generates revenue greater than $10M we have excellent referral partners who we can make an introduction to.
We encourage you to connect with us for a telephone call or coffee consultation. There is no charge for the light introduction. It’s important that a future relationship begin as a mutual fit.
If you are Seeking an Acquisition please contact us to schedule a Discovery Call so that we may better identify your needs. Not all of the opportunities we represent are promoted on our website so please register to join our network.