Arthur Smolarkiewicz MBA, CPA, CMA – Founder and Primary
Arthur Smolarkiewicz is the founder of Have the Edge, operating out of Toronto and Ottawa. With more than 18 years of experience as an entrepreneur, consultant and Chief Operating Officer, Arthur is a recognized expert who truly understands the challenges facing businesses in today’s economy. He serves a wide variety of private, not-for-profit and public sector organizations. His competencies include transformation, expansion, process improvement, internal controls, risk management, performance measurement, human resources and information management, program coordination and monitoring, internal audit, marketing, and graphic design.
Arthur’s experience and expertise in business and leadership started at a young age with founding Leading Edge Martial Arts and Fitness, a successful Ottawa-based studio. While building that business, Arthur dove into an MBA program, graduating with highest distinction, and then acquired his CPA designation. After selling his business, Arthur continued his career for several years at KPMG as a consultant and finally as a COO of a mid-size privately held Canadian firm in the services sector. Throughout his career, Arthur has distinguished himself with his attention to detail, personal touch, fresh thinking, and friendly approach.
From an early age Arthur understood the importance of personal excellence. Going the extra mile and being competitive came naturally to him. He won many scholastic awards and excelled as an athlete winning several martial arts contests, was a 4-time member of the Canadian national karate team and won and placed in several body building competitions.
Have the Edge is a synthesis of Arthur’s past entrepreneurial, corporate and personal experiences and embodies his strong principles and values.
John Coutts CPA, CMA – Senior Consultant
John Coutts is an experienced finance and accounting manager with progressive experience in both the public and private sectors. He possesses a strong understanding of controllership and financial analysis principals and has worked closely with executives and customers to build lasting profitabilities within their organizations.
His experience includes working with financial systems within operations and project management. John accepts the increasing importance of technology in finance activities and holds the expertise to incorporate various technological systems.
Maggie Cordina – Senior Consultant
Maggie Cordina is a Senior Consultant for Have the Edge web media development and founder of DesignWiz Solutions Inc. Maggie provided a wide range of media consulting services to businesses, non-profit organizations, and the public sector. With 15 years of experience, Maggie has experienced frequent changes in the cyber world allowing for current, up-to-date service delivery for her clients.
Maggie’s portfolio includes organization such as: The Ottawa University Heart Institute, IDRC, Royal Canadian Mint, Statistics Canada and Celebrity Trainer Tony Greco.
Why WE Have the EDGE?
Have the Edge is a boutique firm offering creative solutions in business consulting and executive coaching in Ottawa and Toronto. We provide our clients with a wide range of tailor-made services and pride ourselves on rising to any challenge that may come our way. We strive to build long-lasting relationships by providing excellent service and tangible value in concert with a unique, innovative, and client-centric approach to consulting.
What is our EDGE? It is our holistic client-centric approach to service delivery. Our offerings are built upon a conviction that the #1 barrier holding most people back is a lack of time – not a lack of information or skill or even motivation. Our consulting model is a community of services that all tie into a single point of contact. Our consultants and partner experts work in harmony to provide our clients with a seamless consultative experience that enhances their businesses and/or lives and saves them precious time.