Dwayne Bertrand

Senior Managing Director, Hancock Natural Resource Partners

Dwayne is responsible for global acquisition sourcing and dispositions efforts across the timber and agriculture platforms, predominately focused on opportunities with vertically integrated operations, land based value-add strategies, and/or credit and minority equity investments. Dwayne also currently sits on HNRG’s Natural Resource Investment Committee.  Prior to HNRG, Dwayne was Vice President & Senior Managing Director – Head of North America Workout & Recovery at Manulife Financial where he and his team were responsible for management and oversight of problem credits (public, private and mezzanine/equity) in Canada and the United States. He also was responsible for new investment approvals for debt and equity along with approving all investment amendments, covenant waivers, and credit restructurings. Dwayne has been with John Hancock/Manulife for 22 years and is a seasoned corporate banker/investor with over 33 years of business development, relationship management, credit and workout experience, primarily in the agribusiness world.  From 1986 to 2013, Dwayne lent long and short-term capital to the agricultural industry, from the farm-gate to the retail grocery store (processing, storage, foodservice and other vertically integrated food companies).  Starting in 1997, Dwayne managed the West coast food team for John Hancock where he grew the investment portfolio from $350mm to $2.8 billion. He later went on to manage the U.S. food team for John Hancock with over $4.8 billion in investments before he moved into the credit role in Boston.  Dwayne has attended Pacific Coast Banking School, and has an undergraduate degree from California State University, Fresno (emphasis in accounting & finance) and an executive MBA from Golden Gate University where he was on the honor roll.  He also attended two of the Harvard business school executive food and agribusiness programs.