Ron is the President and founder of Equitas Consultants Inc. He started Equitas – the Latin word for “justice” or “fairness” – because as a lawyer and family man he was disheartened by the number of family businesses he was seeing being negatively impacted by family strife. He saw how breakdowns in communication and trust lay at the core of the problems so he became certified as a family business facilitator and began working with clients to bridge the gap in order to allow the businesses to succeed and family relationships to be restored.
More often than not, these interventions get the clients back on track. However, there are some situations where family relationships have deteriorated to the point where nothing could be done to save them. In these situations, Equitas offers its clients a unique form of a mediated “business divorce” solution using a team of legal, valuation and tax advisors. Our approach spares the clients the tremendous financial and emotional cost, uncertainty and protracted and public nature of litigation.
Beside his role at Equitas, Ron also maintains a legal practice under an affiliate law firm, Brazeau Seller Law where his focus lies in commercial transactions including mergers, acquisitions, and the sale of business properties. During his career, he has been involved in numerous transactions locally, nationally and internationally.
Recently, Ron was awarded the 2018 Turnaround Management Association Award for Mid-Size Companies for his involvement with a client’s acquisition and saving of a paper mill in Northern Manitoba. This global award is chosen based on a rigorous peer-review process that recognizes the most successful turnaround of a company through a corporate restructuring or distressed investment.
He is a published contributing author of the book, “Who Will Take Over The Business? Succession Planning for the Canadian Business Family“, published in 2011.
Ron has given back to the community over the years, including chairing the boards of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, the Jewish Community Centre of Ottawa, the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation and various other local and national organizations. Ron currently chairs the capital campaign for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, sits on the board of Kind Canada Généreux, and is co-chair of the centennial project for Congregation Machzikei Hadas.
Education, Professional designations, Awards
- McGill University – B.C.L. and LL.B.
- Certified Family Business Facilitator – Family Enterprise Exchange
- Recipient of 2018 Mid-Size Company Turnaround Management Association Award
- Recipient of 2015 Community Spirit Award from the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation for exemplary service for the hospital
- Recipient of 2010 Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Leadership Award from the Ottawa Jewish Community
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