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Michael Caputo

MANAGING PARTNER

Michael is a trusted advisor to boards of directors in the energy, energy services, mining, and life sciences industries. For almost 20 years, Michael has advised the boards of directors and management teams of both publicly traded and privately held companies on executive and board of director compensation matters.  In 2006, he founded Lane Caputo Compensation, with partner Russell Lane, to meet the needs of small and medium sized businesses as they face an increasingly complex and often contentious executive compensation environment.

With a focus on small and medium sized companies, Michael understands the human capital needs and growth challenges of his clients. With this understanding, he advises his clients on practical and defensible executive and board compensation arrangements to reflect their current stage of development, while providing a roadmap for additional rigor and governance oversight as the company grows. Michael is passionate about providing true value – acting concisely and quickly to help clients interpret ever-changing regulatory and governance influences, to design compensation programs that address the needs of executives and shareholders.

Michael’s early career progressed through increasingly strategic roles with global human resource consulting firms Mercer, Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt.  At Watson Wyatt, Michael led the Executive Compensation Practice for Western Canada. Michael received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary in 1997.  He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science.

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Russell Lane

PARTNER

Russell is a sought after advisor in the financial services industry, with more than 40 years experience, spanning two continents.  Russell has internationally recognized expertise in: selective executive compensation; business continuation planning; and wealth strategy planning for corporate owners and private entrepreneurs.  In 2006, he founded Lane Caputo Compensation, with partner Michael Caputo, to meet the needs of small and medium sized businesses in the executive compensation environment.

Russell specializes in designing retention packages and retirement arrangements for private corporations in order to provide reward for tenure for senior executives, thereby facilitating the succession planning process.  Russell’s intimate knowledge of insurance, re-insurance and capital transfer strategies provides true value to our clients.

Russell’s career began in England in Communications and Advertising; he then went on to become an in-house consultant to the most valued client of one of the world’s foremost property and casualty insurance groups.  Russell was inspired to open his own financial consultancy firm in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he became the leading authority in his field; he was retained by South Africa’s largest multi-national financial group to work with their leading corporate clients.  Russell was educated in London, England.

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Trevor Meyer

PRINCIPAL

Trevor’s career has spanned the financial services industry. And since 2006, he has been strategically advising Boards of Directors on the planning and execution of their corporate compensation matters at Lane Caputo.

Trevor’s approach to helping clients is served by his holistic life perspective, of not simply observing, but diving in to “appreciate and understand”. This instinct, to appreciate and understand, is what Trevor employs daily for clients who count on him to help them understand what does and does not apply to them. Regulators, governance organizations, and shareholders all create ‘noise’ that their issue is important; Trevor’s strength is to look strategically at the short, medium and long-term, to map out how a company should respond in today’s complex executive compensation environment.

Trevor is passionate about enabling his clients to do what they do best technically while he focuses on delivering a sound compensation program that will attract, retain and incent the client’s key talent. He consistently delivers sound compensation programs that drive shareholder value, comply with regulatory guidelines, and fit within each company’s philosophical and strategic plans.

Trevor began his career at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and moved on to the Personal Financial Planning division of TE Financial Consultants where he completed the Canadian Securities Course and earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designations.

Trevor is a member of Calgary Total Rewards Network and World at Work, and volunteers with the Calgary Food Bank and The Mustard Seed. He is currently working towards his Certified Compensation Professional designation (CCP) as well as his Compensation Management Specialist designation (CMS). He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance.

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Wilson Mitchell

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION ANALYST

Wilson’s area of expertise is compensation analysis for energy, energy services, mining, and life sciences industries for both national and international organizations.  His areas of analytical focus include: salaries (i.e. benchmarking, planning and structure development); short term incentive plans (i.e. developing job family targets and performance metrics); and, long term incentive plans (i.e. analyzing plan types, alternatives and plan redevelopment).

His international research includes organizations with operations in Africa, Asia and South America.  International operations offer unique challenges that Wilson has helped clients navigate through, including: compensation practice prevalence; country inflation; exchange rate variance; and expatriate practices.

Wilson is a long standing volunteer with the Calgary Stampede Downtown Attractions Committee; currently, he is Vice-Chairman of the Square Dance Committee. He is working towards his Certified Compensation Professional Designation (CCP). Wilson received a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary.