We are a diverse group of inter-professional consultants & subject matter experts

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Dr. Agostino Menna

Entrepreneur | Innovation Expert | Investment Support
BA, MBA, PhD

Meet Dr. Agostino Menna, a principal co-founder of the education technology start-up KnowQuest.net. Dr. Menna has decades of experience as a professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship, academic research, and family business. He has held various academic positions at Ryerson University, Brock University, and Niagara University.

Dr. Menna also creates custom Workshops and MasterClass materials at The Big Leaf. He is a highly sought-after consultant for start-ups and small caps seeking additional funding, and support with their funding activities.

Ankita Singh

Data Analyst | Dashboards | Certified Research Expert
BTech, MS(IS)

Meet Ankita Singh, our resident Data Analyst. Ankita is a detail-oriented researcher, analyst, and solution designer. Ankita’s combination of broad technical skills, certification in research analysis, and creating meaningful reports based on complex data, makes her the ideal candidate for demanding challenges. Ankita is on her way to becoming a dashboard development expert in addition to her exemplary skill set.

JIRA, Confluence, RDBMS, SQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Visio, Visual Paradign, Balsamiq, Lucid Chart…and soon PHP; Ankita is a diamond in the rough.

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Aqsa Khan

Project Manager | International Business Expert
BComm, MBPM

Aqsa is a budding Project Manager, and quickly taking on more executive duties than anyone else at the firm. Aqsa’s drive, pragmatic approach, critical thinking skills, and her ability to work with people will help to make her an excellent executive officer.

She has already proven her mettle by diving into the most challenging of projects at The Big Leaf, and taking them on with aplomb.

Aqsa’s enthusiasm is neatly balanced with her open-mindedness, willingness to learn, and ability to retain vast amounts of complex information. Aqsa is one of the cornerstones of our firm.

Diversity: Our team members come from all around the world including Asia, North America, South America, and Europe 

Aron Pervin

Family Business | Management Consultant
CMC

Aron is a Certified Management Consultant, Family Business Consultant, and one of our top advisors at The Big Leaf.

Aron ran Pervin Family Business consulting for decades, focusing on large family businesses in the local and international markets.

Whether it is succession planning or growth and sustainability, Aron is the person that is most qualified to help.

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Ayoob Faraji

Full Stack Web Developer | Entrepreneur
BSE

Ayoob is more than just another web developer; he is a combination full-stack web developer, entrepreneur, project manager, and trainer. Ayoob has nearly a decade of web development experience, with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, and an associate’s degree in software engineering.

For complex, highly scalable, database-driven web development, Ayoob is the one to call.

PHP, Symfony, Laravel, CodeIgniter, Jave SE, WordPress, MVC, SOLID Principles, Ubuntu, CentOS, Apache, Nginx, MySQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, SQL Server, MongoDB, HTML 4/5, CSS/CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Vue Js, Scrum, Ansible, Git, RESTful…the list of Ayoob’s skills goes on and on!

Bahar Attari

Full Stack Web Developer | Entrepreneur
BSE

Bahar is the protege of Ayoob Faraji, having worked with him on several projects in the past. She is now a seasoned web developer with a wide variety of languages and frameworks that she can utilize.

Bahar can craft interactive websites, optimize SEO, and make each page beautiful and engaging.

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Expertise: Our growing team includes professionals at all levels of post secondary education, professional certification, and fellowships

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James Des Roches

Consultant | Crypto Expert | Strategy Developer
BA, MBA, LLM, FBG

James is a Master of Business Administration, Master of Laws in Innovation, Law and Technology. His experience is broad and includes Production in Web and Television, Rapid Prototype Design, Corporate Governance, Consulting, and Corporate Directorship.

James brings a unique combination of innovative, entrepreneurial, practical, and strategic thinking to bolster our team’s ability to meet challenges. His extensive experience in Media and entrepreneurship make him an ideal consultant in the modern digital age.

Jane Luczkiw

Educator | Trainer | Consultant
BA

Jane is an accomplished business educator and trainer at the secondary, community college and university levels. She is an experienced program developer and facilitator in enterprise education and self-development initiatives for youth and adults.

She is knowledgeable in corporate administration, has developed and delivered creativity and self-development workshops for the Institute for Enterprise Education, Brock University, McMaster University, Lottery College, and the International Alliance for Learning.

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Jiri Fiala

Data Security Expert | Entrepreneur
BA

Jiri is a Data Security expert who can help your company with PIPEDA and GDPR compliance.

Jiri also offers custom hardware, software, and block-chain based solutions for your data security and integrity.

Experience: We have nearly half a millennia in experience at various levels of research, management, consulting, and entrepreneurship within many industries around the world

Lou Vescio

Organizational Health| Government Relations | Coach
BA, BEd, MEd, OCT, OPC

As an Education Leader, Executive Coach and, Community Development Leader, Lou applies his extensive knowledge and experiences in education and corporate environments to ensure start-ups and established businesses receive the support and tools necessary to grow and succeed in the evolving global business environment.

