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.

Abboud Kaplo, MBA

Director, Investment Banking

Abboud is the Director of Investment Banking at IJW & Co. and oversees the firm’s Toronto office. Prior to joining IJW, Abboud spent over six years in business development roles within both the healthcare and software segments.

Abboud attained his MBA, with a specialization in Finance, from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. During his time at Rotman, Abboud completed internships in portfolio management and equity research at an asset manager with over $6 billion in Assets Under Management. Abboud earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University and a Graduate Diploma in Management and Strategy from McGill University.

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.

Chi Le

Investment Banking Analyst

Chi Le is an Investment Banking Analyst at IJW & Co. Prior to joining IJW, Chi worked in sales & trading, academic research and venture capital in both Canada and Vietnam.

Chi holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. In 2018, she was inducted into the Golden Key Society and Beta Gamma Sigma, a business honour society for academic excellence. She is currently a Level II candidate of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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.

Manovir Dhanoa

Investment Banking Analyst

Manovir is currently completing an internship as an Investment Banking Analyst at IJW & Co. Last summer he worked at HSBC in commercial banking, and has past experiences working in internships in asset management.

Manovir recently graduated and now holds an Honours Business Administration Degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. His time at Western was spent getting involved with student politics, Ivey’s Orientation Week, and being an executive on Ivey Asset Management Club.