Bridging Finance Inc. is pleased to announce our
sub-advisory agreement with Sprott Asset Management LP
and the launch of the Sprott Bridging Income Fund LP.

Team

The Bridging Finance team has deep expertise in credit, turnaround and restructuring management and responds very quickly to immediate borrowing needs and opportunities.

 
Natasha Sharpe, PhD, MBA
Chief Investment Officer
Natasha was previously the Chief Credit Officer for Sun Life Financial where she was responsible for creating risk policy for the company’s $110-billion global portfolio of managed assets. Prior to that, Natasha held the position of Vice-President at Coopers and Lybrand and went on to spent over 10 years at BMO Financial Group where she led various teams in risk assessment and corporate finance. In 2010, Natasha was named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. Natasha is a director of private and non-profit companies. She holds a PhD and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.
 
David Sharpe, LLB, LLM, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
P: 416-642-7572
E: dsharpe@bridgingfinance.ca
David is the Chief Executive Officer of Bridging Finance Inc. David is responsible for strategic relationships for the firm and ensuring there are proper operational controls in place for sustainable growth of the organization. Prior to joining Bridging, David was the President of an investment management firm and led a TSX-listing in 2012 of 3 closed-end funds with a market capitalization of approximately $1.2 billion. David has close to two decades of financial services industry experience, in roles such as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Risk Officer for leading financial organizations, and previously was the head of investigations for the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada. David is a lawyer and has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1997. David has an LLB from Queen’s University, an LLM in Securities Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.
 
Brian Champ, CFA
Portfolio Manager
P: 416-777-0315
E: bchamp@bridgingfinance.ca
Brian participates in all aspects of Bridging Finance’s private investment management activities, including the origination, evaluation and monitoring of investments, as well as operations. Brian is a corporate banker with a wealth of experience in risk management and credit analysis. Prior to joining Bridging Finance, Brian was a Director for Bank of Montreal. Brian holds a BA Hons (Economics) from the University of Toronto and is a CFA Charterholder.
 
Bobby Anand, CPA, CA, CFA
Senior Managing Director
P: 416-546-7340
E: banand@bridgingfinance.ca
M. Bobby Anand is a seasoned finance professional with 20 years of experience working with mid-market companies in Canada, the US and Europe. Prior to joining Bridging Finance Inc., Bobby held senior positions with Wells Fargo and Bank of America in Toronto and London, UK. Bobby has a real passion for working with mid-market companies to find innovative financing solutions necessary to achieve their objectives, and has funded over $3 billion of private debt loans for domestic and cross border deals. Bobby has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Professional Accountant.
 
Graham Marr, CPA, CA, CFA
Portfolio Manager, Senior Managing Director
P: 416-777-1794 or
403-910-0697
E: gmarr@bridgingfinance.ca
Graham participates in all aspects of Bridging Finance’s private investment management activities, including the origination, evaluation and monitoring of investments, as well as operations. Prior to joining Bridging Finance, Graham worked in KPMG’s Transactions and Advisory practice in the areas of restructuring, corporate finance and due diligence services. Graham is a Chartered Accountant and is a CFA Charterholder. Graham is a graduate of the HBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.
 
Dariusz Szypula, MBA
Managing Director
P: 416-642-7571
E: dszypula@bridgingfinance.ca
Having previously worked in the UK and Poland, Dariusz joined Bridging Finance Inc. with over 11 years of experience focusing on the debt side – syndicated loans, leveraged finance, asset based lending (“ABL”), and factoring. Prior to joining Bridging Finance Inc., Dariusz was a Vice President at a top tier British investment bank in London, UK, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and managed an agency for a $20 billion portfolio of syndicated loans. He also was one of the co-founders of a Bibby Financial Services subsidiary in Poland and worked for a renowned ABL company, Burdale Financial in London, UK (now part of Wells Fargo). Dariusz holds a Masters of Business Administration from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
 
Farzana Merchant
VP, Finance and Fund Accounting
P: 416-633-9670
E: fmerchant@bridgingfinance.ca
Farzana is responsible for the Financial Operations, Reporting and Fund Administration of Bridging Finance Inc. She has a decade of experience in providing Accounting, Finance and Administration services to Pension, Mutual, Hedge and Private equity funds. Prior to joining Bridging Finance Inc., Farzana worked as a Senior Manager at SS&C Fund Services leading a team to provide operational support for various Hedge funds and Private equity funds; focusing on funds with complex strategies, products and structures. Prior to that she worked at CIBC Mellon, a leading global asset service provider supporting Mutual fund and Pension Fund operations. Farzana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance from the National Institute of Bank Management.
 
Ian Baele
VP, Sales
P: 416-640-8965
E: ibaele@bridgingfinance.ca
Ian is responsible for the development and growth of the firm’s sales activities through the securities brokerage channel across Canada. Prior to joining the organization, Ian was the Vice-President, Sales of an investment management firm for over ten years. He gained valuable experience during that time in the investment fund industry helping the company raise approximately $1.6 billion in assets, predominantly in exempt market products. He also has experience in the capital markets through TSX-listed closed-end fund offerings. Ian has close to two decades of financial services industry experience in sales roles with several leading Canadian financial services companies. Ian is fully bilingual and graduated from York University with a B.A.
 
Andrew Mushore
Chief Compliance Officer
P: 416-362-6252
E: amushore@bridgingfinance.ca
Andrew is responsible for the oversight of the firm’s compliance system. Prior to joining Bridging, Andrew was a Senior Compliance Officer at CI Financial. He later went on to hold the position Senior Manager, Compliance of an investment management firm in Toronto with approximately $1.6 billion under management. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Fordham University in New York, NY.