Best known for his ‘coach approach’ to leadership and training, Lou specializes in the delivery of training and educational programs focusing on skill acquisition and talent management, as well as effective strategies and solutions for learners, educators, job seekers, employers, businesses, and community organizations.

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Marilyn Tian

Business Developer | Entrepreneur
MBA

Marilyn is a strategic, analytical, and results-driven marketing professional. She has more than six years of experience in developing demand-generating marketing campaigns. She is a seasoned corporate communicator, proposal developer, and entrepreneur.

She is the head of the Business Link Media Group in the Niagara Falls area, and passionate about creating value that can scale.

Neil Cosby

Business Developer | HR Expert | Professor
BA, MBA, CHRL

Neil is more than a Certified Human Resources Leader and MBA, he is an experienced  business development manager, entrepreneur and professor.

Neil is passionate about HR, and has more than two decades of experience helping small to medium businesses develop their team and their customer base.

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Professionalism: Every member of The Big Leaf abides by one of the most stringent Codes of Conduct and Ethics in the industry

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Rahi S. Tajzadeh

Entrepreneur | Leader | Consultant
BComm, MScM, CMC

Mr. Tajzadeh is a Certified Management Consultant, Master of Science in Management, and a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in strategy, research, and entrepreneurship.

With a background in entrepreneurship, consulting, and research, he brings a unique perspective and set of tools to better identify opportunities, craft strategy, and execute. Rahi can help to improve the position of the company, while adding real value to the customer.

Robert Coffey

Coach | Trainer | Educator | Leader
BComm, FCA, FCMC, KCStG

Bob Coffey is a Management Consultant, Advisor and Coach.

He is the retired vice chair and head coach of KPMG. He is also a past Vice President of Geneva Merger & Acquisition Services of Canada (Ont.) Inc. He was also a key advisor to an Ontario Health Care provider on budgeting, finance and service delivery

He’s known professionally as “THE COACH”.

Mr. Coffey became a Chartered Accountant in 1959, becoming a senior business advisor and management consultant to industry and government. He has participated in a number of Royal Commissions and has lectured at McGill University and the University of Toronto on costing and budgeting. He has held numerous executive and management positions including Managing Partner for Canada of the Management Consulting Services for Ernst & Whinney, Executive Partner, Thorne, Ernst and Whinney and Vice Chairman of KPMG. Mr. Coffey remains active in the field of mergers and acquisitions, corporate growth and finance, corporate turnarounds, and is a co-author of Purchase and Sale of a Business.

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Ron McMeeken

Accountant | Investment Expert | Advisor
CPA, CFP (fmr.)

Mr. McMeeken is a former CPA/CFP with more than 60 years of experience in accounting, finance, and small business management.

He has lead start-up and small businesses, and is a regular contributor to the boards of several businesses in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.

Ethics: As Consultants we hold dear the duty we have to protect the interests of Humanity, Stakeholders, The Profession and Firm, and ourselves, in that order

Sandra Barreto

Accountant | Finance Expert | Leader
BComm, CPA, CMA

Sandra is a seasoned Consultant and Entrepreneur that is laser-focused-on results. She has more than 20 years of global experience in manufacturing, biotechnology, and service industries.

She has extensive experience with cost and financial accounting, financial statement analysis, budgeting and forecasting, inventory control, and the crafting of internal controls. She is an expert in taxation and continuous improvement, and also experienced in implementing ERP solutions.

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Stany Castillo

Innovation Expert | Digital Transformations Facilitator
BSc, BTe, MBA

Stany is the founder of the research and development collaboration platform InnScience. He is an entrepreneur, technology expert, business developer and ERP solutions provider.

Stany is also the founder of Equipamiento Cientifico in Peru, which supplies lab equipment to researchers in Universities, various industries, and the government since 2011.

For help with innovation and entrepreneurship, and opportunities to open doors in South America, Stany is the team member you want to speak with.

Sujaya Devi

Author | Communications | Creative Technologist
BA, MI

Sujaya offers a range of creative and informational expertise. Her experiences are rooted in digital media, writing, communications, design-thinking, cultural studies, and research. She is available for creative consulting, writing, editing, and community-oriented initiatives. 

Sujaya offers a unique lens on educational projects by directly engaging students through empathy-based research. She has acted as a liaison between administration and student voices, using storytelling as a way to bridge the administrative gap in communications.

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Research: We utilize robust, validated, research-based tools and methodologies, and even create custom tools to better help our clients

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Our team is growing!

The Big Leaf family is budding, and our combined experiences, skill sets, diverse backgrounds and shared focus on ethical consulting makes us resilient, adaptable, and better able to help your business