Tailwind Associates

About Us

Committed to Creating Value

Tailwind was created for the entrepreneur that needs support getting to the next level, whether it be business development, financial discipline and advice, or assistance in commercializing an innovation.  We get our clients ready to attract capital for growth. 

Let Tailwind help you take flight.

Great ideas need to be supported and financed. Tailwind’s experience in business development, strategy, and financial disciplines provides the necessary support to assist entrepreneurs achieve their targeted growth. Our efforts at Tailwind enable the entrepreneur to focus on their passion, with the shared goal of creating value for shareholders and stakeholders.  


Our Values


Tailwind is committed to creating value for the entrepreneur and investor.

We are committed to empowering great ideas, while also improving the risk-reward profile of investments.  


Tailwind wants you to succeed and we strive to be your trusted partner.

We are authentic and honest in our approach and how we can support you.

We create an open dialogue between the entrepreneur and investor (vision to venture).


We mentor entrepreneurs and provide the structure necessary to attract investors.

We present the most prepared, viable and best suited investment opportunities.  



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Darren Engels, CPA CA, CFA

ChIEf Engagement Officer

Darren is enthusiastic for entrepreneurship and helping good people and companies achieve success.  He is currently a business and financial advisor for several start-up and entrepreneurial companies that are focused in various industries and technologies.  

Previously, Darren was a Director, Institutional Research at GMP FirstEnergy (previously FirstEnergy). He has over 18 years of business, financial and investment experience, of which 15 years were at FirstEnergy, a premier boutique investment bank focused on energy.  


Mark Jackson, MBA, CFA


Mark has over 12 years of business, financial and investment experience, with a focus on capital markets. He has been part of a number of debt, equity and M&A transactions. Previously, Mark managed investor relations and business development for a Canadian oilfield services company. He also held various roles at FirstEnergy and at Credit Suisse, a global investment bank, based in the London, England, office.




Tailwind has been instrumental in helping us clearly map out our strategy and action plan. Their can-do attitude, high integrity, and professionalism have helped us refine our message to potential investors and customers
— Melanie McClare, CEO of Swirltex
Tailwind has played an integral role in the development and ongoing success of Nomodic Modular Structures. Tailwind secured the company’s first contract, as well as modelled early project-based financials. Tailwind’s style combines strong analytical thought with an intelligent and effective communication style, commanding of attention and respect.

Most important is their character. Tailwind are good people, who value their relationships, both personal and professional. Tailwind has brought to Nomodic an extensive network of contacts that have been developed and fostered through years of hard work and integrity.
— Kevin Read, CEO of Nomodic Modular Structures
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award Recipient for 2018
Tailwind are strategic thinkers, whose pragmatic approach leads to very sound advice. Clearly entrepreneurs at heart that will work tirelessly to deliver results. Professional and very articulate; the people an executive wants in the room when working through complex business challenges
— Bruno Rizzuto, CEO of Stream Systems
Tailwind has been instrumental in keeping me informed on corporate progress on several of my highest returning private equity investments. Tailwind’s level of tenacity and thoughtful business guidance has been well received by myself and a number of other individuals that I am in touch with. In my opinion, every small business that gets an opportunity to work with Tailwind should take it and see for themselves what these talented leaders bring to the value creation equation.
— Martin Molyneaux, President and CIO of Molyneaux Asset Management