Team

Keith MacKenzie

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

In addition to being a successful business owner, Keith attended Royal Roads University (RRU) in the Executive MBA program. His final project focused on exploring the succession pathways available to business owners on Vancouver Island. He uses the results of that research on a daily basis, working creatively with buyers and sellers to structure traditional and non-traditional transactions. 

During his time at RRU, Keith was the Entrepreneur in Residence and remains active as a panelist and mentor for students in RRU’s Bachelor of Commerce program.

Keith founded Chinook because he loves small business and wanted to help business owners successfully transition to the next stage of their life. He believes business owners truly are a breed apart and is always grateful when a client affords him the opportunity to help with a transaction.

Mike Lenz

business intermediary, PARTNER

A successful entrepreneur and broadly engaged human being, Mike founded two companies and purchased three more before starting his career as a business intermediary in 2005. His biggest endeavor was a printing company in Toronto. He bought a tiny shop in a downtown basement with antiquated equipment doing a few hundred thousand in annual revenues. In his 10 years at the helm the company grew into a dynamic, modern operation with sales of more than $5,000,000 and a staff of 25. In addition to helping people buy and sell businesses, Mike also lends his considerable expertise to business owners in helping them analyze operations, understand value drivers, develop and implement business plans for reasons from improved performance and ease of management, to securing financing for business growth and ultimately to achieve maximum value in a business sale. 

After many years of service, Mike still goes to work excited with the opportunity to help people see their business and personal aspirations become reality. Each day he looks forward to sharing his experience, training, insight, wisdom, passion and patience in the service of his clients. 

Morgan Tate

BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY, PARTNER

Born and raised in Victoria, Morgan is Chinook’s swiss army knife.

A graduate of the Gustavson School of Business, Morgan went on to work at IG Wealth Management before becoming employee #3 at Pani Energy, one of the world’s top water technology start-ups. It was in these entrepreneurial roles, Morgan learned how to overcome a variety of challenges. Whether it was coordinating a complex technology project in rural India, or overseeing the implementation of a business owner’s financial plan. Morgan uses this creative problem solving to help buyers and sellers negotiate deals that are fair to both sides.

 

Phil Doublet 

franchise ADVISOR & BUSINESS COACH

Phil is an accomplished Senior Executive, Business Advisor, Consultant, and Director with over 30 years of success across many industries. These include manufacturing, high technology, professional services, and higher education. Leveraging extensive experience with developing and implementing strategic marketing to increase revenue and profitability, he helps companies drive growth, both organically and through M&A. His broad areas of expertise include business coaching/consulting/advisory services, board governance, and marketing and sales strategies. He has personally founded, managed and sold a number of businesses. 

He earned a B.Sc. in Engineering, and subsequent training in business, finance, people management and IT, including an EMD (Exempt Market Dealer) finance certification. As a seasoned Board Member, he has held numerous Board positions for private, public and not-forprofit organizations including DeVry Canada, AICML, ApartmentLove and Critical Control, and he is currently the Board Chair for 3 private technology companies. 

Strong written and verbal communication skills with a proven ability to go beyond the numbers to clearly identify and articulate complex issues, makes Phil a very strong addition to our team. Based in Victoria, Phil enjoys travel, reading, investing and golf. He is married with two adult children.

Ramon Ramirez

BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY

Ramon joins Chinook afters 22 years in the banking industry; a career that started in South America. He held roles in Vancouver, Bermuda, Southern Alberta, and Vancouver Island; working in several areas of banking including Operations, Payments and Cash Management, e-Commerce, and Commercial Banking. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Capilano University. He worked for BDC, HSBC, Costal Community Credit Union, Citibank, and owned a retail business.

He worked with companies of all sizes, from start-ups to large multinationals. He has experience with a wide a range of banking services including Commercial lending, Trade Financing, Leasing, International Banking, FX, Treasury, and Payments and Cash Management.  During his time in Commercial Banking, Ramon advised and supported several clients on starting their dream business, acquire shares from other companies, expand operations, and in many cases, prepare to transition out of business. He is passionate about customer service and helping his clients realize their business projects.

Outside work, he is a fully certified firefighter with Comox Fire Rescue, a director with the Rotary Club of Courtenay, a director with the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, an avid cyclist, and competes in long distance triathlons. He lives in Comox with his wife, Amy, and two children, Lane and Sebastian.

 

Breanne Epoch

MARKETING & ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Breanne manages daily marketing and office administration, focussing on web development, social media management, documentation development and executing marketing objectives. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Marketing & Communications Management, and comes with over 10 years of experience in her field. In addition to her Chinook role, she manages two home businesses and multiple residential properties which contributes to her entrepreneurial experience.

Aside from Chinook, she is passionate about spending time with her family, exploring outdoors, helping people, and giving back to the community.