Tiffany Grisdale Kearnes
- Brian Begert
- Dave Chapman
- Tyler Smyrski
- David Phillips
- Daniel McLaughlin
- Tiffany Grisdale Kearnes
- Rusty Goepel
Brian is a co-founder of Yellow Point. He is primarily involved in sourcing and assessing prospective partnerships, as well as facilitating growth and new initiatives in investee companies. Brian co-founded Goepel Shields & Partners in 1989 (an investment firm which was acquired by Raymond James in 2000) and served the following 14 years as managing director of investment banking for Raymond James and its predecessor companies. In that capacity he facilitated capital raises, public offerings, and private placements for numerous service, industrial and technology companies.
Brian holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California.
On a personal note, Brian was a varsity gymnast at USC, who competed both on an intercollegiate level in the US and nationally in Canada. Brian and his family are active supporters of the BC amateur hockey community and enjoy outings together on the ski hill and golf course. As the father of three competitive and high energy boys, Brian is well-practiced in building teams and operating in chaotic environments, two skills vital in helping build successful world-class companies.
Dave is a Yellow Point co-founder, and spends much of his time identifying new investment opportunities and encouraging growth in existing portfolio companies. He was previously CEO of Greenlight Power Technologies, a privately-held energy technology company that he successfully repositioned from a small niche player to the global leader in its field. In 2003, Dave engineered the sale of Greenlight to a strategic buyer. Prior to Greenlight, Dave was a Senior Vice President in the investment banking group of Merrill Lynch.
Dave holds the ICD.D Designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.Com. from the University of Calgary.
He is a board member and chair of the opportunities committee for BC Social Venture Partners, a group of business executives tackling BC’s largest social challenges through a venture philanthropy model.
On the weekends you will find Dave enjoying the great outdoors of Vancouver and Whistler on a hike, bike or stand-up paddleboard. Other passions include nature photography, ultimate, electric vehicles and playing sports with his awesome three sons. After growing up a meat and potatoes Calgary boy (and Flames fan), it’s still hard for him to believe that his favorite foods now include sushi, Thai and Indian (and that
he has become a Canucks fan).
Tyler joined Yellow Point in 2004 as the first employee hired by the founders. In his 13 years as a private equity professional, he has been actively involved with companies at all stages of their business cycle. He leverages these experiences to assist management teams with developing and implementing business growth strategies.
Tyler currently sits on the board of directors of Remcan, Bravo Target, and Viper Innovation. He is also a board member and past President of the B.C. chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and a member of the Young Leader’s committee of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.
Tyler is a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s 2016 Forty under 40 award. He is a Chartered Business Valuator and, prior to joining Yellow Point, he qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant with KPMG, earning the silver medal for placing second in British Columbia on his final qualification exam. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.
David is a Vice President of Yellow Point. He serves on the board or as an officer of CSP, Edo Japan, Foley’s and CAS. He holds a JD/MBA from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc from McGill.
In the community, David volunteers as a director of the North Shore Community Foundation, a group that funds charitable initiatives in Vancouver’s north shore. He also contributes to the Vancouver Board of Trade as a committee representative, and is a former director of the GI Society. Other initiatives include volunteering with the Vancouver General Hospital and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
David has three young children whose burgeoning interest in sports keeps him very busy on weekends. He is a competitive squash player, an enthusiastic swimmer and regular bicycle commuter. He enjoys reading about business and history and is passionate about supporting executives in taking their companies to new heights.
Daniel joined Yellow Point as an Associate in 2016. He holds a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Commerce from the University of British Columbia. He has prior experience as an analyst at a Vancouver-based middle market investment bank and in oil and gas project management.
With a penchant for competition, Daniel enjoys the hunt for exciting opportunities and finding the structure in data to support investment theses. Outside of the office, he’s an avid reader, a fitness enthusiast and a lover of all things Vancouver.
Tiffany joined the Yellow Point team in 2016 as the firm’s Controller with a focus on financial reporting and investor relations. She has a background in finance, planning and budgeting with large company experience in a variety of industries including high tech, investment and mining.
Tiffany is a Chartered Professional Accountant who obtained her designation after completing UBC’s commerce prep series and also holds a BA Honors from the University of Western Ontario.
Tiffany has three young children who keep her very busy and can be found out with friends and family when not working. She has travelled to over a dozen countries and enjoys spending lots of time outdoors including running and biking on Vancouver’s seawalls.
Rusty chairs Yellow Point’s investment committee. He is a founder of Goepel Shields & Partners who, along with a group of senior investment industry officers, successfully merged the company with McDermid St. Lawrence to form Goepel McDermid, a leader in mid-market investment banking. The company was subsequently sold to Raymond James, where Rusty still maintains the position of Senior Vice President of Canadian Operations.
His extensive experience in the Canadian investment sector has led to board roles on the Board of Governors of the Business Council of BC, the Vancouver Airport Authority, Telus Corporation, and Amerigo Resources. He is also a trustee for Baytex Energy.
Rusty’s achievements have additionally been recognized by numerous awards and roles including: both golden and diamond Queen’s Jubilee Medals for Business Leadership and Community Service, Chair of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Governor of the Vancouver Stock Exchange, Executive Committee Member of the Investment Dealer’s Association and President of the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.
Rusty is a frequent speaker at business and philanthropic events throughout western Canada. His allergies include three putts and bad wine.