Our advisors are strategic, passionate, energetic and innovative.

Doug McNair


Doug established McNair in 1996. He has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business. Early in his career, Doug held management and executive positions in the Saskatchewan public service and since then has owned, operated and partnered on several business ventures. He is a Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC), is a trusted advisor to CEOs, Boards and owners and has served as an interim executive many times.

Shanna McNair

Vice President, Finance

Shanna has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC), in addition to having her CA, CMA, RFP and CFP designations. She has been involved with McNair since its inception and leads the day-to-day financial and administration functions of the firm. Prior to McNair, she worked in both the public and co-operative sectors and operated her own consulting practice. She is a sought-after advisor on projects that require financial set-up and support.

Alex McNair

Project Director, Business Development

Alex has been with McNair since 2015 and has worked on a variety of projects in financial modeling and analysis, project development, stakeholder engagement and business planning.  Alex has a Bachelor of Management from Western University, an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and is pursuing the CFA designation. 

John Waller

Senior Project Director, Consulting Associate

John has been working with McNair in 2010 and since then has worked on a variety of projects in the areas of economic analysis, project management, processes and policy review, financial analysis and modelling and strategic planning. John has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina and is B+ Certified in Best Value procurement from Arizona State University.

Rachelle Holterman

Senior Project Director, Consulting Associate

Rachelle holds her Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina as well as her Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Project Management Professional (PMP) designations. She has been working with the firm for over 15 years and thrives in the areas of business strategy, policy review, session facilitation, negotiation, project governance and assisting start-up organizations.

Emily McNair

Project Director, Consulting Associate

Emily holds her Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designations, has a Master’s degree in Leadership and is a certified ColourSpectrums™ facilitator. She is passionate about leadership, team development, marketing, stakeholder engagement, communications and strategic planning.

Stephen Malawski

Senior Business Systems Consultant, Consulting Associate


Stephen has been working with McNair since 2008 and is the go-to resource for all things technology. He is available to provide business systems support on projects and also manages the internal technology needs of McNair. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree and has wide-ranging experience in application development, systems operations and integration.

Associated & Affiliated Professionals

Accounting, Legal, Venture Funds, Private Capital, Lending, Marketing and Public Relations

McNair engagements often include sourcing the required talent and capacity of a number of trusted third-party associated and affiliated professionals. McNair has relationships with a number of leading law, accounting and funding and financing firms at the partner and executive levels. This network can be levered to advance a worthy business or project at critical junctures, as needed and on a timely basis.  These relationships are retained by McNair based on experience in past projects where the associate or affiliate provides an unparalleled commitment to the desired outcome achieved by providing innovative and high-value contributions.

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