Sometimes working harder isn’t enough to achieve the next level of performance. Stratford Managers has supported and accelerated results for clients at all stages of growth, from start-up to market expansion and commercialization as well as in turnarounds and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
Find out how Stratford Managers helped these clients achieve their potential!
Lee Valley is a family-owned business that has been serving users of woodworking and gardening tools since 1978.
Nordion provides market-leading products used for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. They are a leading provider of medical isotopes and gamma technologies that benefit the lives of millions of people around the world. Their products are used daily by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers, hospitals, clinics and research laboratories. Nordion supplies products to approximately 500 customers across more than 40 countries around the globe, and is a standalone business within Sterigenics International LLC, the global leader in outsourced contract sterilization services, gamma technologies and medical isotopes.
The Lowe-Martin Group
The Lowe-Martin Group is a printing and marketing services provider. In business since 1908, the company employs 480 people and operates printing plants in Mississauga and Ottawa. Lowe-Martin offers web printing, sheet-fed offset printing, colour and black digital printing, direct marketing, logistics and specialty stamp printing. Lowe-Martin’s e-business services, branded as OmniConnex, include order-entry systems, customized document creation and mobile application development.
In-Touch Survey Systems Ltd. operates under the trade name of “Intouch Insight” and provides real-time insights for business improvement. By providing connected data capture and analytics solutions they are able to bring insights from the field to their clients. Their client base includes many fortune 500 customers and has concentrations in the retail, foodservice & hospitality, gas & convenience, financial services, automotive and pharmaceutical industries.
Standards Council of Canada
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is a federal Crown corporation. It has its mandate to promote efficient and effective standardization in Canada.
IGNIS Innovations Inc.
IGNIS Innovation Inc. is an emissive display technology company providing innovative solutions to address the challenges faced by the industry.
IGNIS has worked closely with Stratford Managers over the last 6 years and appreciates greatly the relationship in place. As a small Canadian company based in Waterloo, Ontario, IGNIS has developed a sizeable Intellectual Property Portfolio. The key to our success has been the strength of our portfolio as our customers, who are also our competition, are the world’s largest display industry players. Ensuring our position in the market place when it comes to Intellectual Property management has been the role of Stratford Managers. Their depth of knowledge and ability to act as our “in house IP support” allows the team to focus more on the continued development of IP and our commercial success. Without Stratford’s support we would lose valuable time ensuring our IP strategy is executed as planned. In the world of IP it’s the smallest things that can trip you up and when you are focused on the end results, it is reassuring to have a knowledge team member who covers your back. For us the Stratford team are a key part of our success.
– Peter Monsberger, CEO, IGNIS Innovation Inc.
Formerly operating as IPeak Networks, Live QoS is the #1 provider of end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) solutions for real-time applications.
For over six years, Natalie Giroux and her team at Stratford Managers have proven to be key assets to our organization. Their ongoing involvement as our virtual yet hands-on IP Managers has resulted in the development of a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, and at the same time has allowed our engineers and executive team to keep their focus on delivery.
Stratford’s IP team has earned their place as one of our most valued strategic partners. I highly recommend them.
– Martin Horne, CEO, LiveQoS
Providing the most complete, current view of network health, Accedian dramatically improves visibility with actionable insights for peak reliability and quality of service (QoS). Accedian enables control over increasingly complex networks to increase agility and reduce cost. Most importantly, through a fully optimized and performance assured network, Accedian proactively ensures maximum uptime and quality of experience (QoE).
We have been working with Natalie Giroux and her team (Stratford Managers) since 2010. Natalie’s technical knowhow and experience has been instrumental in the development of our patent portfolio.
Natalie is a trusted advisor of ours on all matters relating to intellectual property. Natalie and her team have helped us defining our intellectual property strategy, building our patent portfolio and growing, within our organization, an awareness as to the importance of protecting the intellectual property.
And they have done all this in a professional, hands-on and cost effective manner.
– Patricia Brissette, VP Legal Affairs, Accedian Networks
Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation
We are the federal Crown corporation that contributes to the stability of the Canadian financial system by providing deposit insurance against the loss of eligible deposits at member institutions in the event of failure.
GENBAND is a global leader in real time communications software solutions for service providers, enterprises, independent software vendors, systems integrators and developers in over 80 countries. Its market-leading Network Modernization, Unified Communications, Mobility and Embedded Communications solutions enable customers to quickly capitalize on growing market segments and introduce differentiating products, applications and services.
