We are your Canadian succession partner.

We partner with owners of well-established Ontario companies. We help them step away from day-to-day operations, sell their business and preserve their legacy.

Why choose us?

We are committed to achieving the longevity that currently defines your business.

We want you to know that we will:

How we are different

We invest financially for the long term. We also invest the time and energy to understand you and your business and help you build an appropriate succession plan. We are the trusted partner that walks through the front door and operates the business after you step away.
We will work alongside you as you shift your involvement from day-to-day operations and give you the confidence you want; knowing that your company has been left in good hands with feet on the ground and people in charge who care.

Our business experience spans multiple decades, industries, company structures and cultures. Between us, we have:

  • Founded, owned and sold our own businesses
  • Run a family-owned company that was successfully exited
  • Led numerous successful multi-million dollar acquisitions and financings
  • Held c-suite positions in finance, operations, sales and leadership

We intend to be the largest contributors of capital to any deal that we do so we are always personally invested in the outcome.
We combine our personal funds with those of highly qualified third-party investors and banks to create a well-rounded pool of capital. We have the experience to build a capital structure capable of supporting the business through its transition and next phase of growth.

We want to know about you, your company and the journey that has brought you here.
We know how hard it is to grow, build and maintain a company of this size and we want to learn from you.
Selling your company is a big decision. We know that it’s not easy and you definitely don’t take it lightly. We want to be a trusted partner in the process; one that works with you so that you can achieve all of your goals and keep your legacy and thriving business intact.

Our promise to you:

We are experienced operators that care about more than just the bottom line.

We can provide the leadership necessary to move your company into the future.

We will respect your culture and preserve your legacy.

Integrity and respect guide our every move.

Meet the owners

Shane Magee​

Kamal Pastakia

Shane Magee​

Shane Magee has spent over 30 years as a founder, operator and leader of private companies. Over his career, he has been General Manager, President or CEO of four different small and mid-sized companies and brings this deep operating experience to Sugar Maple Capital.

Shane began his career as a sales representative for Xerox. With the support of his family, Shane moved to Calgary to start his first company, providing an outsourced sales operation for Xerox. After a successful sale of his company, Shane moved back to Toronto with his wife, Michelle, in 2000 and joined Interfast as General Manager. At Interfast, Shane led the transformation of the private family-owned company into a global value-added distributor of specialty fasteners for the aerospace and general industrial markets, before its sale to a US-based strategic acquiror. Subsequently, Shane has led ASSA ABLOY Canada, a division of the world’s largest lock and security access controls, and Clean Water Works, a provider of trenchless technology services.

Shane has an MBA from the Ivey Business School. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Michelle, and two children. Shane is a very active member of the Young President’s Organization, and loves to spend his spare time on the ski hill, at his cottage or fly-fishing in northern Quebec.

What Shane Says:

As someone who has founded and run his own business, been involved in a family-run business, and gone on to be a CEO in a corporate environment, I know how hard owners work to grow their companies. Their businesses can become a legacy of who they are and, deservedly, the pride is immense. When it is time to step away and sell, it can be challenging.

However, the process of stepping away can be a great one for both the owner and the buyers when the fundamentals and values of the two are aligned. Sugar Maple Capital brings the sales, operations and financial experience necessary to enable a successful transition for owners.

Kamal Pastakia

Kamal Pastakia has been advising, investing in and operating small and medium-sized businesses for 30 years. He has deep experience in providing small, dynamic companies with the finance and strategic leadership needed to achieve scale.

Kam started his career at Deloitte, in the insolvency and restructuring group, living the recession of the early 1990s. He transitioned to corporate finance and M&A, with both HSBC Investment and Bear Stearns in London and New York. Newly married to Karen, Kam moved to Toronto in 2004 and joined first Clairvest, and later OMERS Private Equity, investing private equity capital in small and mid-sized companies across North America. More recently, Kam has been CFO and senior finance leader of several small privately-owned companies.

Born in Leicester, England, Kam is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales and graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Economics. Kam lives in Toronto with his wife, three children and Darcy, their chocolate lab. Kam spends his free time cheering his children on at their soccer games, walking trails with Darcy, and trying to master the perfect pulled pork, ribeye steak or brisket on his Big Green Egg.

What Kam Says:

Believe it or not, Shane and I met on a ski hill (or, perhaps more accurately, during apres-ski!).  After becoming friends and learning more about what each other did, I was convinced that together we would make a great team. Shane’s sales, operating and management background and my career in M&A and senior financial management make a powerful combination of skills and experiences that we bring to our investments. This combination is vital for the hands-on, value-add approach we take and our preference for being directly involved with the operations during the transition period and beyond. We have the know-how to not only get the deal done, and also to build a company that thrives after the deal.