Our Clients

"We worked with Doug Williamson and The Beacon Group at an inflection point in our business - to change the leadership culture and transform our collective thinking to meet both the short and long term challenges presented by changing technology, talent pool and market disruptors. Doug's grounded approach to change the dynamic of the leadership team to one of collective problem solvers rooted in Design Thinking and Long Term Strategic Imperatives began our journey toward accelerated change, faster growth and improved profitability."
Vasken Altounian, President, HD Supply
“The Beacon Group’s program proved to be a transformational experience for our staff, and has created a new, more open culture of creativity and collaboration that has given The Globe and Mail a marked and measurable competitive advantage.”
Phillip Crawley, Publisher & C.E.O., The Globe & Mail
“Doug Williamson and the Beacon Group team bring top level thought leadership, combined with pragmatic and practical solutions. This has helped our organization build engaged teams and leadership capability.”
Rowan Saunders, President & C.E.O, Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada (RSA)
“The Beacon Group was able to handle our 360 feedback reviews across all our offices in a manner that brought significant value to our partners, the firm and ultimately our clients.”
Judson Whiteside, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
“The Beacon Group excels in facilitating open & candid dialogue that has enabled our organization to build engaged and high performing teams.”
Bob Elliott, Managing Director, SAP Canada
"We really enjoy working with Doug Williamson and the Beacon Group because they take the time to get to know and understand our business and our people. With that context always kept in mind their advice and guidance brings great value to our organization. That they are a pleasure to work with on top of all that is a wonderful bonus."
Mark Young, Managing Partner, Cassels Brock LLP
“We engaged The Beacon Group when we needed to bring two cultures together after our first major international acquisition: the evidence of their success lies in both the subsequent growth in our business and our presence in more than twelve countries on five continents.”
Rupert Duchesne, President & C.E.O, Aimia Inc. (formerly Groupe Aeroplan Inc.)
"Cultural change and modernizing the organization are two very difficult goals for a company striving to produce sustainable financial and operational results. Doug Williamson and the Beacon Group team have become our most Trusted Partner in this endeavor. They have taken a pragmatic and swift approach in transforming our organization to one of high performance.”
Howard Eng, President & C.E.O., Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)
“From the first time I met with Doug Williamson, it was clear that he possesses a broad perspective of both business and leadership that I would be able to benefit from.
Through Doug’s experience and the Beacon Leadership evaluation tools, I gained tremendous insight into opportunities to develop further as a strategic leader and to even more effectively engage our team members.”
Robin Powell, Vice - President & Country Head, Sony of Canada Ltd.
“I have worked with the Beacon Group over the past ten years to help my companies achieve their maximum potential both domestically and overseas. The Beacon Group has a unique ability to cut through the noise and isolate key opportunities for enhancing performance. Their experience and “hands on” approach in dissecting the strength’s and weakness’s of my companies, has helped me turn average organizations into more effective, performance-oriented teams.”
Don Romano, President & C.E.O., Hyundai Auto Canada Corporation
“The Beacon Group demonstrates a strategic and long term approach to their clients - striving beyond transactions, to build relationships. They cultivate an understanding of your needs and systematically work to add value across your Human Resource opportunities”.
Allan Cosman, President & C.E.O., Ferrero Canada Ltd.
"Douglas Williamson and The Beacon Group provided a structured and strategic review of our business culture. With their guidance, we have been able to better align our company values and identify core leadership competencies. Their practical approach provides simple and easily manageable solutions to complex business issues."
Jean Gattuso, President & C.E.O., A. Lassonde Inc.
“My experience working with the Beacon Group has always been positive. Their approach to change management by providing in-depth talent assessments and clear assessment of our current workforce, helped us to clearly identify our high potentials and build a plan for talent development. Their approach is the best in the industry. Doug’s style, experience and energy make The Beacon Group a strategic partner that gets great results.”
Bob Courteau, C.E.O., Altus Group Limited
"Working with Doug was a great experience. He was tremendously helpful at a time when EDC was changing its culture and building its capabilities to execute on an ambitious strategy. He worked well with the executive team, delivering high impact strategic advice in a very dircet manner. And it worked."
Benoit Daignault, President & C.E.O., Export Development Canada
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