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News Release – July 4, 2014

Meridian Opens Saskatchewan Office and Welcomes Two Team Members

(Calgary, Alberta)  Meridian International Merchant Capital Inc. announced today the opening of a Regina, Saskatchewan office and the addition of Colleen Dufresne and Jaimey Midtdal to the executive team. 

The new Meridian office in Regina (Suite 110E, 2201 11th Ave Regina, SK S4P 0J8) is headed up by Jaimey Midtdal and located in Canada Place, which is downtown Regina beside Bankers Row.

“Regina is a key location for business development providing access to a strategic client base of oil and gas, land development and infrastructure businesses,” commented Jaimey, who makes her home with her family in nearby White City Saskatchewan. Regina is also the closest major city to the Bakken Oilsands. There are direct flights from the Regina International Airport into all of the major Canadian cities and into several US locations.

“We are excited to add Jaimey and Colleen to our team as we prepare for the active fall financing season and to enter our 10th year in business in 2015,” added Keith Turner, President and CEO.  “We’ve always had a strong presence in Alberta and BC, but a strong office in Regina headed up by a respected young business and community leader significantly enhances on our goal of being a leading western Canadian firm.”

Heading up the Corporate Finance team as Vice President, Colleen Dufresne has been working as a contractor for Meridian for over a year.  Colleen earned her Business Degree at the University of Alberta and has over 10 years of executive experience with Meridian and two respected and active Alberta based PE firms.

A veteran of the Venture/Angel Capital industry for eight years Colleen served as Business Manager at Foundation Equity Corporation and then subsequently with Hood Managing Partners Inc. as Corporate Development Manager completing acquisitions as part of an industrial roll-up strategy.

Earning a high level of respect among her peers, clients, and capital sources in the industry, Colleen has significant experience and expertise in sourcing deal flow, negotiating term sheets, developing and conducting due diligence programs and closing deals.

Since establishing Dufresne Business Consulting Ltd. in 2012, she has worked with numerous clients on due diligence programs, business planning and transaction execution both on the buy and sell side. Colleen’s primary focus in every transaction is to look at a deal from an investors’ perspective, focus heavily on the due diligence and determine areas where value can be created through the completion of a successful transaction. 

Colleen is married with two children and works remotely from her farm west of Edmonton, Alberta.

Jaimey joined Meridian as a Partner in June after working with the team as a satisfied client. A successful entrepreneur, Jaimey was born and educated in Alberta and has over 17 years of experience as both a trusted advisor and as a principal in Land Development and the Oil & Gas Industries. Anticipating significant economic and social opportunities in the Province of Saskatchewan Jaimey moved her family to Regina, in the winter of 2010.

Since becoming resident in Saskatchewan, Jaimey has purchased several pieces of property in and around the Regina area, with a specific focus on the niche markets of Commercial Development and Sustainable Housing in satellite communities.

During her 10 years of involvement in Municipal, Provincial and Federal government, Jaimey’s political impact has been significant in creating policy, strengthening/changing building codes and ensuring proper and effective land use strategies specific to infrastructure, industry and commercial requirements. 
Most recently Jaimey has had influence over the Renewable Fuels Standard for the Province of Alberta and has been instrumental in guiding and establishing the Strategic Plan and OCP for the Town of Pilot Butte, SK.

Jaimey has an innately keen sense of the marketplace and is particularly skilled in deal sourcing and negotiation. She brings to the Meridian team an extensive network and high level of credibility with key leaders in business and government in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Jaimey is also the CEO of MDI Corp, and 100% owner of JJL Investments. She has two children and is active in community initiatives in the Regina area.

For more information visit www.meridiancanada.com

Or contact Randy Lennon at 403-538-2130