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CIAI is owned by Canadian International Capital Inc. 


Canadian International's primary business is operating Canadian immigrant investor programs for the federal government and several provincial governments, and an EB5 program for immigration into the United States.  This company has a strong network of immigration agents around the world and, during its 25 years in the immigration business, has raised over $680 million under Canada’s immigrant investor programs while assisting more than 2,800 new immigrants to settle in Canada.


The company's shareholders have a wealth of business experience which has enabled the company to have a history of generating strong profits from its business, and of assisting other entrepreneurial businesses along the way.

Robert Dexter, Q.C.

Robert Dexter, Q.C., is the Chairman of Canadian International Capital Inc.  Rob is also the Chairman and CEO of Maritime Travel (Group) Limited ( operating under trade name “Maritime Travel” and “LeGrow’s Travel” which has 110 travel shops and sales in excess of $300 million.  As well, he serves as a director on:  Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., High Liner Foods Inc., and Wajax Income Fund.


His past business related activities are as follows:  Chairman of Empire Company Limited and Sobeys Inc.; Partner at law firm Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales; President of Halifax Board of Trade 1993 - 1994; Chairman of 1997 Halifax Metropolitan United Way Campaign; Chairman of the Nova Scotia Small Business Development Corporation 1988 - 1994; Vice-Chairman of the Nova Scotia Business Development Corporation 1992 - 1994; Vice-Chairman of Marlin Travel (Group) Limited 1988 - 1993; President of Halifax Water Tours 1974 - 1991; Director of Lawton's Drug Stores 1990 - 1996, Connor Clark Limited 1989 - 1999, and  Maritime Life Assurance Company 1993 - 2004.


In addition, Rob is a member of World President's Organization.


Glen Dexter, BSC (Physics), MA (Mathematics) & LLB

Glen Dexter, BSC (Physics), MA (Mathematics) & LLB, is President and CEO of Canadian International Capital Inc. with overall responsibility for its business.  Glen, along with two other partners, founded what is now the largest sail manufacturing firm in Nova Scotia.  Glen practiced corporate law for 15 years with the law firm, Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales.  He is Chairman and CEO of Medusa Medical Technologies, Inc., a healthcare related software company. 


In addition Glen is a member of Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and Canadian Barristers' Society. He is also a director and member of the executive of Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, and a former director of the United Way of Halifax Region and the Canadian Yachting Association.

Christopher G. Somers, LLB

Christopher G. Somers, Executive V.P. Immigration of Canadian International Capital Inc., is responsible for matters relating to the immigration operations of the company. He is a former associate of the law firm of Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales. Prior to joining Canadian, Chris was the Atlantic Regional Manager for Montreal Trust Company of Canada specializing in corporate trust services. Chris has an extensive background in trust services and has overseen the trusteeship of a number of Immigrant Investor programs.


Chris is also a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and the Canadian Barristers' Society.

Brent Lessard

Brent is the Managing Director of Canadian International Ventures Inc. He graduated with President's Honours and as the Highest Ranking Graduate from the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Durham College in 2013. Shortly after he co-founded an engineering research and development organization on a mission to address global challenges through technology named rLoop. Under his stewardship, the organization successfully demonstrated several new technologies with their Hyperloop prototype vehicle, which was recognized with an Innovation Award from SpaceX, as well as a vertical take-off and landing personal flight prototype vehicle. 

Brent is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Professional Scrum Master. Throughout his professional career, he has worked with and learned from people at NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, The Boring Company, BAE, Tesla, CERN, and more. On the international stage, he has been recognized with awards from the Dubai Future Foundation, IndieGoGo, and SpaceX, as well as his speaking engagements at the US Chamber of Commerce, Autodesk University, Internet & Mobile World, Future of Logistics, and MOVE2019 to name a few. He is a 2017 Durham College Alumnus of Distinction award recipient and a 2017 Ontario Premier’s Award winner.

Brent also volunteers as a Board Director for the Durham College Alumni Association, on the Program Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Information Technology, and on the Ontario Premier's Award Selection Panel for Colleges Ontario.


Laura Quartermain, C.P.A., C.A.

Laura Quartermain, C.P.A., C.A., is the Chief Financial Officer of Canadian International Capital Inc.  After graduating with distinction from Mount Allison University, Laura spent 13 years with Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Services practice in Toronto assisting clients in the manufacturing, services and technology sectors, and managing Ontario’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Program.  She then joined Onex Corporation where she served as the Director of Finance for G.W. Schwartz’ group of companies, before moving to Halifax and joining Canadian International Capital Inc. in 2002.


Laura has been active in the community serving as Treasurer of several charitable organizations.

Laura is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia.

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