Steve Balaban is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Mink Capital, a private equity group focused on acquiring small-to-medium sized companies with strong cash flows. He is an inspiring, entertaining speaker on the subjects of private equity, wealth management and entrepreneurship. Mr. Balaban teaches at the University of Waterloo where he created a new course titled Private Equity and Venture Capital and teaches Investment Management at Wilfrid Laurier University. He also serves as a member of CFA Society Toronto’s Private Client Committee, Mentorship Committee and Awards and University Relations Committee.
Prior to Mink Capital, as a senior executive of a private equity company, Mr. Balaban conducted a consolidation of billboard companies throughout Canada. Through acquisitions and partnerships in Muskoka, Kawartha Lakes, Saskatchewan, Hamilton, Caledon, Lindsay, Peterborough and Southwestern Ontario, he turned a small billboard company into Stellar Outdoor Advertising, a player in the Canadian billboard market with over two hundred billboards, including Hamilton’s only digital billboard network. He served as President of Stellar Outdoor Advertising for over three years before deciding to venture out on his own to start Mink Capital.
Mr. Balaban received a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, graduating on the Dean’s list, and received an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has also earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Mr. Balaban has extensive international experience. He has worked, studied and visited over seventy countries in every continent in the world.