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                                  Our Team

John Richardson

CEO & Founder


Office: (416) 203-7331 x228  

  • John Richardson, CPA, CA, MBA, CBV is the Chief Executive Officer of B.E.S.T. Funds.
  • Since founding B.E.S.T. Funds in 1995, Mr. Richardson has been the individual ultimately responsible for all aspects of B.E.S.T. Funds and has been directly involved with all 350+ transactions, helping to raise >$800M, and ensuring that the firm operates efficiently and in compliance with all regulatory requirements.
  • Mr. Richardson has extensive experience in private company M&A, contract and transaction negotiations, business restructurings, valuations, strategic advisory, value optimization, fund operationalization, and has deep knowledge of investment structures.
  • Mr. Richardson assists the entrepreneurs of all portfolio companies to realize on goals and objectives through funding solutions, emergency fundraisings, M&A assistance/advisory, accountability to goals/pipelines/targets, and Board of Director and executive committee participation with the goal of value optimization for all stakeholders.
  • Mr. Richardson holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the State University of New York and is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator. 

Tom Lunan



Office: (416) 203-7331 x230


  • Tom Lunan, CPA, CA, CFA is the Chief Financial Officer of B.E.S.T. Funds.
  • Since joining B.E.S.T. Funds in 2000, Mr. Lunan has been involved in portfolio management, on-going compliance procedures and obligations of the B.E.S.T. Funds group.
  • Prior to joining B.E.S.T., Mr. Lunan held positions as Manager of Corporate Listings at the Toronto Stock Exchange and in the Corporate Finance Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission.
  • Mr. Lunan is a past director the Toronto CFA Society and the Canadian World Fund Limited.
  • Mr. Lunan holds a Bachelors of Arts with a major in economics and accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Public Accountant, Chartered Account and a CFA® Charterholder.

Mark Donatelli

Vice President


Office: (416) 203-7331 x227


  • Mark Donatelli, CPA, CA, CFA, CBV is the Vice President of B.E.S.T. Funds.
  • Mr. Donatelli is directly involved in all aspects of the firm including portfolio management, due diligence, business development, strategic planning, investment structuring, fund operationalization, and regulatory/tax compliance.
  • Prior to joining B.E.S.T. Funds, Mr. Donatelli was involved in a range of business functions, including managerial roles in finance and accounting at Wave Financial Inc., Northbridge Financial Corp., a Fairfax Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and OpenText Corp.
  • Mr. Donatelli holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a CFA® Charterholder, Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator.