The North American oil industry has been a constant source of discussion recently, and not just for U.S. companies. Knowing energy is also a core sector in Canada, we used that entry point to take a broader look at PE activity in the U.S.'s northern neighbor, which is coming off a record year. According to the PitchBook Platform, 180 deals have been made in Canadian companies this year thus far, setting what would be a decade-high pace were it not for the 245 deals in 2013 (30% more than any other year in the time frame). Exits are trending the same, with 49 liquidity events already second best since 2005, behind only 71 last year.
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Some industries tracking for their best years include environmental services and industrial supplies and parts. The 10 most active PE investors in the region have all been domestic firms, led by the 38 deals made by Toronto's TorQuest Partners.
Here is a quick look at some of the biggest PE deals in Canada this year (C$1 = $0.89 as of October 17):