An independent consultancy with
a Bold Attitude.

Optimus SBR is an independently owned management consulting firm that helps leading firms get done what isn't.

Our Story

We built our firm to be
everything typical
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 2021, we completed our seventh acquisition with the purchase of Unilytics, a data advisory and analytics firm. Combined with our already strong offering, this acquisition allowed us to offer our clients a more robust suite of data and analytics services.

We achieved our eighth acquisition in 2022 with the purchase of n-gen People Performance, a training organization specializing in solutions for managing generational differences in the workplace. The dynamic n-gen team is delighted to be able to offer an enriched suite of training services to our Optimus SBR clients.

In only a decade, we have increased our employee headcount nearly tenfold, outgrown our offices twice, been 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.

Our Team

Our senior leadership team comes from a range of backgrounds to support the broad array of challenges today's organizations face.
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Kevin Gauci

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.

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Joe Oppedisano

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

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.

Brad Ferguson

Brad Ferguson leads our Industries and Government Practice. He brings over 25 years of experience in competitive strategy and building high-performance organizations in both the private and public sectors. Brad has successfully led high-profile and high-risk strategy and implementation initiatives across a range of domains, with a keen focus on enhancing business growth in fast-changing political and policy environments. His unique skill of aligning strategy, culture, and communications allows for accelerated change throughout organizations.

Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson leads our Technology practice. Doug’s 30 years of experience in IT & Strategy consulting coupled with enterprise program delivery and CIO-level roles means he’s uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between business and technology teams. Having lived on both the client and service provider sides of the fence, Doug applies a pragmatic approach to delivering technology solutions that make sense, and empowers his team to do the same.

Michael Capizzano

Michael Capizzano is the Chief Financial Officer at Optimus SBR. He is a business development and generalist consulting and finance leader with over 20 years’ experience providing strategy, operations, corporate finance, and implementation support to clients across diverse industries. He has been a key player in driving large-scale organizational transformation initiatives for some of Canada’s biggest banks and insurance companies. He is passionate about incorporating execution and change management thinking in engagements as a way to drive tangible, real-world results.

Peter Snelling

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.

John Whincup

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

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

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.

Bonnie Ryan

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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