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.

John Lee, Bambini Partners LLC an Affiliate of IJW & Co.

Senior Advisor

John is currently Co-Founder and General Partner of Bambini Partners LLC, an
IJW & Co affiliate, with focus on kids, family and pets consumer products.
Prior to forming Bambini Partners, John was CEO of Callaway Arts &
Entertainment, a highly regarded publishing and IP development enterprise that
spawned winning brands such as Miss Spider (by David Kirk), The English
Roses (by Madonna); and The Sunny Patch brand (in partnership with Target).
Additionally, under John’s leadership, Callaway was selected by Apple as one of
the first kid’s app developers for the launch of the iPad.

Sami Kabir, MBA, CFA

Vice President, Investment Banking

Sami is a Vice President of our Investment Banking division at IJW & Co. Sami joined IJW & Co. in January 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 worked in commercial banking at Scotiabank.

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 completed his MBA at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Xuan-Huy Bui

Associate, Valuations

Xuan-Huy is an Associate 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 III candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, as well as a CBV candidate.

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.

Alvin Chik, MBA

Investment Banking Analyst
Alvin is an Analyst within the Mergers & Acquisitions practice at IJW & Co. He has experience in business development within the Canadian technology sector, and had previously spent five years in the executive search industry in Hong Kong.
Alvin completed his MBA at HEC Montréal with a focus in finance. He is also a Level III candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Crawford Boyce

Analyst, Valuations

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.