Strategic Alliances

The Power of Partnerships

When necessary, we call upon our far-reaching external network of proven specialists, associate consultants and strategic institutional partners. In other words, we are not afraid to seek out advice and expand our project team to ensure your needs are met.

In today's fast-paced environment, a "do-it-alone" approach is not the best strategy. Harnessing the strengths and abilities of others from different corners and niches of GEF’s practice areas and capabilities has been one of the most strategic ways for us to scale our innovation and solve complex challenges. Strategic partnerships have enabled GEF to bring in and lean on the best talent in the marketplace and GEF regularly partners with teams internally across geographies to learn from their expertise in local markets and apply key learnings to our own market.

Partnerships are sought in specific assignments to provide the best combination of skills, experience and geographic representation in a wide range of sectors and sub-sectors, as well as to give unique levels of contextual relevance to our mandates. GEF has multiple strategic alliances, both horizontal (vertical market independent) and various ones for service specific capabilities (vertical).  These alliances allow us to demonstrably scale for higher volume clients. Our alliances are established and proven.

Vertical Alliances

Horizontal Alliances

  • Maxsys-GSI (horizontal alliance for sourcing in Government)

More on our Vertical Alliances

CORE International Inc.

Incorporated in 1998, CORE is a Toronto-based management consulting firm specializing in accountability-based organization design and implementation using scientifically researched principles.

CORE International helps their clients to better execute on strategy and business plans through the design/redesign of work structures and accountability-based roles (organization design), management processes, and managerial leadership practices. They also assist in and advise on the selection of incumbents to ensure optimum fit to role. Their approach to organizational change management and communication is entrenched in their implementation methodology and is designed to build new management practices and ensure a smooth transition in the course of transformation projects.

GEF has known and worked with one the principals of the firm since 2008 and has collaborated on business with CORE International since late 2014.

Privacy Horizon

Privacy Horizon enables start-up, small and medium sized organizations to build privacy and security protocols and infrastructure faster, with greater compliance and adaptability. At a lower cost than developing traditional privacy strategies, PHI’s clients are able to use a secure, cloud-based “Virtual Privacy Officer” to differentiate and more easily commercialize their products and services through a set of digital tools. GEF has a long history with the two principals of the firm and collaborates where their niche skills are required on Healthcare consulting assignments.

R3P Consulting Limited

R3P Consulting provides IT Vendor Management, Outsourcing, Off Shoring, and PMO advisory and consulting services. Within each service line they provide tailored services for: portfolio analysis, strategy, operating model and governance design, road maps, change and transition management, training and software tool implementation. Their clients are CIOs of Canadian Fortune 200 companies.  They have a deep Canadian perspective of the market choices of top vendors based on capability, focus, approach, size and culture; and most notably the rates, contract model and executive relationships.

GEF has worked with R3P since 2008 in various GEF accounts with the most recent one being Scotia Bank.  Although GEF’s core competency is program and project management, to scale appropriately across all our client accounts and maintain the exceptional resource quality we require for our clients, we partnered with R3P Consulting since they complement our commitment to quality and service focus yet also offered the synergy of deeper client relationships in the financial services industry.

More on our Horizontal Alliances


MaxSys, a professional staffing and solutions firm, in national in scope and is one of largest recruitment agencies in the GTA and Ontario.  MaxSys traces its origins back to 1993. All the experience, quality and professionalism that one comes to expect from a national firm are offered by MaxSys. Since 1993, they have been providing quality contract and temporary help services to the private and public sector. GEF has worked with Maxsys since early 2015 and, to -date, our collaboration has been primarily focused on two key GEF clients, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.