Strategic Alliances - GEF Consulting
GEF Consulting has a strong and well-established practice providing Information Technology Management Consulting services to public sector organizations in the Province of Ontario.
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Strategic Alliances

GEF has multiple strategic alliances, both horizontal (vertical market independent) and various ones for service specific capabilities (vertical).  These alliances allow us to demonstrably scale for higher volume clients. Our alliances are established and proven.

Vertical Alliances

  •  Privacy Horizon (for deep expertise in Healthcare Privacy & Security)
  •  COREInternational Inc. (for enterprise expertise in Organizational Design and Change Management)
  •  R3P Consulting Limited (an extension of GEF’s PPM / PMO capability)

Horizontal Alliances

  •  Infinite IT Staffing (primary strategic horizontal alliance for sourcing)
  •  Maxsys-GSI (horizontal alliance for sourcing in Government)
  •  S.I. Systems (horizontal alliance for sourcing, client specific)

Vertical Alliances

COREinternational Inc.

Incorporated in 1998, COREinternational is a Toronto-based management consulting firm specializing in accountability-based organization design and implementation using scientifically researched principles.

COREinternational helps their clients to better execute on strategy and business plans through the design/redesign of work structures and accountability-based roles (organization design), management processes, and managerial leadership practices. They also assist in and advise on the selection of incumbents to ensure optimum fit to role. Their approach to organizational change management and communication is entrenched in their implementation methodology, and is designed to build new management practices and ensure a smooth transition in the course of transformation projects.

GEF has known and worked with one the principals of the firm since 2008 and has collaborated on business with COREinternational since late 2014.

Privacy Horizon

Privacy Horizon enables start-up, small and medium sized organizations to build privacy and security protocols and infrastructure faster, with greater compliance and adaptability. At a lower cost than developing traditional privacy strategies, PHI’s clients are able to use a secure, cloud-based “Virtual Privacy Officer” to differentiate and more easily commercialize their products and services through a set of digital tools.

GEF has a long history with the two principals of the firm and collaborates where their niche skills are required on Healthcare consulting assignments.

R3P Consulting Limited

R3P Consulting provides IT Vendor Management, Outsourcing, Off Shoring, and PMO advisory and consulting services. Within each service line they provide tailored services for: portfolio analysis, strategy, operating model and governance design, road maps, change and transition management, training and software tool implementation. Their clients are CIOs of Canadian Fortune 200 companies.  They have a deep Canadian perspective of the market choices of top vendors based on capability, focus, approach, size and culture; and most notably the rates, contract model and executive relationships.

GEF has worked with R3P since 2008 in various GEF accounts with the most recent one being Scotia Bank.  Although GEF’s core competency is program and project management, to scale appropriately across all our client accounts and maintain the exceptional resource quality we require for our clients, we partnered with R3P Consulting since they complement our commitment to quality and service focus yet also offered the synergy of deeper client relationships in the financial services industry.

Horizontal Alliances

Infinite IT Staffing

Infinite IT Staffing (“Infinite ITS”) is a full service search firm specializing exclusively in the Information Technology field with a 100% of their revenue generated from that single line of business. Infinite ITS provides permanent and contract resources to their clients across Southern Ontario, with a specialty in the GTA and surrounding areas.  They are Canadian owned and operated by two Managing Partners who bring with them over 40 years of experience in the IT recruitment field.  The Managing Partners, Val Freedman and Sheryl Hamilton, both spent the prior 20+ years as Senior Account Managers with the former Toronto IT agency “Datalist” (sold to S.I. Systems in September 2010), from whom they then resigned. Val and Sheryl were key contributors to the growth and ultimate sale of Datalist and, at the time of their departure, were Managers of two of the three highest volume accounts in the company’s history.  The Managing Partners lead Technical Recruiters and Account Managers while continuing to perform key-client management and recruitment activities themselves. Their high level of service, depth of technical expertise and breadth of contacts/candidates is not typically found in consulting firms or very large staffing agencies which often have senior sales staff, junior recruiters and higher rates of staff turnover. Said another way, one of their greatest strengths is also what sets them apart from the pack of large corporate agencies and resume banks that are driven by numbers and keywords as opposed to knowledge and relationships.

Infinite ITS is different – mature relationship management of clients and candidates (not just resumes and key words), with a deep and broad network of technology contacts and an entrepreneurial drive/scale of delivery is a winning combination for their clients. This structure, along with their complete dedication to customer service and professional ethics, is why GEF is aligned with Infinite ITS – the principals of both firms have the same value system and commitment to quality.

GEF has worked with Infinite ITS since 2010 (the GEF business relationship with the managing partners of Infinite ITS dates back 20 years from their time at Datalist) as an extension to GEF’s sourcing function.  GEF owns GEF client relationships however on occasion leverages Infinite ITS sourcing strength for candidates. Some recent examples (2015-2016) that demonstrate our successful working relationship for placement of PMO and IT resources has been with the Ontario Government via the GEF’s Ontario Government I&IT Task Based Vendor of Record arrangement (multiple Ontario Ministries), eHealth Ontario, the Canadian Institute of Health Information, Shoppers Drug Mart and TD Canada Trust.


MaxSys, a professional staffing and solutions firm, in national in scope and is one of largest recruitment agencies in the GTA and Ontario.  MaxSys traces its origins back to 1993. All the experience, quality and professionalism that one comes to expect from a national firm are offered by MaxSys. Since 1993, they have been providing quality contract and temporary help services to the private and public sector.

GEF has worked with Maxsys since early 2015 and, to-date, our collaboration has been primarily focused on two key GEF clients, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

S.i. Systems

S.i. Systems is a privately held national supplier of on demand professionals and is one of North America’s largest staffing companies. S.i. was founded during the inception of the IT contracting trend as an end-to-end, on demand IT professionals contracting organization. Since 1994, they have experienced exponential growth and we now provide professionals for contract, contract-to-hire, and permanent placements in Information Technology across Canada.

GEF’s collaboration with S.i. Systems is on business with our mutual client, Loblaws / Shoppers Drug Mart.  S.i. is one of the two preferred vendors for IT contractors at Loblaws and since some of GEF consultancy resources are procured as IT contractors, we partner with S.i. systems as their sub-vendor in the supply of these consulting resources to Loblaws / Shoppers Drug Mart.