A tailored succession plan for your business

Fairview Succession was founded with the mission to acquire, operate, and grow a single business.

We are a flexible investment firm led by one entrepreneur with the support of world-class investors who want to invest in your business for the long-term.

A Different Approach

Flexible

We offer a flexible and efficient exit plan for owner-operators.  Whether you are looking to completely exit, transition over time, or reduce your day-to-day involvement, we’ll work with you to craft a plan that meets your goals.

Long-term Focus

We want to honour and grow your legacy over the long-term.  We have no set investment horizon and intend to grow the business sustainably over time.

Commitment

We are looking to acquire one outstanding business, not build a portfolio.  Justin will relocate and manage daily operations as the company’s CEO, dedicating himself to the business.

Respect

You’ve poured in your time and energy to create something special.  We will respect you, your employees, and your customers by building on your work and maintaining your legacy.

Trust

Mutual trust is critically important, and we will always communicate openly, honestly, and transparently.  We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and expect the same of our partners.

Investment Criteria

We seek to acquire a service-based business with a unique competitive advantage in Canada or the US. We’re looking for a company that meets most of the following criteria:

  • Generating $1M+ EBITDA or $4M+ ARR
  • Revenue that is recurring or predictable
  • History of profitability and cash flow
  • Diverse and loyal customer base
  • Low annual capital expenditure
  • Large and growing industry

Please get in touch if you’d like a confidential conversation about how we can work together.

Meet the Entrepreneur

Justin Watson, Founder

Justin’s great grandfather, Douglas Watson, immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1912.  While the voyage from Scotland to Canada was fraught with risk in those days – the Titanic had made its perilous journey across the same stretch of ocean only one week earlier – Douglas made the journey because he believed in the hope, promise, and opportunity that Canada offered.  Thankfully, Douglas made the journey successfully and ultimately settled in Edmonton, where he set up a family brick laying business.  Justin shares this entrepreneurial spirit and sees the same promise and opportunity in acquiring and operating a business today.

Justin brings a unique skillset in engineering, consulting, and investing in small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across a wide range of industries.  Most recently, Justin worked with an internationally recognized entrepreneur and investor, Simon Webster, investing in SMBs across Canada, the US, UK, EU, and Latin America.  Prior to this role, Justin was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, where he built up his strategic thinking and operational improvement abilities.  Justin has also held a variety of engineering roles in areas such as utilities, renewable energy, robotics, and biomechanics.

Justin received his BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from London Business School.  He lives in Calgary with his wife and is ready to relocate to personally manage the right business opportunity.

Investors

Fairview Succession is backed by CEOs, entrepreneurs, and investors who have a proven track-record growing businesses.

We are structured as a search fund, in which all investors have committed capital, and we have an established approval process for calling the capital to complete a transaction.

Family Office & Fund Investors

Individuals

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