Our People

Ian Wooden, CBV, MRICS

Managing Director and CEO

Ian is the Founder of IJW & Co. and serves as Managing Director and CEO of the firm. Ian has advised hundreds of corporations around the globe across numerous industries on matters of corporate divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, negotiation strategy and business valuation. Ian has developed a specialization in the technology sector and has been fortunate enough to work on transactions along side some of North America’s top tech companies. Ian is also the co-founder and board member of the M&A Club, a networking group comprising of 15 chapters with over 400 M&A professionals. He also sits on the board of various technology and consumer product-based companies. In 2013, Ian was awarded the prestigious Top 40 Under 40 by the M&A Advisor, winning in the dealmaker category.

Ian holds an undergraduate degree from the John Molson School of Business with a major in Finance, graduating with distinction, holds the Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designation, and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

Drew Stuart Dorweiler, MBA, CPA (IL), CPA-ABV, FCBV, ASA, CFE, CBA, CVA, FRICS

Managing Director

Drew is the Managing Director of IJW & Co.’s valuation practice and oversees the firm’s Asian operations under the IJW Dorweiler brand. Drew has over 34 years of experience advising on hundreds of valuation, M&A, corporate finance and litigation-support mandates globally. He formally held the positions of VP at RSM Richter, Sr. Manager of Financial Advisory Services at BDO, Principal at Wise Blackman and worked in various other capacities with Lazard, Merrill Lynch and Deloitte in New York City.

Drew holds a dual MBA in Corporate Finance and Accounting from Lubin Graduate School of Business at Pace University and received a Bachelor degree in Economics from Dartmouth College. He is also a Trustee of The Appraisal Foundation in Washington DC and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and of the CICBV.

Giancarlo Petroro, LL.B., J.D., LL.M.

Managing Director 

Giancarlo is a Managing Director overseeing the Investment Banking Division at IJW & Co. Giancarlo provides middle-market corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions advisory services to corporations in both the public and private sectors. He offers expertise and insights on deal structuring and negotiation strategy with a focus on cross-border transactions. He has completed transactions in a broad range of industries including software, healthcare, manufacturing, business services, and consumer products.

Giancarlo holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Juris Doctor, North American Common Law from the Université de Montréal. He also holds a Master of Laws in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Sami Kabir, CFA

Senior Associate, Investment Banking

Sami is a Senior Associate with the Investment Banking division at IJW & Co. Sami joined IJW & Co. in 2019 after spending nearly three years at two different boutique investment banks in Ottawa. Prior to investment banking, Sami held corporate finance roles at Brookfield Asset Management and its subsidiary, Brookfield Renewable Energy, and at Scotiabank as an Analyst within their Commercial Bank.

Sami recently completed and attained his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce, majoring in Accounting, from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. Sami is currently enrolled at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University where he is completing his MBA.

Gabrielle Desjardins

Investment Banking Analyst

Gabrielle is an Analyst within the Mergers & Acquisition advisory practice at IJW & Co. Gabrielle joined IJW & Co. in the Fall of 2019 after having graduated from the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University. Gabrielle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, majoring in Finance with Distinction, and recently completed her Canadian Securities Course (CSC).

Prior to investment banking, Gabrielle held two different roles as part of her Commerce Co-op program, the first being a Business Strategy & Support Analyst at Export Development Canada, and the second being an Asset Management Administrator at a Real Estate Private Equity group in Ottawa, Ontario.

Xuan-Huy Bui

Investment Banking Analyst

Xuan-Huy is an Analyst in the Valuations practice at IJW & Co. Prior to joining IJW & Co., Xuan-Huy spent over three years in various finance and accounting roles at Fiera Capital and Manulife Asset Management.

Xuan-Huy graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting. Additionally, he is currently a Level II candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, as well as a CBV candidate.

Param Jhangra

Investment Banking Fall Analyst

Param is an Investment Banking Analyst currently completing an internship at IJW & Co. His previous experiences include working in the audit practice of KPMG Canada and EY India working on a varied range of industries, including mining, energy and pharmaceuticals, over a period 5 years.

Param has completed two levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program and is currently enrolled at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University where he is completing his MBA. He is an active member of various student clubs at McGill, such as the Finance Club and Soccer Club, and is a vice-president of the Desautels’ Graduate Women’s Association.

Crawford Boyce

Investment Banking Fall Analyst

Crawford is currently completing an internship as an Investment Banking Analyst. Recently he completed an internship working with a team of financial advisors at IG Wealth Management. He graduated in April, obtaining his Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance. Since graduating he has passed the CFA Level 2 exam and is looking forward to writing Level 3 and beginning his CBV designation.

During his time in university he owned a small business organizing events at the university pub. He also acted as an assistant coach for his former high school basketball team and tutored for finance and math courses during his undergrad.