The PillarFour Investment Team has worked together in various capacities for over 15 years. We have a deep understanding of the energy markets and extensive relationships across the oilfield services and upstream E&P sectors.
Our proven expertise is backed by decades of experience operating, investing and advising Energy Companies.
Senior Investment Team
Paul Colucci, CFA
Paul co-founded PillarFour Capital in 2015 and has over 20 years experience advising on M&A and corporate finance in the Energy sector. Prior to PillarFour, Paul was the CEO of Dundee Corp’s London office and Dundee Arabia-Asia in the UAE ('11 - '15). Paul spent the previous six years heading the European businesses of various Canadian and US investment banks. Prior to moving to London in 2006, Paul worked as an investment banker in Calgary and Toronto where he was focused on coverage of the North American Energy sector.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) from the Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary) and is a CFA Charterholder.
Matt co-founded PillarFour Capital in 2015 and has over 12 years experience working in corporate finance with both North American and European Investment Banks. Prior to PillarFour, Matt spent the previous five years heading AltaCorp Capital Inc.'s Oilfield Services Investment Banking group. Matt has also worked at a number of U.S. and Canadian Investment Banks and has completed over $10 billion in equity financings and $4 billion in M&A transactions throughout his career.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) from the Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary) and studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Dana Benner, CFA
Dana joined PillarFour as Managing Partner in 2016 and has over 20 years experience in Equity Research covering the Oilfield Services sector. Prior to PillarFour, Dana was the Head of Research at AltaCorp Capital Inc. ('11 - '16). Dana has worked in Calgary at a number of Canadian Investment Banks over the past 20 years, covering a large universe of Canadian Oilfield Service companies. Dana has been a #1 ranked Oilfield Services analyst by institutional investors throughout his career.
Dana holds an Honors BA degree, with majors in Economics and English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a visiting student at Oxford University. Dana is a CFA Charterholder
Mick McNulty, FCCA
Mick joined PillarFour as a Managing Partner in 2016 and has more than 40 years of management and operating experience in the Oilfield Services sector. Throughout his career, Mick has been directly involved in the acquisition and integration of over 20 Oilfield Service companies. Previous to PillarFour, Mick was the CFO of Calfrac Well Services (‘13–‘16). Prior thereto, Mick served as CEO of Saxon Energy Services Inc. (‘09 –‘13) and as Senior VP and CFO (‘05–‘08). Mick also held a number of roles at Precision Drilling Corp (‘97 – ‘05), including Senior VP, Finance, and prior thereto VP Business Development. Mick started his career at Schlumberger and Nowsco as Corp Controller.
Mick is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
PillarFour Capital Team
Prior to joining PillarFour Capital in December 2015, Jesse was Vice President, Investment Banking with AltaCorp Capital where he focused primarily on oilfield services M&A advisory and corporate finance. Jesse has more than 7 years investment banking experience. Prior to his time at AltaCorp, Jesse held positions in both corporate finance and research at a Canadian boutique investment bank.
Jesse has a Masters of Economics from the University of Hong Kong and a BA, Economics from the University of Calgary.
Ameel Velji, CFA
Prior to joining PillarFour Capital in 2016, Ameel was a Senior Associate in Deloitte’s financial advisory practice where he focused on business valuation of Canadian E&P companies. Prior to Deloitte, Ameel worked as broker with a boutique advisory firm providing liquidity within the private equity secondaries market.
Ameel holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. Ameel is also a CFA Charterholder and also successfully completed the CFE (CPA) in 2016.
Travis worked at PillarFour Capital as a Summer Intern in 2017 and joined the firm in a full time role as an Analyst in 2018. Prior to PillarFour, Travis worked as an Accounting Assistant at an Oilfield Services Pipeline company. Travis holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) from the Haskayne School of Business and has completed Level I of the CFA designation.