Who are we?

Corporate innovation online – CIO

An independent management consulting organization specializing in business strategy and the management of corporate innovation.

Paul White has consulted with corporations and not-for-profit organizations in Canada, the U.S.A., Europe (Eastern and Western), Russia, Armenia, Serbia, Kazakhstan and Australia. He has traveled to over 60 countries and has conducted project work in 24 countries.Most recent professional work includes working on strategic issues for the Missanabie Cree First Nation, a major pet care business, and a community association.

Commencing his career as an industrial engineer concerned with productivity and performance improvement, Paul has since focused on assisting clients in their development of a business strategy and addressing corporate innovation issues.

Paul has had extensive industry and management consulting experience with the following organizations:

  • Managing Director, Hatch; an international consulting engineering company headquartered in Mississauga, Canada. The Founder, Gerry Hatch, left a legacy of innovation.
  • President of Arthur D. Little Canada Ltd., at the time the oldest management and technology consulting company in the world, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Partner and Director of Currie, Coopers and Lybrand (previously known as Urwick, Currie & Partners). 

Early in his career he worked for IBM and  Massey Ferguson in Canada and in the U.S.A, and with Metropolitan-Vickers Ltd. in Manchester, England. He was awarded scholarships for study in the U.K. and at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

Paul’s professional experience has also included the following positions:

  • President of the Institute of Management Consultants of Canada,
  • President of the Institute of Management Consultants of Ontario,
  • Governor-General designate with the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario,
  • Volunteer work with a Canadian international organization of executives – CESO –  serving clients abroad in Russia, Serbia and Armenia, and
  • service, as a Board Director, on a number of not-for-profit organizations engaged in the arts and social services.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario and holds the following academic and professional  qualifications; B. Sc., M.B.A., P. Eng., FCMC. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, the University of Western Ontario, and a diploma course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Richard Blayden, Brisbane, Australia, is a professional engineer with over 30 years international experience in guiding business improvement activities in capital intensive industries. Download his paper on collaboration Enabling Improvement by unleashing the Power of Collaboration. He has a significant track-record (read his Reflections on Maintenance Past Present and Future) of successful innovation in methodologies, business processes and associated software tools together with expertise in the human aspects of facilitating organisational change to ensure successful implementation – Download Encouraging Differences and Discussion to Germinate New Ideas.  Now retired and working part-time, Richard was previously an Associate and Principal Consultant with Hatch Associates, Australia.

Joaquim Vila, Barcelona, Spain, Professor of Strategic Management and Innovation at IESE Business School, University of Navarra, draws on a recent study by IESE and Capgemini to conclude that the existence of a formal process for steering and governing innovation is closely linked to the success of that innovation. Download Normalized Innovation JVila . In a second paper he presents his ideas on “Regenerating the family business for continued success, even in times of crisis”. The experience of Planas, a supplier of the construction industry in Spain, is presented. Access this interesting paper. Innovation to regenerate family businesses. Two recent papers; Normalizing innovation  and the second on how to Innovate in mature industries are must reads.

Peter Farwell, Toronto, Canada, FCA, CFA. Peter has a B.A. (Maths and Physics) from the University of Toronto, and for one year studied philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Peter’s work experience includes being a Partner of the Public Accounting firm of Ernst & Young (formerly, Clarkson Gordon) from 1970 to formal retirement in 1998. During that time, Peter managed the Toronto Tax practice for six years, managed a group serving entrepreneurs, to help them build businesses, for three years and was the leader of the firm’s Canadian services to technology companies for twelve years. Peter Farwell’s Resume. Check out Peter’s comments on IBM – can it survive?

Eric Bartsch, Chicago, U.S.A, founder of Chanute Consulting Group, has a long track record of business leadership and innovation. He spent ten years in executive roles leading business growth, product development, and innovation. His background includes experience at leading consumer products companies including Procter & Gamble and Newell Rubbermaid. At Horizon Hobby, he held roles encompassing both Product Development and General Management, leading his division through a period of significant sales growth during a global economic recession. Eric holds nineteen patents with many more issued to the teams he has led. In addition to forming CCG, he is now working with the University of Illinois to build the next generation of innovation leaders. Link to Eric’s web site: www.chanuteconsulting.com

Rui  Patricio, Porto, Portugal, is a professor of marketing and innovation at IADE, Lisbon. His research interests lie at the intersection between innovation management, gamification and design thinking. He has published in various journals including Creativity and Innovation Management and taught courses in Innovation Management and Gamification topics at the Design School of the Politecnico di Milano. Currently, he is carrying out research on design approaches to the early stage of innovation in multinational firms. Prior to moving to the academic community, Rui held management roles in marketing/innovation and procurement/international logistics at leading companies (e.g. Sonae Group and Air Liquide). During this period of time he has completed many consulting and training projects throughout Europe, Africa and Brazil.
Rui Patrício is also an innovation advisor, auditor, project evaluator, trainer, speaker and also a creator of gamification tools (e.g. ideaChef®), having received an award for one of the top 10‐innovative ideas from the Born from Knowledge competition launched by the Portuguese government in 2016. He holds a European Ph.D. degree in marketing at the intersection between innovation management, gamification and design thinking (University of Aveiro in association with the Design School of the Politecnico di Milano), a Master’s degree in Management and a MBA from the University of Porto Business School with an Exchange Program with University of California, Los Angeles, a Logistics Management Program from Cranfield University and a R&D + Innovation comprehensive Training Program. He is also a Kaplan – Norton Balanced Scorecard Certified Graduate. 

Dr. Antonio Arcienaga, National University of Lomas de Zamora, Institute for Knowledge and Innovation Management and, Lic. Conrado Gonzales, Foro do Ciencia y Technologia para la Produccion co-authored, with Paul White, a paper on Argentina’s innovative capacity.