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Management Team

Wes Hall

Executive Chairman & Founder

As the chairman and founder of WeShall Investments, a private equity firm with a diverse portfolio of companies predominantly supporting BIPOC entrepreneurs, Wes Hall comes from humble beginnings in rural Jamaica. He grew up in a plantation worker’s shack as one of several children supported by his grandmother. Despite these challenges, his grandmother instilled in him the value of hard work, ambition, and industriousness.  

In 1985, Wes immigrated to Canada, where he set about to become the businessman you see today. Dressed daily in a suit, Wes started as a mail clerk at a leading law firm in Toronto. His curiosity, intelligence, and ability to spot opportunities allowed him to turn a $100K loan from the bank to start his first business, Kingsdale Advisors, into becoming Canada’s most preeminent shareholder advisory firm. 

Wes’ expertise was invaluable on the complicated dispute between Toronto-based Goldcorp and Nevada-based Glamis Gold from 2004 to 2006, Xstrata PLC’s USD 18-billion takeover of Falconbridge in 2006, and the $19-billion merger between Suncor and Petro-Canada in 2009.  

A staunch philanthropist, Wes is deeply committed to community upliftment. He founded the ambitious and highly successful BlackNorth Initiative to help end systemic anti-Black racism in Canada. He has instructed Black Entrepreneurship & Leadership at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, a first-of-its-kind course in North America. Wes is the vice-chair of the Board of Governors at Huron University College, a member of the Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce, and sits on the board of directors for SickKids Foundation, TIFF, and Pathways to Education Canada.  

In 2021, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Canadian Business Leader of 2022. Wes has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of West Indies, the University of Ottawa, Toronto Metropolitan University, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, and York University. He received the Medal of Distinction from Huron University in 2022 and the Nation Builder Award from the Empire Club in 2024. Wes was named one of Bay Street’s top 40 most influential figures in the past 4 decades by the The Globe and Mail in 2024.

Wes’ other accomplishments include penning a bestselling memoir, “No Bootstraps When You’re Barefoot,” which was a finalist for the 2023 National Business Book Awards. He launched a podcast in partnership with the Toronto Star, “Between Us with Wes Hall,” and is also on the hit CBC series, “Dragons’ Den.” Wes is also an in-demand speaker invited to speak across Canada and a frequent guest on BNN Bloomberg. 

Bilal Khan

Managing Partner

Bilal Khan brings with him two decades of experience in finance, business, technology and law as WeShall’s Managing Partner. With a proven track record as an operator, advisor, and investor, Bilal is uniquely positioned to lead WeShall’s overall management, steer portfolio companies, and guide new investments. His unwavering commitment to entrepreneurship and growth perfectly aligns with WeShall’s strategic vision. In his role as Managing Director and Head of Snowflake Canada (NYSE: SNOW), Bilal was responsible for the growth and operations of the silicon valley based cloud computing and data technology company.   Prior to that Bilal was a Managing Partner at Deloitte, where he was responsible for helping develop and execute Deloitte’s data, advanced analytics, and innovation agenda, as well as the development of governance, strategies, and transformations for the firm’s public and private sector clients.  Bilal was the founding CEO of OneEleven, a scale-up innovation hub focused on helping Canada’s most promising, high-growth start-ups commercialize their technologies and scale their operations. A lawyer, Bilal spent his early career practicing corporate securities law as Legal Counsel to Russell Investments, a U.S. based multi-asset manager (acquired by the London Stock Exchange Group).  Bilal is active in his community and sits on several Boards, including the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Toronto Global, and formerly with TVO and the Canadian Club of Toronto. Bilal was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and was recognized on the Bay Street Bull Power 50 list.  Bilal holds a JD from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, and is an alumnus of Singularity University at the NASA Ames Research Centre in exponential technologies.

Garfield Robinson

Chief Financial Officer

Garfield Robinson is the Chief Financial Officer for WeShall, overseeing financial risk management for its subsidiaries and private equity investments in Canada, the USA, and the Caribbean. 

 As Chief Financial Officer, he leads the financial accounting and reporting function focusing on compliance with relevant accounting standards and controls, treasury and cash management, and financial planning and analysis. He also has responsibility for information technology and human resources. 

 Garfield is a seasoned finance executive with a wealth of experience gained across varying industries and large publicly traded companies in Canada and the Caribbean. He’s acknowledged as a finance leader with a general manager mindset adept at managing the value chain to increase revenue, margins, EBITDA, and the relationships necessary to align the strategic vision with execution. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Grace Foods Canada Limited, a subsidiary of Grace Kennedy Group.  

Garfield has an MBA from Laurentian University, a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK), and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University College of the Caribbean. 

Frank DeLuca

Chief Legal Officer

Frank DeLuca is the Chief Legal Officer for WeShall. In this role, Frank serves as the most senior legal counsel and trusted advisor to WeShall, its operating companies and subsidiaries and senior management on various legal and business issues and is a member of the company’s Management Committee. 

