Business Planning and Entrepreneurship
Strategic Planning, Implementation, and Facilitation
Economic and Sector Development Strategies
At MRSB Consulting Services we continuously look for new ways of pairing innovation with long-term success. Our clients are entrepreneurs and organizational leaders who value the expertise of management consulting professionals who can navigate the pivotal changes that will shape their future. Whether you are starting a business on Prince Edward Island or growing your organization internationally, we can partner with you each step of the way.
Our expertise lies in identifying solutions to the complex challenges that your business, organization, or level of government faces. We use our structured approach to manage your projects, grow your business, and position you for the future.
Helping organizations reach their professional goals is at the core of what we do. Our team of consulting advisors offers a diverse and professional portfolio, having worked with private businesses and corporations, municipal and provincial levels of government and government agencies, lending institutions, post-secondary educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations in Prince Edward Island, across Canada, and internationally.
We bring industry knowledge, professionalism and a forward-thinking outlook to each engagement, providing you with actionable solutions and moving your team toward your definition of success.
Brenda Wedge, BBA, CPA, CGA
Chief Executive Officer, Principal, Senior Consultant
Brenda began her career with MRSB in 1999, becoming Principal of the consulting firm in 2001 and CEO in 2020. Brenda is a Chartered Professional Accountant, has a Masters Certificate in Project Management, a Certificate in Leadership Development and has completed a Master's Course in Program Evaluation. Brenda's extensive business advisory experience includes developing strategies, diagnostic assessments, financial and operational analyses, due diligence, business plans, economic impact analyses, funding and financial proposals, and program evaluations. Her client inventory includes private sector businesses, government organizations, industry associations, educational institutions, community groups, and other clients in various sectors within Canada and the Caribbean. Brenda has experience in compliance, assessment and audit functions through several roles with the Federal and Provincial Governments. Brenda's strong communication skills and project management expertise ensures the smooth and effective execution of all client engagements.
Brenda is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society and served as President, Past President, Treasurer, and National Representative for the Prince Edward Island Chapter during her terms on the Board. She is currently Vice-President of the PEI Chapter and PEI’s National Chapter Representative on the National Board serving as a member of the Governance and Process Committee. Brenda served six years as the Executive of the Canadian Evaluation Society National Board, where she Chaired the National Board's Governance and Process Committee. She is also an active volunteer with her church, serving on the Board of Trustees.
Wendy Drake, BBA, MBA
Principal, Senior Consultant
Wendy joined MRSB Consulting Services in 2002 and became Principal in 2006. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick and is passionate about helping clients succeed. Wendy brings strategic leadership, guidance and facilitation to each project, helping clients to engage stakeholders and collectively assemble clear action plans and implementation processes. Wendy has worked with businesses, industry associations, not-for-profit organizations, and municipal, provincial and federal governments from diverse sectors within Atlantic Canada and Ontario. Wendy brings her strong expertise in market research, facilitation, and planning, as well as financial analysis and proposal development, to all client engagements.
As Past President of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, Wendy was actively involved in the Chamber for more than a decade. She is a strong advocate for community involvement and has developed meaningful relationships with many not-for-profit and community organizations in Prince Edward Island.
Lloyd Compton, CPA, CA, CBV
Lloyd brings a global insight to his role with MRSB. As a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator, Lloyd provides expert valuation and advisory services to businesses, individuals, institutions, and government. He provides business valuation services for purchase or sale, tax and succession planning, shareholder and matrimonial disputes, and insurance and litigation support. Lloyd also assists clients in preparing financial statements and in tax planning and compliance. He frequently delivers workshops on business valuation, business value improvement, financing, and understanding financial statements.
Lloyd is also a Certified International Trade Professional and assists clients in preparing business plans and financial projections. He has worked with clients internationally for over twenty years.
Principal, Senior Consultant
Chris Matters joined MRSB Consulting Services in 2011 after working for 17 years in the private industry. He held senior management roles relating to operations, technical, and business development in food and consumer products manufacturing. Throughout this experience, Chris travelled extensively in Europe and North America, developing an extensive network of international contacts crossing multiple industries. Chris's expertise is focused on problem-solving and removing inefficiencies while generating new concepts to improve clients' businesses' overall success and profitability. Learn more about our affiliate Llink Consulting.
Maria Sanderson, JD
Maria began her consulting career with MRSB in 2018 after practicing as a lawyer for two years. Maria studied business at the University of Prince Edward Island and earned her Juris Doctor from the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law. Much of her professional experience involves helping clients to uncover what matters most - articulating individual or organizational goals and interests to develop strategies for advancement, growth, or evolvement. Maria completed the Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials Program through the University of Toronto and has co-developed MRSB’s unique process for board governance reviews. Maria takes a diligent approach to all engagements and believes in the power of people doing good things in businesses and communities. Her consulting practice primarily involves assisting people, governments, institutions, and community-based organizations to reach their potential through feasibility studies, opportunity analysis, program design, and organizational or governance-related reviews, development, and training. Maria enjoys helping clients to understand their people, leverage resources, and develop strategies for success.
Maria is a member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island and the Canadian Bar Association. Additionally, she is the PEI Chair of the Institute of Corporate Directors Maritime Chapter Executive Committee.
