We understand business and business owners

Our team is made up of a mixture of backgrounds and skillsets. At the core of our team, is a shared passion for supporting ambitious businesses to grow.

Shafin Kanji, MAcc, CPA, CA, CBV, ICD.D 

Chief Executive Officer

Shafin is a principal and co-founder of Kanvi Homes Inc. and the companies within the KV corporate group. For the last 12 years he has been engaged in all aspects of growing these businesses from startup ventures to the successful companies they are today. Shafin previously operated a boutique corporate finance firm and before going into business with his partners held the office of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Matrikon Inc. (previously TSX listed, subsequently acquired by Honeywell). While at Matrikon he successfully negotiated and completed five acquisitions in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany. Shafin also previously served within KPMG’s financial advisory services.

Aleem Virani, CPA, CA, CBV, ICD.D

President

Aleem is a principal and co-founder of the companies within the KV corporate group and Kanvi Homes Inc. For the last 12 years, he has been engaged in all aspects of growing these businesses from startup ventures to the successful companies they are today. In addition to running his own businesses, throughout his career Aleem has been engaged in private company transactions as both an advisor (buy and sell side) and buyer. Before going into business with his partners, Aleem was the Controller for Trans Global Group of Companies (a subsidiary of the Brick Group Income Fund), and he also served as a business valuations and litigation support expert with Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP, and as a public accountant at Deloitte. 

Jonathan Herman, CPA, CA 

Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan is a principal of the KV corporate group, having originally joined the companies in 2011. He most recently held the office of Chief Financial Officer, where he oversaw all aspects of the KV corporate groups finance and reporting functions, regulatory compliance obligations, legal matters, structuring of offerings, investor relations and capital operations. In 2016, he assumed day to day responsibility for the operations of KV Private Equity Inc. and KV Private Equity Fund, and today leads the private equity team within KV. Prior to joining the KV corporate group, Jonathan worked as a public accountant within the assurance practice at Deloitte and as a Tax Officer within the Tax and Revenue Administration of Alberta Finance.

Scott Alanen, CPA, CA, CBV

Vice President

Scott joined the KV corporate group in 2016 after successfully operating his own business as a contracted financial executive to various Alberta based companies engaged in the upstream oil and gas and energy service industries. Prior to joining the KV corporate group, Scott held the office of VP Finance and CFO for Point Loma Energy Ltd., Controller for a group of private upstream oil and gas companies, and Manager of Financial Reporting for Ember Resources Inc. and Canexus Corporation (TSX listed) respectively. Scott also previously served as a public accountant at MNP LLP and Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP.

Michael Crawley, CPA, CA

Vice President

Mike joined the KV corporate group in 2018 and is responsible for portfolio company operations and deal flow. Prior to joining KV corporate group, Mike was a member of BDO Canada’s financial advisory services team performing business valuations, litigation support, and transaction advisory for clients in a variety of industries. To start his career, Mike articled at KPMG LLP, an internationally recognized accounting firm, and split his time between assurance and management consulting.

Nicholas Jeanes, J.D.

Legal General Counsel

Mr. Nicholas Jeanes currently holds the of office of General Counsel and Corporate Security for the KV corporate group and is responsible for the delivery of all legal services, as well as compliance, ethics and privacy. As Corporate Secretary, Mr. Jeanes works closely with KV Private Equity’s Board of Directors. Mr. Jeanes holds a law degree from the University of Alberta, is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and is a founding member of Young ACG Edmonton, a sub-chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Prior to joining the KV corporate group in 2017, Mr. Jeanes worked in the corporate and commercial practice group of Bennett Jones LLP, an internationally recognized Canadian law firm.