Meet your 2020 CMC-Ontario FCMCs

December 2, 2020

The Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario (ICMCO or CMC-Ontario) announced at its Wednesday December 2nd Awards Celebration recognition of eight Fellow Certified Management Consultants distinctions, plus eight new Certified Management Consultant designations.

The award recipients for the Fellows designation have satisfied all of the criteria identified in the CMC-Ontario Council bylaws. The recipients of this year’s FCMC awards are each highly regarded Certified Management Consultants who have secured recognition as an outstanding professional, and in so doing have brought credit to the Certified Management designation and the management consulting profession as a whole. Each of our eight recipients is a Certified Management Consultants in good standing. The new Fellows listed below have all provided exceptional services to the profession through work in or on behalf of the Institute, its Member Services Chapters, other provincial or regional Institutes of Certified Management Consultants in Canada, and/or CAMC. Plus they have contributed as volunteers in their communities. All members of CMC-Ontario, including those members working outside Ontario, are eligible for the Fellow designation.

CMC-Ontario thanks each of our new FCMC’s for their contributions.

Dominique Dennery, FCMC
Eastern Ontario Chapter

Dominique Dennery started her Management Consulting career in the federal public service in communications and public affairs, first at Health Canada then at the Public Service Commission. She was drawn to the field of Human Resources in the Federal Government. In 1992, Dominique began her Management Consulting career. 

Dominique has contributed to the Management Consulting Profession via the Eastern Ontario Chapter in many ways.  From 2016 to 2019, Dominique joined the Eastern Ontario CMC Board as Director of Membership, Recruitment and Retention, focusing on revitalizing the brand with young people. Dominique established a relationship with the Telfer Career Center that led to the organization of a successful event on campus and helped to start a student chapter.

Additionally, Dominique has helped Ontario launch the Strategic Change Design Workshop geared to young professionals which is now part of the CMC Professional Development curriculum.

Over the years Dominique has worked with other Eastern Ontario directors to re-establish a mentoring program in EOC and also has worked closely with other Ontario chapters on recruitment and membership initiatives.

In summary, Dominique has always been at the forefront in progressive organization development and human resources management practices to address the issues of the day. Because she always put “people first”, she is a much-sought facilitator of strategic planning sessions and coach at the highest levels of the Government of Canada.

For the past two decades, Dominique has made valuable contributions in a volunteer capacity to the communities where she has worked and lived. Examples include: 

Through an NGO, she delivered volunteer workshops on Group Facilitation Skills to disadvantaged youth from the North End of Montreal who aspired to lead community organizations for youth.

As an accomplished sculptor, Dominique was chosen by the Montreal Haitian Community to sculpt the bronze bust of Toussaint Louverture -- an emblematic figure of the fight for freedom in the early 19th century. This bust was gifted to the city of Montreal by the Haitian Community

Dominique, on behalf of CMC-Ontario and Eastern Ontario, thank you for your contributions!

Eileen Gordon, FCMC
Eastern Ontario Chapter

Over the course of her career as a Certified Management Consultant, Eileen Gordon has developed a varied set of specialties, including Business Strategy, IT Consulting and Risk Management. Eileen consults to clients in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

Since becoming a CMC, Eileen has volunteered her time as a sponsor to encourage and assist prospective CMCs with their applications, engagement summaries and preparations for interview/testing

In 2016, Eileen joined the EOC Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large. Eileen formed a Mentorship Organizing committee with members from EOC Council, a student representative and a Program Lead with University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management.

By June 2017 that mentorship program was launched within Eastern Ontario. In Nov 2017 the partnership with Telfer School of Management came to fruition with over 65 participants and a mentorship exchange of over 45 mentor /mentee relationships. Eileen’s continued contributions, knowledge share and guidance continue on today as going forward Eileen has volunteered to be a mentor.