Maria has been part of the MRSB Consulting team since 2012. She assists with a wide range of engagements by supporting the team with research, writing, editing, project coordination, and quality control. Maria earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2010 and, additionally, is an experienced Red Seal Chef. Maria often works closely with Wendy Drake on MRSB’s many strategic planning engagements for governmental departments, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, public and private-sector entities, and more. These engagements allow her to express her creativity and utilize her strong organizational and presentation skills.
Maria is a member of MRSB Consulting’s visual design committee.
Kimberly Simpson, BA
Office & Project Administrator
Kimberly joined the MRSB Consulting group in 2019 and provides research, writing, editing, coordination and administrative assistance to a comprehensive portfolio of MRSB clients. Kimberly achieved her Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Thomas University in 2016 and her Paralegal Diploma from Mohawk College in 2018. Kimberly supports the consulting team in multiple capacities and regularly interacts with clients and project stakeholders. She has completed work for private and public sector businesses, membership organizations, and industry sectors to coordinate project activities and has helped many organizations achieve successful results. Kimberly brings energy and enthusiasm to every engagement. Her ability to manage competing priorities and bring professionalism and polish to project activities and final deliverables are unmatched.
Kimberly is a member of MRSB Consulting's visual design and social media committees.ly is a member of MRSB Consulting's visual design and social media committees.
Sarah Lavers, BBA
Sarah joined the MRSB Consulting team in 2022, assisting clients with a wide variety of services and helping define a pathway to success. She obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2015 and has since gained valuable work and learning experiences – across Ontario and Atlantic Canada - to develop her consulting career. Sarah is passionate about engaging with project stakeholders and brings creativity and energy to each engagement. She leads and supports the execution of many projects, including business planning, research and analysis, program design, due diligence, organizational growth, operational change management, and sustainability planning. Sarah’s client base includes many Island sectors; private-sector businesses, not-for-profit organizations, provincial and federal government departments and agencies, municipalities, and more.
Sarah is a member of the PEI Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society.
Mike Anderson, BBA
Mike joined the MRSB Consulting team in 2022, bringing a wealth of management and advisory experience in various industries, including accounting, financial planning, transportation and retail. Mike received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick while captaining the varsity basketball team. He is passionate about building positive relationships with clients. Mike's collaborative approach allows him to visualize clients' goals and better understand their needs. Mike engages in projects involving financial projections, research and analysis, business planning, stakeholder facilitation and more.
In his spare time, Mike volunteers as a youth basketball coach.
Adam Cousins, BBA
Financial Consultant & Analyst
Adam joined MRSB in 2023 after working at an international public accounting firm for four years. He is a self-motivated professional who is passionate about helping clients plan for success. Adam earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in 2019 and is presently working towards his Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Adam has practical financial and analytical experience and works with clients to transform their visions into realistic and evidence-based reports, plans, and projections. Adam’s dynamic approach and strong ability to think critically, supports the delivery of effectively analyzed and prepared financial projections that clients can confidently rely on. He brings detail and accuracy to financial analysis, providing clients with a clear vision for growth and opportunities. Adam also supports MRSB’s Valuation Services with valuations for business transactions, tax and succession planning, and litigation support. Adam has experience working with private, non-profit, and publicly-traded organizations of all sizes and scale.
Melissa McDonald, BBA
Creative Writer and Proposal Developer
Melissa joined the MRSB Consulting group in 2022, bringing extensive creative and professional writing experience. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2017 and earned her Diploma in Paralegal Studies from Eastern College in 2020. Since joining the team, Melissa has helped grow our business by developing many winning proposals for MRSB’s wide range of professional service offerings, for both new and established clients. Her role involves developing comprehensive proposals for our diverse portfolio of services, including strategic plans, program evaluations, growth strategies, research and analysis, feasibility studies, business plans, and more. The recipients of these proposals range from public and private entities, not-for-profit organizations, governmental departments and agencies, municipalities, educational institutions, and community groups. Her attention to detail and creativity ensures the final product exceeds expectations and guarantees all RFP criteria are met. Melissa understands clients’ needs and effectively communicates how MRBS can assist in accomplishing their objectives.
Melissa is a member of MRSB Consulting’s visual design committee. She volunteered as a minor hockey coach for several years and participated in many community group fundraising events.
What Others Are Saying
I have been pleased with MRSB’s work across the board and with the work of Wendy Drake in particular. Our team at Holland College thought Wendy could do a good job facilitating the development of a new strategic plan for the Culinary Institute of Canada, as we were preparing for a $7 million restructuring of our facility. One of Wendy’s key strengths is her ability to engage people at all levels of the organization. Wendy is an extremely strong communicator and facilitator, and she knows how to gather the best possible perspectives on important challenges. Not only did Wendy engage the right people, but she also went above our expectations to paint a richer picture of the perspective we wanted her to capture. Wendy also has a strong ability to think critically and synthesize large amounts of information in a manner that is straightforward, coherent, and easy to understand. We were very happy with the outcome and we now have a strategic plan that outlines a new approach that is integrated and consistent with the restructuring of our building and our capital efforts. We couldn’t have done one without the other. I would absolutely recommend MRSB to others.
Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald
President, Holland College