Hitachi Capital Canada has announced that Gary Batchelor, senior vice-president, strategy and business development, equipment finance, passed away unexpectedly on 29 January.
François Nantel, president of Hitachi Capital Canada, said: “Gary was a devoted leader and most importantly a mentor to many over his 30-plus years in the equipment finance industry. Gary’s infectious laugh and contagious work ethic will be greatly missed by all.”
Batchelor was a member of the financing community since his beginnings in 1992. He arrived at CLE Capital in 2011 (CLE Capital is a subsidiary of Hitachi Capital America and its parent is Hitachi Capital Canada)
In 2019 he was promoted to senior vice-president, strategy and business development, equipment finance.
Batchelor was involved with the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association CFLA since 1997 and won the “Member of the Year” award in 2008.
Within the CFLA, Batchelor has been dedicated to promoting the industry as a career path of choice for up and coming individuals.
He was the chairman of the Education and Planning Committee. Whilst also being a contributing member of the Women in Asset Financing committee he, along with the committee members were recently awarded CFLA 2019 Member of the Year award at the annual CFLA conference last September in Vancouver.