What Others Say

"Mr. Eugene Van den Berg is one of those rare individuals that you meet in life who has a strong balance of curiosity, common sense, broad perspective, ability, persistence, purpose, and passion. He is an authentic individual who brings to the Board table his personal brand of professionalism, humility, flexibility and empathy, whilst maintaining clarity on priorities. When times get challenging, Eugene is one of those people that you want rowing alongside you to maintain direction and control. His depth of expertise is broad; dutiful execution, diligent in ESG governance, an informed strategist, and detailed analyst, and of significance, financial depth, awareness and understanding of large capital projects. He walks the walk, and talks the talk." - CEO, Canadian Prosperity Pipelines Corporation - 2019


"When the Fort McMurray fires happened our company was eligible to receive funding to hire a consultant. We had a vending machine operation that was in need of outside perspective for us to improve our inventory management and cash flow tracking. Eugene came in and really dug in and assessed all aspects of our operation. His background was very helpful in helping us understand the direction and actions we needed to take. We were very fortunate to have met an A player right off the hop. He helped us improve our inventory tracking, cash flow management and it actually was so well done and streamlined that we got an offer from a local buyer to take over our company. So, our experience with working with Eugene was that we had a learning curve to understand and implement internally. We did so well on his advice and guidance that we had the opportunity to sell our business for a healthy profit. Our whole experience was over and above what we could ever think of. Thank you Eugene!"  - Business Owner - 2019


"...based on his work, I would rank Eugene as one of the best controllers I have ever worked with. Eugene distinguished himself by consistently submitting exceptionally well-researched and well-written reports for our upper management. Eugene is highly intelligent and has superb analytical skills..." - Accounting Administrator - EasyTrim Revals Inc. - 2019


"I want to express my personal appreciation to you and your team for being so very easy to work with. We have the utmost confidence in you and we look forward to moving into the new year with these significant improvements" Global Leader in Aluminum Extrusion - 2018


"Eugene has been responsive and excellent to work with. Would like to work with Eugene going forward in the event we move to a more detailed or complicated version of the dashboard."Westana Equipment Leasing - 2018


Eugene is very passionate about entrepreneurship and continues to steer change towards positive financial outcomes in all client engagements.  During the “Back to Business Coaching Program” after the 2016 wildfires in Fort McMurray, Eugene provided valuable advise for developing recovery options and strategies to local business owners experiencing very difficult times. Eugene has demonstrated his desire “to making a difference” with a strong and positive work ethic during this successful business recovery initiative. We appreciate your contribution!!" - CMC-Alberta Program Manager, Back to Business Coaching Program - 2017


“Eugene is an exceptional consultant who moves to quickly build a foundational relationship with his client so that he can truly understand their needs. He then draws from his extensive knowledge and experience to help brainstorm possible solutions and then works with them on decision-making to determine the best solution. Most of all, he is not afraid to get his hands dirty and get the job done. He’s focused on results, and committed to supporting his clients long term in whatever way they may need.”- Financial Planner, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada -2017


“I had the pleasure of working with Eugene in 2016 and continue to work with into 2017 after a great experience and fantastic results.Eugene really helped us streamline our business and made our finances more visible to ensure we knew which parts of our business was performing well and which parts needed more attention. Another note in which I really respected was Eugene’s patience and very easy-going attitude, no question or topic raised was ever an issue for him.As a business consultant and mentor, Eugene earns my highest Recommendation, I encourage any business to reach out.”- Entrepreneur & Business Owner, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada -2017


“It was a pleasure working with Eugene. His enthusiasm, dedication and perverseness coupled with his leadership skills and business acumen enables him to cut through the noise and confusion and focus on what is critical to the engagements objectives. Eugene’s demonstrated determination, disciplined approach and superior quality in his work makes him a valuable asset to any organization and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend or work with Eugene again on any complex challenges.” – Project Manager, Alliance Pipeline, Calgary, Alberta, Canada -2015


“I had the pleasure of working with Eugene for one year at Alliance Pipeline, on the Commercial Operations project team representing the accounting group.
Eugene has a tremendous work ethic and was very eager to learn about the energy industry. Eugene actively participated and attended team meetings. His energy and willingness to participate in various projects was always visible. I do not hesitate to recommend Eugene in any project focused on financial accounting.”. – Consultant, Alliance Pipeline, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 2015


