• Testimonials

Publishing Services

Business Publishing

“Kim is a wonder when it comes to creating or improving our Power Points.  I appreciate that I can give her a sense of tone or style (professional and serious; funny; tailored to engineers) and she finds the right graphics and look that works.  She has a great ability to clean up our slides – make them easy to view and easy to comprehend.  Other times she builds the presentation from scratch – I provide her content for each slide and she makes it happen.  Everything comes back improved and with a minimal of supervision.  She is a great secret weapon for our organization – effective in her time and able to make us look much better than if we were left to our own devices!”

Anne Bermingham2WA Consulting Inc.

Business Publishing

“With the introduction of the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) July 1st, 2014, it was important for us to ensure…compliance. Tandem Thinkers designed and delivered a creative and effective seminar to help us understand both the intent, and the protocols, for ensuring compliance.”

Genevieve Singh Manager, Communications - Town of East Gwillimbury

Building Strategy

Building Strategy

“We retained Tandem Thinkers to build a business plan with supporting financials to both qualify and quantify a market we intend to enter. Part of our strategy included getting federal government support for the significant financial investment we would be undertaking. In about 5 weeks, Tandem Thinkers produced a document that we felt was solid, and we were delighted to hear feedback from the government that the business plan was extremely well written, that this was something they would want to fund, and inquiring if either my partner or myself had an MBA. Tandem Thinkers did a fantastic job and we would recommend anyone considering building or revisiting their business plan to call Tandem Thinkers.”

Stéphane DeschênesCo-Owner, AEC Daily Inc.

Building Strategy

 “We retained Tandem Thinkers to manage a program for entrepreneurs for the last several years which has given Doug repeated opportunity to demonstrate his abilities in teaching, coaching, and mentoring entrepreneurs as the organize themselves and their business ideas into a sustainable plan. I have recommended Tandem Thinkers to other public organizations based on their abilities and contribution.”

Daniela MazzaferroSmall Business Consultant, The Regional Municipality of York

Building Strategy

“. . . Doug is a great source of insight and opportunities for improvement. He doesn’t just provide opinions – he has points of view. His goal is to help businesses move forward and he believes that both urgency and joy are key ingredients for consultant-client relationships. Doug’s great sense of humour makes for easy work relationships and I will gladly recommend him to organizations that are serious about moving ahead.”

Evert AkkermanHR Director / Principal Advisor at XNL HR & Communications

Building Strategy

“. . . I was impressed with Doug’s ability to synthesize complex community and . . . issues into a simple visual model, and at the same time pay attention to the details it takes to ensure success . . .”

 “. . . I recommend Doug as a great asset for any project requiring creative thinking, complex issues and involving multiple stakeholders . . .”

Francis Loughheed Management Consulting and Facilitation

Building Strategy

 “. . . Doug approached the needs with passion and urgency, becoming a trusted advisor . . . as a solution provider and subject matter expert. . .”

Terry RussellPrincipal at Russell and Partners

Building Strategy

 “. . . Doug . . . enabled me to create a sound business plan based on realistic goals and a thorough evaluation of my business operations, sales, marketing strategy and sales forecast.”

Julie WilliamsOwner, Pretty in Pictures

Building Strategy

“Doug gave good advice and business strategy despite not being in a similar business. Always trying to help in any way.”

Samantha LahonenOwner, Samantha Lahonen Wellness

Building Strategy

“I score Doug 10 out of 10! He is like a guide, leading you but not telling you what to see!”

Nicole WestonOwner, Professional Lifestyle Services

Building Strategy

 “. . . Doug has the ability to fashion ideas and information and deliver them in reports and presentations to both business and community organizations in a compelling and understandable way . . .”

Dan Ruby Small Business Consultant at York Small Business Enterprise Centre

Building Strategy

“. . . Doug’s leadership . . .  proved to be pivotal . . . [and] . . .  demonstrated Doug’s skills in effective research, report writing, and building and delivering a compelling presentation . . .”

George SchrijverPrincipal at WCM Consulting Inc.

Building Strategy

 “Doug, thank you for your amazing contribution with helping me build my business plan . . . You really helped shape the foundation of my business, and truly taught me a lot.”

Rachael SenjuleFounder & Creative Director at Love Lakeri

Building Strategy

“. . .[Doug] was able to summarize the myriad of detailed information and present it to the committee in an understandable format. He also provided the . . . team with concrete suggestions on how they could engage the community in the process. . . . Doug’s skill sets are an asset to any organization.”

