Our Team

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Our Leadership

We are a diverse group of experienced professionals who don’t mind digging into the details and getting our hands dirty.

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David Burnie

Principal & Founder, Head of Strategy & Operations
David founded The Burnie Group in 2011 to help organizations dramatically improve their operations. It has since become one of the fastest-growing management consulting firms in Canada. Prior to founding The Burnie Group David spent eight years at McKinsey & Company where he was a leader in McKinsey’s North American Operations and Retail practices. He also served as Director of Marketing and Sales at Grocery Gateway.com and was an Account Executive at Proctor & Gamble.

David’s experience includes: Corporate strategy, lean process redesign, performance management, post-merger integration, workforce management and leading transformational change. David has worked extensively in banking, insurance, telecommunications and retail in areas including back office, contact centre, branch/store operations and shared services.

David received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the London Business School, where he graduated with distinction, and earned his Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University with Dean’s List honours. David is a supporter of the Fort York Food Bank, and an avid athlete. He was an All Canadian and Academic All Canadian while playing football for the National Championship winning Western Mustangs, and was later drafted by the CFL's Hamilton Tiger Cats.

David leads The Burnie Group’s Strategy and Operations practices.
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Hugh Frost

Head of Automation
Hugh has over 20 years of experience working in technology, management consulting and analytics roles, always with a focus on improving customer operations and marketing. He has a lengthy track record of developing successful business strategies.

Prior to joining The Burnie Group, Hugh founded his own practice, Client Lens Group. He has run customer analytics and database marketing departments at Nielsen and Telus, worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and has led applications, infrastructure and Project Management departments at EDS.

Hugh's experience includes: Management consulting, marketing, building customer loyalty, automation, analytics and performance management, and technology strategy.

Hugh earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the London Business School, where he focused on Private Equity and Venture Capital Finance and Strategy. He also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. Hugh is a devoted husband and proud father of two boys. He enjoys hockey, soccer, the violin, and has a variety of personal technology interests including web and mobile application development.

Hugh leads The Burnie Group’s Automation practice.
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Douglas Heintzman

Head of Innovation
Doug is a blockchain, AI and strategy expert who has been working in the IT industry for over 25 years. With roles ranging from technical engineering, enterprise sales, standards definition and administration, consultancy and worldwide strategy, Doug has defined his career as a leader, mentor, and advisor who excels in fostering E and C suite relationships and helping individuals and organizations succeed in a world of accelerated change.

Doug is the co-founder of CueContext, a member of the Board of Directors at MaRS Innovation and a former executive at IBM.

Douglas’ experience includes: Developing strategy solutions, optimizing client operations and technology, and driving innovation and change.

Douglas earned his Masters in International Economic and Social Administration at Universite Pierre Mendes and his Bachelor degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University. Outside of work Douglas is an avid traveler who enjoys reading, camping, and playing guitar. Douglas is also an advocate for green building tech, and volunteers regularly to help the homeless and at-risk youth.

Doug leads The Burnie Group’s Innovation practice.
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Alexey Saltykov

Head of Enablement
Alexey is a strategy and operations expert, with unique, hands-on experience building and running online businesses. He's been consulting for over 10 years, helping clients to develop target operating models, re-design their processes and inform their strategies through benchmarking and performance management.

Alexey is the CEO and Co-Founder of InsurEye and CondoEssentials.com. He spent 5+ years as Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group and worked as Internal Consultant for Process and Project Management for Daimler Chrysler.

Alexey's experience includes: Developing business and operations strategies, re-designing processes across different industries, identifying and driving efficiencies, creating performance management solutions for Operations space, creating and executing benchmarks (Contact Centres, Multi-Channel), developing B2B and B2C online monetization models, assessing and evaluating global megatrends.

Alexey received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Collège des Ingénieurs, where he focused on 'Strategy and Management of Technology,' and earned his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. Alexey speaks five languages and spends his time away from work travelling, playing table tennis and braving the slopes Alpine skiing.

Alexey is a frequent contributor to numerous media outlets such as National Post, Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail as well as multiple online publications. His topics focus on Financial Services, Insurance and Personal Finance.

Alexey leads The Burnie Group’s Enablement practice.

Our Experts

With a network of more than 100 top-tier consultants, we guarantee a hands-on team with industry-specific knowledge. Here’s an example of one of our experts who works with us on a regular basis.

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Jeff Holland

Strategy & Operations Expert
Jeff has spent over 30 years working in and around operations. He excels at identifying and driving operational changes that help organizations to meet the ever-changing demands on their business and their people. By focusing on organizational and individual behaviours, he designs and implements strategies that create a culture where both the business and their employees can thrive.

Jeff’s experience includes: Jeff has held operational roles with Toyota and Honda in their manufacturing operations in the UK, and more recently with JD Irving in Canada. Prior to this, Jeff spent 10 years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, holding leadership roles in the Operations Practice and Advanced Operations Group. As a result, Jeff has developed deep experience and expertise in leading and supporting wide-ranging business transformations in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Jeff focuses not just on improving operations but also linking operational change to the overall business strategy, mission and vision. An important part of that alignment is understanding and overcoming broader organizational issues affecting performance, health and agility such as culture, organizational design and leadership development.

His collaborative, engaging and adaptive style enables Jeff to build trust-based relationships with clients at all levels from the CEO to the front-line workers, ultimately helping both businesses and individuals realize their goals.

Our Team

The Burnie Group prides itself on hiring exceptional talent with the goal of delivering the highest value to you, our customer. Here’s one of our team members who works on our client engagements.

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Isha Sachdeva

Human Resources & Office Coordinator
Isha is a Human Resources professional with a specialization in IT recruiting practices. She has experience working with government and private sector clients conducting full recruitment cycles to ensure the placement of highly qualified professionals. Before joining The Burnie Group, she worked in Talent and Acquisition for CSI Consulting Inc.

Isha’s experience includes: recruitment, onboarding, and people/relationship management.

Isha earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto. When not at work, Isha enjoys reading, movies, and spending time with her family.

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