Kristi Miller, MBA, is Vice President and co-founder of First West Capital. Kristi has almost 20 years of financial industry experience, ranging from senior debt to private equity and including 14 years in the specialized area of subordinated debt. In these various roles, Kristi has completed a dozen equity, 75 subordinated debt and over 500 senior debt transactions. Kristi provides financing to support rapidly growing businesses, companies undergoing changes of ownership (including acquisitions) and those seeking to recapitalize their balance sheets or refinance existing debt. Like First West Capital itself, Kristi works with successful businesses across Western Canada across a wide range of industries.
Prior to co-founding First West Capital, Kristi spent ten years with another B.C.-based subordinated debt fund. She has also worked with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Small Enterprise Equity Fund of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Kristi is an experienced and entrepreneurial capital provider who brings rigorous investment analysis, structuring, negotiation and execution to the First West Capital team.
Kristi holds a Master of Business Administration in International Business from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Russian studies from McGill University. She is Vice Chair of the Vancouver International Marathon Society, past-president of the AWF Association of Women in Finance and former chair of the B.C. Provincial Child Care Council.