Treasury Board of Canada
The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat provides advice and makes recommendations to the Treasury Board committee of ministers on how the government spends money on programs and services, how it regulates and how it is managed. The Secretariat helps ensure tax dollars are spent wisely and effectively for Canadians
BioHorizons uses science and innovation to create unique dental implant products with proven esthetic results. Our implants are lightweight, strong, biocompatible and made from titanium, the most widely used material in implant dentistry.
Harris/Decima is one of Canada’s most established names in public opinion and market research, with a 25-year track record of innovation and client satisfaction. Today, we are among Canada’s largest full service research firms and fastest growing success story.
We study consumers in more than 100 countries to give you the most complete view of trends and habits worldwide. And we’re constantly evolving, not only in terms of where we measure, or who we measure, but in how our insights can help you drive profitable growth.
Colliers International is Canada’s largest commercial real estate services company, providing a full range of services to real estate occupiers, developers and investors. Services include brokerage, real estate management, valuation, consulting, project management, project marketing and research.
Region of Peel
The Regional Municipality of Peel is a regional municipality in Southern Ontario, Canada. It consists of three municipalities to the west and northwest of Toronto: the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and the town of Caledon.
City of Brampton
Brampton is a city in Southern Ontario, Canada. It is a suburban city in the Greater Toronto Area and the seat of Peel Region. The city has a population of 523,911 as of the Canada 2011 Census, and is Canada’s ninth-most populous municipality.
Town of Newmarket
Newmarket is a town in York Region in the Canadian province of Ontario located north of Toronto. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area and Golden Horseshoe of Southern Ontario.
Township of Nipissing
Nipissing is an incorporated (political) township in Parry Sound District in Central Ontario, Canada. It is on Lake Nipissing and is part of the Almaguin Highlands region. Nipissing was surveyed between 1874 and 1881, and was incorporated in 1888.
MOSAID started as a semiconductor technology company. In the early days, we focused on inventing ways to improve Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) semiconductor chips, the primary form of computer memory. Over the years, we successfully licensed virtually the entire commodity DRAM industry to our memory patents—proving the value and importance of these inventions.
Ontario Securities Commission
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is an independent Crown corporation that is responsible for regulating the capital markets in Ontario.
Vancouver Foundation is Community Inspired. We connect the generosity of donors with the energy, ideas and time of people in the community. Together, we’ve been making meaningful and lasting impacts in neighborhoods and communities since 1943.
Ryerson University is a public research university located in downtown Toronto, Ontario. Its urban campus surrounds the Yonge-Dundas Square, located at the busiest intersection in downtown Toronto.
Upper Canada District School Board
Geographically, the UCDSB is one of the largest public school boards in Ontario. Our area includes the counties of Lanark, Leeds, Grenville, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott and Russell.
Sidense Corp is the Leading Provider of One Time Programmable (OTP) Non Volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions and brings Competitive Advantage to Integrated Circuit designers.
We went through our Audit for ISO 9001 and the auditor has recommended us for registration. I would like to give you (Colleen Kelley) credit for this accomplishment as not only did you play an important role in getting us to this point but also for your confidence that we could achieve it.”
– Xerxes Wania
CEO & President, Sidense
Sunwell is the leading global provider of advanced food preservation and cooling technology to industry leaders in over 40 countries. In the 1970’s Sunwell first originated Slurry Ice. Using our next generation Deepchill Preservation Technology, Sunwell significantly increases your yields, doubles shelf life and reduces your operating costs while helping you deliver only the highest quality products.
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is a leader in providing impactful risk management solutions that drive lasting business success for our customers. WSPS offers unparalleled health & safety expertise, insight and solutions for creating healthy work environments where employees thrive and businesses prosper.
Canadian Institute of Health Information
CIHI is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada’s health system and the health of Canadians. Our stakeholders use our broad range of health databases, measurements and standards, together with our evidence-based reports and analyses, in their day-to-day decision-making.
The Better Software Company
The Better Software Company offers a fully integrated Small Business Software solution to help owners Improve and Simplify their entire business, using a Software as a Service (SaaS) model.
CAE was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Canada. With customers in more than 190 countries, CAE has the broadest global reach of any simulation and training equipment and services company on the market.
City of Calgary
Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with numerous skyscrapers, owes its rapid growth to its status as the centre of Canada’s oil industry. However, it’s still steeped in the western culture that earned it the nickname “Cowtown,” evident in the Calgary Stampede.
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization. CNL is a world leader in developing peaceful and innovative applications from nuclear technology through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology and engineering.
As a leading provider of IP video software and systems, we work with certified partners and customers worldwide to transform video into usable business intelligence. We give them the tools they need to enhance security, mitigate risk, and reduce losses from theft and fraud.
