We built our ﬁrm to be
consultancies are not.
Optimus SBR was built on a simple but powerful premise: Let’s build a consulting organization where we would want to work; our employees come first, culture is key, and our clients would love to work with us. This idea has blossomed into an entirely new way of thinking.
Since its inception, Optimus SBR has understood that the success of the firm was dependent on creating a positive and engaging work environment. Our journey began in November 2010 when Optimus Consulting Group and Kemerer Group Inc. came together to acquire SBR Global. Optimus SBR hit the ground running with 30 employees, focusing on our core strengths in financial services, energy, and health care. Through hard work, perseverance, and a little bit of luck, Optimus SBR began down the path to establish itself as a firm that gets the job done. We judge strategy by execution – ideas only make an impact if they inspire action.
From 2012 to 2016, we underwent an ambitious acquisition journey with the purchase of four firms. It began with the expansion of our health care practice through the acquisition of RWS. We then grew our public sector practice via the purchases of KeyWillow Consulting, PMC and SEG Management Consultants.
The acquisition of BottomLine Group in 2017 marked a new chapter in our history. As leaders in the learning & enablement and travel space, BottomLine Group opened up new service offerings for us and led the charge into new markets. As our largest acquisition to date, BottomLine Group served as a catalyst for a series of changes in our organization that helped to set the stage for the future.
In less than a decade, we have increased our employee headcount nearly tenfold, outgrown our offices twice, consistently named one of the fastest growing companies in North America, and recognized several times as a top employer.
In short, we built our ﬁrm to be everything typical consultancies are not, and it’s safe to say our vision is working.
Kevin Gauci is one of the founders and Chief Executive Officer at Optimus SBR. Kevin focuses on the overall strategy for the firm, championing our culture, and guiding the executive team. A passionate leader, Kevin empowers the team to challenge the status quo and ask the right questions. His contagious enthusiasm and entrepreneurial ethos inspires the growth and bold attitude of the firm.
Joe Oppedisano is one of the founders and Director at Optimus SBR. A calculated risk taker, Joe focuses his attention on our growth and business development strategies. His quick wit and relaxed demeanor is a welcome presence in and out of the office. A skilled communicator, Joe excels at building relationships and guides the team to do the same.
Carolyn Kingaby leads our Financial Service Group. In addition to advising her clients, Carolyn is responsible for the growth of the practice and of her team. Her 30 years of industry experience is an invaluable resource to her group, and she inspires her team to excel. Carolyn’s focus on the customer experience, instinct for innovative problem solving, and ability to develop solutions that inspires and ensures her ability to deliver the utmost value for her clients.
Terri Lohnes leads our Industries and Government Practice. She focuses her time on supporting her clients and teams, while driving our growth strategy within our public and private practices. A driven leader and creative problem solver, Terri brings over 20 years of experience in public and private organizations. Terri brings a wealth of valued experience to her team and clients alike. Her commitment to building lasting partnerships is apparent in her ability to provide innovative solutions and effectively tackling clients’ challenges.
Peter Snelling leads our Sales and Relationships efforts. With over 30 years of experience, he is an engaging and empowering leader who excels at designing and implementing innovative strategies to drive growth and performance improvement by crafting pragmatic solutions to complex challenges. He works with organizations to create excitement and commitment in improving their operations, embed service excellence, boost the corporate profile, and accelerate growth.
Alexa Nick is a Director and leads our Learning & Enablement practice at Optimus SBR. A passionate leader, Alexa channels her 20 years of expertise in the learning space to help clients enhance the customer experience. She excels at identifying opportunities for her clients and coaches her team to do the same. Her expertise in training and people development has enhanced our own internal goals.
John Whincup is one of the founders and Director at Optimus SBR. John’s passion for solving complex challenges with innovative and creative approaches helped to lay the foundation for our consulting practice. An entrepreneur at heart, John has built several successful businesses in his nearly 40 year career prior to Optimus SBR and is quick to share his knowledge with organizations of all sizes to capitalize on opportunities to maximize potential. Clients look to John for his advice, calm rationale, and sector expertise. As a trusted business advisor, John is a mentor to emerging leaders.
Mike Bingham is a Director at Optimus SBR and responsible for leading the strategy of our Travel vertical. With more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry, Mike is a true thought leader in the areas of Travel & Expense Management. His calming presence and thoughtful approach to business challenges inspires his team and clients alike to push the status quo and think differently about opportunities.
Bill Carrigan is a Director and leads the Risk practice at Optimus SBR. A strategic thinker, Bill leverages his relationships with clients and partners to build rapport and develop creative solutions to their biggest challenges. Bill has over 35 years of experience and a successful track record of directing and managing numerous initiatives in partnership with senior executives and broad stakeholder groups.
James Lowe is a Director at Optimus SBR and responsible for our Travel Sourcing and Optimization practice. He brings 25 years of senior level consulting experience to the team, and is committed to delivering tangible value for our clients. James embodies entrepreneurial spirit, having started a myriad of businesses throughout the years, and instills that into the team.
Raj Kapoor is the Head of Finance at Optimus SBR. Raj brings over 20 years of valuable senior financial and corporate managerial experience from a number of Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. He excels at marrying the definitive nature of accounting with the nuances of a high growth firm.
Bonnie Ryan is the Head of People and Employee Experience at Optimus SBR. Bonnie brings over 20 years of a unique blend expertise in human resources, business acumen, and operational excellence to our business. A true champion, Bonnie is a strong advocate for maintaining a culture that supports the goals of not only our people and our business, but also our clients.
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Optimus SBR Named as 2019 Great Place to Work
We ranked 27 out of 50 in Canada for businesses between 100-999 employees.
2019 Ontario Budget Briefing Note
This Briefing Note highlights key elements of interest to our clients from the 2019 Ontario Budget announcement.
The Changing Ontario Health Care Landscape – Part 1
In Ontario, the health care landscape is changing. We look at integrated care delivery systems, and suggest what areas for health care system planners, health service providers, and hospitals in particular, to start their transition to these new models of care.
Play It Forward 2018
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Optimus SBR Acquires BottomLine Group
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