Message from our Founder

Founder & Managing Partner

Aleem Ahamed

Aleem is the principal investor in BlueArck and leads all aspects of the firm’s investment process as well as operations. He chairs the board at each of BlueArck’s portfolio companies and is wholly responsible for their ongoing performance and growth.

After spending nearly 10 years in the financial services industry, Aleem joined The Regency Group in 2013 and was responsible for all aspects of the business including the formation of TRG Capital Corp., BlueArck’s predecessor, and the establishment of real estate development operations. Aleem was also responsible for overseeing the rejuvenation and growth of Regency Auto, the firm’s longstanding retail automotive operations, where he became a shareholder in 2013 and divested participation in January 2019.

Prior to that, Aleem worked with Bank of Montreal in a variety of capacities in both Vancouver and Toronto including Corporate Finance, Real Estate Finance and Commercial Banking as well as spending time in Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI where he was part of the team that acquired and integrated Marshall & Ilsley Bank. Following his time at Bank of Montreal, Aleem worked with Aver Media LP, a media bank founded in 2006 (majority-owned by HOOPP), where he had responsibilities within Corporate Development and Merchant Banking operations.

Aleem graduated from Duke University in 2004.

Advisory Board Member

Amir Ahamed

Amir is a lifelong entrepreneur and strategic advisor to BlueArck. In his role on the Advisory Board, Amir is responsible for providing guidance on strategic planning, portfolio strategy and overall asset allocation.

Amir emigrated from Nairobi, Kenya to Vancouver, BC in the early 1980s and therein founded The Regency Group. Over the course of over 35 years, The Regency Group grew from a single Datsun dealership to an enterprise that now spans Real Estate, Retail Automotive and various other equity investments.

In 1998, Amir was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for his work with Regency Auto in growing the company from a single dealership to 14 franchises, amongst the largest in British Columbia. During the course of his business life, Amir spent time as chairman of the Lexus Communications Team (Canada) and was an active board member of both the BC Cancer Foundation as well as Collingwood School (Vice Chairman; and Chairman of the Wentworth Campus Building Committee). Amir maintains his role as Executive Chairman of The Regency Group and is a champion for numerous philanthropic causes.

Executive Assistant

Jennie O’Keeffe

Jennie is responsible for all aspects of office management and administration, including accounting support, logistics planning, meeting material preparation and management of special projects, including various philanthropic events in which the BlueArck team regularly participates. After spending 3 years working with Aleem at The Regency Group, Jennie transitioned to BlueArck in 2019 on a full-time basis.

Prior to joining the firm, Jennie worked with Toyota Ireland, Dell and Vodafone.

Jennie attended Dublin City University in Dublin, IE where she obtained her Bachelor of Business degree.

Director, Finance

Samaneh (Sam) Badiei

Sam oversees accounting and tax, internal reporting, and systems administration for BlueArck. She also participates in the due diligence process of new portfolio companies. Prior to joining the firm, Sam earned her Chartered Accountant designation with MNP and currently serves as the Director of Finance with the HR Macmillan Space Centre

In addition to her CA designation, Sam attended Simon Fraser University where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Accounting.