At the heart of physician-led innovation, Joule fosters connections and drives health changes that have impact. Whether through innovation grants and labs, health hacking events, or our delivery of trusted products and services, Joule is the edge physicians need every day.
Insurance Cooperative of British Columbia
The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia is a provincial Crown corporation established in 1973 to provide universal auto insurance to B.C. motorists. We’re also responsible for driver licensing, and vehicle licensing and registration.
Zernam is an Ottawa based company that specializes in IT solutions and consulting for government and private organizations. We were founded by reputable and successful consultants with over 15 years’ experience in the public and private sectors, and this expertise is the backbone of our company.
Argonaut Rowing Club
The Argonaut Rowing Club offers programs for persons with disabilities, for those who want to learn to row, those who want to row recreationally, and programs for those who want to unleash their competitive nature on the water.
Posera and its subsidiary companies have grown into one of the most highly regarded providers of end-to-end hospitality technology. Headquartered in Toronto, and with offices in Europe, the UK, the US and Canada, Posera has systems installed in tens of thousands of businesses in over 25 countries.
A boutique full-service software development shop focused on enterprise mobile and web applications. They deliver custom solutions that connect mobile workers, link organizations with their customers and deliver fantastic user experiences.
You.i TV built an interface engine to power the world’s most beautiful multi-screen video applications. And, assembled a team of developers and designers who use You.i Engine every day to push the boundaries of what’s possible in a TV Everywhere experience.
The Regional Group
The Regional Group is an opportunistic real estate investment, development and asset management company. We develop and build real estate opportunities in Ottawa and Canada’s National Capital Region.
Canadian Medical Association
The CMA is a national, voluntary association of physicians and physicians-in-training. The CMA is a leader in engaging and serving physicians and is the national voice for the highest standards of health and health care. The CMA also provides leadership guidance to physicians, wealth management advice, and knowledge products and services through its subsidiaries, MD Financial Management and JouleTM, respectively.
With worldwide offices serving a broad range of global customers in a variety of discrete manufacturing industries, Kinaxis transforms the way companies run their supply chains and their businesses.
City of Mississauga
Mississauga is Canada’s 4th largest city located on Lake Ontario, next to Toronto. On the lakefront, Port Credit has shops, a working lighthouse and a marina with a grounded freighter. Multi-use trails wind through numerous city parks and woodlands. In the city centre, Mississauga Celebration Square hosts multicultural festivals and has a skating rink in winter.
Canadian Blood Services
Canadian patients depend on Canadian Blood Services to manage a safe, secure and cost-effective blood system. They bring quality to every aspect of their work – from collecting, testing and manufacturing blood, blood components and stem cells to knowledge creation and dissemination to conducting ground-breaking research.
AnywhereCommerce is a global mCommerce technology provider and industry innovator offering a suite of hardware, software and gateway solutions that deliver an end-to-end mobile payments experience supporting transactions initiated via mag-stripe, EMV chip and signature, and EMV chip and PIN.
“Stratford employs world class professionals possessing deep intellectual property experience . When we engaged Stratford four years ago,we were very dependent on them for our overall strategy . They executed flawlessly resulting in over a dozen granted patents won through hard fights against adversaries.”
– Michael Kron, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Anywhere Commerce.
Canadian Pharmacists Association
The pharmacy profession and health care in general are changing, creating new opportunities for pharmacists to focus on providing better patient care. Since 1907 the national, non-profit organization, Canadian Pharmacists Association, has charted the course through many developments in pharmacy, and continues to be the national voice of Canadian pharmacists.
Canada’s Capital University, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution dedicated to achieving the highest standards of scholarship.
City of Ottawa
The City of Ottawa is the corporate entity of municipal government in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The corporation is responsible for provision of services to the public as well as enforcement of municipal by-laws.
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is an independent organization funded by the federal government to accelerate action on cancer control for all Canadians. The Partnership works with cancer experts, charitable organizations, governments, cancer agencies, national health organizations, patients, survivors and others to implement Canada’s cancer control strategy.
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association represents urban municipalities including cities, towns, villages, summer villages and specialized municipalities and more than 85% of Albertans. It is a dynamic and evolving association, advocating the interests of members to the provincial and federal orders of government and other stakeholders.
The Alberta Municipal Services Corporation is a solutions-based company, successfully delivering innovative services to municipalities, municipally related organizations, and their employees for more than 40 years.
