Ian Collins

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Collins is the founder and CEO of The Collins Group and the TCG Team's quarterback. He has been active in investment banking, mergers & acquisitions, project financing, and capital market consulting for 40 years after graduating with a BA (Honors) in Economics & Political Science
Montreal, Canada
Ian is the quarterback of the TCG Team and has an extensive background in:

• Arranging corporate financings and financing for acquisitions.

• Sourcing US and European venture capital and private equity investors for technology companies.

• Capital market advisory services to private and public companies.

• Initiating M&A transactions.

• Preparing project business plans and arranging project financing.

In the early years of TCG, Ian was involved in a number of “firsts” in the investment business:

• Conceived and initiated Canada’s first public issue of an off-shore investment fund. The fund, sponsored and managed by the Bank of Bermuda was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange after its IPO.

• Arranged all financing aspects for nine full length motion pictures, including the first and second nationally filed movie IPO’s in Canada.

• Through the Montreal Stock Exchange, initiated the effort that resulted in the formation of the Trans Canada Options Exchange – the first medium in Canada for exchanged traded options.

• Ian acted as chief consultant to the Canadian stock exchanges, and was Secretary General of “Committee for a Canada Wide Securities Market System”, the attempt by the Canadian stock exchanges and the Investment dealers Association of Canada to create a single Canada-wide integrated market for all Canadian stocks and bonds.

• Prior to founding The Collins Group Inc. in 1975, Ian held senior positions with a Canadian investment bank where he was responsible for block trading, investment research, asset management, and equity underwriting.