Our team

Kristi Miller

Co-Founder and National Managing Director

Kristi Miller

Co-Founder and National Managing Director

Kristi leads our nimble and entrepreneurial team and delivers innovative junior capital solutions to the mid-market across Canada. She drives our strategy, brand and culture in order to meet the needs of our clients and grow our business.

Kristi saw an opportunity to bring sophisticated and creative capital to the mid-market when she co-founded First West Capital in 2010. Under her leadership, we have grown into a national junior capital firm and have funded more than $200 MM. With 20+ years of finance expertise, she knows how to build and grow businesses – our clients’, and our own.

Kristi has an MBA from UBC and a flaky (but fascinating) undergraduate degree in History and Russian Studies from McGill University. Kristi is a passionate and dedicated community volunteer, she currently chairs the board of Junior Achievement of B.C., sits on the board of the Fulmer Foundation, and volunteers as a fitness instructor for the YWCA of Vancouver.

About Kristi

  • Kristi is already doing her dream job. But, if money no longer existed, she would be an archaeologist. Or a farmer. Or a non-fiction writer. Or maybe all three!
  • Outside of work, Kristi loves travel, gardening, fitness, reading and spending time with her husband and three children, who are her greatest joy.
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David Hastie

Managing Director

David Hastie

Managing Director

David has a passion for business and working with entrepreneurs. Through innovative junior capital solutions, he helps our clients build successful and sustainable companies.

David fully embraced the entrepreneurial spirit when he joined First West Capital in 2016 to open and run our Toronto office. As a key leader, David drives strategy, business development, portfolio management, and leads our Eastern Canadian team. David’s business acumen and partnership-based approach help clients’ businesses – and our own – leverage strategic opportunities to grow.

David has spent his 15+ year career developing financial solutions for a wide range of businesses and has held leadership positions at GE Capital, BMO Capital Markets and Roynat Capital.

David holds a Masters in Business Administration (Finance) with honours from McGill University and Bachelor of Commerce (Business Management) from the University of British Columbia. He currently sits on the Young Professionals Board of Directors for the Jays Care Foundation.

 

About David

  • David is a dual citizen of Canada and Australia, and his wife Miryam is Lebanese. (He’s 50% Canadian, 50% Australian, 50% Lebanese and bad at math.)
  • He is a huge sports fan and enjoys traveling with his wife, working out at the gym, running and attempting to play golf.
  • David and Miryam are the proud dog parents of a 7-year-old Morkie named Dallas.
  • If he won the lottery, he would try to qualify for the PGA Tour. When that inevitably fails, his dream job would be to be an investor and advisor to companies.
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Ryan Lang

Managing Director

Ryan Lang

Managing Director

Ryan solves financial challenges for mid-market businesses through tailored junior capital solutions – helping our clients realize their growth potential.

Ryan’s expertise in banking and appetite for creative solutions led him to join our team in 2018. He is passionate about unlocking opportunities for our clients to grow. As part of the leadership team, Ryan is responsible for origination, execution and portfolio management.

Ryan has 10+ years in corporate banking, including BMO, real estate development and acquisitions. He holds a Bachelor of Business in Real Estate from UBC, an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain (¡Hola!) and is a CFA Charterholder.

Ryan is a proud supporter of the BC Cancer Research Foundation, SAINTS Rescue, and the Nikkei Foundation. He regularly volunteers his time at local sporting events around Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

About Ryan

  • Ryan fell in love with Mexico after working there for several years. If he had it his way, he’d be doing the same job…but on a beach in Mexico.
  • To this day, Ryan still competes on virtually everything with his twin brother.
  • Ryan is a proud fourth generation (Yonsei) Japanese Canadian.
  • Ryan is a lifelong learner, enjoys travelling, living an active lifestyle with his wife, Eliza, and is a soccer fanatic.
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Sarah Lloyd

Director, Operations

Sarah Lloyd

Director, Operations

Sarah leads the day-to-day operations that keep our business running smoothly. She’s an expert at streamlining processes that allow our team to work effectively and efficiently.

Sarah is involved in every aspect of running First West Capital, from setting financial budgets to hiring and developing top talent. Sarah is a master trouble-shooter that is passionate about continuous improvement. She keeps everyone in-line and on-time.

With 15+ years in finance and business, Sarah has worked with entrepreneurs across all sectors, including Fortune 100 Companies, developed a high-performance operations team, and has played an integral role in growing First West Capital. (She was our first employee!)

She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Management and Business and Business Administration from the University of Reading and is also a Chartered Business Valuator and a member of the CPA and Institute Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

About Sarah

  • If Sarah was not a boring accountant, she would be a pastry chef or architect.
  • When she is not working, her rambunctious toddler keeps Sarah on her toes. Before becoming a parent and losing her spare time, she enjoyed downhill skiing, mounting-biking and quiet dinners with her husband.
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Maddy Inamdar

Senior Associate

Maddy Inamdar

Senior Associate

Maddy is a key liaison between First West Capital and our clients and provides deal evaluation, investment analysis and ongoing portfolio management.

Maddy has a strong business acumen and financial expertise, helping to ensure our clients have well-structured junior capital solutions. She builds strong, long-term partnerships through a deep understanding of our clients’ unique needs. With a keen eye for efficiencies, she also provides logical solutions to streamline internal processes.

Maddy has been in financial services for 4 years. Prior to joining First West Capital, she worked in Deloitte’s Audit and Advisory practice, specializing in investment fund valuations and assurance services.