Calian is an Ottawa-based consulting firm and is publically traded on the TSX. Headquartered in Ottawa, Calian employs over 2,500 people with offices and projects that span Canada, U.S. and international markets. The company’s capabilities are diverse with services delivered through two divisions. The Business and Technology Services (BTS) Division is headquarted in Ottawa and includes the provision of business and technology services to industry, public and government in the health, training, engineering and IT services domains. Calian’s Systems Engineering Division (SED) located in Saskatoon plans, designs and implements complex communication systems for many of the world’s space agencies and leading satellite manufacturers and operators. SED also provides contract manufacturing services for both private sector and military customers in North America.
Coriant develops innovative and dynamic networking solutions for a fast-changing and cloud-enabled business world. The Coriant portfolio of SDN-enabled, edge-to-core transport solutions enables network operators to reduce operational complexity, improve utilization of multi-layer network resources, and create new revenue-generating services optimized for the evolving demands of business and consumer applications, including video, mobile, and cloud.
“Stratford Managers leaned-in to improve the articulation of our value proposition and advance our solutions marketing capabilities. This was crucial in building awareness and enabling our global sales team. As an interim member of my leadership team, Doug Michaelides led by example and helped raise our game overall.”
– Paul Smelters, EVP Product Management and Marketing at Coriant
Ross Video designs, markets, manufactures, and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in broadcast, distribution, live event and production applications.Read the Case Study.
Ross products are found in over 100 countries and are used 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to produce and distribute video and audio signals.
Senators Sports and Entertainment
Senators Sports and Entertainment is the corporation behind the Ottawa Senators NHL hockey team dedicated to delivering memorable entertainment experiences, building a stronger community and creating fans for life. Stratford Managers assisted the SSE in advancing their digital transformation directly linked with the client experience.
At Senators Sports and Entertainment we recognized that digital technologies were provoking significant changes in how we communicated with fans and how they expected to do business with us, but also how we leveraged technology to manage costs, grow revenues and create efficiencies. Isabelle at Stratford Managers Corporation was an important catalyst in helping the organization develop a strategic framework to address these opportunities. She worked with us to assess the organization’s digital readiness, align the executive team around a common vision, and establish a comprehensive digital strategy to support our corporate goals, improve our business performance and most importantly improve the fan experience.
– Erin Crowe, Former Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Alternate Governor – Senators Sports and Entertainment
At capitaltickets.ca, we understand that we have a critical role to play in supporting the fan experience. Buying a hockey or a concert ticket is a critical moment of truth in the customer experience but it is one of many steps in the customer journey which takes collaboration amongst many other stakeholders. Isabelle from Stratford Mangers was instrumental in helping us break down the silos between the lines of business and getting the Executive team aligned around a common digital vision. We were then able to develop a comprehensive digital road map, setting priorities and aligning resources to improve our business performance and the fan experience.
– Tom Gillis, GM – Capitaltickets.ca
Macadamian Technologies is a global software consultancy that helps companies create successful products. Product development leaders turn to Macadamian to develop product strategies, design compelling user experiences, and build quality software.
“Stratford Managers Corporation is a fantastic resource of high energy, hands-on business management experience. Stratford’s team approach to business growth allowed us to cover all angles right from the start and get to results lightning fast. Getting to the next level is challenging enough; working with Stratford we leveraged a team who had been there and done it. I recommend Stratford without hesitation to any business serious about their development and growth.”Read the case study.
– Frédéric Boulanger, President and CEO, Macadamian Technologies
TechInsights is the preeminent provider of sophisticated information services, consulting, and management software for technology companies seeking to leverage and protect their technology and intellectual property assets.
“UBM TechInsights embarked on an aggressive organizational rebranding campaign as a result of a corporate merger. We contracted with Stratford Managers for their assistance in the process of creating our new corporate identity and market launching the new company. The diligence and expertise that Stratford Managers brought to our assignment were incredibly valuable, enabling UBM TechInsights to meet our tight launch schedule. Of particular note was the work led by Stratford’s Doug Michaelides in refining our corporate value proposition. As well, the work ethic and approach they brought to the assignment allowed them to quickly become part of our Marketing team and contribute in a highly productive manner. There is no doubt that the success of this campaign was greatly assisted by our decision to engage with Stratford Managers Corporation.”
– Harry Page, Chief Executive Officer, UBM TechInsights
PlaSmart Inc. is a global toy distributor specializing in smart, simple, toys and games. PlaSmart began its journey to worldwide success with the introduction of The Original PlasmaCar in 2003 and today its products can be found in more than sixty countries on five continents.
“Stratford Managers was invaluable in my transition to CEO of PlaSmart. Initially, they were engaged to analyze and forecast product and inventory needs and to create and present a monthly sales and operating plan. After identifying the need for, and implementing processes and procedures, PlaSmart realized a positive impact to our business in very short time period. Stratford Managers understood each of our employee’s strengths and weaknesses and moved into a coaching and training role including getting long-term employees to”buy in” to our goals and vision. Stratford Managers has been a key advisor to our executive management team and I admire the level of integrity and leadership they provide.”
