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 got the clients back on track. However, there were some situations where family relationships had deteriorated to the point where nothing could be done to save them. In these situations, Equitas offered its clients a unique form of a mediated “business divorce” solution using a team of legal, valuation and tax advisors. Our approach spared the clients the tremendous financial and emotional cost, uncertainty and protracted and public nature of litigation.
Ron is both the President of Equitas Consultants Inc, and 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 on 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 sits on various corporate boards, Chairs the capital campaign for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, sits on the board of the Canada Kind Canada Généreux, and is co-chair of his synagogue’s centennial project.
Education, Professional designations, Awards
- Lawyer (B.C.L. and LL.B)
- Certified Family Business Facilitator with Family Enterprise Exchange
- Recipient of 2018 Mid-Size Company Turnaround Management Association Award
- Recipient of 2010 Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Leadership Award from the Ottawa Jewish Community
- Recipient of Community Spirit Award from the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation for exemplary service for the hospital
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