John Eaton Councillor, Town of East Gwillimbury

Building Strategy

“I finally finished my Business Plan! Your knowledge, writing and verbal skills are amazing. I have learned so much about how to do business and understand why my business was not progressing the way I wanted.”

Melva VillanuevaOwner at MVH Design

Building Strategy

 “. . . Thinking creatively, being a strong contributor, attention to detail, and commitment to success are only some of the attributes Doug brings to a project. . . .”

Bob Kyriakides Business Owner: Digital Hero

Building Strategy

“[Doug has] . . . high business acumen and integrity, solid core values, experiential knowledge, responsible initiative and “deliver” within tight time lines. . . we leveraged Doug’s professionalism, relationships, and communications skills to package the story. . . Doug’s experience in economic development working with both the private and public sector has made him a solid asset.”

Gary Foch Member of the Board at GGEC

Building Strategy

 “. . . Doug brings a wealth of skills and relationships in both business and municipal government. . . . His professional drive and passion  . . .  make him a great asset . . .”

Cathy Nesbitt Business Owner: Cathy’s Crawly Composters

Building Sales

Building Sales

 “. . . [Doug] researched our competition, mapped our likely stakeholders and their respective priorities, and forged a compelling report and presentation out of the work. Doug’s ability to simplify complex issues, communicate key messages and link business and community priorities makes him a strong contributor wherever he engages.”

Dan StoneEconomic Development Officer

Building Sales

“Doug is one of the most professional, detail-oriented individuals I have ever met with a keen understanding of partner relations and sales process/psychology.”

Michael DoucasEnergy Entrepreneur, Strategic Business Development Advisor to Growth Stage Companies

Building Sales

 “. . . Through Doug’s leadership and innovative thinking, we were able to develop . . .  cornerstone . . .  solutions . . . and provide strategic ideas . . .”

Bill OliphantVice President

Building Sales

“Doug is a customer oriented individual. His passion for the customer and in driving results is infectious. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Doug over a number of years.”

Scott LightfootConsulting Services at IBM Canada

Building Sales

“Doug made himself available on very short notice…[and]… brought a combination of key skills to the team including a shared sense of urgency, strategy, creativity and a passion to win. His marketing and analytical skills strengthened our ability to create a powerful story. It was great to have Tandem Thinkers on our team.”

Donna IngramManager of Strategic Initiatives, Town of East Gwillimbury

Building Teams

Building Team

“Mentor-Coach Program meetings are helping me a lot in terms of clarity of thoughts, planning and implementing ideas, taking up new challenges and overall making me a better and better manager day by day!!!Thank you so much.”

Shilpa ChoksiManager, Spectrum Institute

Building Team

“Thank you for your guidance and mentorship . . . couldn’t have done it without you. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you! ”

Marcus SchwanOwner, Music by Marcus

Building Team

 “Doug is a very experienced professional who has a lot of wisdom to share in mentoring and coaching.”

Felicia GiangualanoOwner, Golden Goddess Organic (Tanning Spa)

Building Team

 “The level of coaching and mentoring I got from Doug, I really appreciated. It was such a solid foundation for my business.”

Rachael SenjuleOwner, Love Lakeri

Building Team

“Doug provided insightful and positive coaching and mentoring, directly helping my business.”

Judith McCannOwner, Haptic Health and Chiropractic

Building Team

“With respect to Mentoring and Coaching, working with Doug was a positive, enjoyable experience.”

Kaitlin Hargrave Owner, Aurora Foot Clinic

Building Team

“Doug, you were amazing. I can’t thank you enough for all of your support and help!”

Carlin JessopOwner, Carlin Jessop Agency

Building Team

“I knew what I wanted, and I felt very good about the coaching and mentoring I received from Doug.”

Victoria FenningerOwner, Fenninger Racing

Building Team

“Doug was fantastic in terms of his ability to coach and mentor me.”

Heather GarriockOwner, Crown + Pride

Building Team

“I definitely benefited from the program. Doug was very prompt and insightful . . . I am a more confident leader and communicator.”

Deepak Perhar Manager, Spectrum Institute

Building Team

“. . . the interactive nature of the sessions and particularly the one-on-one feedback received from Doug . . . has all been phenomenal!”

Julie WilliamsOwner, Pretty in Pictures

Building Team

“Doug has a wide breadth and depth of experience in business, with a keen focus on what needs to be done. His dedication to supporting local businesses makes him an ideal mentor/coach for small business and entrepreneur. . .”

Eva GreffEnergy and Sustainability Consultant at NewSpring Energy