Our Work

Client Testimonials

We started working with Alex and the Mendicant team in 2006 and it's been a very productive relationship. They researched and wrote two business plans which had a significant impact on our annual growth. They have facilitated numerous sessions for us, worked with different staff teams on large and small projects, not the least of which was our 2009 national entrepreneurship summit. The work has been consistently strong and Alex is a very professional, passionate and committed person to work with.

Terry Campbell, Chief Operating Officer at Futurpreneur Canada (formerly known as CYBF)

We engaged Alex and Mendicant group to research the market for a military-to-entrepreneurship transition program. From their assessment, they designed The Prince's Operation Entrepreneur and helped us bring together the best partners to run it. They also designed and implement the annual evaluation for the program. Their work has been professional and innovative and has helped us make a difference in the lives of hundreds of former military professionals. We are very proud of the program and showcase it to others in the Prince's global network as a great example of what Canada has done in the field.

Amanda Sherrington, President and CEO at Prince's Charities Canada

We started working with Alex in 2005 and it's been an incredibly productive partnership. Through his work, we increased our revenue by more than 150% and now run what is arguably the most cost- effective small association in Ontario. With a modest staff complement, we have very low member attrition rates and regularly engage with the highest levels of government. Our annual cleantech business summit and lobby day at the legislature now attract hundreds of executives from across Ontario. Our board has enjoyed working with Alex and Marjan - we find them very professional and efficient with just the right amount of humour to complement their businesslike approach.

Derek Webb, Executive Vice President at Biorem and Chairman for the Ontario Environmental Industry Association

Alex and I worked together to design Ryerson's new SocialVentures Zone, an initiative to support students as they develop projects and enterprises that will change our civic and social landscape. We faced a real challenge translating Ryerson's overall commitment to zone learning into a workable vision for Humanities and Social Science students and others. Alex has an energy and enthusiasm for new ventures and social change that is contagious. The concept stage of this new initiative was not only extremely creative; it was fun. The idea we have developed is incredibly innovative and has been very well received by students, community leaders and the university. We look forward to working with Alex as he gives us some of his time as our new Social Innovator in Residence in 2014-15.

Monica Jako, Director of Strategic Planning and Administration at Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University

Alex and his team were an important part of the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth's 2011 Youth Leaving Care Hearings. The project, organized and run by youth with the support of the Advocate's Office, highlighted the systemic problems youth face when they leave the foster care system. Alex and his team were great to work with - always professional, focused and committed to the idea of helping these vulnerable youth.

James McGuirk, Project Lead at The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

We worked with Mendicant Group to assess our organizationís social enterprise and decide weather or not we should expand our operations. Mendicant provided us with a critical review of the processes we use as well as a cost analysis to help us understand the financial feasibility of our enterprise. Working with Mendicant saved us a lot of time and effort and provided us with a great review of gaps in our system and fixes needed. The final presentation was comprehensive and shed light on areas that we need to focus upon as UforChange embarks upon the next stage of organizational growth. We found the team to be professional and engaging to work with.

Chalo Barrueta, Executive Director at UforChange