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Who is SME Strategy?

SME Strategy Consulting was founded in 2011 to help organizations and their people create and implement their strategic plans. We do this by facilitating strategic planning meetings, leading corporate training, and providing executive coaching and expert advice to senior leaders.

We are passionate about providing exceptional and adaptable service, which means working alongside our clients so we can get to know your organization’s culture. We take a people-first approach, making sure our strategic planning is valuable, enjoyable, and sustainable for your teams. You need processes and frameworks that are accessible and easy to understand, so we deliver solutions that empower you to become proficient in strategic planning and thinking so you can continue executing solutions in the future.

Your Global Partner

As a global brand and enterprise, we work with non-profit and for-profit organizations spanning various sectors and industries across the world. Our mission is to provide managers and leaders with the tools, frameworks, and expertise to help create and successfully execute their strategic plans that benefit their employees, stakeholders, and communities.

Meet Our Team

Anthony Taylor

CEO & Senior Facilitator

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CEO & Senior Facilitator

Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor is the CEO a senior strategic planning facilitator at SME Strategy. He holds a degree in business administration (BBA) as well as his Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) from the Project Management Institute. 

Anthony has an entrepreneurial background, with more than 10 years of experience running his own small businesses in various industries. In his book I Wish I Knew, he shares his best tips for being an entrepreneur.

In 2016, Anthony was chosen as a Global Entrepreneurship Week Ambassador for Canada, and SME Strategy was awarded the Palme Blue for "Microenterprise of the Year" from the French Chamber of Commerce.

Anthony speaks fluent French and loves soccer, basketball, and drinking scotch.

Place of origin: Vancouver, Canada

Specializations: Marketing, Strategy and Project Management.

His big goal: To receive the Order of Canada.

Favourite quotes: “Ride the spiral to the end, you may just go where no one has been.” – Tool

“It’s not about the years of my life, but the life of my years.”

 

Jenna Sedmak

Chief Client Officer and Senior Facilitator

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Chief Client Officer and Senior Facilitator

Jenna Sedmak

Jenna has been with SME Strategy since 2013. As a Senior Facilitator and Chief Client Officer, she spends her time working with our clients from onboarding through to strategy execution. Skilled in meeting and workshop facilitation, project management, organizational communication, communication systems and processes, and strategic plan execution, Jenna offers coaching and education to our clientele throughout each step of their strategic planning journey.

Jenna has a Master of Arts Degree in Intercultural and International Communication from Royal Roads University (RRU) as well as certifications in Agile Project Management and Advanced Facilitation with a focus on Adult Learning. Due to her passion for teaching and learning, she also holds a contract teaching position with RRU as an Associate Faculty Member within the Department of Communication and Culture. She has worked with an array of courses including: Organizational Communication, Strategic Communication, Ethical Communication, and Global Communication.

Outside of work, she enjoys activities such as rock climbing, cross training, and hiking. She is also passionate about playing piano, reading, spending time with friends and family, and watching just about anything Sci-Fi. However, her favourite activity will always be drinking that first cup of coffee in the morning.

Place of Origin: British Columbia - However, she considers herself a global citizen, traveling to many countries and spending nearly four years living in Norway and Sweden, while gaining conversational abilities in both languages. 

 

Specializations: Strategic Planning, Corporate/Organizational Communication, Project Management 

 

Her big goal: To hike Mt. Fuji!

Favourite quote: “If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be”. Maya Angelou


 

Jen Scumaci

Senior Facilitator

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Senior Facilitator

Jen Scumaci

Jen Scumaci is a Strategic Planning Facilitator at SME Strategy. She holds an MBA and an M.Ed. in Higher Education.

 

Jen’s background is diverse, with seven years of administration in colleges/universities, 10+ years in people + operations + client management in supply chain services, and 20+ years in non-profit work.

 

In 2014, Jen fulfilled a lifelong dream of learning to DJ and has been providing the soundtrack for community events, restaurants/bars/clubs, and weddings along the Northeast Seacoast ever since. In her downtime, Jen loves nothing more than hanging out with her amazing wife and two crazy pugs.

 

Place of origin: Queens, NY  |  Current location: Portsmouth, NH

 

Specializations: Facilitation, Strategy Development + Implementation, People Operations, Project Management. (Also, dropping funky fresh beats…)

 

Her big goals: To Marie Kondo her house and to master vinyl DJing.

