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Client Testimonials

We engaged Mendicant Group to help our national board take an evidence-based look at how we can best represent our growing community from all areas of the country. Mendicant was able to research and present different models of how other organizations do this and also analyze our internal practices to allow our board to make an informed decision. Our engagement with Mendicant was one of the best consulting engagements that we have had in terms of quality and fit – we found Alex and Rohit to be sensitive to our needs and able to take a customized and measured approach to our needs.

Brian Baker, National Executive Director (2013 to 2018), The Directors Guild of Canada

I’m on the board of an established and respected environmental NGO. Our goal for strategic planning was to review the mission and objectives, and to plan for growth over the next three years. The directors specified that strategic planning be done in one day. Mendicant’s approach worked well. The methodology is intuitive and easy to follow. Alex is an informed and engaging facilitator and Rohit is an excellent organizer. They enabled us to the make the best use of our time. We strongly recommend Mendicant for simple, affordable and actionable strategic planning.

John Willms, Board Member, Earthroots

We approached Mendicant Group to help us create a plan to grow our organization in a sustainable and strategic manner. Mendicant provided a straightforward, template-driven process that not only delivered a three-year plan for us, but also good content for our fundraising, advocacy and community engagement. Rohit and Alex were great to work with.

Jonathan Wood, Chair & Chief Engagement Officer, Toronto Accessible Sports Council (TASC)

Alex and Rohit led us through an excellent strategic planning process that helped us to determine what our organization should be doing over the next five years. We appreciated the fact that their methodology focused our attention on creating tangible outcome statements that then led us to create key actions to accomplish them. From our organizationís perspective, this was the most useful strategic planning process that we have had.

Mike Bender, Board Chair, Trans Canada Trail Ontario (TCTO)

We started working with Alex and the Mendicant team in 2006 and it's been a very productive relationship. They researched and wrote two business plans which had a significant impact on our annual growth. They have facilitated numerous sessions for us, worked with different staff teams on large and small projects, not the least of which was our 2009 national entrepreneurship summit. The work has been consistently strong and Alex is a very professional, passionate and committed person to work with.

Terry Campbell, Chief Operating Officer at Futurpreneur Canada (formerly known as CYBF)

We engaged Alex and Mendicant group to research the market for a military-to-entrepreneurship transition program. From their assessment, they designed The Prince's Operation Entrepreneur and helped us bring together the best partners to run it. They also designed and implement the annual evaluation for the program. Their work has been professional and innovative and has helped us make a difference in the lives of hundreds of former military professionals. We are very proud of the program and showcase it to others in the Prince's global network as a great example of what Canada has done in the field.

Amanda Sherrington, President and CEO at Prince's Charities Canada

We started working with Alex in 2005 and it's been an incredibly productive partnership. Through his work, we increased our revenue by more than 150% and now run what is arguably the most cost- effective small association in Ontario. With a modest staff complement, we have very low member attrition rates and regularly engage with the highest levels of government. Our annual cleantech business summit and lobby day at the legislature now attract hundreds of executives from across Ontario. Our board has enjoyed working with Alex and Marjan - we find them very professional and efficient with just the right amount of humour to complement their businesslike approach.

Derek Webb, Executive Vice President at Biorem and Chairman for the Ontario Environmental Industry Association

Alex and I worked together to design Ryerson's new SocialVentures Zone, an initiative to support students as they develop projects and enterprises that will change our civic and social landscape. We faced a real challenge translating Ryerson's overall commitment to zone learning into a workable vision for Humanities and Social Science students and others. Alex has an energy and enthusiasm for new ventures and social change that is contagious. The concept stage of this new initiative was not only extremely creative; it was fun. The idea we have developed is incredibly innovative and has been very well received by students, community leaders and the university. We look forward to working with Alex as he gives us some of his time as our new Social Innovator in Residence in 2014-15.

Monica Jako, Director of Strategic Planning and Administration at Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University

Alex and his team were an important part of the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth's 2011 Youth Leaving Care Hearings. The project, organized and run by youth with the support of the Advocate's Office, highlighted the systemic problems youth face when they leave the foster care system. Alex and his team were great to work with - always professional, focused and committed to the idea of helping these vulnerable youth.

James McGuirk, Project Lead at The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

We worked with Mendicant Group to assess our organization’s social enterprise and decide weather or not we should expand our operations. Mendicant provided us with a critical review of the processes we use as well as a cost analysis to help us understand the financial feasibility of our enterprise. Working with Mendicant saved us a lot of time and effort and provided us with a great review of gaps in our system and fixes needed. The final presentation was comprehensive and shed light on areas that we need to focus upon as UforChange embarks upon the next stage of organizational growth. We found the team to be professional and engaging to work with.

Chalo Barrueta, Executive Director at UforChange