Nicola
McFadden

Transformation Consultant

About

NAME

Dr. Nicola McFadden-Marvin

ROLE

CIO | VP | Project Management | Change Management | Lean Six Sigma | IT Governance | Transformation Consultant & Coach

EMAIL
PHONE

(+971) 715 9220

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LOCATION

Ontario, Canada
Oregon, USA
Idaho, USA

INTERESTS

Catalyst for Life, Leadership, and Business Transformation. 

SOCIAL

LICENCES

0

EXPERIENCE

10

COMMUNITY

1800

PROJECTS

50

Meet Dr. Nicola McFadden-Marvin 

I bring a dynamic blend of expertise and passion to the forefront of business transformation, leadership growth, and personal development. With over 25 years in diverse sectors like government, healthcare, and high-tech, my journey has been rich in driving change and fostering innovation. My Project Management (PMP), Organizational Change, and Lean Six Sigma certifications, complemented by a Doctorate in Humanities (honoris causa), MSc. in Management Information Systems (MIS), and BSc. in Computer Studies, empower me to lead impactful transformations. I am an expert who earned industry creditability strategic planning, project management, change management, coaching, and stakeholder engagement skills, ensuring successful project delivery and improved organizational performance. I am dedicated to guiding teams and businesses through transformative journeys, leveraging my diverse experience to drive meaningful change and growth.

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Srvs.

  • Business Transformation 
  • Organizational Culture Change 
  • Project Management Office
  • Agile & Lean Six Sigma 
  • Operational Excellence
  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Transformation
  • Personal Development 
  • Professional Development
  • Team Relationship Building
  • IT Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Productivity Improvement 
  • Portfolio Management
  • Innovation & AI 
  • Brand Identity Strategy
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Website Development
  • Content Management
  • Book Publishing

Works

Chef Frank's Homestyle

Chef Frank, a renowned culinary expert, aspired to transition from an employee to an entrepreneur by launching his own restaurant. To realize this ambition, he engaged Nicola McFadden and her creative team. Nicola began by understanding Chef Frank's vision, then crafted a comprehensive business strategy, developed a unique brand identity, and designed a robust marketing strategy for the restaurant. She also collaborated on the interior design and menu development, ensuring they resonated with the brand's identity. The result was a successful restaurant launch, smoothly transitioning Chef Frank from employee to entrepreneur, and his restaurant quickly garnered popularity and rave reviews.

Alux Travel

In the face of global travel disruption due to the pandemic, Alux, a renowned travel agency, enlisted the expertise of Nicola McFadden to spearhead a strategic rebranding initiative. Nicola repositioned Alux in the high-end travel market, emphasizing travel as a fulfillment of dreams and an essential part of living fully. She revamped Alux's visual identity, redefined their brand message to "Travel to Live, Live to Travel," and curated high-end travel packages to reflect this new ethos. The successful rebrand led to increased customer engagement and bookings, demonstrating the potential for businesses to pivot and flourish amidst global challenges.

HC4 – Health Care, Cure, Change, Connect

HC4, founded by Nick Stanley, is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to holistic health and wellness, focusing on whole-person health. Using a crowdfunding and donation-driven model, HC4 addresses significant health issues like disparities faced by minorities, immigrants, rural residents, employee wellness, and mental health. Their approach is based on eight wellness pillars: Spiritual, Emotional, Mental, Physical, Financial, Social, Occupational, and Environmental. The organization provides health promotion, education, communication, and community engagement services, emphasizing health equity and patient empowerment. Visit their website at HC4.ca to join the movement and support their mission.

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With over twenty years of transformation consulting and coaching experience, I am deeply skilled in strategic alignment of business and IT goals, efficiency optimization, and mentoring leaders. 
 
My expertise is backed by certifications in Lean Six Sigma, COBIT, ITIL, and PMP, enhancing my strategic approach. I’m not only a strategist but also a mentor, empowering leaders with unique operational insights, particularly in supply chain management. As a bestselling author and web design expert, I specialize in crafting compelling narratives for personal and business branding. 
 
My approach is holistic, driving change, fostering growth, and guiding leaders and organizations toward success. My skills extend to strategic planning, digital transformation, program and project management, risk and stakeholder management, business and competitive analysis, financial strategy, supply chain & ERP implementation, IT governance, and mergers and acquisitions strategy. 
 
I am committed to redefining legacies through transformative journeys.
 

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99%
Business Strategy
99%
Change Management
92%
Lean Six Sigma
99%
Supply Chain
98%
Consulting
97%
Coaching
97%
Training
95%
Branding Strategy
98%
IT Governance
97%
Project Management

Exp.

