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Our Team

Each member of the CI team brings more than 20 years of experience in his or her respective area of expertise. Our investment team has worked together for more than 15 years. Together we form a dynamic, multi-disciplined team of experts who are passionate about helping to revitalize businesses and capitalize on market opportunities, mitigate risk and ultimately create value.

Jan K Kaminski
Steve Kaminski
Michael Nied

Jean-Jean (JJ) Vanasse
Lisa Courtney Lloyd

Chris Verrilli
Ken Gibbins


Jan K Kaminski

Jan's focus is management, operations and strategic marketing.  He works hand-in-hand  with a company's management team to learn the business, corporate culture and customers. With that background, he identifies the risks, gaps and opportunities, and helps to establish priorities that set the course for success.

Prior to founding Colonnade Investments, Jan was President and CEO of Ionalytics Corporation where he guided the company from a research organization through to product commercialization and then negotiated the sale of the company to Thermo Electron. As President and CEO of FastLane Technologies, Jan built a global sales and support infrastructure which grew to over 1,000 corporate customers. He subsequently led FastLane to a successful sale and integration with Quest Software.


Steve Kaminski

Steve's expertise is strategic planning and finance; and his goal is to stabilize a company's balance sheet. He works closely with management teams to find new sources of capital and reallocate resources to help a company to grow and increase in value. 

For more than 15 years, Steve has been providingstrategic and tactical planning to the Colonnade group of companies. In particular, he has guided the real estate companies through recessions and expansions and has raised more than $300million in debt and equity financing.


Jean-Jean (JJ) Vanasse

JJ's focus is finance and business operations. He ensures that effective procedures, systems and controls are in place to support a company’s strategic objectives while improving efficiency and mitigating risk. JJ remains hands-on in a company’s daily operations, anticipates how an organization’s structure will affect, or be affected, by a change and adapts it accordingly.

Previously, JJ was the CFO of Manderley Turf Products where he helped reorganize the company for long-term growth. Prior to Manderley, JJ was Vice President, Finance and CFO of Ionalytics Corporation, where he secured several equity and debt financings and played a key role in the sale of the company to Thermo Electron. JJ was also CFO at Celtic House Venture Partners, where he assisted in raising capital for a new fund, evaluated investment opportunities, and provided strategic advice to portfolio companies. Prior to Celtic House, JJ was the CFO at FastLane Technologies for six years where he was responsible for raising funds and helped the company expand to more than 10 sales offices in the US and open subsidiaries in the US, Germany, France and the UK. He subsequently led FastLane to a successful sale and integration with Quest Software.


Lisa Courtney Lloyd

Lisa's focus is marketing and communications. As part of the CI team, she learns the business, its customers and the environment, and then uses that knowledge to position the company and to build and implement programs that help companies meet their corporate and revenue objectives.

Prior to joining Colonnade Investments, Lisa was AVP Customer Experience at Bank of America where she was instrumental in improving customer communications. Prior to joining the bank, she ran the consulting firm, Jolita Communications, where for seven years she was a virtual marketing director for start-up and publicly traded companies.  Prior to Jolita Communications, Lisa led the communications for Celtic House Venture Partners and FastLane Technologies.

Lisa is a 2012 Gold Quill Award winner for excellence in business communication from the International Association of Business Communicators.  


Chris Verrilli

Chris’ focus is finance, administration, and business operation.

Prior to joining Colonnade Investments, Chris was the controller of a regional retail chain where he was responsible for the company’s finance and administration functions. He also helped the company to modernize its IT infrastructure and formalize its business processes.

Chris also spent several years working in the audit group at Deloitte and Touche LLP where he focused on public companies and mid cap private businesses.


Ken Gibbins

Ken’s focus is financial reporting, accounting and administration.

Ken joined the Colonnade Group of companies in 2008 as assistant controller; developed property accounting expertise and later did  financial reporting for CMI and CRI. 

Prior to joining the Colonnade Group, Ken spent 20 years in the industrial sector in operations and production management as well as inventory and supply chain control. Ken also spent several years working in client support services and direct customer relations.      


Michael Nied

Michael’s focus is on partnering with companies to maximize the potential of its people.

Prior to joining Colonnade Investments, Michael was a Human Resources Manager with Brunswick News Inc. where he was the HR business partner for the media group’s editorial, sales, and creative design teams. He also helped the organization transition from a traditional newspaper company to a multimedia news and information provider.

Michael spent several years working with Aditya Birla Minacs in their BPO operations in the Maritimes. Prior to Minacs, Michael lead the HR function at successful software companies such as Whitehill Technologies and FastLane Technologies.