Meet the Team
Aubrey Dan, President
Aubrey Dan is a Canadian businessman, Tony-Award® winning producer (MEMPHIS), impresario and philanthropist. He is Founder and President of Dancap Private Equity Inc. and Dancap Productions Inc.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Dan graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Administrative and Commercial studies in 1985. Soon after, he joined his father's company, Novopharm Limited, a generic drug manufacturer as a sales representative, and then Director of Sales. In 1995, Dan was appointed to run the Novopharm subsidiary, Wampole Canada Inc., an herbal supplement and vitamin manufacturer.
In 2002, Dan founded Dancap Private Equity, a private firm that invests its own funds in mid-market Canadian businesses, and as co-investment partner for medium to large sized international businesses. The company's investment focus includes alternative assets, such as private equity, private debt, infrastructure, commodities and hedge funds, as well as traditional assets including public equities, fixed income and real estate.
In 2007, Dan launched Dancap Productions Inc., a Tony Award®- winning commercial theatre company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dedicated to producing and presenting award-winning Broadway-style theatre, Dancap's inaugural season included The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 3 Mo Divas, My Fair Lady, Avenue Q and Jersey Boys. Dancap's international and Broadway production and investment credits include: Jersey Boys, Wicked, In the Heights, The Farnsworth Invention, Tom Stoppard’s Rock and Roll, [Title of Show], A Little Night Music, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Memphis, West Side Story, Come Fly Away, The Addams Family, Ghost The Musical and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Aubrey Dan is a very generous philanthropist, donating millions of dollars, primarily to health and education charities, and other worthy causes. Together with his wife Marla, the Dans have donated to organizations that include: Sunnybrook Foundation for their women and babies program, now called the Aubrey & Marla Dan Program for High Risk Mothers & Babies; University of Western Ontario's Social Science department resulting in the program being named the Dan Management and Organizational Studies; Baycrest Centre Foundation in honour of his father-in-law Reuben Cipin – Reuben Cipin Healthy Living Community in Toronto; the Judy Dan Wound Care Centre (named in memory of Dan’s mother who passed away in 1995 due to Diabetic complications), whose work focuses on preventing unnecessary amputations and reducing patient suffering by treating diabetic wounds with hyperbaric oxygen therapy); University of Toronto Leslie Dan Facility of Pharmacy in honour of his father.
Dan received an honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree (honoris causa) from Assumption University in 2008. He is a member of the Young President's Association (YPO) Ontario Chapter.
Elias Toby, CA, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
for the Dancap Group of Companies
Elias Toby is a result-oriented, entrepreneurial leader with a proven investment record of success in start-up, turnaround and growth situations. His major strengths include strategic planning, implementation and development of growth strategies.
As a senior member of the Dancap team, Elias provides specific expertise in investment diligence, corporate planning, reorganization, financing, structuring for new and ongoing businesses, asset and share purchases, mergers, acquisitions, and divestiture.
Elias brings 20 years of financial expertise to Dancap. Most recently, he was the principal of his own consulting firm, where he advised a diverse group of businesses. Prior to this, Elias was with Deloitte & Touche, where he specialized in taxation and assurance services.
Elias serves on the boards of several community and government associations.
Lorraine Patterson, Director of Sales, Marketing and Communications
For over 20 years, Lorraine has held key positions across all genres of marketing within the performing and visual arts. Starting her career in sponsorship marketing at Arts & Communications Counselors, she went on to lead agency account teams at both Scott Thornley & Company and Echo Advertising. Working with high profile entertainment properties and corporate clients across North America, she has provided strategic, planning and delivery services for such productions as PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, SHOW BOAT, SUNSET BOULEVARD, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, FOSSE, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and RAGTIME, and has also worked extensively with Cirque du Soleil and the Canadian Opera Company. Most recently as Vice President of Wakeham & Associates Marketing, Inc., Lorraine led sponsorship marketing initiatives for lead property and corporate programs including the Canadian Film Festival, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Tourism Alberta, West Jet’s Fun ‘n’ Festival series and the VISA Infinite Entertainment Platform.
Lorraine is thrilled to join the Dancap team to help create and deliver an “engaging Broadway experience” to our audiences!