Cascadia helps government and industry tackle big problems. As local experts in operations, finance, and economic analysis, we offer clients momentum to achieve change.

The Cascadia team has extensive experience supporting cities, transit authorities, ports, and industry to advance major projects and implement solutions to complex challenges. Our team has a core skillset in operations science, economic analysis, financial modeling, and capital program development, and tends to support projects requiring government and industry partnership. 

Cascadia's clients include:

transit AUTHORITIES

Our team has a proven track record supporting multi-stakeholder review of transit investments, and providing financial analysis and planning support to advance transit projects.

 
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port AUTHORITIES

Cascadia has worked with government, marine terminal operators, rail companies, trucking companies, shipping lines, and cargo owners to improve the efficiency and stability of local ports.

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CITIES

We help local government gain momentum for important projects, consulting with a diverse range of local stakeholders to identify the best ideas and drive change.

 

INDUSTRY

Having worked with some of Canada's leading companies, our team has an extensive understanding of operational science to improve productivity, lower cost, and ultimately satisfy customers.

 

Recent Projects

 

Strategic Planning for Local Infrastructure Investments

With the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, Cascadia worked with regional partners to develop an alternative funding formula and analyze potential funding sources which could be used to support local infrastructure investments. The alternative funding formula was endorsed by the Mayors’ Council in 2015.

 

Capital Planning for $7.5 Billion in Transportation Investments

With TransLink and the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, Cascadia completed a capital review of a $7.5 billion transportation and infrastructure plan. The team aggregated data across 33 projects to analyze costs, revenue, and savings and determine funding requirements over a 15-year period. 

 

Financial Analysis for the Surrey Light Rail Transit Project

With the City of Surrey, Cascadia supported financial analysis for the construction and operation of the Surrey light rail transit (LRT) project. The team focused on understanding the financial implications of private investment and analyzing available options for funding construction and ongoing operations.

 
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Operations Analysis for Port Metro Vancouver and Private Partners

With Port Metro Vancouver, Cascadia supported a series of strategic planning exercises reviewing operations in relation to policy objectives. The team’s work included consultation with private sector infrastructure partners to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and stability of regional operations.

 

Cascadia Partners is a small team of highly engaged consultants with a proven track record.

Our Team

Cascadia Partners bring a powerful combination of skills in strategy, mathematics, business analysis, and communication. Our team includes professionals with experience as business operators and entrepreneurs, and as consultants to senior industry and government leaders. We provide balanced expertise and unique perspectives to advance major projects. 

Alastair Caddick, Partner

Alastair is an experienced management consultant, project manager and senior executive. He has 20 years’ experience providing clients with advice and hands-on support to their most challenging business problems. Alastair consulted with a global top-tier consulting firm and was a Partner for a local Vancouver based consulting firm. More recently, he served as Vice President of Strategic Programs for CHC Helicopter, a global helicopter company operating in 20 countries. Alastair holds an HBA from the Ivey Business School, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Ivey's Alumni Network.

Contact: alastair@cascadiapartners.ca

 

Paul Hiom, Partner

Paul has 20 years of consulting experience in technology planning, strategic planning, capital planning, and operations analysis. He has worked with clients in a variety of different industries, with extensive focus on government, health care, transportation, and telecommunications. Paul is the former Vancouver Lead Partner for KPMG Advisory, and a former Senior Partner with SECOR and RPO Management Consultants. He has led major projects requiring skillsets in IT and business transformation, finance, economics, and operations. Paul holds a B'Comm in Management Information Systems and a M'Sci. B.A. in Operations and Logistics  from the University of British Columbia.

Contact: paul@cascadiapartners.ca

 

John Merkley, Partner

John specializes in economic analysis and capital planning. His recent engagements include capital planning to support a $7.5 billion transportation infrastructure program, operations planning with Canada’s largest port authority, and development of a public-private-partnership within a $3 billion laboratory services budget. Prior to founding Cascadia, John worked with a global consulting firm supporting private corporations and all levels of government. John holds a B'Comm. and M'Mgmt. from Queen's University, and a M'Sci. Econ. from Maastricht University. 

Contact: john@cascadiapartners.ca

 

Jonathan Snoek, Partner

Jonathan brings insightful, data rich, and practical solutions to critical issues facing organizations. He brings 13 years of management consulting experience, most recently as a senior manager in KPMG’s strategy consulting group. His experience has focused on the public sector but also spans private sector industries: energy, resources, and defence. He holds a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University where he was elected Valedictorian. He sits on the board of the BC Housing Foundation and teaches a program at the Sauder School of Business on Management Consulting.

Contact: jonathan@cascadiapartners.ca

 

Robert St-Aubin, Partner

Robert has over 15 years of combined management consulting experience and highly quantitative and analytical academic research. Robert has broad expertise in project management, IT implementation, IT integration and system selection for a vast array of different software applications (finance and accounting, maintenance, projects, payroll, fleet operation, supply chain, permitting, etc.). Robert holds a PhD in Computer Science and an MSc in Mathematics/Statistics from the University of British Columbia. Robert is also a member of the Project Management Institute and hold a PMP Certification.

Contact: robert@cascadiapartners.ca

 

Cascadia has a core skillset in operations, economic, and financial analysis that lends itself to a variety of government and industry needs.

Our Services

Cascadia helps clients advance major projects and solve complex business challenges. We work with clients upfront to confirm objectives and develop a strategy to achieve their needs. We then apply our analytical horsepower to review and evaluate potential options and recommend action. Once the preferred option is selected, we help the client plan for investment and implementation.

We help clients in the following areas:

 

Strategy

The first steps in any project are the most important. Before serious investment is committed, Cascadia helps clients to define their end objectives and develop a strategy to achieve their needs.

Our team has experience with several tested strategic frameworks to help clients with problem framing, scenario planning, and investment prioritization.

 

Operations

Our team has a proven track record analyzing and solving operational challenges in highly complex industries. We work with clients to understand the root causes of inefficiency and develop creative solutions.

Example operations projects include scorecard development, performance management, and supply chain optimization.

 

Economics

Advancing major projects requires a clear understanding of economic impact. To support clients, our team has experience analyzing economic factors for several of British Columbia's most important projects.

Cascadia provides leading expertise in economic impact assessment, revenue/cost forecasting, and sensitivity analysis.

 

Planning

Analysis itself is not sufficient. Once options have been analyzed using leading operations and financial frameworks, our team helps clients translate findings into an actionable plan.

For major projects, this typically includes developing a business plan and/or investment plan to build multi-stakeholder support and guide implementation.

Finance

Cascadia Partners combine our understanding of operations with world-class financial analysis. We help clients understand the financial impact of available strategic options by identifying opportunities, sensitivities, and risks.

Cascadia offers capital finance planning, financial modelling, and strategic financial planning services.

 

Communication

Our team has extensive experience supporting internal and external client communication, often on highly publically sensitive issues.

Cascadia has provided communication support for large-scale public investments, labour action, and significant changes to government policy.