Maddy graduated from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Business Administration (HBA) degree and is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA). She has also successfully completed all Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.

About Maddy

  • In her spare time, Maddy loves spending time with her 3-year-old niece, going on morning runs and writing short stories.
  • A scientist at heart, she may have been a biologist or a pastry chef in another life.
  • She also enjoys cool, rainy days and hiking in well-shaded greenery (though preferably not combined together).
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Debby Fu

Senior Associate

Debby Fu

Senior Associate

Debby is a key liaison between First West Capital and our clients and provides deal evaluation, investment analysis and ongoing portfolio management.

Debby plays a crucial role in crafting well-structured junior capital solutions. Highly analytical and relationship-focused, she has a talent for uncovering clients’ needs and establishing strong partnerships. She also provides insights and solutions for improving internal processes and procedures, making us more efficient at serving our clients.

Debby has been in financial services for 10 years, including auditing financial institutions and gaining valuable deal experience at a large investment bank in Johannesburg, the financial hub of South Africa.

She graduated with a B.Bus.Sci Finance (Honours) and Accounting from the University of Cape Town and is also a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CPA and South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

About Debby

  • Loves the great outdoors and makes the most of the summer hiking season!
  • Used to volunteer at SPCA in Johannesburg and would love to continue that in Vancouver.
  • Currently trying to get a parkrun started up in Burnaby, B.C.
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Jason Sellakumar

Associate

Jason Sellakumar

Associate

Jason is a key liaison between First West Capital and our clients and provides deal evaluation, investment analysis and ongoing portfolio management.

Jason‘s expertise in due diligence and underwriting provides our team support with crafting innovative junior capital solutions. His client-focused approach helps identify client needs and foster strong relationships. Jason also manages and oversees First West Capital’s existing investments, ensuring clients feel supported and empowered in executing their operational and financial plans.

Jason has 8+ years in financial services and management consulting. He started his career in public accounting, providing assurance services for both the public and private markets across Canada, he then went on to become a management consultant providing financial solutions for high-growth businesses in California and Toronto. Jason graduated from Brock University with a Bachelors in Accounting (BAcc), and is also a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA).

 

About Jason

  • Jason is a lifelong fan of basketball. His favourite teams are his hometown teams, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors.
  • Jason is currently in training to run a half marathon (which is extremely difficult for Jason given his love and affinity for food, especially tacos).
  • Jason is recently married to his loving wife, a social worker, and together they support a number of different social causes, with a focus on youth, community, and mental health.
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Zahid Gani

Associate

Zahid Gani

Associate

Zahid is a key liaison between First West Capital and our clients and provides deal evaluation, investment analysis and ongoing portfolio management.

Zahid is involved in the entire due diligence and underwriting process and provides the team support in creating innovative junior capital solutions. His expertise in financial analytics ensures clients can grow, acquire and transition effectively.

Zahid has 5+ years’ experience in financial services, public accounting (KPMG) and venture debt with a focus on debt funding solutions for early stage technology companies.

Zahid graduated with a B.Comm (Accounting) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa). Zahid is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and a CFA Charterholder.

About Zahid

  • Zahid lives an active lifestyle and has been known to become cranky if he hasn’t done any physical activity for a few days.
  • Zahid’s favourite sport is soccer and is a fan of Arsenal. He is currently on the fence between Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC.
  • Zahid loves to travel and is often wondering about wandering.
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Katie Barthel

Marketing Manager

Katie Barthel

Marketing Manager

Katie is chief storyteller for First West Capital. She amplifies our brand by creating opportunities to connect with our audience through digital and traditional marketing.

Chances are, if you’ve seen or read anything from First West Capital, Katie has crafted it. (This website and bio included!) Behind the scenes, Katie develops the marketing strategy that helps us stand out in the market, foster relationships with clients and partners, and grow our business.

Katie brings 10+ years of marketing know-how and has held a variety of B2B marketing and communications positions in Vancouver. She graduated with a Diploma of Marketing Management from BCIT and also received an Associate of Arts degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

About Katie

  • In another life, she would have been in broadcasting or on the stage.
  • She is a proud wife and mom of two young girls.
  • She is a committee member for the First West Women’s Network and a member of the board for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC.
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Jane Thomas

Loans Representative

Jane Thomas

Loans Representative

Jane leads the essential administration and account management services at First West Capital. Her client-focused approach ensures all financial transactions run like clock-work.

Nothing gets by Jane. We depend on her attention to detail and technical skills to manage the behind-the-scenes funding administration and so much more! Jane is known for going the extra mile to keep things running smoothly, and is the go-to for transactions, CRM support and client relations.

Having worked in the credit union industry for 35+ years, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team, including many years leading a retail lending administration team.

About Jane

  • When Jane isn’t working, you can find her either at the gym, taking advantage of the great outdoors (such as fishing, hiking or going for long walks) or puttering in her garden.
  • She also likes to travel and is interested in seeing what the world has to offer!
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Work with us

If you’re a driven, collaborative and entrepreneurial financial professional, you’ve come to the right place.

It’s crucial to partner with people who will see you through challenges and successes, and truly care for your business. I always prefer to work with people who I like and respect, and who provide solutions – it makes all the difference to the long-term success of the business. That’s why we work with First West Capital.
Reut Rothstein, Executive, Crossworks Manufacturing