Our Story

Avenai is a nimble, value-driven business consulting firm.

With decades of combined experience in business operations and management consulting, the founding partners created a unique organization with the right values and capabilities to help our clients achieve their summit of success.

Strong leadership, close collaboration, and always putting our clients first are the fundamental qualities upon which Avenai was founded and weaved into the fabric of our consultants.

Our Values​

Our core values reflect our commitment and passion to shaping and optimizing sustainable change. Being focused on the person and the goal are grounded in everything we do. It requires an understanding of your needs, involving you, and establishing a foundation to produce outcomes that have value to you.

We Put You First.

We are naturally curious about your challenges and just as creative in solving them. We are courageous in resolving problems and delivering our work. We remain adaptable and steadfast in our relationship with clients and manage expectations openly.

We Act With Integrity.

We honour commitments and lead by example. We show courage and demonstrate support when we prove there’s room for improvement. We are open to challenge from others and are accountable for what we do.

We’re About People.

We spend time building strong relationships with our clients. We value others’ contributions and experience. It’s about teamwork and respect without compromise.

Just as great guides provide confidence and encouragement on the climb ahead, Avenai strives to do the same by securely anchoring our core values of Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Leadership, Teamwork, and Stewardship into all our client relationships.

 

Our Culture

Avenai consultants are natural leaders, creative problem solvers, solution architects, and trusted advisors – we think strategy and process, know data and technology, and, most importantly, we get people.

The way we think, interact, and work all stem from the values inherent to each Avenai consultant. Our culture is inclusive, valuing diversity and each employee’s unique qualities and opinions. We focus on thinking outside the box – innovative ideas, discussions on strategy, and breaking away from the norms of our industry are all encouraged and supported.

Whether it’s flexible work arrangements, or changing roles to better suit your interests, we provide our employees with a strong work-life balance. Avenai’s lattice organization approach offers employees an opportunity to learn first-hand from some of the most experienced and well-respected experts in the industry. No matter the position, all of our employees play a role in further developing Avenai as an industry-leading company.

Our Team

At Avenai, we understand that transformational change cannot be achieved without a proven approach that will help rally a team towards a common goal or set objectives. Our team brings a depth and breadth of expertise and capabilities to help make change happen and make it last. Our unique ability to see both the big picture and the specific path forward ensures that, together, we will succeed.

Our senior leadership and executives have well over 100 years of combined experience in business and IT consulting, and have successfully delivered complex projects and programs, gaining the knowledge and skills to help organizations, like yours, achieve their vision and goals.

Meet our senior leadership team.

Chris Brennan

Business and IT transformations excite Chris. A seasoned executive with more than 35 years’ experience, he thrives when partnering with large-scale and complex organizations to develop, deploy and operate new capabilities — all while securing measurable transformational impact.

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Mike Scotten

Helping government and crown organizations with transformational change initiatives makes Mike tick. He has over 25 years of experience with business and IT transformations and systems integration projects. His strategic guidance to senior executives on transformation delivery options, costs, risks and implementation feasibility ensures the changes stick.

Portrait of Mike Scotten

Brendan Timmins

With over 25 years of experience shaping and delivering large transformation programs, Brendan is your expert in IT transformations. His extensive experience in building and leading successful solution delivery and service management organizations brings success to every public and private sector project he tackles.

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Samme Doshen

Over two decades of leading enterprise initiatives for public sector clients has secured Samme’s expertise in planning, delivery and management of large-scale projects.

Portrait of Samme Doshen

Marcus Davies

A business transformation and change architect expert, Marcus specializes in partnering with organizations to bring transformational change through strategy development and organizational effectiveness. Marcus sticks with his clients on their entire change journey.

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Christine Hamilton

Aligning the assets and components of an organization to increase value and business results excites Christine. Her strategy and change management consulting and advisory services are top-flight and help drive clients reach the top of their game.

Portrait of Christine Hamilton

Laura Matthews

Laura’s 25 years of experience has ranged from leading the change efforts for large scale systems implementations to facilitating leadership teams through culture transformations. Laura’s background in systems design engineering, change management, communications, and HR has contributed to her unique, holistic perspective on change.

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Avenai in the Community (ACT)

Special Olympics – Track Meet.

ACT is an opportunity for our company to support and be involved with our community. Through this avenue, we aim to bring the same positive impact and change we do with our clients directly to those in our community. Since its inception, Avenai has partnered with a several organizations, including Ecoequitable, Boys and Girls Club and, most recently, Special Olympics Ontario.

Partnering with Special Olympics Ontario has provided us with the opportunity to be directly involved with members of the Special Olympics.

Through volunteering at track and swim meets, bowling competitions and baseball games, we’ve developed a meaningful relationship with our wonderfully diverse community. We’ve even competed in sporting events with Special Olympic athletes through Motionball!

Avenai has been a proud to sponsor Indulge, Special Olympics Ontario – Greater Ottawa’s premier event, in addition to investing in 19 athletes at the Provincial Games and 45 athletes in provincial floor hockey and bowling events.