I Love This Work
I love working collaboratively with teams of people who are passionate about making their communities and world a better place. This has been my passion for almost 30 years, working throughout Canada and the US - in big cities, small towns, and rural communities. Click here for my resume. I'm an independent consultant, and I draw upon a deep network of experienced colleagues. Together, we can change the world. Let's get started...
CLIENTS WE SERVE
We work with a range of different organizations, throughout Canada.
Individual nonprofits and community groups looking to start new or grow existing social enterprises.
Funders, networks, and other intermediaries looking to provide a valuable service to their grantees, members, and clients.
Other consulting firms and service providers looking to subcontract and add value to their existing services.
THE CHALLENGES WE HELP WITH
We can help you to confidently work through the entire enterprise development cycle...
WE CAN HELP YOU (RE)ASSESS...
We can help you articulate and refine your impact and business goals, assess your enterprise capabilities and (for existing enterprises) your actual performance, and gain fresh insight into your industry and customers.
Informed by your assessment, we can help you to identify, develop, and test high-potential opportunities to start a new enterprise or enhance your existing enterprise.
We can help you to identify the critical next steps to move your new or improved enterprise forward. While this may require developing and pitching an investment-ready business plan, it more likely will involve laying out a simple plan to test your "minimum viable enterprise". In either case, we can help you secure the resources you need, and do what is required to be ready to act with confidence.
AND (RE)LAUNCH YOUR ENTERPRISE.
Recognizing that the plans and preparation are only the beginning, we can support you to launch your enterprise, and make the course corrections that are inevitable. Then, when you're ready, we can help you to go around the development cycle again, starting with assessing your enterprise's performance.
SERVICES WE PROVIDE
We draw upon a comprehensive range of services (listed below)
to create custom solutions that meet the unique needs of each client.
RESEARCH + EXPERT ADVICE
We provide insight and advice, informed by decades of experience and customized research.
COACHING + FACILITATION
We support individuals, teams, and communities to make and act on informed, shared decisions.
We build capacity to launch, grow, and manage enterprises, through practical webinars, workshops, and extended programs.
CUSTOM PROGRAM DESIGN
We design and build custom social enterprise training, coaching, and development programs for intermediary organizations and even other consulting firms.
As a professional consultant, I know that we're selling more than just advice to our clients. We're offering a trusting, collaborative working relationship, where we combine our technical expertise with our clients' experience, to create something new and amazing together.
"It was a pleasure working with Andy. He assisted us with our first business plan for our research, training and dissemination unit. This process required my team, Andy and I to work very closely to ensure objectives were met and that we produced the right business plan for our unit and agency. His guidance, expertise and direction were excellent - the end result - a business plan that helped move our unit to produce the desirable outcomes to get us to the next level in our development."
Leena Augimeri, Centre for Children Committing Offences
"Andy was great to work with as we worked through our first-ever business plan for a social enterprise within our community benefit organization. He got our 'big picture' interests, yet was detail-oriented to the extent that we came up with a plan that would move us forward. Andy was a good colleague and an excellent consultant!"
Gayle Valeriote, Volunteer Centre of Guelph-Wellington
Over the years, I have developed strong working relationships with a diverse network of peers - other independent consultants, whose expertise and experience complements my own. I am able to flexibly work with or refer to my colleagues, as required by my clients' needs and priorities.
AUTHENTICITY CONSULTING, LLC
Authenticity Consulting, LLC, is a world-leader in customizing highly collaborative group coaching programs in which participants guide and support each other to learn coaching skills, solve complex problems and cultivate deep networks. The company also provides state-of-the-art nonprofit capacity building in all aspects of nonprofit organizations.
Richard is a lawyer based in Nova Scotia. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1991 and the Nova Scotia Bar in 2006, after he and his family relocated from Vancouver Island. He is a sole practitioner focusing on four fields: charity and non-profit law, public sector organizations and issues, First Nations issues, and teaching and training. Richard’s clients are a wide range of charitable organizations, foundations, non-profit organizations, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, First Nations organizations and communities and public bodies across Canada.
Laurie brings to her work over 20 years experience in community development as a community developer, facilitator / coach, and co-founder of several community initiatives in her home community of Musquodoboit Harbour. She is currently Director of Strategic Development and Custom Learning for the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia, and specializes in community engagement, board governance and strategic planning. She also led a project for United Way Halifax on neighbourhood hubs, and is particularly interested in place-based approaches to building more inclusive and resilient communities.
Wendy Keats has been involved in co-op and community economic development nearly 40 years. She was a founding member of the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick (CECNB) in 2007 and was so excited by the possibilities for building strong economies in NB through co-op and social enterprise development that she gave up her private consulting practice to become CECNB’s first Executive Director. Wendy has worked with hundreds of community groups in organizational development, strategic planning, governance, management, performance measurement, and a wide range of other areas related to the development of successful business and social impact ventures.
"Over the past 25+ years I’ve been a newspaper columnist, founded a digital marketing agency, a neighborhood coffee shop (voted best coffee shop in Columbus, Ohio two years running!), a consulting firm that I recently sold, and I have been an Executive Director of a national USA-based nonprofit organization. Based on these experiences, I’ve found my sweet spot: helping mission-driven organizations, large and small, become more innovative and entrepreneurial to create more and better results. Visit my LinkedIn profile for more about me and my work."
THIRD SECTOR ENHANCEMENT LTD.
Third Sector Enhancement is a multi-generational family business with works with clients to identify their goals and create plans to achieve them. Third Sector focuses their work on strategic planning, program and policy development, and stakeholder engagement to support strategic decision making.
For over a decade, Jonathan Wade has worked closely with hundreds of organizations and individuals providing hands-on practical approaches for early stage ideation, social enterprise training, governance models, market research, business planning, financing strategies, marketing approaches, and social impact measurement. He brings particular skills to early stage development and incorporation decisions, effective marketing and branding, and strategies to renew and invigorate social enterprises that have seen reduced sales or social impact. Jonathan is the principal at Social Delta, a consulting business based in Ottawa providing support to social entrepreneurs across Canada.