Meet Our Team
We’re entrepreneurs first and a financial services firm second. Our team thinks the same way our clients think: we’ve built and sold businesses, invested in others like us, and implemented planning structures for ourselves. In the process, we’ve developed deep and trusting relationships with Canada’s most talented advisors. Years of experience in structuring, tax, lending, and investing have highlighted the frustrations and limitations of the system. We’ve built Langhaus to be a different approach.
Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer
Michael has over 20 years of experience serving the financial needs of entrepreneurs and investors. In particular, he has deep experience in insurance planning, estate and succession planning, tax planning, and wealth management. He built and ran Godsoe Financial based on an understanding of the importance of relationships and trust. Clients appreciated his straightforward approach, creativity, and discretion, all of which he brings to Langhaus.
Michael understands the needs of Canada’s entrepreneurs and the importance of finding the right circle of trusted advisors. Langhaus has built its team specifically to connect entrepreneurs to advice and capital in a way that makes sense to them.
Michael is married and has two wonderful daughters.
Managing Partner, President, and Chief Commercial Officer
John has over 25 years of experience in successful entrepreneurial ventures. Over his career he has successfully built, grown, and exited businesses in sectors including logistics, technology, and financial services. He is a proven business builder and accelerator from ‘Early Stage’ through hyper-growth to exit. His work has contributed to several billion dollars worth of enterprise value creation and exits.
John is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company by working with the Board, CEO and other management to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.
Along with the Langhaus team of industry leaders we bring financial solutions to leading entrepreneurs that are not available today. We fully relate to the challenges of today’s entrepreneurs as we have faced similar paths.
John is married and a proud father of three.
Senior Vice President, Credit
and Chief Risk Officer
Ken is an experienced professional with solid background in finance, credit analysis and risk mitigation. He has over twenty five years of credit experience, gained through large institutions including TD Bank, Barclay’s Bank, Sun Life and Meridian. With his wife, he is also a the co-owner of a family business operating in Southwestern Ontario. Through these efforts he understands intimately the needs of an entrepreneur, the challenges they face in securing, flexible financing, and how Langhaus can be a value-added capital partner.
Senior Vice President, Operations and Chief Privacy Officer
Michael began his career with Bain & Company, providing guidance to leading firms in the financial services, insurance, wealth management, and private equity industries. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.
From his time at Bain, Michael brings deep experience in client engagement and the delivery of professional services. He understands the importance of objective expert advice and sees the value in applying this model to financial services in a way that makes sense to Canada’s mid-market private entrepreneurs.
Outside of work, Michael spends time with his wife and young family.
Peter has over 25 years of experience founding, building, financing, and supporting entrepreneurial businesses. Currently, Peter serves as Executive Chairman of Kognitiv Corportion, a Canadian B2B technology growth company that is revitalizing trading and addressing inefficient markets. Previously he oversaw the build-out and growth of Descartes Systems Group, a global logistics company listed on the TSX and NASDAQ. Following his time at Descartes, Peter managed Laurence Capital Corporation, a private capital firm with a mandate to find and support Canada’s best entrepreneurs. Peter has successfully invested in early and late stage success stories such as Globalive, Quickplay, Achievers (I Love Rewards), Big Road, Brick Brewing Company, and Maxium Financial. Over his career, Peter has dealt with the same financial challenges faced by all of Canada’s private company entrepreneurs, which is what drives his passion in creating better solutions.
After starting his career as a lawyer with McMillan LLP, Paul served in a variety of corporate development roles, most notably with Descartes Systems Group. At Descartes, Paul executed capital markets transactions and M&A worth over $1BB, including its Initial Public Offering on the TSX and Nasdaq follow-on. After Descartes, he helmed the successful turnaround of a family owned manufacturer of printing equipment. He then co-founded and eventually sold Pharos Life Company, a consumer-oriented medical device manufacturer. Most recently, Paul has served as Managing Director of Laurence Capital, where he has provided leadership and expertise to its growing portfolio of private company investees. Paul has built his career by balancing corporate development and operations. Langhaus is uniquely suited to fulfil that same role for Canada’s entrepreneurs, allowing them to unlock liquidity without ceding control — and ultimately keep more of what they build.
As Chairman of Klondex Mines Limited, Blair led a turnaround that saw the firm return to solvency and increase its stock price by ~600%. Prior to his time at Klondex, Blair served in a variety of senior roles with K2 and Associates Investment Management Limited, one of Canada’s preeminent hedge funds. He has additional experience with Canada Life, TD Securities, and Trimark debt private placements and interest rate derivatives. Blair now manages his own family office, investing in and serving on the boards of a variety of entrepreneur-led companies. Over his career, he has witnessed firsthand the value of having supportive capital partners and has helped build Langhaus to deliver on this promise.