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The Argent portfolio of
business investments
represents a diverse
group of local businesses.

Who We Are

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Mathew Dober – Director

Mathew is the President of Argent and brings a strong entrepreneurial spirit and technical business expertise to the company. He has an MBA from the University of Calgary and has enjoyed a long career as a business lawyer in Kelowna.

Mathew was born and raised in Kelowna and relies heavily on his broad network of local connections and reputation to advance the business interests of the Argent group of companies.

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Chris Grout – Director

Chris is a founding partner of Argent and is intimately engaged in Argent’s acquisitions and operations. He has an MBA from the University of Calgary and brings strong analytical skills to the company’s board.

Among Chris’ many endeavors, he is the founder and owner of the Kelowna based real estate brokerage, Venture Realty Corp., and the co-developer of Argent’s prestigious seniors housing development, Mission Villas.

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Chad Luider – Director

Raised in Kelowna, Chad began his career as an entrepreneur, owning and operating several small businesses in the Kelowna area. After completing his Master of Science degree, Chad continued with his entrepreneurial roots developing an energy company.

Chad is currently the managing partner of Leaseline, and has been involved in the start-up and acquisition of many small to medium sized businesses. Chad brings a unique perspective and good analytical skills from his experience in science, research, law, and finance.

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Dany Laliberté – Director

Dany has held positions with the Canadian Forces, a Mineral Exploration Manufacturer, and founded MBI Drilling Products where as President, he successfully expanded the company tenfold. Currently, Dany continues his ownership of MBI, is the VP & Partner of Pilot Diamond Tools, is a Partner of Premier Mining Products, as well as a few local Kelowna businesses.

Dany contributes greatly to the communities he resides holding positions as a part-time firefighter and volunteer presidencies for a number of clubs and committees.

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Ryan Maarschalk, CPA – Chief Financial Officer

Ryan brings to Argent his perspective as a founder of two companies and as the contract CFO for several more. These roles have provided Ryan with solid experience with go-public transactions, exits, mergers, and corporate capitalizations (he has raised over $50M for the companies he has worked directly with). Ryan’s entrepreneurial nature and financial acumen allow him to understand and manage risks and opportunities in a way that’s on point, professional and yet refreshing. Ryan obtained his CPA designation in 2015 while with Crowe Mackay LLP in Kelowna. Ryan is also a candidate for the Chartered Business Valuation (CBV) designation.

Julie Haines – Financial Administrator

Upon arriving in Kelowna in 1999, Julie, one of Argent’s Financial Administrators, instantly fell in love with the Okanagan countryside and decided to make Kelowna her full-time home. Once settled, Julie completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with honours at UBCO, and later completed several courses in business and statistics. During her coursework, Julie developed a love for numbers and decided to pursue her education in accounting at Okanagan College.

Having an extensive work background including business ownership, Julie has developed strong business ties in the community and has seen it all. Truly a woman of many talents who Argent is fortunate to have on its team.

Erin Parisien – Financial Administrator

Erin is one of Argent’s Financial Administrators. She graduated from Algonquin College, Ontario, specializing in Business Accounting. She later got her BBA from Yorkville University before she moved to Kelowna in 2016 to follow new work opportunities and enjoy the warm and seemingly endless sunshine!

Having over 10 years of experience in corporate accounting throughout 8+ industries, Erin is an incredible asset who brings an accomplished set of skills into the Argent family, ready to handle whatever comes her way.

Colton White – HR & Special Projects Coordinator

Colton is a natural entrepreneur, having started several businesses himself since childhood and helping manage many others. He took upon several leadership positions throughout university and graduated with honours from UBCO with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and minor in psychology.

Colton has worked in a wide breadth of different industries which has made him an excellent fit for Argent, facilitating the needs of its diverse portfolio. Currently he is focused on building frameworks for the improved operation of many of Argent’s subsidiary companies, as well as developing Argent’s internal and external functions through human resources management.

Gaurav Lalwani – Financial & Acquisition Analyst

Having family from India, being raised in China, and completing his Bachelor’s Degree with honours in Business Management from UBCO, Gaurav has lived an extensive and diverse international lifestyle. This diversity has strengthened Gaurav’s ability to consider multiple factors and abstract ideas when doing analysis on business acquisitions.

Gaurav is currently pursuing his CFA designation while working with Argent’s management – providing him ample opportunity to exercise his ability to strategically assess financial risk while still expanding his knowledge. Gaurav is committed to finding ways to improve Argent’s efficiencies and to bring about smart investments.

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