Centres of Excellence

Today’s organizations are expected to deliver more for less while seamlessly factoring variables like compliance, spending priorities, and rapid economic changes into the equation. With limited resources and evolving stakeholder needs, it can be difficult to implement strategies that position you for long-term success. 

Our Centres of Excellence is a specialized unit dedicated to driving value in your organization — helping you manage risk and optimize opportunities and processes so you’re well-positioned to achieve excellence.

Helping Your Organization Reach Its Full Potential

Following are MNP’s three Centres of Excellence focus areas. 

  • Boards of Directors

    With rapid change and the potential for disruption at the heart of every critical board decision, it can be challenging to get everyone aligned on the best path forward. You need to focus your resources in ways that will deliver the greatest short- and long-term impact. We can help you set and agree on board priorities, identify key risks, and develop a path forward to capitalize on strategic opportunities while managing your risk.

  • Post-Secondary Institutions

    You need to be agile and adaptable to deliver excellence in today’s rapidly evolving education environment. But you also need to consider all the angles and potential risks of any decisions you make. We can help your post-secondary institution manage high priority risks while optimizing opportunities, systems, and processes.

  • Public Sector

    You’re charged with delivering comprehensive and cost-effective public services. But your ability to achieve these goals often hinges on the priorities of government, desires of citizens, and available funding — not to mention the tools and resources at your disposal. Your success depends on being able to read and chart a course along the changing tides. We can help you manage principal risks, seize opportunities and maximize investment in people, processes and technology.


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    Mariesa Carbone

    Mariesa Carbone CPA, CA, ABCP, CRMA

    National Enterprise Risk Services Leader and Post-Secondary Education Lead

    Mariesa Carbone, CPA, CA, ABCP, CRMA, is a Partner in MNP’s Edmonton office where she leads the Enterprise Risk Services Group across the country. Mariesa has more than 15 years of experience providing enterprise risk management, corporate governance, business process improvement and internal audit solutions for public and private enterprises.

    Sought after in Canada and abroad for her expertise in internal audit and enterprise risk management, Mariesa works with clients across a range of industries, including public sector, gaming, forestry, post-secondary education, oil and gas and the energy sector.

    She works one-on-one with clients to develop both enterprise risk management frameworks and governance frameworks, then integrates these frameworks into clients’ strategic business planning processes.

    Committed to finding solutions that meet her clients’ needs, she helps them identify, assess and develop management strategies in the areas of business continuity, corporate governance, enterprise risk management, internal audit, CEO/CFO certification, forensics and technology risk management.

    Mariesa also takes a practical approach to assessing internal controls and key business processes. This allows her to identify inefficiencies and issues and develop strategies for improvement based on leading practices and designed to work for the client.

    Mariesa received her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Alberta before earning her Chartered Accountant (CA) designation. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (Edmonton Chapter). Mariesa is also an Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) and has her Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).