Looking for a winning bid strategy? More than $10 billion – Delivered

Market Growth & Entry Strategies

Looking to expand your business to other key markets in Canada? Our track record for success - Delivered

Procurement Support

Looking to enhance your next big project? P3 support - Delivered

Advocacy Development

Looking to influence a public issue? Shaping favourable outcomes - Delivered

Consulting Services

Bid & Pursuit Strategies

What we do

At The Stewart Group we are committed to providing a strategic expertise throughout all stages of developing and winning competitive bids. Since 2005 our innovative strategy firm has established a track record for success by creating winning results for infrastructure projects, public-private partnerships, major international event bids and service and security contracts. Throughout which, our team of dedicated experts has helped clients secure complex, multi-faceted bids in excess of $11 billion dollars.

Right from the outset, our team helps develop a bid strategy that identifies stakeholders, evaluates feasible options, analyzes the competitive landscape and solidifies the customer needs. Throughout this process, our team tailors solutions that will help manage the media landscape and align your firm’s commercial offering with the priorities of the government.

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Eglinton Crosstown LRT

the challenge

The Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Project introduces a new form of rapid transit technology along the Eglinton corridor and within the City of Toronto. The mega-project presents significant technical, financial and commercial challenges as it will be constructed and operated in a densely populated urban centre.

Following an extensive qualifications process, two internationally acclaimed proponent teams are shortlisted. The Stewart Group is retained as Chief Bid Strategist to successfully deliver the single largest P3 transit contract in Canadian history to one of the proponent teams.

the solution

Working alongside the senior bid management team a 12 month strategic pursuit plan is crafted with careful consideration given to the customer’s vision and key stakeholder’s priorities for the project. Technical and financial solutions are analyzed against all social, environmental and political realities. The findings are built into the consortium's overall bid strategy and meticulously integrated into several sections of the final submission.

the result

A winning bid! Following an 18-month procurement process, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario identify Crosslinx Transit Solutions as the preferred proponent to deliver the Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM) contract, valued at $9.1 billion.

Strategies involved:

  • RFP Identification
  • RFP Analysis
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Political Scan
  • Teaming & Partnering
  • Strategic Framework

Market Growth & Entry Strategy

What we do

As part of our commitment to our clients we ensure that your growth strategy can prepare your business for the future. This includes identifying and assessing opportunities, analyzing the competitive landscape and establishing key corporate messages. Where we truly distinguish ourselves from the competition though, is with our unparalleled ability to raise your company's profile within a given market. Our success stems from our capability to connect clients with stakeholders and influencers to form commercial partnership opportunities.

Since our inception in 2005, The Stewart Group has found success in helping clients convert successful market entries into competitive and triumphant bids, resulting in more than $10 billion in secured contracts.

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Confederation Line LRT

the challenge

An international firm specializing in the supply of rail transportation infrastructure identified
Canada as a key market experiencing growth in its rail-transport services industry. The firm retained the Stewart Group to provide strategic guidance for penetrating the Canadian market and to launch a coordinated effort to identify, prioritize and successfully pursue high value and large-scale urban rail projects.

the solution

The Stewart Group worked with the firm’s senior leadership team to develop a compressive assessment of the Canadian urban rail market, identifying high-value opportunities (more than $1 billion) that aligned with the firm’s strengths and corporate objectives. During an extensive 24-month period, a robust market entry strategy was developed and deployed. The phased approach considered political and stakeholder conditions, competitive landscape, commercial considerations, regulatory frameworks and partnering opportunities.

the result

In 2012, the firm agreed to a partnering agreement with the Rideau Transit Group, whom was later selected to design, build, finance, and maintain the first line of the Ottawa Light Rapid Transit (OLRT) system, also known as the Confederation Line, worth $2.1 billion dollars.

As a critical partner in the international consortium, the firm was able to successfully enter the Canadian market and provide an essential and high-profile set of components and systems to the project worth over $400 million dollars. The success of the bid has put the firm in an ideal position to continue to deliver modern and proven solutions to communities across North America seeking more effective market alternatives while building rapid transit infrastructure.

Strategies involved:

  • Market Assessment
  • Market Introduction
  • Profile Raising
  • Stakeholder & Influencer Introductions
  • Corporate Brand Positioning

Procurement Support

What we do

The Stewart Group provides a broad range of procurement support through advisory and management services that will help reduce project risk, and deliver the project effectively. Our team can provide input on Project Agreements, RFQ’s and RFP’s including technical analysis and support. We offer facilitation and participation in discussions and workshops that address a wide variety of project issues including internal management, external relations and discussions with the Governance Board. From start to finish we help your company evaluate RFQ and RFP submissions and take the lead on commercial negotiations on projects that your company finds appealing.

