Management Consulting Services

We help you to better understand your industry and markets, identify opportunities, create value, improve processes, reduce risk, and develop and execute a full business plan.

Our modular and eclectic team of professionals bring with them over 200 years of combined experience, and a rage of expertise in fields including: Data Visualization, Business Intelligence, Business Planning, Research (Industry and Market), Validation, Family Business and Family Business Planning, Financial Advisory Services, Digital Advertising, Strategy Development and Analysis, Marketing and Marketing Plan Development, Forecasting and Pro-Forma Crafting, etc.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2007
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Richmond Hill, Canada
headquarters
  • 615 Carrville Road
    Richmond Hill, ON L4C6E5
    Canada

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Shoppers Drug Mart, KHK Partners, KnowQuest Inc., Handlers, HandiHelp, Mega Select Staffing, Optimizer, Dodd's Greenhouses

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Opportunity Spotting and Business Planning

Researched the Education Support Services industry, as well as the publishing and higher education industries to spot a meaningful, and later validated set of opportunities for KnowQuest.

Developed full business plan, marketing materials and strategy, increased share price 400%, grew team to 14 members, raised new funding, etc.

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Pop-up Shops - a Comprehensive Resource

Developed a comprehensive pop-up shop planning and information resource for the Ted Rogers School of Management.

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Monograph on Retail in China

A research paper for the Ted Rogers School of Management on the changing landscape of retail in China.

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CMC Talk - Business Planning Methodology in Consulting and Fraud Prevention

A talk I gave (one of three) at the CMC (Certified Management Consulting) GTA Chapter's event. The Big Leaf uses the business planning methodology because it reduces the time needed to diagnose, plan, and execute.

The talk focuses on using the business plan as a methodology in consulting, to better diagnose problems, validate ideas and potential opportunities, spot opportunities, develop a competitive advantage, reduce

costs and complexity, and creat real value.

The topic then shifts to using the business planning methodology to also help prevent consumer fraud, by using it as a multi-layered, hierarchical filter by which claims and premises must pass through before being considered any further.

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Consulting & Recruiting for Management Consultancy Firm

"Their team is personable and are good people to work with."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

The Big Leaf works on a consulting basis for a management consulting company. They help identify market opportunities and strategic people to partner or work with, along with providing recommendations. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Israel
Dror Shaham
President, Consulting Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The service, thus far, has satisfied the client and they've earned praise on their approach and level of engagement. The team at The Big Leaf is diligent and shows great expertise in their industry. The amicable, skilled group is a pleasure to work with. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I do management consulting, and I work with companies located in Israel. I look for companies that need some strategic help with different things. It can be things like help with marketing, help with finding clients, or help with anything that management will need.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with The Big Leaf?

The Big Leaf has a good presence in Canada, so we wanted to try and leverage their expertise. We wanted to screen companies to see if they are ready to go to another country or if there is an opportunity in Canada and other things like that.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They mainly do consulting services for us. We wanted to identify market opportunities and any regulatory issues that are different across countries. We also wanted to find strategic advisors like advisor board members to see if there are any key people they could bring, and try to find any kind of specific clients that can be a good start or even a partner.

I sent them information about the company to review and then got their comments. After that, we had a phone interview with their management consultants and got their input to see if there would be a good fit for them to find partners in Canada. I would leave it with them and see if they can find a company that would want to partner or key people that can help the organization in Canada.

What is the team composition?

I have worked with Rahi (President & Lead Strategy Consultant) and Agostino (Management & Strategy Consultant) so far.

How did you come to work with The Big Leaf?

I knew Agostino previously and he referred me to use them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them at the beginning of this year in 2020, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

From every meeting that we've had, I get good comments from clients that engaged with them about their process and questions.

How did The Big Leaf perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management is pretty good. There is good communication every time I need something. We communicate through emails and phone calls.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their team is personable and are good people to work with. They have a specific niche already.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t really say. I think maybe higher education, but that would be more emphasized on their niche and their capabilities.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I think it is a matter of communication. Keep in touch with them all the time and try to see what they can do.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Market Research Consulting for Fashion Startup

“Rahi’s knowledge and expertise allow us to learn and understand our business.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

The Big Leaf is handling market strategy consulting services for a fashion startup. Their team has helped narrow down a target audience by analyzing market and industry research as well as created a survey.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Thornhill, Canada
Sara Torki
Co-Owner, OTE Studios
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project has been moving along quickly and the survey has been an effective tool for addressing the target market. The Big Leaf's marketing knowledge and expertise have helped the partner understand their business. They're responsive, flexible, and answer questions in a quick turnaround.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-owner of OTE Studios. We’re a fashion startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with The Big Leaf?

We needed consulting for our marketing strategy.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Rahi (President and CEO) sketched out some plans and encouraged us to determine our target audience by providing market and industry research websites. He helped us write our supply chain and figure out how to reach them as well as create a financial process and explain how it works for our business.

He worked with us to create a survey with the right questions in order to gather information. This helped us determine that we needed to make some changes in design to make our product desirable to our potential customers. The Big Leaf also performed A/B testing.

What is the team composition?

Rahi is our only point of contact.

How did you come to work with The Big Leaf?

I searched on LinkedIn and at our local college’s fashion department. I found Rahi there, reached out to him, and we met to discuss the project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in January 2019, and our partnership is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Because time is a key factor in business — especially in a competitive industry — one of the best things is how quickly this project has been moving along. Rahi’s knowledge and expertise allow us to learn and understand our business. It also allows us to work quickly to figure out marketing and piece our efforts together. The survey was also very helpful because of the effective questions Rahi helped us formulate.

How did The Big Leaf perform from a project management standpoint?

We initially communicated via email, but now it’s through phone calls, texting, and in-person meetings. They’re very responsive and answer within seconds when I ask a question.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very flexible. Also, Rahi speaks Farsi, as I do, so it made communication very easy.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t have anything right now.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    For sure.

Market Research for IT Company

They’re providing valuable work for a great price.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

A GDPR compliance company has a partnership with The Big Leaf, where The Big Leaf provides research assistance. The Big Leaf's research focuses on how the GDPR firm can enter the North American marketplace.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Canada
Jiri Fiala
President, Biolock
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The Big Leaf provided valuable research and insights into the North American marketplace, identifying markets like universities and helping with how to refocus overlaps between Canadian and EU laws. They're incredibly affordable and transparent, providing clear and accessible work.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the president of Biolock, an IT company assisting with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with The Big Leaf?

We wanted a beachhead to launch in North America, because North America doesn’t have much stringent privacy regulation. We needed something to be a proof of concept for the North American marketplace, which we used in Canada.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The Big Leaf is helping us with market-research, we’re helping them anonymize their platform with blockchain. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

The Big Leaf is helping us get clients and go into new markets. They’re providing research to allow us to gain a foothold. They helped us to realize that the university marketplace could be a potential target because a student wouldn’t want to leave a review of a professor without guarantees of anonymity. They helped us identify that and other markets in North America.

What is the team composition?

Rahi (CEO) is my primary point of contact. I also interact with some other members infrequently.

How did you come to work with The Big Leaf?

I’ve known Rahi for a number of years and didn’t know that this is what he was doing. We got coffee and talked about setting this up.

How much have you invested with them?

We’re probably at the $75,000 mark spent.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have worked from March 2019 onwards.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

It’s confusing in North America dealing with compliance. Rahi allowed us to understand Canadian privacy laws and figure out how to refocus on overlaps between the Canadian compliance laws and European GDPR. As a result of that, we’ve retooled ourselves for the Canadian marketplace.                  

How did The Big Leaf perform from a project management standpoint?

Rahi and I have regular conversations, exchanging data and using HubSpot. That’s my primary mode of tracking things with Rahi.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re incredibly affordable for what they’re doing. They’re providing valuable work for a great price.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I can’t think of any.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

When you’re dealing with an organization like The Big Leaf you have to wade through a bunch of nonsense to get to what you want. Rahi gives you the information with no ambiguity, providing a quick and dirty summary. That’s a lot easier to work with then most other firms.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

Business Advising for Accessible Products Company

"Throughout the engagement, they’ve been instrumental in finding new ways to draw business."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Nov. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

An accessibility solutions provider hired The Big Leaf for business consulting services. They assisted with crafting a business plan and advised on other internal practices. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Toronto, Canada
Chris Stigas
Founder, HandiHelp Accessible Innovations
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

From the start, The Big Leaf built their client from the ground up. Their accommodating approach complemented their efficient, attentive workflow. The team's organized project management style was also noteworthy. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of HandiHelp Accessible Innovations. My company deals with people that have accessibility needs. There are a few products that I created, and I also offer to consult for people with accessibility needs, primarily through recommending and setting up smart products that benefit independence and quality of life.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with The Big Leaf?

I primarily needed help from a planning perspective. I had an accident five years ago that led me to spend time in rehab and the ICU for about a year. While I’ve had my business, I’ve been in a wheelchair for three years.

I needed someone to help me put a business plan, product evaluation, and value proposition together.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Rahi (Management Consultant) helped set everything up. He assisted with validating my apparent opportunity, creating a value proposition of analysis that went into the business plan, and researching a crowdfunding campaign that would work for my business. He also provided support and coaching while the campaign launched.

What is the team composition?

I only worked with Rahi.

How did you come to work with The Big Leaf?

I consider myself a bit old school, so I liked the fact that when I first contacted Rahi that he was available by phone. Whenever I had questions or needed to reach him, he was always available to speak to me and provide guidance. I appreciate that approach in this day & age when everyone seems to be only reachable behind a screen and keyboard.

How much have you invested with them?

In total, I believe I’ve spent roughly $4,000–$5,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement with The Big Leaf started in November 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

My business started from zero. Throughout the engagement, they’ve been instrumental in finding new ways to draw business.

How did The Big Leaf perform from a project management standpoint?

From a project management standpoint, they’re extremely organized and detail-oriented. As I mentioned, Rahi is great with phone calls and following up to emails. While Rahi is very academic, he spoke to me in a language I could understand. He also created milestones and checkpoints to achieve our goals in increments, which we built upon as the engagement went on.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I appreciate Rahi’s approachability and confidence in his abilities. He makes himself available to his clients like they’re his only one. That one-on-one attention is significant during projects like this.

Are there any areas they could improve?

If I thought there was something he could improve upon, I wouldn’t continue working with him. Rahi is pretty comprehensive in his consulting approach.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

In order for somebody to maximize their time with them, they should have an idea of what they want to do. Clients should have an idea of what numbers or targets they want to hit. Rahi can do a market evaluation that will determine if it’s worth it before spending the money.

A mistake I made was already spending money in different areas before reworking the business plan. The correct methodology would be doing the market validation first and then seeing if the ideas will fit what you’re looking for.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer