Donald B. Hilton
Founder and Managing Partner
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Donald B. Hilton is the Founder and Managing Partner at Distinct Capital Partners. Donald has over 35 years of investment banking experience. He has worked with several leading Canadian investment dealers and he also has distinguished experience in merchant banking, having managed a multi-billion dollar portfolio of investments in the USA. Donald has extensive international experience, having advised on cross-border deals while working in Europe and North America; with a deep local understanding of Switzerland, France, the USA and Canada.
Prior to founding Distinct Capital Partners, Donald served as President of Cassis Capital Corp., a mid-market investment bank he founded in 1994. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Merchant Banking at Trilon Financial (now Brookfield Asset Management). Donald has also completed interim management assignments in conjunction with raising capital for TSX listed clients; such as holding the positions of Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for a specialty insurance company and President & CEO of an industrial minerals client.
Donald is a graduate of The University of British Columbia where he received the degrees of Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Masters of Science (Finance) in Business Administration.
Ted C. Pollock
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Ted C. Pollock is a Managing Director at Distinct Capital Partners. Ted has over 30 years of experience in corporate advisory, business valuation and accounting. He began with Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst and Young) where he obtained his CA and then moved to Thorne Ernst and Whinney (now KPMG) as a manager to work in corporate advisory where he gained valuable experience in mergers and acquisition across multiple sectors.
In 1991, Ted opened his own public accounting practice which he eventually sold to BDO Dunwoody in 2001. He stepped into the industry side to become VP of Finance for a small cap TSX listed food distribution and manufacturing company; he was hired to successfully convert the company to an income trust. He remained with the company for two more years to oversee all of their external reporting and conversion to compliance for corporate governance. After a two-year stint in private enterprise corporate advisory for a large multi-national firm he joined a team to acquire and then oversee the successful transition of ownership as CFO of a US-based private company epoxy manufacturer.
Ted earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, his Chartered Accountant designation in 1987 and his Certified Financial Planner designation in 1997.
Marcus H. Alayche
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Marcus Alayche is the Vice President of Investment Banking at Distinct Capital Partners. In this role, Marcus has successfully advised leading companies on strategic and financial transactions, drawing on his deep understanding of both investment banking and capital markets.
Marcus joined the firm in 2016, having previously worked as an Associate Trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he independently traded global currencies with financial institutions, governments and central banks. Marcus managed an account of world leading companies and traded in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Prior to that, he traded equities, fixed income and currencies at TD Bank in a bilingual capacity (French).
Marcus holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McMaster University and has completed graduate research coursework with distinction at Harvard University.