MJ Bast

Our mission is to help our clients achieve their goals; your success is our business!

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Political Science Major with special focus on the Political Economies of Developing Nations; and Minor in Communication Studies and Business Writing.
  • Additional studies included accounting, commercial law, and industrial organization through the Society of Registered and Industrial Accountants of Canada, now known as the Society of Canadian Management Accountants.

Career Overview

Business planning, financing and general consulting services to owner operated small and medium sized businesses since 1985.

Prior experience included:

  • Accounting position with major Canadian tire manufacturer.
  • Owner and operator, general insurance brokerage firm.
  • Regional manager, Atlantic Provinces, for national firm of actuarial and employment benefits consultants.
  • Advertising Coordinator, major Canadian manufacturer of home entertainment products.

Functional Experience

  • Extensive experience in preparing business plans and presentation documents in a wide variety of industries and for a wide variety of purposes including E-2 and L-1A visa applications.
  • Expertise in Small and Medium Sized (SME) business financing.
  • Expertise in business plans for immigration purposes.
  • Extensive experience and high level of success in managing banking relationships and negotiating institutional financing.
  • Director of finance and temporary controller for clients during early stages of rapid growth.
  • Experience in advertising and promotion: planning programs, preparing and managing budgets, producing printed material and liaison with advertising agencies.
  • Experience with online marketing initiatives: social media, search engine optimization, and client relations management (CRM). 
  • Working knowledge of business agreements including leases, mortgages, partnership and shareholder agreements, management compensation agreements, insurance and many other types of legal instruments.
  • Letter writing drafts for clients dealing with difficult, sensitive or critical matters.
  • Strategic planning, guidance and negotiating assistance through recessionary periods or crisis.
  • General business consulting and guidance in business start-ups.

Industry Experience and Businesses Served

Our experience covers a broad spectrum of industries and types of businesses served including but not limited to automotive, food service, fitness and health, manufacturing, franchises and franchising, clothing, insurance, beauty products, transportation, technology, sports, travel and tourism, real estate, property management, construction, retail and wholesale distribution, and much more.

To view a more comprehensive and detailed listing of industry experience and businesses we have served, please click here.