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Management Consulting

SCI provides a range of management consulting services including;

  • Business Planning
  • Strategic Consulting
  • Corporate Communications

Overview

business-planning-servicesAt Strategic Concepts we’ve earned the reputation of being a resource provider to many industry-leading firms. We have the in-house ability to analyze complex issues and communicate them at rudimentary levels. Much of the work we are involved in begins with numbers. We listen to our clients, ask the right questions, gain an understanding of their needs and ideas and conceptualize their ideas into a strategic, functional, action-oriented plan that enables clients to achieve their goals.

We provide business planning services to establish companies as well as start-ups. Our approach to developing a business plan encompasses an assessment of the market, technical, and financial viability of the proposed project or business. The business planning process also involves the preparation and presentation of a final report on the viability of the proposed project. The report is essentially a reorganization of the outputs from the marketing, technical and financial components of the study. Critical to the report are the conclusions and recommendations regarding the viability of the project.

SCI’s business plans are strategically formulated, yet sufficiently flexible to meet the concise evaluation requirements of commercial lenders, equity financiers and other funding agencies.

Labour Capacity Analysis – Demand versus Supply

Labour capacity is a determining factor in the ability of workers in a particular jurisdiction to meet the demands of a project. SCI has considered the best available information and developed a reasonable set of parameters for determining the effective capacity of labour in a jurisdiction. These parameters have been validated by industry and presented to government through project development plans and environmental impact studies.

The methodology involves using published statistical sources of data (i.e. the theoretical supply of labour) and adjusting these figures to estimate an “effective” labour capacity available in a jurisdiction. The adjustments included:

  • a demographic trend adjustment, to estimate how the base data may look during the time period the project is developed based on the age profiles contained in statistics;
  • a new graduate adjustment, to account for the addition of new graduates to the labour force;
  • a newly certified journeypersons adjustment, to account for the addition of new journeypersons to the labour force;
  • a retirement adjustment, to account for the reduction in the labour force from retirements;
  • an outmigration adjustment, to account for interprovincial migration;
  • a mobility factor, to adjust for the extent to which the labour force is mobile; and
  • an experience adjustment, to account for those positions where specialized skills may be required and to adjust for workers which may contain some cross-skilled workers.

The results of this process is not intended to be an absolute measure of labour capacity, but provide a range of values that can be used as a guide to support decision-making prior to the start of construction and to provide an understanding of the risks associated with labour capacity.

SCI has considerable experience in monitoring the availability of labour in a particular jurisdiction. Since 2005 it has developed labour capacity studies for Chevron, ExxonMobil, Iron Ore Company of Canada, Vale, Alderon and Husky. These reports track wages and union agreements, labor statistics and model labour demand against supply using four digit NOC codes. A database of all known industrial projects and their demand for labour is maintained by SCI.

Strategies for Stakeholder Engagement

SCI offers its clients support in advocacy, profile building and positioning with key stakeholder groups including senior government officials, political advisors members of Parliament and cabinet ministers, through its network of consultants. SCI’s approach to building and managing highly-targeted successful advocacy campaigns begins with a comprehensive understanding of the campaign’s goals. These goals should be clear and measurable with well-defined outcomes. The second key component of the campaign development is building an understanding of the target audience, i.e. who the audience is comprised of and determining what moves them. The third element is designing and implementing messages that connect and move the target audience to achieve the desired outcomes. The overall key to building successful advocacy campaigns is understanding the strategic elements of the issues at hand and then using that knowledge and understanding to build and implement a successful engagement strategy. Our strategies are often supported by our work on economic models and presented through the preparation of key messages, briefing notes and presentations.

In addition to this particular management consulting service, SCI has developed software designed specifically to monitor and record stakeholder engagement activities. The software incorporates a variety of functions, including:

  • Media monitoring, the ability to view relevant media articles in real-time, and to archive articles of particular interest
  • Manage contact information; photos, demographics, associations, groups, etc.
  • Communications history; record interactions with individuals or groups,
  • Record notes and commentary about individuals or groups
  • Record and schedule activities and stakeholder interactions (which can be shared among users via Outlook or other calendaring software)

Finding Alternative Sources of Funding

Federal, Provincial and Territorial financial participation is often viewed by the developer as being essential to the development of large scale resource projects because of the sometimes extraordinary demands placed on the project. These demands are brought about by the lack of infrastructure in the development area, demands placed on the project by stakeholder groups and the terms and conditions found in development agreements.

The Federal government offers many programs that may hold potential for contributing towards the development of a project. In addition, there are often territorial and provincial programs that hold promise for many project’s as they develop.

The challenge for most companies is finding creative methods to access these programs for the benefit of the project, and to offset the costs of building infrastructure and delivering commitments.

SCI maintains an online searchable database of funding programs, approaches to funding case study’s as well as listings of projects funded . The database incorporates the ability to match specific programs to eligible project activities.