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Valley Line Stage 1 LRT

the challenge

The City of Edmonton has prioritized the expansion of its transit network. A new, modern low-floor light rail line will be pursued using an innovative procurement model, a public-private partnership. This new model requires many changes to the City’s governance and organization framework. Once delivered the new transit line - Valley Line Stage 1 LRT - will be the largest P3 project in the City's history, valued at some $1.8 billion.

The Stewart Group is retained to provide a broad range of strategic and advisory services with respect to project management, project governance, team integration, procurement and issues management.

the solution

As Special Advisors our services touched several disciplines and challenges including but not limited to:

Resourcing & Team Integration - Assisted in the development of an overall organization structure to harmonize the P3 requirements with the respective City Service department requirements. This would enable the City to advance shared services agreements between the various City Service departments permitting existing City resources to work on the project.

Procurement Documentation - Prior to the "in-market" phase, we developed the scope for RFQ/RFP documents and the associated budgets for a multi-disciplinary P3 advisory team. During "in-market" our team of experts contributed to several schedules including vehicles, public communications and customer service.

Accountability & Confidentiality Framework - Developed an accountability, transparency and disclosure agreement adopted by the project team and City Council to provide clarity for all stakeholders - including proponents - on exactly what would be disclosed publically and when.

the result

A strong and cohesive project team capable of successfully managing a 20-month procurement process. The project recently achieved a successful financial close in February 2016.

Strategies involved:

  • Procurement Documentation
  • Project Management
  • Technical Specifications Support
  • Evaluation and Commercial Negotiations

Advocacy Development

What we do

At The Stewart Group our team has worked with clients from both the private and public sectors. Years of experience have solidified our understanding of how to shape the intersection between government and business. More specifically, our team can help you manage your uncertainties surrounding public policy issues. By positioning your company’s issues and interests with all levels of government and the media we can help your firm mobilize stakeholders and influencers to your advantage.

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Advocacy Campaign for the City of Edmonton

the challenge

The City of Edmonton is expanding their transit network with the addition of the Valley Line Stage 1 LRT, a $1.8 billion project. The City has committed $800 million to fund the project. Senior levels of government have provided additional funding, however, a $515-million funding gap still exists.

The Stewart Group is retained to deliver a multi-faceted advocacy strategy in support of the City’s objective to close the funding gap that is delaying the launch of the project.

the solution

Working with City administration and the Mayor's office, a carefully coordinated series of events and tactics are developed in support of the strategy. An executive steering committee, as well as a project campaign team meet regularly to guide the implementation, react to real-time events and adjust the master schedule of activities.

The campaign is aimed at demonstrating the broad support Edmonton has for an LRT expansion. Thousands of citizens take part in the conversation across a variety of social media platforms. Groundbreaking market research techniques are utilized to better understand public sentiment towards supporting funding for LRT.

the result

Less than two months after the official launch of the campaign, Edmonton’s 37-year wait for a new light rail line to Mill Woods ends when the Province of Alberta announces a major new funding commitment to the Valley Line Stage 1 LRT project. This is followed up with a Federal commitment in the form of the first major infrastructure project to receive funding under the new Build Canada Fund. This breakthrough paves the way for Edmonton City Council to give the formal green light and authorize the project to proceed.

Strategies involved:

  • Shape Public Policy Issues
  • Manage & Influence Regulatory
  • Issues Resolution
  • Coalition Building & Stakeholder Management

Our Team

Lecia Stewart


Lecia is a Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Consultant, Bid & Pursuit Strategies & Stakeholder Strategies consultant who has worked with some of Canada’s largest corporations and cities to secure more than $10 billion in new contracts for transportation infrastructure projects, public private partnerships and service and security contracts. She recently served as Chief Strategist for an international consortium of companies who were seeking to design, build, finance and maintain a $2.1 Billion light rail line for the City of Ottawa. After an 18 month campaign, the team was notified in December it was the City’s choice to build the project.

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Between 2007 and 2009 she led the Toronto campaign for a global manufacturing company that resulted in a $1.2 billion contract for new light rail vehicles, the largest order ever awarded in the world. She developed and implemented a strategy that resulted in 66 per cent of the funding being provided by the provincial government. Her senior corporate transportation experience includes Vice-President, High Speed Rail, North America Bombardier Transportation, President and Project Director, Millennium Line, and President and Project Director West Coast Express.

