CREDENTIALS | HND Mech. Eng., MBA (Queens University), CPA-CMA
Unlike many people who enter the world of business brokering, Ewan Moir has never owned a business, but he has been responsible for many. The business responsibilities have been diverse, both from the perspective of geography and type and it is through this diversity that Ewan has developed an exceptionally strong understanding of business / business operations.
Ewan started his career as a marine engineer in the British merchant navy leaving the sea when his wife became pregnant with their first child. Engineering led to project management, and project management led to business development, and by the time Ewan was in his mid-30s, he had lived and worked for a Norwegian family-owned shipbuilding and marine equipment group in Holland, Singapore, and Norway. Each posting gave Ewan more responsibility, at 35 he was sent to Vancouver as President of the group’s Canadian operations, which included a manufacturing company on the west coast and a sales / service facility on the east coast. The family decided to sell the group, which was first experience with the process of selling a business. The buyer of the business was a very large, UK-headquartered, publicly traded corporation.
After a brief period in business development for a global equipment dealer, a role which introduced Ewan to the South American market, he became President of a Western Canadian marine construction and dredging company, a company that had been in business for 95 years, that was privately owned by two local individuals. On behalf of the owners and under the guidance of an investment advisory group, Ewan and his management team took this company to market selling the business to a Canadian-based private equity group. This was Ewan’s second experience with the process of selling a business.
Some years later, after spending 15 months in India working for a Canadian global engineering firm, Ewan became President of a Western Canadian granite mining / sand & gravel business, a company that had been in business for 40 years, that was privately owned and operated by a local family. With the help of a professional intermediary and on behalf of the family, Ewan and his management team took the business to market selling the business to a US-headquartered strategic buyer. This was Ewan’s third experience with the process of selling a business.
Ewan and his wife (the same woman Ewan left the sea for at the beginning of his career) relocated to Vancouver Island in 2018 deciding to establish new roots for the next phase of their life together now that their three boys had left home. During the summer of 2019, Ewan was introduced to Pino, the President and Founder of Pacific M&A and Business Brokers Ltd. and through a number of discussions the ‘light went on’ for Ewan as he came to realize how he could use his experiences to benefit business owners that were considering to sell their business and / or buyers who were looking to step into business ownership or add to their portfolio of businesses. At the beginning of September, Ewan joined the Pacific team, establishing an ‘on the ground’ presence for Vancouver Island.
Ewan’s interests include reading, motorcycling, skiing, hiking, and golf.