December 4, 2018
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In Canada, TorQuest is ‘Building a Community’

The founder of one of Canada’s most prominent middle-market private equity firms describes how non-profit work is in his DNA.

The founder of one of Canada’s most prominent middle-market private equity firms describes how non-profit work is in his DNA.

In Canada, TorQuest is ‘Building a Community’

Ben Gibbons, RSM Canada:
My name’s Ben Gibbons and I’m the National Private Equity Leader here at RSM Canada, and I want to welcome Brent Belzberg, founder and senior managing partner at TorQuest.

Brent Belzberg, TorQuest Partners:
Nice to see you.

Gibbons: Say you’re very active in the community. How do you see that kind of playing a role, from a career, but also, with respect to the values of the firm itself?

Belzberg: You know, I just made a note to my partners here yesterday on that topic. Because It’s my view that it’s part of your DNA, it’s not an add-on. it doesn’t take time from your business and take time from your family. It’s what we represent. We built a community within a community here in Canada. We are an institution in Canada, people know us for the values that we have. They know that everybody around here believes that you back people, you don’t just review numbers.

And in order to do that, you need to be a member of a community, you need to understand that community. You need to understand their values. You need to understand what matters to them. And so, being a Chair of Sinai, or all the various other charitable things that I’ve done in my life is just part of my DNA. It’s what I do. My life would no value; it would have no texture without it.

And I think that, that flows all the way through our organization. Right to the youngest guys, here who, all have their own causes. And we support them personally, we support their causes. Things that they’ve, that they, that affect their family that affects their community. And by doing that, we build relationships. And those relationships are what, are what allows us to differentiate TorQuest from everyone else on the street.

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