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About Catalyst

Catalyst is an industry-leading leasing company committed to offering best-in-class financing solutions to businesses across Canada.

We have been financing equipment for businesses of all sizes, from entrepreneurs to larger commercial enterprises since 2005.

We even build specialized leasing programs for all of our vendor partners.

The Catalyst Mission

In an ever increasingly competitive market, the ability to provide our clients with value-added services is a distinct key advantage.

With our strong knowledge and expertise across a variety of industries, Catalyst Finance can continue to serve our clientele with the excellent service support they require.

One Client at a Time

Catalyst delivers purpose-built solutions to satisfy each and every customer and vendors’ unique needs.

We specialize in making the leasing process simple and efficient.


Chris Waite

Chris Waite is a software leasing evangelist with Catalyst Software Finance. Since 2003, he has helped software sellers create financing solutions for their clients while providing commercial customers with rapid, flexible, and competitive access to the financing they need.

Before founding Catalyst Finance, Chris sold software with Triad Systems (which eventually became part of Epicor). After using leasing to sell enough software to earn a few trips to Hawaii, Chris was converted.

When Chris isn’t creating solutions for the financial buyer, he coaches his daughter’s hockey team, 3-putts a lot, and begs his wife for another dog.

Peter Knight

Peter has been in the industry since 1983 (or “forever” according to his staff). He has held sales and leadership roles at some great companies GE Capital, AT&T Capital, and MCAP and has been involved in developing leasing programs for companies like Dell and Ingram Micro.

Peter joined Catalyst in 2008 to help us grow and continues to work closely with the underwriters to continue to develop leading-edge solutions for the software market.

Outside of work, Peter’s great passions are spending time with his kids and grandkids, enjoying time at the lake, and woodworking.

Mary-Ellen McIntosh

Mary-Ellen McIntosh has over 25 years of Commercial Leasing experience in building programs and helping companies, increase revenues, increase funnel speed and closing more business.

Based on industry experience, Mary-Ellen is able to provide exceptional support, expertise and partnerships to ensure companies can provide a great customer experience to support their growth with financing solutions.

As a top recognised performer in her industry, and business development leader, Mary-Ellen brings; the expertise, passion and commitment to support the business needs in several verticals across Canada. Mary-Ellen is directly involved with the strategic direction of Catalyst.

John Paul (JP) Santarelli

John Paul (JP) Santarelli has just over 8 years of Commercial Leasing/Financing experience and specializes in coming up with unique offerings for both the vendor and end user clients to better serve there businesses. Software and IT has been JP’s specialty however has grown his network significantly in the construction and transportation industry.

He has been able to grow his business to a level that would be comparable to those that have been in the business for 25+ years and continues to strive for additional business by leveraging his strong client relationships.

JP is adamant on making the commercial lending world more efficient by incorporating FinTech with the majority of his offerings to ensure that there is a level of ease and convenience at point of sale for both the vendors and end users.

Through relationships, hard work and a forward thinking mind-set, JP is committed to helping businesses grow significantly but also focused on ensuring a simple and easy process throughout. JP is directly involved with the strategic direction of Catalyst and he has been hands on in the development of the vendor portal.


We’re searching for great people to join our team!

Catalyst Finance Company just celebrated its 16th year in business and experienced 112% year-over-year growth in 2020.  Why? Because we added the best people and supported them with the latest technology while offering additional products.

People have excelled in our model because they understand the leasing business.


  1. Adding exceptional Talent
  2. Sales support with the latest technology
  3. Strong Vendor & End User Relationships
  4. Providing all staff with a better work life balance

Catalyst offers a competitive Industry compensation plan, integrated technology, and processes to support ease of use with automated marketing plans. Catalyst also offers an Exit Strategy to earn money after you retire.

We believe that you can have both an abundant business AND personal life at the same time. Let us be your CATALYST for success!

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