Lecia helped develop a winning bid and partnering strategy for a $100 million contract to provide security at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games. She has assisted clients with government relations at the national, provincial and local levels, and has developed funding strategies and secured public funding and cost sharing agreements for major projects. On behalf of numerous clients she has negotiated contracts and partnering agreements.

Lecia has a BA in Journalism and completed the Executive MBA Program for Management Development at Harvard University. Her transportation board of director experience includes: Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Rapid Transit Project 2000 Ltd, West Coast Express, and the High Speed Ground Transportation Association of America.

Lecia is President of The Stewart Group.

Ian Wardley


Ian Wardley is an economist and project manager with more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of assignments within Canada and the US with a particular emphasis on transportation and public transit. During his career he has applied his education along with his strong project management and interpersonal skills to projects in the areas of transit, transportation, finance, design, engineering, and government.

Ian’s involvement in these projects, including both traditional and Public Private Partnership projects, covers a broad spectrum of project-related activities from developing and authoring business cases for a projects initial justification to preparing procurement documents, assembling project teams, and managing day-to-day issues necessary to ensure the project’s success.

Taleeb Noormohamed


Taleeb Noormohamed is a seasoned consultant with expertise in Strategy, Crisis Management, Sustainability, Communications and Government Relations.

Previously, Taleeb was Vice -President, Strategy and Partnerships of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. He has also served in key posts in the Government of Canada, and had success as an entrepreneur, first leading an innovative online learning community; and then founding the e-business strategy consulting practice of an international professional services organization.

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In 2012, Taleeb was named as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40 for his innovation and strong strategic leadership in the business community. In 2011, he was appointed to lead the Province of BC’s review of its Alternative Service Delivery Contracts process.

Taleeb also serves as an advisor to several technology and manufacturing companies and startups. He is on the Board of Directors of Bluedrop Performance Learning and on the Board of Advisors of Bluebat Games (Vancouver), Blood, Sweat and Cheers (New York), and PayByGroup (Silicon Valley)

Taleeb is BC’s representative to the Board of Trustees of the Fathers of Confederation Lands Trust and the Confederation Centre of the Arts, in Charlottetown, PEI. He sits on the Board of Directors of Covenant House, and on the Board of Governors of the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation. He is a past Director of the West Vancouver Community Centre Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For his contributions to the community, Taleeb was awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award by the Governor General in 2007 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012.

Taleeb holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, winning the best Environmental Studies thesis prize, and did his Doctoral studies at Oxford University as a Commonwealth Scholar. He has a deep network of contacts at all levels of government, political and bureaucratic, and has stick handled complex issues involving multiple stakeholders related to security, the environment, community concerns, and procurements.

Tamim Raad


Tamim is a passionate urbanist with two decades of experience shaping the strategic agenda in cities. He brings visionary leadership and skill as a strategist and planner with a proven track record of results in tackling the toughest of problems.

Tamim has a strong business and political acumen, he is highly adept at advising executives, boards and elected officials to shepherd difficult decisions through their fiscal, community and political realities. He maintains a keen focus on driving to long-term objectives.

Tamim’s experience stems from two decades’ experience in regional planning, with more than 15 years of leading and directing policy, stakeholder relations, governance and project planning for complex regional infrastructure and service initiatives at TransLink. He brings a unique strength of public agency experience and perspective to his work. Additionally, Tamim has been actively instructing for Simon Fraser University’s City Program since 2002.

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Prior to working with the Stewart Group, Tamim was Director of Strategic Planning and Policy at TransLink. Reporting to the Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Public Affairs Tamim directed policy, planning and stakeholder relations initiatives for one of the largest and most successful transportation agencies in North America. Tamim oversaw TransLink’s mid to long-range strategy, policy and network development. This included planning for all modes, pricing and system funding, major infrastructure (road, bridge, rapid transit), policy planning, agency governance model development, P3 initiative development, and liaison and advocacy with senior government to advance major project development and funding.

At TransLink, Tamim developed and led high performing teams of up to 35 policy advisors and planning professionals, and directed operating and professional service budgets of $5-10m/yr, delivering industry leading policies, plans and partnerships. He was the lead advisor to Executive, Board and Mayors’ Council on major policy and investment decisions.

Debbie Parhar


Debbie Parhar is a public affairs consultant with The Stewart Group.

A strategic advisor to boards, CEOs, executives and their teams, Debbie manages important relationships and influences executive-level decisions with proven communications advice. Debbie identifies issues and opportunities and gives clients the creative solutions that will build and sustain business success, and meet their goals.

