With over 28 years of experience in the financial industry, George brings his expertise to First West Capital’s Edmonton-based operations where he assists mid-market businesses across all industries with expansion, acquisition, management and shareholder buyouts and high ratio real estate through customized subordinated debt, mezzanine and equity financing.

His previous positions include Chief Financial Officer for Canadian Industrial Paramedics Ltd., Assistant Vice-President with HSBC Premier, Private Client Group, as well as various senior management roles at BMO, National Bank of Canada, and ATB Financial, in Alberta.

George received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Alberta, and attained his Certified Management Accountant and Certified Financial Planner designations. George is also the recipient of an honorary designation from the Fellow of The Society of Management Accountants.

George is currently a Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee for the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and past committee member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee. He is also a member of NAIT JR Shaw School of Business Accounting Program Advisory Committee. As well, he is Board Member and past Treasurer for the Association of Corporate Growth Edmonton. Previously, George served as a board member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for CMA Alberta.

Recent posts by George Coon

Best ways for Canadian businesses to offset carbon tax Nov 10, 2016

Offset the costs of the Canadian carbon tax

In January 2017, Alberta joins B.C., Ontario and Quebec’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions with the introduction of its carbon levy (tax). In addition, the Canadian government recently announced a national carbon price starting in 2018 at $10 per tonne, increasing annually to $50 by 2022. As Canada moves towards a common policy over the next few years, the implications for Canadian businesses will be felt as companies adjust to the costs associated with their carbon footprint.

Knowing the role your business plays in reducing its carbon footprint, and understanding the cost implications early on, will make the transition to the carbon levy easier.Continue Reading