Private equity firm, &Capital, announced the launch of SafetyCo Partners (“SafetyCo”) today, which offers an integrated suite of occupational health and safety and environmental services. SafetyCo, with its one-of-a-kind portfolio of services, aims to change the face of safety consulting in Canada. Services offered by SafetyCo will provide a competitive advantage to clients in the industrial, infrastructure, construction, and education sectors who value safety best practice as part of a leading business culture. With an initial investment and partnership in Toronto industry leader, Safety Design Strategies (“SDS”), SafetyCo is focused on rapid growth and taking a leading market position in a presently siloed industry. SafetyCo plans to announce subsequent investments and partnerships in the near future.

“With the increased importance around safety as a core business driver, we see a see a strong opportunity to integrate a historically fragmented industry and make it more inclusive to better serve the client base,” – Mark Ferrier, Co-Founder, &Capital

Founded in 2007, SDS is a leading firm focused on safety consulting, inspection, confined space rescue, and training, working with clients to ensure compliance with Ministry of Labour requirements. SDS brings 26 employees to the SafetyCo team, as well as key client relationships, including Fortune 500 companies, crown corporations, and government entities. Through its partnership with SafetyCo, SDS will continue to drive its mission of helping clients build strong safety cultures while accelerating business growth.

“Safety consulting businesses have typically either been region-based or single-service-based. With the increased importance around safety as a core business driver and the corporate focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles, we see a strong opportunity to integrate a historically fragmented industry and make it more inclusive to better serve the client base,” said Mark Ferrier, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of &Capital.

“For partners joining us at SafetyCo, we are providing opportunities for operational engagement, organizational growth, capital allocation, and liquidity for businesses in transition and transformation. Our philosophy is founder-driven, and we believe successful business growth comes from investments in purpose, people, and a culture of client service,” commented Pablo Vallejo, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of &Capital.

SafetyCo is a customer-focused company bringing safety services to better serve the demands of its clients, which typically include both public and private sector organizations in the industrial development, infrastructure, education, and commercial and residential real estate sectors. Partnering with SafetyCo offers value-added services for health and safety industry entrepreneurs and management teams, including shared back-office functions and software, cross-selling opportunities, business optimization through data analytics, and access to a growth network; ultimately allowing entrepreneurs to focus their energy on doing more of the work they enjoy.

“I’ve been in the safety consulting business for over 15 years and have witnessed the challenges and fragmentation that exists. I believe there is a huge opportunity to provide better and more consolidated services, and I see a growing need over the next 10 years as the demand for trained workers increases,” said Bill Glover, President of Safety Design Strategies.

“I have been looking for the right partner to help SDS meet the growing demand for safety services. I’m excited about the resources and passion the &Capital team brings to the table. I look forward to seeing the value we can unlock together in this multi-decade growth opportunity, and to delivering services that translate into safer work environments for our growing client base,” added Bill.

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