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Experience Where it Counts

As a boutique firm we pride ourselves on the ‘co-active’ relationships we develop with our clients and network partners. Together, we make each other better and together we build the most practical and affordable ways to solve real-life governance issues. Amongst our team we’ve seen, done, developed or implemented something that will usually let us begin your project a the “80% ready-to-go” mark. Continuous improvement is built into our DNA and ensures that each new client assignment benefits from the dozens that have occurred before. And, in the rare instance something is entirely ‘new’ we have a vast network of trusted professionals ready to answer our call and lend a hand at a moment’s notice.  

Our Team


Brad Quinn, Founder, CEO & President

Brad holds an honours bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Brock University. He is a seasoned consultant, coach and advisor to boards and executives with decades of hands-on experience in not-for-profit governance, leadership, and strategy.

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Gary Simonsen, Vice President

Holding Bachelor and Masters degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University Gary has an extensive background in association management. He has been the CEO of one Canada's largest national associations, participated as a Chair and Director on national boards, and run a locally based not for profit.

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Joe McReynolds, Associate

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts (pre-medical science) from the University of Ottawa and a Master degree in Social Work from the Wilfred Laurier University. After many years in senior leadership positions with the Ontario Public Service – in Community and Social Services, Municipal Affairs and Economic Development and Trade, Joe has continued his passion for innovative community development and capacity building.

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Bill Harrington, Governance Advisor

Bill has a Bachelor’s degree (major in English) from Carleton University and graduated cum laude with a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa. He has 40 years of legal experience, both as a litigator and as an in-house counsel.

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Darlene Hyde, Governance & Strategy Advisor

A retired chief executive officer and seasoned board director, Darlene brings perspectives from both sides of the board table. With pan-Canadian executive experience in a range of  key economic sectors, including extensive experience in member based... 


Mary Van Buren, Governance & Strategy Advisor

Mary holds an MBA in international business from McGill and a B.Com from the University of Ottawa. Fluent in both English and French, she is also a Certified Association Executive. Mary made history as the first female president of the Canadian Construction Association,


Bill Sedgwick, Strategy Advisor

Bill has a Degree in Education and post graduate diploma in business and began his career studying education at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. After training teachers in Soweto, Bill joined the Standard Bank Group which employs over 30,000 people. There he managed the Organizational Development function while...


Suanne Miedema has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MBA from York University Schulich School of Business, and the ICD.D designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Suanne Miedema, MBA, ICD.D, Associate


With over 20 years' corporate experience working alongside leaders in a variety of industries across North America, Cynthia believes the success and sustainability of any business or endeavor is directly related to the effectiveness of those leading it.

Cynthia Moffatt, CPCC, PCC, Associate


Sandra Quinn, Associate

Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration and is an accredited Project Management Professional (PMP). Sandra has a unique blend of private, public, for-profit and not-for-profit perspectives.


Chanel Grenaway, Associate

Chanel has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, and brings a range of expertise from working with Foundations, multi-service non-profit organizations, and within the public sector specifically through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens.


Diane Slopek-Weber, Associate

Diane cut her communications chops at one of Canada's most respected brands - Tim Hortons. Over 19 years, she managed all aspects of communications - from internal to external - as the chain grew from 1,000 stores owned by Wendy's International, through the IPO and to the final purchase by private equity.


Stephen Hodson, Creative Associate

Steve has worked and is recognized internationally for his abilities to develop compelling visual communications that deliver on increased brand awareness and growth for Fortune 500 corporate entities. Steve also takes pride in assisting smaller, niche companies find their voice within what can often be a crowded and competitive marketplace.

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