 

Favourite quote: "Dear Humans, you’ve got it all wrong. You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. That is where you came from and that is where you will return. You came here to learn personal love. Universal Love, messy love, sweaty love, crazy love, broken love, whole love. Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling. Demonstrated through the beauty of messing up often. You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are. You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous. And then to rise again into remembering. But unconditional love? Stop telling that story. Love in truth doesn’t need any adjectives. It needs no modifiers. It doesn’t require the condition of perfection. It only asks that you show up. And do your best. That you stay present and feel fully. That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as YOU. It is enough. It is plenty." - Courtney Walsh

Elma Makini

Client Partnerships & Strategy Associate

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Client Partnerships & Strategy Associate

Elma Makini

Elma is pursuing a dual degree of Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Management. Her background in management consulting and working with nonprofits powers her intent to propel sustainable environmental and socioeconomic progress.

Place of Origin: Nairobi, Kenya

Favorite quote: Everything I am searching for is searching for me.

Arnold Ikpatt

Digital Marketing Strategist

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Digital Marketing Strategist

Arnold Ikpatt

Arnold is a Digital Marketing Strategist at SME Strategy, responsible for helping grow SME strategy’s brand position and leading efforts to continually improve our marketing and advertising processes. Before joining the team, he held a variety of roles in the marketing landscape across the startup space in Africa and the United States.

During his time prior to SME strategy, he helped various Fintech companies launch their Go-to-market strategy, build their brand, and scale their businesses through marketing and community management.

Arnold loves consuming all things marketing, reading autobiographies, writing, cooking and Crossfit.

He holds a BSc in Economics from Minnesota State University and a Post Graduate degree in Marketing from Thompson Rivers University.

Specializations: Product Marketing, Content Marketing, and E-mail marketing.

Big goal: To host his own Radio-show.

Quote: “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ― Epicurus

Mike Sproule

Business Development Manager

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Business Development Manager

Mike Sproule

From an early age, Mike possessed an entrepreneurial aptitude that has been confirmed throughout my career.

Since 1993,  Mike has assisted business clients as an independent consultant and a contractor. Through his efforts and skills,  he has been recognized nationally with the receipt of two awards; the Young Navigator's IT Entrepreneur Award (1999), and runner-up in the CIBC-ACE National Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1997). In addition, the BC Government recognized him as a young innovation leader in 1999.

Between 1998 & 2003, Mike was the Director of Networks for Columbus Networks Corporation assisting in the company’s rapid development in Canada and the United States. As part of the Executive Management team, my proficiency in sales, client services, partnership development, and e-business refined & developed the company as a leader in the education e-recruitment marketplace.

After a brief break, where Mike helped two other online communities get off the ground he returned to Columbus. From 2004 through December 2015 he led the senior executive in the ongoing planning & implementation of practical & innovative sales, marketing & partnership programs re-establishing Columbus as a world leader in education e-recruitment.

In late 2015, Mike started his own education consultancy, EdRecruiting.com. This firm specializes in offering human resources, innovative recruitment advertising & staff placement services.

As times changed and as opportunities present themselves Mike could not resist the opportunity for another challenge. In June 2017 Mike joined the young start-up ChatterHigh.com. In this role,  he was focused on fostering, developing & securing partnerships with organizations that can meaningfully engage middle & high school students from around North America. ChatterHigh was named Canada's EdTech Company of the year in 2017.

 
Place of origin: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
 
Specialization: Business & partnership development, operations & growth strategies
 
His big goals:  To develop his streaming venture, Dauber Tunes into a globally recognized brand.
 
Favorite quote: "The rug really tied the room together," the Dude
 

Meet Our Partners

Micah Lorenc

Training Partner (Clifton Strengths Finder)

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Training Partner (Clifton Strengths Finder)

Micah Lorenc

Micah Lorenc is a top-tier facilitator and exceptional coach with over a decade of experience at a Fortune 100 company. During that time, he facilitated strategic planning workshops for senior leadership, as well as strengths-based development workshops for teams across the company. Micah is an engaging facilitator and public speaker, and has been invited to speak and present at various conferences, including SXSW EDU and Building Business Capability (BBC).

 Micah is a graduate of an ICF-accredited coaching program and is awaiting confirmation of ACC Certification through the International Coaching Federation. In addition to coaching and facilitating team development, Micah has become a trusted leadership coach to an increasing number of startup founders and angel investors in the United States.

 Micah has experience working closely with various functional disciplines, including strategic planning, business architecture, experience design, change management, and process management. His last role as a Director leading a team in the corporate environment allows him to empathize and connect with teams and leaders as a coach.

