VRG Capital, formerly the Vimy Ridge Group Ltd., was founded in 1982 by G. Kingsley "GK" Ward so he could pursue his entrepreneurial desire to build an independent private equity firm.
With more than 40 years of experience starting and operating successful companies, GK had a vision of partnering with motivated entrepreneurs and management teams to help guide their firms using innovation, passion and hard work.
VRG Capital's core investments started in health care and have since expanded to more than 50 companies in various industries. We are active board members across many sectors and offer decades of management expertise, strategic relationships and insights to build successful companies.
After a decade of serving on boards and co-investing with the Ward family, Greg Cochrane officially joined VRG as a managing partner in 2011. That year, Merv Simpson, a well-established accountant and longtime friend of many VRG Capital family offices, also joined the VRG Capital team as a managing partner.
In 2014, GK Ward passed. His son, J.R. Kingsley Ward, continues to manage the business with the same dedication and entrepreneurship as his father.
Gord Feeney, a distinguished business leader for over 40 years (retired deputy chairman of RBC Financial Group, chairman of Canada Post, 2004-2007, honorary consul for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas) joined VRG in 2016 as chairman of the firm.