Neil Johnson is an Executive Director and Duke Royalty’s Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for the overall strategic direction and performance of the company. Working closely with the other Board members and the Investment Committee, he leads all deal origination, due diligence and structuring.
Mr. Johnson has over 20 years of experience in investment banking, merchant banking, and research analysis in both the Canadian and UK capital markets. In 2012 he co-founded and became Chief Executive Officer of Difference Capital Financial, a Canadian publicly listed merchant bank. For the previous 19 years he worked for Canaccord Genuity, first in Canada and later at Canaccord London rising to the positions of Head of Corporate Finance (Europe), Global Head of Technology, and a member of the Global Executive Committee. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in the firm becoming authorised as a nominated adviser for AIM and regulated in the UK and London Stock Exchange Main Market listings; he spearheaded the firm's diversification into the technology industry, and led Canaccord’s initiative to attract North American firms to list in London.
During his tenure the Canaccord European operation grew revenues from less than £5 million to over £50 million, completed over 100 transactions and raised in excess of £3 billion for North American companies listed in London.
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.