– Anne Leahy, CEO – PlaSmart
CANARIE Inc. is Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network, hundreds of times faster than the internet, which facilitates leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world.
“Stratford Managers Corporation provided CANARIE with high quality resources to assist in developing a new comprehensive and multi-faceted communications strategy, a concrete action plan, and tailored products which are helping to rebrand CANARIE as Canada’s Research and Innovation Network. They quickly understood our needs, delivered solutions, and helped us implement our plan.”
– Guy Bujold, former President and CEO, CANARIE Inc.
Fidus Systems Inc
Fidus Systems are specialists in high speed electronic product development. Fidus has delivered more than 750 products and projects for 180 customers across North America. Fidus transforms customers’ innovative concepts into great products on schedule and on budget.
“Jim and his colleagues at Stratford Managers provide a hands-on approach—based on years of experience—to enable Fidus to hone its strategic plans. Jim and his team understand how to hurdle obstacles, and are instrumental in providing the experienced insight that will enable us to successfully achieve our desired business growth.”
– Michael Wakim, President, Fidus Systems Inc.
Lumenera Corporation designs and manufactures digital cameras for industrial, scientific, security, and astro applications, as well as customized solutions for OEMs.
“Jim and the team at Stratford Managers Corporation have helped Lumenera by providing advice and experience that is directly relevant to what we do. By leveraging their experience and backgrounds we’ve improved financial performance and focus within key organizational areas. Jim is always willing to challenge ideas and tell it as it is, and I can count on his advice knowing that it’s backed up by a successful background and track record in leading and growing high tech companies.”
– Huw Leahy, President, Lumenera Corporation
ThinkRF is changing the paradigm of wireless signal analysis and spectrum management with a unique Wireless Signal Analysis solution that enables large-scale deployment of applications that were otherwise cost prohibitive.
“Jim Roche (Stratford Managers) has been a trusted advisor to ThinkRF since we were two people and a prototype. He has remarkable insight into the challenges that start-up founders and CEOs face. Jim’s advice has been instrumental in helping us transition through first sales to the next phase of growth.”
– Nikhil Adnani, CEO and Co-Founder
“Brian has served as ThinkRF’s CFO since November 2014. In that short period of time, Brian has been a key contributor to ThinkRF’s business strategies and development of ThinkRF’s business processes. Brian is both strategic and tactical, and can efficiently manage from strategy to plan to execution.”
– Tim Hember, President
Pleora Technologies pioneered the use of Gigabit Ethernet for real-time video connectivity and revolutionized industrial imaging. With this spirit of innovation, Pleora engineers networked video connectivity solutions for mission-critical applications.
“It’s a common problem in a small company to have thin management coverage across a wide variety of business disciplines. Stratford Managers’ depth of experience and flexible engagement process gives Pleora the opportunity to virtually expand our management team when we need to, in a cost-effective way.”
– Rob Lee, VP of Marketing & Sales, Pleora Technologies Inc.
GENREP provides generator solutions to Canadians. Their services and products include: design and supply complete systems including fuel storage, exhaust, sound attenuation, transfer switches and switchgear.
“Working with Stratford Managers has been a pleasure! They have provided invaluable recommendations, guidance and advice. Their ability to dive deep and assist with the implementation of recommendations was exactly what we were looking for. The breadth of knowledge has been unlike anything we’ve experienced from a Consulting company and it is comforting to know there is a whole team working together to help us – their customer. Thank you for your amazing service!”
– Genrep Ltd
CMC Microsystems partners with industry and universities in microelectronics research. The company services over 1500 researchers across 42 Canadian universities.
“Jim Roche took on the role of Interim CEO at CMC Microsystems for about seven months, during a critical time for the company. He was able to quickly establish himself with the Board, staff, and funders, and provide to all a sense of confidence that CMC was going in the right direction. I was Chair at the time and I consider CMC to be fortunate to have been able to secure Jim’s services. He did an outstanding job and left CMC in a stronger position when the continuing CEO was hired.”
– Chris Lumb, former Chair of the Board for CMC Microsystems
Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc. is a strategic management consulting firm that conducts original research and analysis, undertakes systematic evaluation of performance and provides strategic advice.
“Our experience with Jim Roche and his team at Stratford Managers has been exceptional! They understand my firm’s challenges, and provide insightful and practical advice I can execute today to get better results.”
– David B. Watters, President, Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc.