Aubrey Dan is a Canadian businessman, Tony-Award® winning producer (MEMPHIS), impresario and philanthropist.
He is Founder and President of Dancap Private Equity Inc., Dancap Global Asset Management, Dancap Catering Inc., and Dancap Productions Inc.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Dan graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Administrative and Commercial studies in 1985.
Soon after, he joined his father's company, Novopharm Limited, a generic drug manufacturer as a sales representative, and then Director of Sales. In 1995, Dan was appointed to run the Novopharm subsidiary, Wampole Canada Inc., an herbal supplement and vitamin manufacturer.
In 2002, Dan founded Dancap Private Equity, a private firm that invests its own funds from a $50 million investment base in mid-market Canadian businesses, and as co-investment partner for medium to large sized international businesses. Dan also founded Dancap Global Asset Management, a company with a singular mandate to build wealth over the long term by providing best practices in asset allocation, portfolio construction, investment due diligence, and investment management. The company's investment focus includes alternative assets, such as private equity, private debt, infrastructure, commodities and hedge funds, as well as traditional assets including public equities, fixed income and real estate.
In 2007, Dan launched Dancap Productions with an inaugural season that included The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 3 Mo Divas, successful revivals of beloved shows like My Fair Lady as well as summer presentations Of Avenue Q and the Tony Award®-winning Jersey Boys.
After a two year run with Jersey Boys, Dancap Productions returned to presenting a subscriptions series of award-winning Broadway theatre.
Dancap’s 2011 Subscription Series features the Canadian premiere of five new musicals direct from Broadway: 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, based on the hit film with music and lyrics by the incomparable Dolly Parton; NEXT TO NORMAL, the most talked about show on Broadway and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama; COME FLY AWAY, Twyla Tharp's electrifying celebration of the music of Frank Sinatra; THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a new musical based on the TV and film characters; MEMPHIS, winner of the most awards in the 2009-2010 Broadway season including the Tony Award for Best Musical; and the return of The Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC.
Aubrey Dan is a very generous philanthropist, donating millions of dollars, primarily to health and education charities, and other worthy causes. Together with his wife Marla, the Dans have donated more than $20 million to organizations that include: Sunnybrook Foundation for their women and babies program, now called the Aubrey & Marla Dan Program for High Risk Mothers & Babies ($8 million); University of Western Ontario's Social Science department resulting in the program being named the Aubrey Dan Program in Management and Organizational Studies ($5 million); Baycrest Centre Foundation in honour of his father-in-law Reuben Cipin – Reuben Cipin Healthy Living Community in Toronto ($5 million); the Judy Dan Wound Care Centre (named in memory of Dan’s mother who passed away in 1995 due to Diabetic complications), whose work focuses on preventing unnecessary amputations and reducing patient suffering by treating diabetic wounds with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (in excess of $700,000); University of Toronto Leslie Dan Facility of Pharmacy in honour of his father ($2.0 million).
Dan received an honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree (honoris causa) from Assumption University in 2008. He is a member of the Young President's Association (YPO) Ontario Chapter, Baycrest (www.baycrest.org) , and Institute of Private Investors (IPI).
Elias Toby, CA
Chief Operating Officer
Eli Toby is a results-oriented, entrepreneurial leader with a proven record of success in start-up, turnaround and growth situations. His major strengths include strategic planning, implementation and development of small and mid-sized companies.
As a member of the Dancap team, Eli provides specific expertise in corporate planning, reorganization, financing, structuring for new and ongoing businesses, asset and share purchases, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and advanced income-tax ruling requests.
Eli brings 15 years of financial expertise to Dancap. Most recently, he was the principal of his own accounting firm, where he advised a diverse group of owner/operator and mid-sized businesses. Prior to this, Eli was with Anderson Quick and Deloitte & Touche, where he specialized in taxation and assurance services.
Eli serves on the boards of several community and government associations.
Jacob Shu, CA, MAcc
Jacob Shu joined Dancap Private Equity Inc. in 2013 as an Investment Analyst. He is responsible for conducting research and evaluation of proposed investment opportunities and ongoing analysis of the portfolio.
Prior to joining Dancap, Jacob worked as a Senior Accountant at KPMG LLP. He was responsible for disaggregating financial information to identify and analyze financial statement items significant to shareholder and management decision-making.
Jacob received his Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Science & Business with specialization in Biotechnology & CA, from the University of Waterloo. He also received his Master of Accounting degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Waterloo and holds the Chartered Accountant designation. He is a Level II Candidate in the CFA Program.
Albert Li joined Dancap Private Equity Inc. in 2013 as an Investment Analyst. He is responsible for conducting research and evaluation of proposed investment opportunities and ongoing analysis of the portfolio.
Prior to joining Dancap, Albert worked as an Investment Analyst Intern at Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan. He was responsible for building and implementing a private equity fund metrics tool to monitor existing funds’ performance. Albert has also interned at TD Asset Management and TD Securities.
Albert received his Honors Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He is a Level II Candidate in the CFA Program.
Paul Tershakowec, MA, CFA
Paul Tershakowec joined Dancap Private Equity Inc. in 2013 as an Investment Analyst. He is responsible for conducting research and evaluation of proposed investment opportunities and ongoing analysis of the portfolio.
Prior to joining Dancap, Paul worked as a Trader and Research Analyst at Arrow Capital Management Inc. where he managed a $1M futures and equities portfolio focusing on equity indices, commodities, and financial and technology stocks. Paul also worked as a Portfolio Risk Specialist at CIBC and as an Economist with the Federal Government of Canada.
Paul received his Bachelorís and Masterís degrees in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. During his graduate studies, he researched the effects of low interest rates and government policy on the 2007 sub-prime crisis. Paul is also a CFA Charterholder.