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“On recommendation from our BDC representative, we participated in a Mentor Works Ltd. workshop in Cambridge. Prior to this workshop, we had no idea how many funding options were available, not to mention how many were applicable to us as a startup. Following an additional 1 hour session with Bernadeen and Alex, we applied for and received IRAP funding and are working with CBaSE program at the Univeristy of Guelph on a Market Research project. Without Bernadeen and her very professional and helpful team we wouldn’t have known about either of these opportunities. We plan to use Mentor Works Ltd. again to get funding to hire graduates this spring.”
Bev MacDonald, COO – Staying Native
“Bernadeen did an outstanding job assisting Anderson with a very complex application process coupled with very tight deadlines. She did so in a professional manner and the results from the the application were positive. Excellent over all experience working with her.”
Steven Smith, Controller – Anderson Water Systems
“Mentor Works provided us with a greater understanding of the breadth of funding options available. While we were already aware of Yves Landry, IRAP & SRED, we were not aware of other grant & matching programs at the Regional, Provincial & Federal levels. Mentor Works took the time to get to know our business and made it easy for us to select the best programs that fit our business strategies.”
Dave Jarret, President – Midpoint International
“In a timely and professional manner, Mentor Works Principle and Founder, Bernadeen McLeod, helped us swim through the sea of government funding programs available for new and existing businesses. Her professional and timely services utilize a triage approach to find specific funding mechanisms that untimely had a direct bearing on our ability to secure funds and enable us to facilitate company growth. Her knowledge, wealth of industry contacts and complete understanding of program details, allowed us to isolate and focus on funding mechanisms that were right for us. We feel that with her assistance our company was exposed to additional funding sources that might have gone unnoticed and is now well positioned for advancing new technologies in the coming months. I would not hesitate to work with her again.”
Rob Deakin, Manager – Activation Laboratories Ltd.
“Bernadeen was instrumental at facilitating introductions with the CARI Conestoga College funding program. This opportunity has evolved into a very successful FedDev ARC grant and many new funding opportunities with Conestoga College. Bernadeen was responsible for connecting Katan Kitchens with this opportunity, which would never have come to fruition without her involvement. Thank you!”
Jamie Draves, President & CEO – Katan Kitchens
“Bernadeen made navigating through the maze of funding opportunities simple. While working with her my perception of the level of difficulty for selecting and applying for funding has changed. I realize now that you just need to know what you need and take the time to go get it.”
Marian Marshall, VP Strategic Development – The Supplierpipeline Group
“It wasn’t that Bernadeen found us more non-repayable grant money than what we would have located on our own – as a manufacturer, we weren’t going to do it without her help. She showed us where the money was and how many programs were available.”
Martin Slejska, Production Manager – Rimowa Luggage North America
“What is remarkable is Bernadeen’s ability to effectively communicate her vision, to “sell” the goal, and the strategy/tactics required to achieve it. While she herself can quickly identify challenges and envision the roadmap to overcoming them, she exhibits patience and creativity in teaching and leading those who will be part of the solution. Bernadeen sets high expectations of everyone, no higher than those she sets for herself, and achieves results because of her ability to bring a team up to its full potential. Results-oriented, driven and smart, she is an exciting force to work with!”
Dylan Carkner, Operations Manager – SCI Logistics
“Bernadeen excels in organizing and optimizing work habits to maximize market focus, goals, targets, objectives while increasing productivity. Outstanding in analyzing results and providing accurate feedback, she encourages individuals to achieve the best performance they can with the tools they have. I would strongly recommend Bernadeen to any organization.”
Valérie Bélisle, National Sales Manager – CCC Plastics Ltd.
“While Bernadeen is a highly effective coach and mentor, I know her for her expertise in government funding mechanisms. I have personally recommended Bernadeen to several clients with excellent results and positive feedback from all of them. She has helped clients source funds and assisted them navigate the process to successful conclusion. Bernadeen is an extremely effective consultant in this area, who I highly recommend to any firm looking to successfully access government funding. Bernadeen can be counted on to creatively and efficiently, deliver solutions!”
Dan Lawrie, President & CEO – Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers Ltd.
“Bernadeen is a dedicated and trusted advisor for her clients. She brings a wealth of experience from a variety of different industries to help her clients achieve their business goals without losing sight of what is truly important them.”
Mike Arndt, Partner/Chartered Accountant – Graham Mathew Professional Corporation
“Because of her expertise in helping small businesses access government grants, I have had Bernadeen present to a couple of groups at Company of Women. She understands the challenges of small business and also has garnered expertise in knowing what the different funders are looking for. This makes her advice invaluable to the small business owner.”
Anne Day, Founder & Publisher – Company Magazine, Company of Women
“Read any book today and everyone mentions the importance of a mentor/coach. Nobody hesitates to get a financial planner, a personal trainer, or tax accountant – Why? Because many of us are only good at one thing – this is what made us successful. What if you could have a business coach with 25 years of experience who knows the ins and outs of channel management, sales, finance, change management, compensation plans, profit & loss statements, technology investments, marketing, or lastly, how put a pitch together for private funding or government grants? If any of those things appeal to you then you need to have Bernadeen on your team. I have known Bernadeen for 8 years as a customer and as a friend. There is nobody I know of that works harder for her clients then Bernadeen. She is a wealth of knowledge on all of these topics with a strong partner ecosystem to meet many of the challenges business are facing in these tough economic times. Bernadeen can do the two most important things for your business – Save or Make you money.”
Sean Bredin, SVP Strategic Accounts – Navantis Inc.
“Bernadeen has the ability to strike right at the underlying issue quickly, and then begin making suggestions immediately. She is a good guide and mentor and is able to motivate and keep you accountable. If your goal is to be or do better in business, Bernadeen will help you get there.”
Josh Sieders, President – Semantic Designs
“Bernadeen is an incredible resource. I have recommended her too many of my clients and I have had fantastic feed back from them as well. She is very professional in all her dealings and that makes it very easy to recommend her. Although in my industry I do not have a direct need for Bernadeen’s services, my clients do. Bernadeen always does such a fantastic job it makes me look good.”
Aaron MacFarlane, Associate Broker – Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers
“Bernadeen is a detail oriented – yet big picture – business consultant. Unafraid to challenge the status-quo, Bernadeen has shown repeatedly her ability to help clients find new and alternative revenue opportunities, while reducing costs and overheads. It is a pleasure knowing Bernadeen, and she never fails to add value to our conversations. If you get the chance to speak with her … I recommend listening.”
James Burchill, CMAC & Founder – Business Fusion Marketing
“Bernadeen is a dedicated, professional manager and an exceptional leader. As a manager, Bernadeen always provided clear direction on all aspects of business and the company’s goals. Bernadeen always has the respect of everyone that have had the pleasure of working with and reporting to her.”
David Genier, Compound Sales Manager – Georgia Gulf Corporation