About Us

Catalyst Software Finance is a leader in financing software in the SMB marketplace. Our company was founded by the owners of Catalyst Finance, which provides equipment leasing solutions for a range of industries including transportation, automotive, manufacturing, construction, professionals, medical, and others. Software financing was a niche that attracted our attention early on, but we quickly realized that the software financing and equipment leasing spaces were (and still are) very different. Banks were hesitant to finance software, which they often viewed as a “weaker asset”, and there were a limited number of financing companies offering distinct software financing solutions.

What the industry needed was a provider dedicated to software financing and capable of delivering creative, flexible, and competitive software financing solutions—exactly what Catalyst Software Finance was created to do.

Today, Catalyst Software Finance specializes in offering leasing financing for on-premise, subscription, and custom software as well as maintenance contracts to commercial customers across Canada and the US.

Through our mature relationships with financial underwriters from coast to coast, and because of our volumes and technology, we are able to find the best finance options based on individual requirements. We support a diverse range of markets as well as software solutions and have developed a cloud-based platform that makes it easy for customers to apply for competitive quotes online and get fast credit decisions.


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.


"We have been dealing with Chris and his team at Catalyst for over 6 years and we continue to deal with them because they get our leased deals done quickly and professionally."

Debbie Breuls  |  Bredet Services Inc.

"Iciniti has been dealing with Catalyst for years and we will continue to deal with as they are very good at leasing software in the Canadian market. They completed a deal for us recently where a large client of ours had a problem that Catalyst was able to solve and get us paid right away. We would recommend them to anyone."

Bill Parkinson  |  President, Iciniti Corporation

"Epicor has had a relationship with Catalyst for the last several years and they are true problem solvers.  We sell our solutions based on an ROI selling model and Catalyst provides the finance piece that allows us to completed out sales cycles."

Tony Alderdice  |  North American Sales Manager, Epicor

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