Mercantile directly and through an extensive range of affiliations has extensive “hands-on” experience in public, private, institutional and commercial business finance and operational management.
Donald Steele, Founder & Managing Director, has 30 years of experience in commercial, investment and merchant banking. Prior to founding Mercantile in 1989, Don was Managing Director of Capital Markets for Pemberton Securities and Sr. VP Director and Corporate Finance at Merrill Lynch Canada. Currently Don is Chairman and CEO of Pacific BioEnergy Corporation, Mercantile’s renewable energy investment and sits on a number of corporate boards. Don holds a BSc, Biochem, University of British Columbia, a BFA, Emily Carr University and an MBA, University of Western Ontario.
Erik Dysthe is an early stage private investor active primarily in technology and innovative corporate enterprises. Erik Dysthe was the President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc. MDSI, which he founded in 1993, and developed to become one of the largest providers of mobile workforce management solutions for the service industry worldwide. Prior to founding MDSI, Mr. Dysthe was also Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Orcatron Systems and enjoyed a successful twenty-five year career in sales and marketing in the petrochemical business. Erik has been an advisory board member of Mercantile Bancorp Limited since 1994 and currently sits on the board of directors of a number of Canadian high-tech companies.
Sookyung Ahn has over 15 years’ experience in international business development, marketing, and contract management. Prior to joining Mercantile Bancorp Limited, Sookyung was General Manager of Diamesco, a medical device manufacturer, located in Seoul, Korea. Previously, Sookyung was Senior Manager of Ministry of International Trade, Government of BC (focusing on Asia) and worked as Senior Advisor of Ministry of Economic Development, Government of BC. Sookyung holds JD, MBA, and BA, Oklahoma City University, USA. Sookyung is fluent and literate in Korean, English, German, French and conversationally capable in Spanish.
Kelly Evans, Office and Administration Manager, has over 20 years experience in administration and client management. Prior to joining Mercantile, Kelly held various administrative positions, including 4 years with a national brokerage firm.