Debbie collaborates with her clients, becoming an extension of their teams, building relationships, bridging dialogue and engaging audiences to achieve results. “I truly partner with each client and become an extension of their team. Day in and day out, I think creatively, act strategically and execute meticulously to achieve results.”

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Debbie brings a 17-year track record of high-performance and celebrates 10 years as an independent, results-driven communications consultant. Working for a variety of large, complex corporate clients like Telus, BC Hydro, TransLink, the Government of British Columbia, federal and municipal governments, Debbie develops strong relationships to achieve results. Debbie has supported her clients on a multitude of initiatives, including transportation, telecommunications, clean energy and academic projects, helping them earn international recognition for their commitment to communications excellence.

Holding credibility, innovation, flexibility and passion for excellence, Debbie delivers end-to-end service from design to activation for her clients. Debbie’s desire to leave a legacy includes building a personal brand reputation for herself and her company, being recognized for excellence in execution and developing creative ways to deliver quality results.

A graduate of the University of Victoria, Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science, focusing on psychology, human interaction and relationships.

Travis Crowe


Travis Crowe is an analyst with The Stewart Group.

Travis’ experience stems from several years of providing strategic consulting services for large and complex rapid transit infrastructure projects across Canada. Most recently, Travis has worked on Edmonton’s Valley Line Stage 1 LRT, Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT and the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project.

Travis’ public sector work has included supporting project owners and owner’s advisory teams throughout preliminary and detailed design, procurement and project implementation. Specific experience has included the coordination and drafting of content for Project Agreements, Business Cases and Federal Funding Applications.

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Travis has also worked with several proponent teams supporting the development of bid strategies that identify stakeholders, evaluates feasible options, analyzes the competitive landscape and solidifies the customer needs.

Travis graduated from The Sauder School of Business at The University of British Columbia with a honours degree in Commerce.

Karolina Karcz


Karolina Karcz is an executive administrator and client services coordinator with The Stewart Group.

Karolina has extensive experience in the public transit infrastructure industry with a specific focus on Public Private Partnership contracts.

Karolina began her career in North America working on the first PPP transit project in Canada – Canada Line Rapid Transit Project – where she supported the handover from the construction to the operation phase. In her role she developed an evaluating process for periodic invoice and periodic reports provided by the concessionaire, prepared and maintained long-term and short-term operating budgets and was responsible for the periodic invoice for deferred payments from the Ministry of Transportation.

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Karolina then moved on to work with TransLink and British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC), where she was responsible for building and maintaining the risk register, took an active role in initiating and building the project’s schedule and participated in developing and integrating the process of generating ancillary revenue streams.

Following her stint at TransLink, Karolina started on with SNC-Lavalin where she coordinated the internal audit process for the proposal stage of several major transit projects. She was also responsible for building and maintaining budgets for the division and the pursuits of the major transit projects during the proposal stage.

Karolina graduated from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland with a degree in education.

Matthew McDonagh


Matthew is an urban planner and seasoned government relations professional with several years’ experience leading stakeholder relations on complex issues for two provincial cabinet ministers in Ontario, a regional transit authority in Vancouver, one of Canada’s most profitable Crown corporations, and private sector clients in the oil and gas and telecommunication sectors.

In his capacity as a Stakeholder Relations Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, he worked collaboratively with municipalities throughout the province on a joint $1.5 billion initiative. In British Columbia, he positioned TransLink and BC Transit to benefit from changes in the regulatory environment impacting renewable fuels and transportation to take advantage of the newly introduced Emission Offsets Regulation. His worked on the project secured an innovation and gold award from the Canadian Urban Transit Association and the American Public Transportation Association for TransLink.

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Matthew holds a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of Toronto. He is fluent in English and French.

Clients: Past & Present


"There is nobody else like them, as far as we can tell. They are the national experts on how to put together a strategy."

- Don Iveson, Mayor of The City of Edmonton, excerpt from Metro News (April 15, 2014)

"Tigress comes to mind. If you have a job that involves major infrastructure, complex issues, high stakes politics and ferocious competitors - Lecia is someone you must have on your team.”

- Joy MacPhail, BC Finance Minister

"Lecia offers an effective combination of strategic thinking, media experience and political expertise. It is a pleasure to work with a team that consistently delivers on its promises.”

- William Spurr, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America

"If Lecia tells you to do something, do it. She is rarely wrong.”

- Robin V. Sears, Principal at Earnscliffe

"Lecia is a great asset to the industry."

- Bill Brodsky, President, Washington Transportation Group

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