About

Our Team

The Gravitas Team

Gravitas is made up of a cross-disciplinary group of professionals whose industry experience has relevance and value for our clients. We are a bottom-up business, built on the strength of our individual members and the synergy of our team. And together we foster a culture of inclusion and a process of collaboration fueled by honest, independent thinking.

  • PRIVATE WEALTH ADVISORS
  • INVESTMENT BANKING TEAM
Blayne Creed, CIM
President, Chief Executive Officer, Head of Investment Banking
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Kia Besharat
Senior Managing Director, Founder
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Nima Besharat, LLB (Hons), LLM
Director, Investment Banking
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Raphael Yeung, CFA
Senior Vice President, Investment Banking
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“Our people make our firm. We are tight-knit, with a strong internal synergy and a shared sense of direction that enable us to move quickly in response to market opportunities. It’s a true entrepreneurial environment where our client partners can feel right at home.”

Blayne Creed, CIM
President, Chief Executive Officer, Head of Investment Banking

Blayne Creed, CIM
President, Chief Executive Officer, Head of Investment Banking
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Kia Besharat
Senior Managing Director, Investment Banking & Head of Capital Markets Origination
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Nima Besharat, LLB (Hons), LLM
Director, Investment Banking
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Raphael Yeung, CFA
Senior Vice President, Investment Banking
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Toronto

Blayne Creed, CIM®
President, Chief Executive Officer, Head of Investment Banking
Darren Carrigan
Investment Advisor
Evan Warsh
Portfolio Manager

Alberta

Darren Slade, CFP®, BA
Investment Advisor
265N – 8500 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta T2N 2N1
Jasen Boyko, BEd, CFP®
Investment Advisor
327 Bulyea Road, Edmonton, Alberta T6R 1W5
Jennifer Slade, CFP®, CIM®
Investment Advisor
265N – 8500 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta T2N 2N1
Jim Stewart
Senior Investment Advisor
298117 2nd St East, Okotoks, Alberta T1S 1A2
Ted Fiks
Investment Advisor
327 Bulyea Road, Edmonton, Alberta T6R 1W5

The Gravitas Culture

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Blayne Creed, CIM

President, Chief Executive Officer , Head of Investment Banking

(416) 639-2096 | BCreed@GravitasSecurities.com

Blayne Creed joined the senior management team at Gravitas Securities to officially kick off and lead the company’s 2.0 initiative, bringing a tremendous amount of business experience and expertise to the organization. He has diligently advised both private and institutional clients for over a decade, holds the Chartered Investment Manager designation (CIM) and is a registered Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager.

Prior to joining Gravitas Securities in 2016, Blayne spent several years as a Financial Advisor at a large Canadian investment firm, where he built a sizable practice. By understanding and appreciating his individual clients’ objectives, he was able to establish and carry forward long and prosperous relationships.

Blayne has been involved in the business world for much of his life, having grown up with a family and network of successful businessmen and -women. Fair Business ethics and proper corporate governance values were instilled in him at an early age, and this has empowered him to navigate many difficult situations, mindfully considering all internal and external variables on the way to the most positive outcomes.

Throughout his career, Blayne’s focus has always been achieving and maintaining the highest level of client satisfaction while producing superior returns. His affinity for financial markets, his proven track record and his history of developing rapport with high-net-worth clients and partners has helped to distinguish him in the industry today. He is well regarded by his peers for his ability to intimately familiarize himself with the companies he invests in, especially early-stage and small cap companies where market values and fundamentals are not yet fully understood by the broader investment community.

At Gravitas, Blayne leverages the tremendous amount of knowledge and opportunity available through his vast network, to his investors’ advantage. He is also continuously thinking as a leader and guiding others with inspiration and compassion. This approach promotes the stellar service, advice and performance Blayne’s clients have come to expect over the years.

This individual is a registered officer.

Kia Besharat

Senior Managing Director, Investment Banking & Head of Capital Markets Origination

(778) 327-6876 | KBesharat@GravitasSecurities.com

Kia Besharat has over 15 years of extensive private equity, investment banking, and directorship experience, including as former Managing Director at Ubequity Capital Partners, a leading global merchant and investment bank.

At Gravitas Securities Inc, Kia leads the advisory, restructuring, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions mandates across the firm’s platform, with a recent focus on the following industry groups: consumer/retail, natural resources, internet/new media, technology, and healthcare. Since joining the firm in 2016, he has played a pivotal role in establishing Gravitas as one of the top boutique investment banks on Bay and Howe Street. His transactions have totaled in excess of $1 billion at Gravitas and more than $4 billion over the span of his career.

Kia’s entrepreneurial ability and relationship management skills allow him to work closely with and support earlier stage companies. As such, he has personally invested in and helped grow hundreds of public and private companies.

Throughout his career, Kia has always demonstrated strong leadership and a commitment to his community. At Gravitas, Kia has supported numerous charitable organizations such as the Daily Bread Food Bank, Sick Kids Hospital Foundation and the Royal Columbian Hospital.

Kia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics with a minor in Management) from McGill University as well as a Master of Science (Finance and Investment) from the University of Edinburgh. He was also one of Canada’s top tennis players, having competed as a professional in tournaments around the world and at the NCAA Division 1 level. In 2018, Kia was recognized by the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) as a Top 40 Under 40 Award Nominee.

This individual is not a registered officer.

Nima Besharat, LLB (Hons), LLM

Director, Investment Banking

(416) 479-4342 | NBesharat@GravitasSecurities.com

As a Director of the Investment Banking Group at Gravitas Securities, Nima Besharat has extensive private equity, merchant banking and directorship experience.

Nima has wealth management experience from his time at two major Canadian banks, and has held legal roles in asset management, structured and asset finance, corporate finance and private equity at BNP Paribas, Allen & Overy and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. He also articled with Oxford Properties Group, the real estate investment arm of one of Canada’s largest pension plans, OMERS.

Nima holds a BA in Economics and History from Western University, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from the University of Sheffield, a Master of Laws in International Business Law from King’s College London, University of London (Dr. Peter Dyne Scholar), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Corporate Finance) from the University of Law. He is called to the Ontario Bar.

This individual is not a registered officer.

Raphael Yeung, CFA

Senior Vice President, Investment Banking

(778) 327-6863 | RYeung@GravitasSecurities.com

Raphael Yeung is a passionate supporter of exceptional Canadian growthstage companies across both private and public markets. His capital markets and advisory experience ranges from mergers and acquisitions to multiple financing structures across diversified industries. This enables him to provide value-added insights to corporate clients at Gravitas Securities Inc.

Prior to joining Gravitas, Raphael was an investment banking analyst at BMO Capital Markets, where he specialized in transactions in the metals and mining, technology, and diversified industries. His aggregate closed value totalled in excess of $2 billion.

Raphael holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance and minor in Economics from the University of British Columbia. He is also on the executive team for the Vancouver chapter of Young Canadians in Finance, a professional network founded by Paul Desmarais III that connects professionals in disciplines including finance, law, accounting, business and more.

This individual is not a registered officer.

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