For the past 5 years Sean has run Ascent Alpha Partners - a collaborative consulting firm specializing in corporate venturing, strategy, spinouts, restructuring and turnarounds for companies and funds based in Canada and the US.
Sean previously co-founded Grand Basin Group, a boutique consulting firm focused on Canadian First Nation economic development (acq. Castlemain Group); Purpose Capital, an impact investment and advisory firm (acq. Rally Assets); Verdant Technologies, a cleantech company that developed clean plastics and process technologies (acq. Polynova Composites), and EqualFooting.com a marketplace for industrial supplies and equipment created to put SME "blue collar" manufacturers on equal footing with large corporations in purchasing, supplyand logistics.
Early in his career Sean worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York, and as a private equity investor with Emerging Markets Partnership focused on critical infrastructure in East Asia and Africa.
In addition to obtaining his MBA from Oxford as a Skoll Scholar, Sean graduated with distinction in economics from Cornell University as a Cornell Tradition Fellow. Sean's passions are family, culture and nature. He enjoys food, fashion, music, traveling, camping, yoga, meditation, history, languages, antiques and woodworking. He lives in Toronto with his wife Ariana, who works as an urban planner with TAS Impact and their two sons Hugo (4) and Harlan (2)