Nikimac Solutions Inc.:  November 2011 – Present

CEO | CIO | VP of Change Management and Project Management Office

Professional Experience

  • Spearheaded strategic initiatives for corporate restructuring and market analysis, yielding enhanced operational efficiency and revenue growth.
  • Oversee IT strategy, aligning with overall business objectives, managing IT budget, and ensuring comprehensive support.
  • Lead the Program and Project Management Office, focusing on Organizational Change Management, User Acceptance Testing, and Business Analysis. Key roles include enhancing PMO operations, strategic vision formulation, and driving operational improvements for business performance.
  • Utilize Lean Six Sigma principles for organizational transformation, addressing challenges in innovation, strategy, technology, and risk management. Develop and implement Change Management Strategies to secure stakeholder engagement and adapt to evolving organizational needs.
  • Craft and communicate change vision and strategy, facilitating awareness and acceptance. Employ rigorous planning and coaching to address resistance, ensuring sustained organizational benefits.
  • Apply expertise in change analysis and project management to influence change plans, manage stakeholders, and facilitate transformative change. Lead communication strategies, stakeholder involvement, and policy development.
  • Guide adoption of new business models and technology to enhance growth strategies and competitive positioning. Minimize the impact of disruptive innovations.
  • Anticipate and understand client needs, promoting product opportunities and enhancing portfolios. Deliver high-quality outputs, ensuring positive client experiences and reinforcing organizational reputation.
  • Facilitate leadership development, emphasizing innovation and transformational skills. Provide executive coaching using various frameworks (e.g., emotional intelligence, critical thinking, appreciative inquiry).

Key Achievements – Transformation Consultant, Multiple Confidential Clients

  • In my various roles, I have led significant strategic and transformational initiatives:

    • CIO and VP Program Management Office, Empowered Services, Oregon: Guided market expansion and new product launches, achieving over 40% market share growth.

    • Senior IT Governance & Change Management Consultant, Air Canada: Managed global IT governance and business transformation, enhancing IT operations and alignment.

    • Senior Change Management Consultant, British Columbia Government: Oversaw a comprehensive Procurement Transformation strategy, improving operational efficiency and organizational alignment.

    • Senior Portfolio Manager, Walmart: Led a Digital Transformation Program, establishing an agile PMO, which enhanced technology product delivery.

    • Senior Change Management Consultant, City of Toronto: Developed a Change Management Strategy for SAP Ariba integration, boosting the efficiency of the Supply Chain Management process.

    • Transformation Strategist/Change Manager, DH Recycle: Directed a digital transformation portfolio focusing on ERP and cloud technology, improving system integration and efficiency.

    • Change Management Consultant, Woodbridge Group: Provided strategic direction for IT Service Management, implementing a global Service Desk and ITSM processes, enhancing service delivery and customer satisfaction. Transformation Consultant, Multiple Confidential Clients

Toronto, Canada

UpowerUp Canada Inc.:  Jul 2020 – Present

CEO/Founder & Executive Director

As CEO, Founder, and Executive Director of U Power Up, a non-profit dedicated to empowering Black individuals, I am deeply committed to leading our mission-driven organization. We focus on rallying the Black community around impactful ideas, transforming them into reality, and amplifying Black voices, creativity, and culture in Canada and globally. My role involves strategic planning, operations, and finance management, while also building relationships with partners and stakeholders to ensure our programs meet the community’s needs. We seek grants, donations, and crowdfunding to support our transformative initiatives, aiming to foster unity, empowerment, and growth within the Black community. Your support can make a significant impact on our mission.

Toronto, Canada

eHealth Ontario    April 2012 – Oct 2015

Snr. Manager, Program Office (Enterprise Risk Management & Digital Health Transformation)

Snr Manager, Interoperability Conformance Environments Program and Testing Support Services.

Toronto, Canada

BlackBerry   2007-2012

Director, PMO (MFG IT, Supply Chain Transformation and Portfolio Management)

Senior Manager, Supply Chain Systems.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt / BlackBerry Process Manager

Waterloo, Canada

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Refs

  • Hi Nicola. I wanted to tell you I am really happy with the approach and the progress on IT Governance initiative. You are amazing!

    Anthony Delle Donne
    Strategy and IT Governance, Air Canada
  • Nicola is an extremely diverse talent, with an in-depth knowledge of leadership, transformation and change management. Her ability to foresee all issues and opportunities to help her customers reach creative solutions is unparalleled. Along with her LEAN and Six Sigma Black Belt expertise, Nicola is also exceptionally well versed in Supply Chain, Project Management, Executive Coaching and Strategic Transformation and was an incredibly effective addition to our recent transformation journey.

    Meghan McNamara
    Strategic Sourcing Manager
  • I had the pleasure to work with Nicola on an IT Service Management Framework and a Service Desk Implementation project. She is a very detailed, organized and committed person, who has passion for her job. Nicola is the most skilled and knowledgeable program manager I have ever worked with. I can recommend her for any management position, where you need the job to get done.

    Anna-maria Gilicze
    Anna-maria Gilicze IT Service Management
  • Nicola is a knowledgeable, results driven leader who delivers value to an organization. She is effective at sharing a vision that influences the people around her to do great things. I had the pleasure of having Nicola as a manager. She allowed her staff to own and lead the team while being available to provide support and mentoring. Nicola sincerely cared about the success and well being of people. She encouraged you to develop personally and professionally and led by example.

    Jacquie Forbes
    Strategic Procurement
  • As my initial manager at Blackberry, Nicola provided full support and direction while I tackled my initiatives, working with me to ensure we achieved the best possible results. She was integral to breaking down obstacles and encouraging growth in a competitive fast paced environment.

    Michelle Teopiz
    Quality Management

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