Over the past 2 decades Eileen had made numerous contributions to the Eastern Ontario community in which she lives. From the mid-90s, she has been a volunteer with Citizen Advocacy, a non-profit organization that provides supportive matching relationships between volunteers from the community to support and befriend individuals with disabilities. Eileen led the Evaluation/Operations Committee (1996 – 2000), working on developing operational plans, completing performance measurement reports and supporting documentation for various grant/government applications. From 1997-2003, Eileen became a member of the Board of Directors and the Treasurer for the Ottawa Art Gallery. Eileen was active in working with the Executive Director and other Board Members in establishing the foundations for efforts which in recent years led to the development and construction of a new building for the gallery.

Eileen, on behalf of CMC-Ontario and Eastern Ontario, thank you for your contributions!

Gregory Graham, FCMC
Eastern Ontario Chapter

Gregory Graham is a Certified Management Consultant with over 75 clients in his portfolio of projects. The market segment that Greg supports differentiates Greg from other CMCs in Ottawa and in Canada. As a management consultant, Greg has chosen to focus on serving small business clients in Eastern Ontario. He feels this is the best match for his experience and expertise, and allows him to effectively fulfill an important need. Greg frequently conducts consulting engagements for the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

Greg’s contributions to the Management Consulting Profession started in 2013 as a Council Member of the Eastern Ontario Chapter. He believes that a key benefit of belonging to an association is the ability to be part of a professional community.

As Director of Events, Greg has made numerous improvements to our event management including, the development of selection criteria for evaluating potential speakers; the creation of an annual program schedule used in planning and promotions; and, better processes for planning and promoting events. The results of his hard work are evident as despite its moderate size, it is said that the Eastern Ontario Chapter is now regarded as one of the most active in Canada.

In 2018 Greg served as Treasurer of the EOC, and developed a simple budget-planning spreadsheet to streamline chapter budgeting and enable year-over-year comparisons. This spreadsheet was adopted by the other Ontario chapters in 2019.

Currently, Greg continues to serve on the EOC as a Director At Large.

Greg, on behalf of CMC-Ontario and Eastern Ontario, thank you for your contributions!

Milos Simovic, FCMC
Eastern Ontario Chapter

Milos Simovic is a highly versatile Management Consultant and Project Executive and a recognized Project Portfolio Management thought leader in both the public and private sector and has demonstrated excellent leadership, negotiation, communication and problem-solving skills

His extensive experience in the Management Consulting space ranges from developing the conceptual approaches to strategizing around both the business and IT communities and planning and assisting client’s executive in optimally delivering on their management mandates. He has applied his strategic thinking and strong analytical abilities to architect and implement solutions that align technologies with a client’s business requirements to achieve tactical and strategic goals; for example alignment of Employment and Social Development Canada’s business need for a comprehensive Emergency Management and Business Continuity System with the industry’s best offering of public cloud Software As A Service solutions, by developing the Statement of Requirements and running the cloud procurement process. He has shortened the Department’s path to a project’s Gate 2 approval and streamlined business processes.

Milos has contributed to the Management Consulting Profession as a Board Member, of the EOC and a member of CMC-EOC Federal Advocacy Committee.

Milos has been very actively involved with our Association as Chair of the EOC.  From 2017 to date he led the activities of the Eastern Ontario Chapter.  His contributions include participation in developing the CMC Canada’s Strategy 2020-2023. Having led the team that laid its foundation, recruited new members, participated in the outreach to the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, and acted as CMC-EOC representative in the partnership with the PMI Ottawa Valley Chapter. As a chair of EOC milos has sat on the board CMC-Ontario. On the Ontario Council he actively participated in the renewal of ICMCO’s strategy, practices, processes, standards, and by-laws.

Milos, on behalf of CMC-Ontario and Eastern Ontario, thank you for your contributions!

