Hewitt Group Inc. was formed in late 2017 following the sale of Hewitt Equipment Limited, the operating company of the Hewitt family since 1952.
Jim Hewitt and his son David determined that forming a direct private equity group was the best way to remain active investors and builders in the Eastern Canadian economy.
CHAIRMAN & CEO
In November 2017, Jim became Chairman and CEO of the Hewitt Group Inc. and of the Hewitt Foundation following the sale of Hewitt Equipment Limited, the Caterpillar dealer for Québec and Labrador West, which was founded in 1952 by Jim’s father, the late Robert Hewitt. Jim joined the company in 1968 and worked in various positions in Sales, Product Support and Marketing in Montréal, the Eastern Townships and Québec City.
In 1980, he became Vice President and General Manager of the Material Handling Division headquartered in St-Laurent, Québec. In 1983, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewitt Equipment Limited and a Director of the Company. In addition to his role as President and CEO, Jim became Chairman of the Company in 1992.
In 1995, under his leadership, the Company acquired Atlantic Tractors & Equipment Limited, the Caterpillar dealer for the Maritimes and then assumed the role of President and CEO of Atlantic, until 2007 when he became Chairman and CEO.
Following the creation of Hewitt Rentals Inc. and of Hewitt Material Handling Inc. in 1999 and 2001 respectively, he also became President and CEO of these two companies. In 2012, Jim became Chairman and CEO of Hewitt Equipment Limited and of its subsidiaries. At the time of the sale of the Company, Hewitt Equipment and its subsidiaries had over 2,100 employees and 48 branches across Québec, Ontario, the Maritimes and Labrador West.
Throughout his career, Jim has been active in both industry and community affairs. In 2007, he was inducted into the Conseil du Patronat’s Club des Entrepreneurs and in 2009, he was awarded the Centenary Medal from the Boy Scouts of Canada recognizing Hewitt Equipment’s many contributions to the Scouts.
In 2012 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and most recently, in 2018, Jim and his son David were honoured by the Fraser Institute.
David McAusland, Ad.E. is a partner in the firm of McCarthy Tétrault. He advises corporations, shareholders and entrepreneurs focusing on business development strategies, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, financings, governance matters and complex negotiations.
A graduate of McGill University (BCL ’76, LLB ’77), David is a respected member of the Canadian business community and recognized as a leading corporate lawyer and business advisor with broad international experience. He has been at the centre of numerous large, innovative and precedent setting corporate transactions and development strategies.
David is a highly experienced corporate director, and has been a strong advocate over many years on behalf of community and non-for-profit organizations and business causes.
After completing a BA History at Simon Fraser University and a year of Graduate Studies at Hebrew University in Israel, David worked in the US office of Glencore’s Commodity Trading Group. In 2007, David joined Hewitt Equipment Limited, the Caterpillar dealer for Québec, holding multiple roles in the following years. In 2017, he joined the Company’s Executive, with responsibilities for Product Support in Québec as well as several divisions and subsidiaries.
Following the sale of Hewitt Equipment in late 2017, David and his father Jim established Hewitt Group Inc. and the Hewitt Foundation with the objective of building long term active investments and giving back to the communities in which Hewitt Equipment and its subsidiaries operated. The focus will be primarily on Eastern Canada.
David is a Member of YPO (Young President’s Organization), sits on the Board of the McGill University Health Center Foundation, and is an alumni of Harvard Business School, having graduated from the Owner President Manager Program in 2018.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & CFO
Roni joined Hewitt Equipment Limited as Treasurer in July 2010 and was promoted to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in February 2011 and Executive Vice President in 2017. Roni played a pivotal role in the sale of the Hewitt family business in 2017 and subsequently joined Jim and David Hewitt to establish Hewitt Group Inc. and the Hewitt Foundation.
Over the last 20 years, he gained in-depth experience in various areas of finance, including mergers and acquisitions, budgeting, reporting and treasury. He led multiple merger and acquisition transactions in South America and Asia in the telecommunications industry while working for Bell Canada International and Telesystems. He also held various corporate finance positions at Air Canada and was the Treasurer at Aveos Fleet Performance between 2005 and 2010.
Roni’s experience includes running large finance and IT organizations, ERP implementation, structuring financing and M&A transactions.
Roni has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce as well as an MBA from McGill University. He joined the Board of the Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre Foundation in 2021.
After graduating from Concordia University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in French/English Translation and a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish, Kim fulfilled a life-long dream of working abroad and was fortunate enough to travel for over two years before coming back to her hometown of Montréal. This experience helped her gain a different perspective and challenged her to live and work outside her comfort zone.
After a career in Sales at Yellow Pages Group, she started a new chapter working at Hewitt Equipment Limited in January 2011 in Marketing. Combining her knowledge of Sales with the world of Marketing and Events in the construction industry was a new challenge Kim was ready to take on. Working her way through different positions, she was named Communications Director in July 2017.
Kim was appointed Vice President for the Hewitt Group Inc. following the sale of Hewitt Equipment Limited in October 2017. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Hewitt Foundation in June 2017.
In 2018, she joined the Board of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, and is member of the Marketing and Communications Committee. She has also co-chaired the Cedars Golf Classic since 2019 to help raise funds and awareness for surgical priorities in oncology. She has been a member of Royal Montreal Golf Club since 2013 and sits on its Communications Committee since 2019. In 2022, she was appointed Honorary Secretary of the Ladies’ Branch for the 2023 – 2024 seasons.
In alphabetical order
Standing (from left to right): Chantal Bourgeois, Jonathan Chabot, David Hewitt, Suzanne Bergeron-Hewitt, Roni Farah, Cecily Ranger.
Seated (from left to right): David McAusland, Kim Anderson, Jim Hewitt, Russell Hiscock, Luc Houle.
DAVID L. MCAUSLAND