Prior to joining WeShall, Frank was in private practice, where he amassed over 25 years of experience at some of the top law firms in Canada, working on many high-profile transactions. Frank was particularly sought after by senior leadership for leading clients through complex legal arrangements, communicating and mitigating critical commercial risks and outcomes, and translating high-level business terms into binding agreements that meet the parties’ objectives. While in private practice, he was ranked by Lexpert as a leading lawyer in M&A, Corporate Commercial, Corporate Mid-Market and Corporate Finance and Securities.    

His experience includes working on many private equity transactions on both the purchaser and vendor side, and he is known for being a team leader and mentor to many of the up-and-coming young lawyers in Toronto. He is a member of the Board of Governors of St. Clement’s School and sits on its Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. 

Frank earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Western University and his JD from the University of Toronto. 

Kamika McLean

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Kamika joined WeShall’s executive team in 2020 as General Counsel for the company and its varied subsidiaries, including Kingsdale. Her primary area of responsibility is managing the wide scope of legal matters that arise for the group of companies. She is also a member of the Management Committee, where she helps oversee business and operational activities. 

Before joining the WeShall team, Kamika studied and worked in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean in various legal capacities, including as an Associate specializing in areas of corporate law, real estate, litigation, health law, employment law and wills and estates. She has also worked in academic research conducting award-winning health studies and writing published research papers to improve health outcomes and reduce the stigma associated with STI/HIV in the black community in London and the Caribbean. 

Kamika holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from The University of London, City University; The Osgoode Certificate in Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School; a Master’s degree in Health Promotion and Public Health from Brunel University in the United Kingdom; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Law & Society from York University. 

Kamika also holds the prestigious appointment to the Judicial Advisory Committee for the province of Ontario GTA, a position she was appointed to by the Federal Government. In this role, she contributes her expertise to selecting and recommending qualified individuals for judicial appointments, ensuring the integrity and quality of the judicial system in the Greater Toronto Area.  

Kamika is a mentor for the Advancing Black Students Program at York University and sits on the Board of Directors at the Young Peoples Theatre, and acts as the Treasurer of the Black Female Lawyers Network. She also serves as a Board Member of the Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario where she sits on various committees to ensure public safety and promotion of the College. Under appointment under The Notaries Act, RSO 1990, Kamika is a certified Notary Public & Commissioner.  

Ian Gregoire

Vice President of Strategy & Operations

Ian is a seasoned finance executive who has held several senior finance roles. He is currently the Vice-President of Strategy and Operations at Weshall, working on M&A deals and strategically working closely with the CEOs of the various subsidiary companies to drive margins. In his previous roles, Ian consulted in a CFO capacity and was the Vice-President of Finance for Rogers Communications Residential Division, as well as the CFO for Canadian Business Television. 

Ian is a strong business partner who is very strategic and enjoys collaborating with businesses to help drive revenues, contain costs and manage capital. He is a CPA and MBA and attended both Harvard Business School and Rotman School of Management. Ian sits on the Board of Casey House Hospital and Casey House Foundation and is also a member of the Finance Committee for both organizations. Ian also sits on the boards for both Rainbow Railroad Canada and Rainbow Railroad USA and is the treasurer of both boards. 

Born in Trinidad, Ian left for school abroad at a very young age and now calls Toronto home. Ian’s passions include health and fitness, mentoring young adults, travelling the world, and ensuring that he visits two new countries every year. 

Ian volunteers as a Rotman Leadership Exploration Advice Development Success Program mentor. 

Brentyn Hall

Director of Operations & Head of Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

Brentyn oversees the strategic operations of WeShall and its portfolio companies and Wes Hall’s Dragons’ Den investments. He partners with internal and external stakeholders to execute strategic, operational, and financial mandates. Brentyn holds a B.B.A from Wilfrid Laurier University and sits on the board of QM Environmental, Mobile Business Express, and Friendly Fables Productions. He is also a Youth Committee Member at The BlackNorth Initiative. 

Gloria Paul-Ebiai

Director, Corporate Services & Finance

With over 20 years of experience in Financial and Management Accounting, Gloria is a CPA, CMA and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Nigeria. 

Gloria began her accounting career as an auditor with Nigeria’s oldest indigenous accounting firm Akintola Williams & Co. (now Akintola Williams Deloitte). As an auditor, she worked with the Federal Government’s panel that reconciled and settled the debts between the country’s major parastatals. 

Gloria has worked in diverse sectors of the economy including banking, construction, manufacturing and franchising. Before joining WeShall, Gloria was the Accounting & Administration Manager at Sensient Flavors Canada, where she was responsible for implementing financial controls, financial analysis & reporting and budgeting. She was a subject matter expert in the process of the company’s migration to a new ERP system.  

Gloria is responsible for WeShall’s group of entities’ financial accounting, planning & analysis, financial regulatory compliance and tax filings. She is also responsible for the continuous review of internal control system and accounting processes to ensure that they are in line with the goals of the company. 

Advisory Board

Erol Uzumeri

Founding Partner
Searchlight Capital

John Ruffolo

Founder & Managing Partner
Maverix Private Equity

Jason Melbourne

Head of Canaccord Genuity Capital Markets
Canada and Global Head of Distribution

Juliette John

Portfolio Manager & Founder
Iris Asset Management

John Rittenhouse

Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive
Roscommon Analytics LLC &
former Chief Executive Officer EDF Trading

Walied Soliman

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP