Management Team

The Paradigm Management and Leadership Teams are each a group of highly skilled professionals, whose mission is helping Paradigm's customers get the most from their investments in business processes and information technology. They are also committed to mentoring and promoting professional development among employees and consultants by affording them open access to a vast body of knowledge and industry experience. As such, Paradigm’s employee-first corporate culture has allowed Paradigm to attract and retain entrepreneurial and creative consultants of the highest professional calibre.

Paradigm’s multidisciplinary team of leaders and consultants brings together skills from the areas of Project Management, Business Analysis, Management Consulting, Organizational Change Management, Application Services, Business Process Consulting and Infrastructure Services.

Mark Hustak

President/CEO

Mark Hustak is President/CEO and Co-Founder of Paradigm Consulting Group Inc., responsible for Financial Management, Business Management, Business Planning, and Corporate Governance processes. With 35+ years of industry experience, Mark leads corporate strategy for Paradigm, including market development, service offerings, executive hiring, and consulting talent recruitment. He oversees delivery quality, professional development and training strategy.
Mark's credentials include Certified Management Consultant, PRINCE2® Practitioner, PMP® Certific
ation, ISP Certification, and a Bachelor of Administration in Operations Research and Computer Science from the University of Regina.
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Karen Mayne

COO Saskatchewan, CFO, Co-chair, People Effectiveness Team

Karen Mayne is the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the overall operation of Paradigm’s Saskatchewan business as well as the Chief Financial Officer for Paradigm's Saskatchewan and Manitoba's Offices. She also Co-Chairs the People Effectiveness Team. Karen has 18+ years of experience in accounting and financial management, and has worked in a senior capacity at two of the “Big 5” accounting firms in Canada. Karen holds a CPA, CMA designation. She earned her Certified Management Accounting designation early in her career and has been leveraging it for her clients and employers since then.
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Ken Howell

Chief Operating Officer Winnipeg

Ken Howell is the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the overall operation of Paradigm’s Manitoba business. He is also responsible for the Business Operations for Paradigm’s Saskatchewan and Manitoba offices which includes Paradigm’s activities around Strategic Planning, Workforce Planning and Management as well as their Technology Management Services. Ken also has 20+ years in the consulting industry with extensive experience in the healthcare, financial and telecommunications verticals providing project management services to clients across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. His credentials include a Bachelor of Science from the University of Regina, a PMP®, PRINCE2® Practitioner, Managing of Portfolios (MoP®) Practitioner, Portfolio\Programme\Project Office (P3O®) Practitioner, CMC, ITIL®, Prosci® and I.S.P.\ITCP certifications. Ken has also been awarded a Registered Project, Programmme and Portfolio® Consultant accreditation.
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Mike Plosz

VP, Solution Development

Mike Plosz is VP, responsible for Solution Development for all locations.He has 25+ years of experience in the delivery of organizational change and information technology initiatives for clients in a wide variety of industries, including public sector registries, insurance, and health care. Mike is responsible for Paradigm’s software development practice, and for evolving their software, system, and management consulting methodologies, as well as managing the internal IT infrastructure for Paradigm.
Mike's credentials include a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, a PMP®, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Practitioner, Managing Benefits Practitioner (MBP®), and Management of Portfolios (MoP®) Practitioner certifications.
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Gary Craven

VP, Consulting Services Winnipeg

Gary Craven is VP, responsible for the Consulting Services line of business for Manitoba. He has 30+ years experience in the professional services industry with extensive experience in the insurance vertical, providing senior management advisory services to clients worldwide.
Gary's credentials include Bachelor degrees in Agriculture and Computer Science, in addition to his Master of Science from the University of Manitoba. Gary is a Professional Agrologist and has also earned his PMP®, PRINCE2® Practitioner, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Practitioner and I.S.P.\ITCP certifications. Gary has been awarded a Fellowship by the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Manitoba.
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Grant Thies

VP, Consulting Services Saskatchewan

Grant Thies is VP, responsible for the Consulting Services line of business for Saskatchewan. He has 20+ years of program management, project management, account management, business analysis and financial and information technology experience. Grant has significant experience in a variety of Saskatchewan government ministries, including a recent specialization in utilities.
Grant's credentials include a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Regina, a PMP®, PRINCE2® Practitioner, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Practitioner, Management of Portfolio (MoP®) Practitioner, Portfolio\Programme\Project Office (P3O®) Practitioner, CMC, ITIL® and a CPA, CMA designation.
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Ashley Smidt

VP, Business Development/Marketing Services Saskatchewan

Ashley Smidt is VP, Business Development/ Marketing in Saskatchewan She is responsible for Strategic Business Development activities including Account Management, Customer Relationship Management, Partnership Management and the Solutions Strategy for Paradigm and SEB offerings. Ashley leads the Business Development team in Saskatchewan and our cross selling strategies nationally. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Certificate in Economics from the University of Regina. She obtained the PRINCE2® Practitioner certification and her Professional Leadership Certificate from the University of Regina.
Ashley volunteers extensively in Regina and served as Chair of the United Way of Regina’s GenNext Committee. Ashley is currently volunteering for the Globe Theatre of Regina and enjoys spending time with her family at Last Mountain Lake.
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Mark Vrooman

VP, Business Development

Mark Vrooman VP, Business Development. Responsible for Strategic Business Development activities including Account Management, Customer Relationship Management, Partnership Management and the Solutions Strategy for Paradigm in Manitoba. Mark has over 30 years’ experience in the professional services industry including 20 years as a Senior Project/Program Manager with PMP and PRINCE2® Practitioner certifications. Prior to joining Paradigm in 2004, Mark began his career at Price Waterhouse in the Management Consulting area and then started a successful consulting business in Winnipeg. Mark is an entrepreneurial thinker and natural communicator which enhances his ability in assisting customers to achieve their business goals.
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Paradigm Saskatchewan Offices

Saskatchewan Leadership Team

  • Karen Mayne, COO Saskatchewan, CFO, Co-Chair, People Effectiveness Team
  • Ashley Smidt, VP, Business Development
  • Grant Thies, VP, Consulting Services
  • Tacey Boychuk, Director, Consulting Services, Project Management
  • Brad Klinger, Director, Consulting Services, Management Consulting
  • Lisa McDonald, Director, Consulting Services, Management Consulting
  • Corry Ford, Director, Consulting Services, Business Analysis
  • Ron Sprung, Director, Consulting Services, Business Analysis
  • Tim Kuntz, Director, Consulting Services, Application & Technology Services
  • Mervin Yan, Director, Consulting Services, Application & Technology Services
  • Mike Plosz, VP, Solution Development
  • Deanna Clark, Account Executive, Business Development
  • Ken Howell, Business Operations
  • Kim Maher, Executive Assistant
  • Mark Hustak, President and CEO


Paradigm Winnipeg Offices

Manitoba Leadership Team

  • Ken Howell, COO Manitoba
  • Gary Craven, VP, Consulting Services
  • Mark Vrooman, VP, Business Development
  • Susan Zuk, Associate VP, Consulting Services, Co-chair, People Effectiveness Team
    • Bayne Robertson, Director, Consulting Services, Management Consulting
    • Sandra MacLennan, Director, Consulting Services, Project Management
      • Nicole Chapellaz, Director, Client Services
        • Stan Majowski, Director, Client Services
        • Suvojit De, Director, Best Practices
    • Jon Wilder, Director, Business Development
    • Karen Mayne, Chief Financial Officer
      • Mark Hustak, President and CEO

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