“Eugene was brought in to work on a very business critical initiative that had to be delivered within a short span of time and involved working with and managing multiple cross functional stakeholders. Eugene managed to deliver on all of his deliverables that involved developing new business processes, developing a very complex excel based coding validation and billing model. Eugene managed to grasp the business challenges in quick time and very successfully used his experience in arriving at solutions. Eugene has proven his credentials as a dependable and reliable resource who can be trusted with solving complex business challenges. Eugene has good people skills and is able to work effectively in a team environment.”. – Project Manager, Business Improvements, SNC Lavalin, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 2014


“Eugene ingeniously put the resources and tools available to him to maximum use and demonstrates a high level of competency. Eugene demonstrates outstanding written communication skills. He listens carefully, asks perceptive questions, and quickly comprehends new or highly complex matters. He implements effective and often innovative communication methods. He is careful to keep others informed in a timely manner. Eugene does not hesitate to make decisions on challenging matters and has confidence in his decision-making abilities. He always ensures that the appropriate people are included in the decision-making process. He can clearly explain the reasoning and provide good support for his decisions. Eugene has no problems in immediately adapting to change. He has earned the respect and trust of his colleagues because of his ethical business conduct, his work ethic and friendly manner.” – Manager, AHS, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 2013


“Eugene is very diligent about project deadlines, is easy to communicate with and engages well with the project team. He is very strong with detailed analysis, strategic thinking and financial reporting. His enthusiasm, project management skills, professional demeanor and eternally upbeat personality is truly an asset”. – Lead: Sustainability and Business Planning, AHS, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 2012


“Eugene displays great diligence, detailed analysis, strategic thinking and leadership in many different ways” – President, ICMCA, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 2012


“Eugene has a tremendous work ethic and drives to successfully complete his work and see business benefits realized. He is admirable at seeking understanding of the requirements and effectively puts options out for investigation.”. – Senior Management Consultant, PMO, SNC Lavalin, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 2013


“Eugene is a highly competent professional. His eloquence, ethics, and vast knowledge around Finance and Consulting reflect across all aspects of his delivery on engagements. His intellectual curiosity and well-informed opinions make him an inspirational colleague. He shows impressive gravitas when dealing with senior stakeholders across the organization. His adaptable style and transferable skill-set makes him a strong professional” – Lead Business Transformation, SNC Lavalin - 2013


"Throughout the project Eugene has performed at a very high level. His communication skills, both written and verbal, are very good and he has always acted in a very professional manner. He established an excellent rapport with the staff within the corporation and also with external parties. Eugene's knowledge of IFRS is extensive and the work he has performed has exceeded expectations. Eugene was able to come into the Corporation and commence working efficiently with very little direction; a testament to his experience in contract work. Eugene has performed his work with the highest ethics. He is very discreet and is conscious of the need for confidentiality when appropriate. I would engage the services of Eugene on future projects and highly recommend him to others." - CFO, Platinum Communications, Calgary, Alebrta, Canada - 2011


“Eugene was instrumental in helping convert to IFRS in a very short time. Eugene provides quality work that is always consistent”. – CFO, Winalta Inc., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -2011


“Based on his financial- and project management experience covering diverse industries, Eugene was approached by Olympia to consult on its Federal Charter application. The quality of work delivered by Eugene on this project combined with other financial and accounting skills evident, made Eugene a valuable asset in managing the IFRS conversion project for Olympia. Eugene is highly knowledgeable on a variety of financial subjects. Both the Federal Charter project and IFRS conversion project afforded Olympia the opportunity to leverage off Eugene's skills gained from having worked on diverse specialist-assignments and projects in different industries over a number of years. Eugene possesses expert knowledge of financial analysis, highly detailed financial modeling, solid project management experience and good English communication skills, both verbal and written. Eugene has the highest standards of honesty, commitment, dedication and ethical standards. No challenge is too big for Eugene to take on, unpack and develop solutions therefrom. His initiative combined with the ability to source information from a variety of sources, using good communication skills, allows him to develop solutions that consider multiple scenarios in support of project outcomes and deliverables. Eugene is punctual and conscience in meeting pre-set deadlines and requirements. In many instances, deadlines were met before the prescribed time. For instance, Eugene's approach to managing the IFRS conversion project for Olympia resulted in Olympia meeting the deadline approximately two months in advance. His strong organizational skills allowed him to deliver regulatory reporting well in advance of the required deadlines. Eugene communicates fluently through a variety of mediums. He has above average writing-, reading-, verbal- and presentation skills. The information communicated to management and board committees was testimony of Eugene having looked at and analyzed the problem, or task, from a variety of perspectives, allowing senior management to have sufficient information at hand for decision-making. These skills were important in driving and developing the Enterprise Risk framework for Olympia. Eugene's outstanding project management skills, organizational skills and English communication skills combined with deploying good time management abilities and visual-progress-tracking-tools ensures that he maintains adequate attention to deadlines, detail, and deliverables.” – CFO, Olympia Financial Group, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 2010


