TORONTO, June 4, 2018 – Lazaret Capital is pleased to welcome Ashley De Souza as its inaugural Managing Director, effective immediately. Launched in 2018, Lazaret Capital is a Toronto-based private equity firm focused on technology, construction and construction-based services.

Ashley joins Lazaret Capital as the former Executive Director of the Ryerson Institute for Infrastructure Innovation (RIII) which was established with a vision to become a world-renowned research, education and training institute that provides innovative technical and policy solutions to contemporary infrastructure challenges.

Before joining RIII, Ashley was the Director of Government Relations for the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) where he advocated on behalf of over 220 contractors (small, medium, and large) and associate member companies from across Ontario who build and maintain Ontario’s roads, bridges, highways and transit systems. He was also previously the Vice President, Policy & Government Relations at the Council of Ontario Construction Associations.

Prior to his industry association work, Ashley worked as a senior political advisor for the provincial government at Queen’s Park including roles at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal and at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Ashley’s extensive construction sector background and familiarity with industry issues will help Lazaret Capital uncover emerging products, services and trends and identify attractive investment opportunities for the firm.

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