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Arthur Smolarkiewicz

MBA, CPA, CMA Founder

Arthur Smolarkiewicz, the founder of Have The Edge, is passionate about coaching people and organizations to achieve their utmost potential. His consulting experience spans across businesses, non-profit organizations, and the public sector. With 20 years of practice including business ownership, CEO, COO, and CBDO experience, he truly understands the challenges facing businesses in today’s economy. Arthur’s experience and expertise in business and leadership started with founding Leading Edge Martial Arts and Fitness, a successful Ottawa-based studio. While building the business, Arthur dove into an MBA program and then acquired a CPA designation. Following the sale of his business, Arthur continued his career at KPMG as a consultant and then as a C-Level executive in several privately held Canadian service providers.

Throughout his career, Arthur distinguished himself through his attention to detail, personal touch, fresh thinking, and friendly approach. Have the Edge is a synthesis of Arthur’s past entrepreneurial, corporate, and personal experiences and embodies his principles and values.

Robb Stewart

Senior Associate Strategy & Methodology

Robb Stewart is an Ottawa-based federal public servant as well as private sector consultant. For over 25 years, Robb administered social and health programs, provided strategic policy advice, and managed regulatory compliance and investigative teams.

In the last 15 years, Robb has also been active in consulting for the small and medium-sized private business sector within the areas of franchising, business expansion, product design and development, marketing, documenting procedures, and designing human resources management programs.

During his leisure time, Robb enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 teenage children, and 2 dogs. Yes, he owns golf clubs and plays a few rounds each year but he isn’t so presumptuous to call himself a ‘golfer’ … yet.

John Coutts

CPa, CMA
Senior Associate Finance & Accounting

John Coutts is an experienced finance and accounting manager with  experience in both the public and private sectors. He possesses a strong understanding of controllership and financial analysis principles.  

His experience includes working with financial systems within operations and project management. John appreciates the increasing importance of technology in finance activities and has the expertise to incorporate various technological systems. He has worked closely with numerous executives and customers to increase the profitability of their organizations.

Mark Hoang

Senior Associate Marketing & Design

Mark is a Digital Marketing Strategist with a broad understanding of the latest trends including digital analytics, web design, funnel creation, email marketing, and social media integration. His experience gained through working with multiple clients, software simulations, and the use of creative design tools spans across B2B, and B2C industries.

Mark is responsible for developing Have The Edge‘s online marketing initiatives and strategy. He is known as a creative marketer who can always be counted on and puts the needs of clients first. He spends a lot of time understanding the business and the audience before suggesting ideas.

Mark graduated from Mohawk College Business Administration Marketing (Co-op) Program with distinction.

Jarod Arsenault

Senior Associate Marketing & Research

Jarod specializes in the creation of marketing strategies, digital marketing programs, and market research. He is proficient with Microsoft, Adobe, Google plus a variety of other systems and products. 

Jarod is truly diligent about his work and always eager to surpass the expectations of our clients.  While he enjoys all aspects of his position, Jarod excels at the stage of a project requiring an understanding of the client’s business objectives. His strengths are idea generation and identifying creative solutions. 

Jarod is passionate about nature and is an advocate for saving our planet. He was one of the top graduates of the Business Administration – Marketing Program at Mohawk College. Jarod joined our team in 2020.

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