Dr. Richard Leblanc, FCMC
Greater Toronto Area Chapter

Dr. Richard Leblanc, Professor at York University, has provided management consulting services through a wide range of services and roles and is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in corporate governance in both academic circles and in leading public and private sector organizations. In addition to York University, Dr. Leblanc is regarded highly at Harvard, Yale and the London Business School. He has assessed and advised the boards of some of Canada’s largest companies. He has been retained to advise and train regulators for over 280 organizations.

Dr. Leblanc received a teaching award as one of the top five university teachers in Ontario; is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ award in 2004, and was named to Canadian Who’s Who.

Dr. Leblanc holds a Bachelor of Science degree, an MBA, Canadian and American law degrees, a Masters in Law, and a PhD focusing on board of director effectiveness. He is a member in good standing of the CAMC, the Law Society of Ontario, and the UK Roll of Solicitors.

Dr. Richard Leblanc has contributed greatly to the Management consulting profession. He has been a grader and developer of the ethics course for the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. Dr Leblanc has spoken to the CAMC and CMC-Ontario on best governance practices on several occasions. He has made a singularly noteworthy and significant contribution to the body of common knowledge of governance and boards of directors through his extensive publications, teaching, education, consultations, media appearances and speeches.

Dr. Leblanc clearly self-identifies at all times as a CMC (the first designation listed after his name) during his research, teaching, consulting and media appearances. He is known and recognized as a CMC, serving and contributing to the profession of management consulting, and bringing credit to the profession.

One of Dr. Leblanc nominators said: “Richard is so encouraging and helpful as a mentor. I have been lucky to have experienced his personal and positive support of my professional contributions, and I know I am one of many.”

Dr. Leblanc contributes significant pro bono time to professional organizations, including governance educational and health care providers. He is developing a certification program in concert with the Ontario Hospital Association and York University (OHA.D.) to develop the next generation of health care leaders and enhance health care governance in Ontario.

He served on the Government of Ontario “Removing Barriers Preventing Women from Attaining Top Leadership Positions” in 2016. He has taught at the Canadian Board Diversity Council from 2010-2017.

In 2019, Dr. Leblanc provided a 2019 CIM MES scholarship to a deserving female mining student from his home town of Sudbury Ontario.

Dr. Leblanc, on behalf of CMC-Ontario and the GTA Chapter, thank you for your contributions!

Abe Patricio, FCMC
Greater Toronto Area Chapter

Abe Patricio has been part of Stantec Consulting for approximately 12 years and is a highly skilled management consultant and project/program director who has played a key role in the success of many of the largest public, P3 and private programs in Canada.  Abe has consulted on some of the GTA’s largest projects including: the completion of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Toronto York Spadina Subway Expansion; the redesign of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority Terminal 1 Canadian Air Transport Security Authority project; and the $250 million expansion design of a healthcare facility as part of a P3 project. This included a new West Wing ($200 million) and a new Medical Office Building ($50 million) where Abe coordinated efforts of a full multi-disciplinary team of 50+ professionals and sub-consultants. The list of projects completed is very extensive and impressive.

Abe’s Contributions to Management Consulting Profession are also extensive and impressive. Abe Patricio has set an example for others to follow.  He has provided leadership as Chair (twice), Vice Chair, Past Chair, Executive Member and Board Member of CMC’s Toronto Chapter and the Ontario Institute over the past 11 years. The name Abe Patricio is synonymous with the support and encouragement of the Toronto Chapter’s values, adding Special Interest Groups (SIGs) across all sectors, as well as with Membership Recruitment, in general, and with a special focus on Young professionals and Business School Students – introducing them on multiple occasions to both Management Consulting as a career and the CMC designation itself  – at Rotman, Schulich, DeGroote and the Rogers School of Business.

As Glen Yonemitsu has said in support of Abe’s nomination: “Abe has been a constant for the largest Chapter in CMC- Canada. It seems like Abe has always been involved.  For more than 10 years, he has been the dedicated face of the CMC in the GTA - something that deserves to be recognized as it sets the example for others to follow.”