 As a result of his education and experience working in the business world, Micah is a business-minded professional with a passion for coaching and personal development. He loves to inject fun and energy into his coaching and workshops, and he finds satisfaction in taking conceptual development principles and making them practical and productive for leaders and organizations.

 

Place of Origin: Texas, USA

Specializations: Strengths-Based Development, Strategy, Business Architecture

Big Goal: Invent a new product or technology

Favorite Quote: "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Carl Cox

Partner Facilitator (Cascadia Region)

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Partner Facilitator (Cascadia Region)

Carl Cox

Carl is a facilitator for SME Strategy. He is passionate about designing great strategic plans and getting them done. In 2016, he founded the U.S. office for an Australia-based strategic planning software company, Cascade Strategy, which has since grown to over 300 clients. Carl’s expertise is in designing strategic plans that are built to be successful. With a focus on purpose, alignment, and key performance indicators, he works with leaders to provide them confidence to execute. After the plan has been designed, he follows up to assure they have developed best practices to evaluate status and prioritize goals.

Prior to joining Cascade, Carl was an executive leader for several growth companies that have tripled in size, with a focus in accounting, finance, and operations. Carl started his career at Coopers & Lybrand in public accounting after earning his Bachelor of Arts in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Washington.

Carl has been married for more than 20 years and has four children. His favourite hobby is coaching football, basketball, and baseball for a combined 25 seasons. Carl resides near Portland, Oregon.

Chris Richards

Partner Facilitator

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Partner Facilitator

Chris Richards

A senior facilitator at SME Strategy, Chris has a wealth of experience in strategy development and business transformation across a wide range of clients in Canada and Europe.

Originally an engineer, he transitioned into consulting 15 years ago to deliver change and transformation programs for companies of all shapes and sizes in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He has facilitated countless workshops and strategy sessions, created and delivered dozens of employee training and development programs, and coached or mentored over a hundred business leaders in business management and strategy principles.

When he isn't doing any of that, Chris loves boxing, travelling, being outside, tinkering with motorcycles and reading history.

Place of origin: Vancouver, Canada

Specializations: Strategy, Business Performance Management, Lean & Continuous Improvement

Favourite quote: “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.”

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OUR PARTNER

Cascade Strategy Software

Cascade Strategy is our preferred software for monitoring and tracking strategy execution. We’ve partnered with Cascade to ensure that our clients remain focused on their priorities and goals through an easy-to-use tracking and reporting system.

Get a 90 free trial of Cascade to use as your strategy dashboard

Our Company Values

Outcomes Focused

What it looks like for you:

SME Strategy has developed an outcomes focused curriculum for our client programming, from strategic planning, to educational workshops, to executive coaching.

We do this first by guiding clients to align around a common vision, or One Destination, so that the entire team is working towards a shared purpose and end result.

Additionally, all of our programs and workshop modules are designed to have a clear and explicit outcome each time, so that all of the information you learn can be applied immediately.

Everything we do is to help get you where you want to go. 

Communicative

What it looks like for you:

SME Strategy is committed to developing true partnerships with our clients, and the foundation is built on strong communication.

We do this through our robust and organized project management process for each stage in the project lifecycle. We recognize the needs for both asynchronous and synchronous communication, and we aren’t afraid to pick up the phone to connect in real time.

When working towards our joint timelines, communication is the bridge to meeting everyone’s expectations.

When guiding our clients through team-based work such as the strategic planning process or educational workshops, we foster strong communication within the session and help the group develop the capacities to cascade strong communication systems and processes throughout their organization.

Flexible

What it looks like for you:

SME Strategy is available for virtual and in-person facilitation times to meet the needs of organizations in all North American (and many global) time zones.

We are focused on delivering quality strategic planning and implementation programs and achieving critical outcomes for all clients we work with, and we are able to adapt to changing situations to maintain focus and ensure delivery of client outcomes.

Passionate

What it looks like for you:

We are passionate about strategy, leadership and people.

When working with the SME Strategy team, from sales to facilitation to support, each of our team members strive to deliver the best client experience throughout each step of the customer journey.

We want you to win - we want to win together.

Our goal is to bring the best out of your team, and we’ll push you as far as you want to go. We’ll bring our passion to the process, because we’re passionate about what we do.

Let Our Expertise Work for Your Organization

Get in touch with our team today to help set your people on the path towards alignment, execution, and achievement.

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