Spara Capital and its Principals are reliant the counsel and mentorship of  independent industry professionals who advise the firm on a variety of areas including; merchant banking, business development, marketing and executive development.


Advisory Board:

Spara’s Advisory Board is comprised of the following distinguished members who guide the Company and Senior Management on strategic initiatives, operational imperatives, provide mentorship and access to their valued networks.

Tom McNeely

Tom McNeely is an experienced senior executive with primary experience in the multi-unit retail industry. Tom is currently CEO of PetValu. Tom was most recently President of Herbal Magic Weight Loss and Nutrition Centres and prior to that was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Tim Horton’s.

David Pakrul

David Pakrul was the former President & CEO of BMO Capital Corporation, a Bank of Montreal subsidiary created to make equity and quasi-equity investments in Canadian small and medium-sized businesses.

Jeff Parr

Jeff Parr is Co-CEO and Director, Clairvest Group Inc., a publicly traded merchant bank providing equity capital to established businesses with the potential to produce superior returns.

Joel M. Rose, Q.C.

Joel Rose is a partner with Aird & Berlis LLP and a member of their Corporate/Commercial and Corporate Finance Groups. Joel is also a member of the firm’s Transportation, Energy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Venture Capital and Entertainment, Media, Sports & Communications Teams.

Natalie Townsend

Natalie Townsend is the Founder and Managing Director of NorthRock Capital, a private equity fund which invests in small to mid-market companies with profitable growth opportunities. Previously, she was President of TD Capital and Vice Chair of TD Securities.

 Special Advisors:

Spara Principals benefit from coaching and mentorship of professionals and specialists in executive development and management who include:

Larry Taylor

Larry Taylor is a seasoned CEO with a strong track record of leadership growing financial services and professional services firms. He is an experienced Board Chair and Board Member and has broad management consulting experience spanning variety of multinational and regional companies to transform their organizations.  He has worked alongside private equity firms to identify, acquire and combine companies to create superior shareholder value and served as an Executive Coach and Advisor to CEOs to significantly improve their companies and their lives.   Larry was; President of National Money Mart, a subsidiary of Dollar Financial Group (NASDAQ: DLLR); CEO, Americas of Travelex plc; and former SVP and COO of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.