Margo Crawford, MBA, ICD.DPresident & CEO

Margo Crawford is the President, CEO and founder of the Business Sherpa Group. She was a co-founder of Meriton Networks and was instrumental in building a company with locations around the world, and raising over $75M in equity financing and related M&A transactions. Margo has been an HR and Business Operations leader in technology companies as well as the public and NFP sectors for the past 25 years. She currently sits on the Board of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) and is on the Invest Ottawa “Big Thinking” Committee and was a previous Board member for several organizations including not-for-profits, sport organizations and was Corporate Secretary of Meriton Networks.

As a recognized thought leader in the area of small and mid-sized business strategy, human resources and governance, Margo has been invited to speak on many occasions about creating optimal business performance through HR strategies, organization design, aligning business strategy with shareholder strategy and other topics – largely focusing small and medium sized enterprises as well as emerging and growing companies. Margo’s business passions lie in the long-term success of small and medium size enterprises, as well as kick-starting the careers of young professionals.


  • Business Strategy
  • Organization Design
  • HR Strategy
  • Business Insights
  • Leadership Mentoring
  • Leadership Effectiveness
  • Team Development
  • Policy Development & Compliance
  • Recruitment
  • Talent Management


  • Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D (2015)
  • Directors Education Program – Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) – Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Carleton University

Awards, Honours & Speaking

  • 2015 Business Woman of the Year, Entrepreneur Category, Women’s Business Network, Ottawa
  • Human Resources Professional of the Year, Vision Awards, Ottawa
  • Ottawa University Hugette Labelle Public Policy Forum, Academic Research Paper Award
  • MaRS – Entrepreneurship 101 & Best Practices Series
  • Speaking Engagements – Mindtrust
  • Speaking Engagements – Canadian Sales Professionals Association, Ottawa Product Management Association
  • Speaking Engagements – Startup Canada
  • Panelist – TiECon Canada
  • Speaking Engagements – OCRI – 45th Circuit; Dollars and Cents
  • SIRC – Webinar Series
  • Keynote Speaker – Ottawa U – Executive Leadership, Legacy Entrepreneurship
  • Ottawa U – Business Case Competition Judge
  • Guest Lecturer – Ottawa University, Carleton University, Algonquin College

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