About

Our History

Four successful, independent consultants with four areas of specialization had a bright idea. Wouldn’t it be better if we worked together all the time, instead of scrambling to team up for large and complex arguments? This would strengthen our proposals and help us execute better. So Rod, Graeme, Doug and Tim came together in 1996 to become NetGain Partners. From there the idea grew to include other associates with other specialties, and junior associates with intellectual and professional ambitions. Most of the founders went on to new challenges in other places, but can still be called on as the need arises.

NetGain Partners is a team of experienced management specialists committed to helping not-for-profit and public sector organizations reach their goals. Based in Toronto, our teams have provided creative solutions for cultural, aboriginal and conservation groups, as well as municipal and provincial departments and agencies. We are a boutique consulting firm that supports our clients with highly specialized expertise in arts management and strategy.

Our Style

Clients tend to draw their consultant’s focus to the threats and opportunities they can readily see. However, there are often unseen problems and possibilities uncovered under the objective eye of a diligent consultant.

These discoveries pose a dilemma for both the client and the consultant. For the client, some very unsettling questions might arise about the fundamentals of their business. For the consultant, it can mean disruption of a tidy project work plan, or worse, it could strain the client relationship.

For NetGain, there is no dilemma; share the results of our objectivity and diligence because that’s ultimately what’s best for the client. Our budgets and schedules may suffer as a result, and our clients might feel challenged in unexpected ways, but there is really no alternative. It’s a matter of respect for our clients and for ourselves.

Naturally it’s preferable not to contradict a client’s notions about themselves or their projects. Some firms avoid it at all costs, preferring to deal in hypothetical scenarios rather than hard truths. This approach is good for winning contracts but it relies too heavily on what the client already believes. For this reason, it imparts little value, wastes resources, and leads to bad decisions.

NetGain uses the approach that works. Most of our business comes by referral, and we have many repeat clients. By consistently seeking and sharing real answers with our clients, we get to work with really interesting and open-minded people in a relationship of respect and trust.


Our Team

Doug Simpson, BA, MFA
Senior Managing Director
simpson
Clients have entrusted their businesses and organizations to Doug, for over 27 years. He's been at the table to usher through complex mergers, IPOs, business strategies, corporate restructuring and to raise capital for a diverse roster of clients.
read more
Genevieve Tran,
BBA, B.Ed, M.Ed
tran
Genevieve can be seen carrying her 1-ton furry handbag to client meetings, wherein lives several notebooks, lunch and a brick-weight MacBookPro. Her job is to check everything Doug does and add an Education Specialist perspective.
read more
Suzanne Wilcox,
MBA
wilcox
Suzanne Wilcox has experience working in both the non-profit and corporate settings. She’s been around NetGain since 1997 and enjoys the fresh approach that the firm takes with each and every client.
read more
Jonathan Yen,
HB.Sc, MBA, LL.B., LL.M. TEP
yen
As a Legal Advisor, Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator and Arbitrator, Mr. Yen provides a valuable service to our clients who may need a lower-cost, confidential way of solving disputes.
read more
Emily Parker,
PhD
parker
Emily is NetGain’s latest acquisition, and she is tasked with keeping all things organized and up-to date. With a long academic history, Emily could not avoid picking up a number of useful skills which contribute to NetGain operations.
read more
Andrew Swales,
BAH, History
swales
More commonly known as "Swales", Netgain's longest-serving team member slyly made himself indispensable while over time narrowing his career focus on the financial management of the firm and its clients.
read more
Robin Uchida,
B.Sc
uchida
A spectral figure in the life of the firm, Robin intrudes on and recedes from NetGain when need for his intelligence and perspective can no longer be ignored. His contributions are both enriching and fascinating.
read more

NetGain Alumni

  • Martin Blake - Video Surveillance and Production Officer, Toronto Police
  • Julia Dow - Consultant, Essex Lake Group LLC, Shanghai and New York
  • Rider Dice - Independent Sponsorship Development Consultant, Toronto
  • Vanessa Higgs - Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, City of Toronto
  • Tamar Huberman - Account Director and Consultant, Arts and Communications, New York
  • Selena Hur - Manager, YMCA of Greater Toronto
  • Tim Leary (Founder) - Independent Arts Management Consultant, Halifax
  • Graeme Page - Fundraising Consultant
  • Clark Reed - Independent Human Resources Consultant, Toronto
  • Geoff Stratton - Lawyer, MacDonald Thomas Law Office, Invermere, BC
  • David Trahair - Bestselling Author and Principal at a Toronto Accounting Firm
  • Darryl Moyers, Moyers & Stark Consulting

Firms We Like

  • Arts and Communications
  • Cream Advertising
  • David Trahair
  • Philip Goldsmith Architect
  • Imperial Cotton Centre for the Arts
  • Jenny Ginder - Arts Consultant
  • KPMB Architects
  • Tavis/Uchida
  • Akin Collective
  • Julie Dossett, Spirit Communications
  • Aimee Ippersiel