About Flare Consulting

Flare Consulting is me, Alastair Mills-McEwan. I'm an Ottawa-based management consultant specializing in operational performance improvement and business transformation using a low-cost / high-value added approach.




32 years management consulting experience with global and niche firms.

Broad experience of transformative change in the private sector, public sector, high-growth middle market, and professional firms.


No affiliations with other vendors, no software or other services to sell.

I provide best advice and help you to implement it.


How do I deliver superior value compared with many other management consulting firms?

Simple: High-impact Consulting means focusing you and your team on delivery, with targeted interventions from me, and NOT using expensive consulting resources to do things better left to your team.

Some facts about me

Years in Ottawa
Clients I've Worked With
Projects Completed
Projects Described as 'Fabulous!'

Alastair Mills-McEwan

Flare’s principal consultant


I specialize in working with clients to deliver sustainable performance improvements through the re-alignment of people, processes and technology, and the effective management of business transformation through projects.

I have substantial experience of helping major clients achieve cost leadership and business advantage through the development and implementation of new operational strategies. As an experienced project and program manager, I’m well placed to ensure that the solutions I co-develop with my clients are practical and implementable not sterile, textbook approaches.

I’m also a certified Project Manager, a visiting speaker for the University of Ottawa’s Executive MBA Program and a member of the Advisory Board for an international business.

My experience, both here and internationally, includes work for well-known organizations such as:

  • American Standard
  • Barclays Bank
  • Capital One
  • Fruit of the Loom
  • Shell
  • Government of Canada (ESDC, PSPC, Health Canada, DND, DFO, Justice, Passport, NRCan, EDC)


  • Problem diagnosis, to build a shared understanding of the root causes of issues affecting performance
  • The development of robust, practical operational strategies to turn ideas into action
  • Implementation of transformational change – I’m an ISEB certified Project Manager

Background Career Experience

From an original background in software development, I’ve since held senior positions with Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young Management Consultants and a smaller, niche business and technology consultancy which specialized in financial services.

My roles have included responsibilities for sales and business development, client management, product and service development, project delivery, coaching and mentoring.

I bring over 30 years experience to bear on client problems and my reputation is for practicality, objectivity and integrity.

What People Say

  • I hired Alastair for his first consulting position at Touche Ross (now Deloitte). He quickly progressed to Managing Consultant and then Associate on the basis of excellent client service, team management and project management. One of Alastair’s particular strengths was his focus on getting the right technical solution – at the appropriate level of detail for the client requirement – and delivered to the highest presentational standards.

    — Graham Comfort - Former Partner, Deloitte —
  • I had the privilege of working with Alastair when he agreed to be a member on my Advisory Committee during the development and maturity stages of Career Coaching International (CCI), an Ottawa based career coaching firm. Alastair’s contribution to CCI was invaluable. Due to his extensive consulting experience he brought unique view(s) from the client perspective and from the management and process perspective. He was instrumental in our development. Alastair’s strategic thinking, professionalism, well developed communications skills and excellent interpersonal skills are second to none.

    — Brendan Devlin - Master Admissions Representative at Everest College Canada —
  • Alastair is a conscientious consulting partner. His focus on client delivery is first rate and all his clients are happy with the rigour of the work done, the conclusions reached and the added value that he delivers. Alastair has very exacting standards and ensures that all around him work to these standards, coaching and advising them to this end.

    — David Bailey, former Managing Vice President Hitachi Consulting UK —
  • Alastair and I worked together at MBM where he was retained to develop process improvements within the practice enabling more efficient use of resources and ultimately contributing to the bottom line. Drawing on his extensive experience from some of the large management consulting firms, Alastair adeptly grasped the issues and delivered strategic, intelligent and pragmatic solutions. He quickly established rapport with all stakeholders, including with some of the more challenging individuals and actively contributed to the organizational health of the practice. Alastair is a professional in every sense of the word and I would both welcome the opportunity to work with him again and recommend his work to others.

    — Valarie Dillon - Executive Director, Human Resources & Volunteer Services, Scouts Canada —
  • I met Alastair in June of 2010 and worked with him from then until the end of 2010. Alastair is well focused and, as a Senior Project Manager is quick to recognize issues and develop solid solutions. His ability to analyze situations and to accommodate change has kept this current project on track, on budget and on a solid delivery path. He communicates extremely well and has command over meetings. He is comfortable in his dealings with senior management and recognizes their goals and objectives in relation to the project. I would not hesitate for one moment to recommend Alastair for any senior PM position.

    — Witold Merkis - Records and Information Management Consultant, Victoria Information Systems —
  • Alastair combines rigorous analytical skill with a good strategic perspective. If you want a consultant to “rubber stamp” your project he is not your man. If you want someone who is thoroughly professional, will always act in your best interests and help your organization get things done then I can most certainly recommend him. He has a sense of humour, too, which lightens the mood on difficult or challenging projects!

    — David Lever - former Finance Professional at Ondeo Nalco —


High-impact Consulting

High-impact Consulting uses my 32 years of experience and passion for business improvement to help you and your team solve your problem and achieve your goals

Why “High-impact Consulting”?

Value from the use of management consultants can decline exponentially over time. Too often the consultant becomes “part of the furniture”, losing their objectivity and accepting, rather than challenging, the status quo. It creates a dependency culture where external consultants are doing things that would be better left to in-house staff.

High-impact consulting avoids this – it comprises focused interventions where the value is highest, delivering value in days, not months.


A one-day, focused and intensive consultation with you, and maybe members of your team, to identify the key problem areas that matter to you in your business or operations.

Action Planning

Co-development of a concise action plan for you and your team to address the priority topics.

Focus and Follow-up

Robust, independent challenge to help keep you and your team focused, energised and delivering: identifying blockages, not avoiding risk but managing it.


I charge $1900 per single 7.5 hour day, excluding HST and expenses at cost.
High-impact Consulting means you can achieve substantial business value in only a few days.

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Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

— Warren Buffet —

My Project Experience

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+1 613 266 6470

133 Knudson Drive, Ottawa, ON, K2K 2L8, Canada

Contact Me

I'm always keen to hear from people with difficult problems or interesting projects, so drop me an email and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

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