“Highest respect and admiration for Eugene’s work ethics. Outstanding project-, analytical-, business and economic acumen. Project’s success is the result of his diligence, technical ability, leadership and professional work demeanor.” - Manager, Olympia Financial Group, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 2010


“The mere fact that you were elected to not only serve on the Board of INCA, but on three committees of the Board is an acknowledgment of your skills and talents” CEO, INCA, Johannesburg, South Africa - 2008


“Eugene has very high moral and ethical personal and work standards. He executed every mandate on time and with the highest degree of accuracy. His passion for his work, the completeness, work and high degree of accuracy proved to be of significant value in many instances” – Managing Director, Kagiso Financial Services, Johannesburg, South Africa -2008


“During our co-operation, Eugene proved knowledgeable on all aspects of the securitization product including asset-backed bonds, commercial paper conduits, and debt repackaging. Eugene was quick to understand the fundamentals of the clients' systems, the securitization data analysis methodology, transaction structuring, credit enhancement calculations and modeling. Eugene can adapt and apply his knowledge base in securitization and general banking to various asset classes. Based on his understanding of international market developments, Eugene was also quick to identify regulatory and market trends in South Africa. We were pleased to see international securitization specialist press quoting Eugene regarding regulatory developments that took place in South Africa. Eugene's understanding of these developments, his technical knowledge of debt products and the ability to identify and analyze risks related to corporate debt and securitization made him a very useful member of our transaction team. Throughout our co-operation, Eugene showed a strong motivation to succeed and passion for detail and work quality. On a personal level, he comes across as a motivated friendly professional with a strong positive attitude and approach to managing transactions and we thoroughly enjoyed working with him”. - Securitization Transaction Advisory Team, Tokyo- Mitsubishi International plc., London, UK - 2001


"I have known Eugene for a number of years through securitisation market developments. Eugene comes across as a person with integrity and solid commitment. As the Manager of Market Information and Listings Division, at the Bond Exchange of South Africa, I entertained past securitisation initiatives that Eugene was working on to bring to the market. The quality of disclosure in documentation being prepared solely by Eugene reflects above average commitment to conformity to the highest standard including international best practice. This level of disclosure in support of a debt listing has developed during the past three years has encompassed these international standards. Eugene has always promoted these objectives and principles in the interest of secure, efficient and transparent financial markets. Eugene comes across in a very professional manner and has a good understanding of how various regulations interrelate with one another in order to ensure that credit risks are contained and controlled. I have attended some of the conferences at which Eugene acted as speaker. His depth in knowledge regarding securitisation and debt securities market developments is very evident in his professional and communication skills. Eugene possesses natural positive attitudes and no task is too large for him in working scientifically using his technical abilities towards a positive outcome. Eugene has a strong personality for success, and his determination shows strong character. Eugene has strong abilities that ensures flexibility in respect to corporate structures, credit and interest rate risk, in order to create a better understanding of risks and cash flow behavior supporting debt issuance. Eugene has made himself available to provide assistance beyond his normal work requirements in order to contribute to the long-term development of Bond Exchange and debt markets in South Africa." -  Manager, The Bond Exchange of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa - 2001 (in late 2000's The Bond Exchange of South Africa merged into The Johannesburg Stock Exchange)


“Eugene had an excellent grasp of the business at hand which, combined with great theoretical and analytic ability, allowed him to deliver excellent work within demanding time constraints. He has a very positive approach to his work. Eugene is prepared to work outside of the expected norm and shows good problem-solving ability by using his own initiative and wide-ranging consideration of alternatives. Excellent attendance and punctuality. I found Eugene able to communicate successfully across a broad range of people on both a personal and business level. Exceptionally good analytic mind and technical knowledge, especially with financial structures. He understood the elements of project finance and was able to bring this understanding to bear on successful outcomes. Eugene was Head Hunted via the Bank’s attorneys and placed in the role because of technical skills. Eugene got on very well with internal and external role players and is very focused on outcomes. He showed good principle, maturity, and enthusiasm” - Director, MLS Bank, Johannesburg, South Africa -1998


“...Most outstanding remains Eugene’s commitment to go beyond the minimum requirements of his task and add value through implementing improvements to previously unchallenged inefficiencies. Eugene built a corporate client database and risk summary model which was adopted by the region – one example of many such self-tasked improvements..” - Senior Corporate Banker, ABSA Bank, Johannesburg, South Africa -1994


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