Abe has been a Schulich GTA Alumni Executive Board member for 3 years and a part of the Schulich Mentor program for more than 20 students over 14 years. He has also been a Professional Contributor on Consulting Professional panels, and a Financial and Social Event Supporter and fund raiser. Through this involvement, Abe has played a noteworthy role in the Business School’s development and has been recognized for such by being named to the Dean’s Society.

Abe, on behalf of CMC-Ontario and the GTA Chapter, thank you for your contributions!

Raj Phalpher, FCMC
Greater Toronto Area Chapter

Raj Phalpher has been consulting since 1995.  Prior to that, he held senior management positions in industry. His experience as a consultant has involved providing management consulting to a variety of clients in both the private and public sectors. In the private sector, this includes such large international organizations as Philip-Morris USA and Glaxo-Welcome.  In the public sector, clients have included Smart Systems for Health (Province of Ontario) Toronto and the Federal National Departments of Defence and Transportation.  His most recent work has been in assisting start-ups and high-tech companies prepare and successfully claim SR&ED refundable and OIDMTC tax credits.

His expertise includes market-share analysis, business process re-engineering and organizational readiness and building infrastructure to support key strategies.

As a member of the GTA Chapter, Raj has participated in developing vision and strategic plans, identifying and implementing specific initiatives in support of the strategic plans, monthly financial and operations review and monitoring regulatory compliance.  Five key goals were identified in the Vision that was the result of this process: Membership Growth, Membership Value, Networking.  He subsequently chaired the Volunteer Committee in support of these goals including planning and execution of the Volunteer Recognition event.

His published articles that promote the profession include: 'Sustaining Organizational Change' in Professional Engineers of Ontario's Engineering Digest, March-April 1999 and 'Offshore Outsourcing: 'Nirvana' for Application Development’ in CIPS Canada's CIO Canada, May 2001 and IT Ontario, Winter 2001

Raj has served on the board of the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar for the past 12 years in a variety of roles including President, Fundraising Chair, Club Secretary and Director of Membership, Club Services and Marketing. As Chair, Fundraising, in 2011, he conducted detailed diligence and initiated the Oakville Family Ribfest in the 8 years of Ribfest, the club has raised more than $600,000.

Raj, on behalf of CMC-Ontario and the GTA Chapter, thank you for your contributions!

Michael Stanleigh, FCMC
Greater Toronto Area Chapter

Michael Stanleigh’s management consulting career has evolved over 30+ years, to now include world-class expertise in Strategic Planning, Change Management, Leadership, Quality Management, Project Management and Innovation. Michael is recognized for the passion, spark, energy and creativity that he gives to presentations, consulting engagements and to his associated business research.

Michael has developed a reputation, through his consulting practice, for helping organizations define their strategic direction, manage change, become more innovative, improve the performance of their leadership and successfully execute their projects. He has consulted and advised some of the most admired organizations in the world.

Today, Michael consults, trains, coaches and mentors public and private sector organizations throughout the world.

Michael Stanleigh has contributed to the Management Consulting Profession over the span of many years. From 2011 to 2015 he became the 1st Registrar to be part of Ontario Council. In the role of registrar Michael developed standardized process for certification that could be used across Canada. Michael formed a small committee which developed a robust certification process that included clear guidelines and reviewed and improved the discipline process. During this time, he also worked with the Advocacy and Regulatory committees.  Michael’s greatest accomplishment through these years was the creation of a streamlined certification process. Although not fully adopted by CMC-Canada the opportunity is still there to automate the process.  Michael remains a source of guidance for Registrars needing to make decisions on difficult certification situations and discipline cases.  In 2017 and 2018 he was asked to participate in a newly formed National Certification Committee. The outcome was the development of a new consulting competency framework.

Michael, on behalf of CMC-Ontario and the GTA Chapter, thank you for your contributions!