We've Put Together Our Ideal Team of Industry Experts
Merchant Advance Capital was born with the singular desire to help small businesses reach their full potential. In order to do that, we needed a team of professionals with the same vision, mission, and drive. We like to think we found them. Meet a few of them here.
Founder, President & CEO
David founded Merchant Advance Capital in the den of his apartment in 2010. Since then he has grown the business into a national company with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. David is also the Executive Chairman of progressa.com. Previously, David was a partner with GBA Equity Partners, a Vancouver-based small to mid-market private equity firm. He is a UBC business grad and loves playing music. In 2014, David was named in Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40, and in 2015 he was named in BCBusiness Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30. In 2016, David was a finalist in the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in the fintech category.
Chairman of The Board
Dean Drysdale has over 20 years experience starting, growing and selling businesses. His two most successful ventures include: Carmanah Technologies Inc, a pioneer in the field of solar powered LED lighting where he served as CFO and sat on the board of directors, and Checkwell Solutions Corporation, best known for its BackCheck brand, where he served as Chairman of the Board and CFO. Dean has an MBA from INSEAD in Paris, France and a PhD in Organizational Development from Cass Business School in London, England. He is also a CGA.
Chief Technology Officer
Radik Gens is a specialty IT contractor with over 40 years of industry experience. Radik is also President & CEO of Gens Software, whose clients have included Microsoft, British Airways, American Airways, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers and many others. Radik holds an MSc degree from the Russian Moscow State University.
Manu implements systems and structure to support the company’s rapid growth while executing on the plan to add to the bottom line of the organization. With over 10 years of business operations and people management experience, Manu brings a blend of strategy, operations, and leadership acumen to Merchant Advance Capital. Having led multi-disciplinary teams delivering operations and business transformation across a variety of industries, her experience allows her to provide strategic business advice and to capably coordinate operations within the organization. Her expertise and passion lie in creating operational efficiencies where business and technology can come together seamlessly. When outside the office you can find her at a local coffee shop or exploring the city.
Alex brings legal and marketing experience to the team and has played a pioneering role in furthering Merchant Advance’s national recognition. A graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, she has resided in many major cities across Canada and is proud to call Vancouver home. Alex is an avid runner and tennis enthusiast who enjoys the active lifestyle of the West Coast.
Head of Underwriting
Dominik joined Merchant Advance Capital in early 2012 as an Underwriter and also undertook the role of systems designer. His contribution to the development of Merchant’s proprietary underwriting system has been instrumental in the business’s success. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Commerce program, Dominik has lived on 3 continents before settling down in Vancouver. He can be seen running the seawall in the summers and snowboarding in the winters.
Alex Suto started with Merchant Advance Capital in the summer of 2011 and was the first to join David once the business graduated from his den to a small office in Gastown. She has helped grow the business from a two person operation to a national powerhouse for small business financing. Alex holds a BA in History from UBC and enjoys skiing and designing furniture in her free time.
Vancouver Office Manager
As one of Merchant Advance’s first administrative hires, Melvin’s dedication and work ethic have played an integral role in the Company’s growth in the last few years. A graduate of Vancouver Community College’s Administrative Assistant Program, Melvin is well poised to run the Administrative team and manage the general needs of the Vancouver Office. When he’s off the clock, Melvin enjoys his daily visits to Ninja Bubble Tea on Vancouver’s sunny days and sipping a delightful cup of hot chocolate on Vancouver’s rainy days.
Scott handles the day-to-day accounting operations for Merchant Advance Capital, a role he took on in April of 2014. Currently working on completion of his CPA designation, Scott brings over 10 years accounting experience to the team from a variety of different backgrounds. When not in the office, Scott can be found exploring the city’s beaches, shops and restaurants with his young son in tow.
Aziz looks after Merchant Advance Capital’s diverse portfolio, building strong business relationships and providing daily support to our ever-growing client base. Upon graduation from the University of Toronto, Aziz moved to the Canadian West Coast to further his career in client relationship management and shortly after became a full-time member of the Merchant Advance team in July of 2014. When he is not at the office, Aziz enjoys hiking and camping on Vancouver Island and around the Sunshine Coast.
Sabrina joined the company in 2014 and has grown from an administrative role to an underwriter. Sabrina’s practical experience is supplemented with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria. Her career began in Recreation, where she was employed in various community centers throughout the Lower Mainland. Her passion still lies with athletics, and in her down time you can find her at a high school gym coaching girls’ basketball or taking walks along the seawall.
Assistant Office Manager
Ada brings enthusiasm and energy to the office and is quick to learn new tasks. A graduate of VCC’s Administrative Assistant Program, Ada applies her exemplary organizational skills on the job and is responsible for keeping the team’s administrative function humming. In her downtime, Ada enjoys taking long walks with her pup Lucky or checking out Vancouver’s popular foodie spots to grab a bite with friends.
Karmen Ngan joined the Merchant Advance Capital team in 2015 as an office administrator. She specializes in data extraction and provides daily office support. Raised in Vancouver, Karmen attended the University of British Columbia completing an Interdisciplinary Degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies. Subsequently, she went on to obtain her Legal Administration Certificate from Vancouver Community College. Karmen has a passion for cooking and documentaries.
Diego has over 10 years experience with software development and he is currently involved in improving and maintaining Merchant Advance Capital’s systems. Recently moved to Vancouver from Brazil, Diego received his Bachelor in Computer Science and now spends his free time exploring the landscapes of beautiful British Columbia.
Artemio’s role involves using statistics and data methods to build Merchant Advance Capital’s underwriting decision-making models. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, he has moved to Vancouver after completing his MA in Economics at the University of Toronto to further his career in data analytics. Outside the office, Artemio enjoys sightseeing and trying new dishes at local restaurants around Metro Vancouver.
Chris brings his experience in writing, editing, online publishing and social media to the Merchant Advance Capital team. Though born in Vancouver, he attended Queen’s University in Kingston, and lived for several years in Ontario before returning to his home on the West Coast to pursue new opportunities. Aside from his professional dedication to all things communicative and connected, he is most likely to be found cycling the long mountain roads of the North Shore or situated behind the console at one of the city’s recording studios.