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ExitSMART™ Services 

Maximize Your Life’s Work 

You’ve worked hard to create a successful organization. Are you building a plan to get the most out of what you’ve built? 

ExitSMART™ is a seven-step program that integrates the exit planning and implementation processes of succession. Through ExitSMART™, you get a comprehensive guide to your succession strategy, ensuring you meet your unique goals. 

The Seven Steps of ExitSMART™

Cover every corner of succession strategy with these key areas. 


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    January 05, 2021

    You can't predict the future - but you can plan for the unexpected

    While 2020 was undoubtedly an unprecedented year in many ways, having a rock-solid succession plan in place is one way to ring in the New Year the right way.

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    December 29, 2020

    Thoughtful Succession Planning Ensures Protection Against Unexpected Events

    When you build a business from the ground up, it becomes your baby. The long hours, hard work and sacrifice are investments made worthwhile when you watch your enterprise grow.

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    December 22, 2020

    MNP Presents: B.C. Business Owners Series - Exploring the Benefits of Employee Share Ownership and Profit-sharing Plans

    Exploring the benefits of employee share ownership and profit-sharing plans. Create sustainable and transferable business value while delivering the best possible benefit to employees.

Contact Our ExitSMART™ Team

John Hughes

John Hughes CPA, CA, MBA

Senior Vice President, Private Enterprise

John Hughes, MBA, CPA, CA, is MNP Senior Vice President, Private Enterprise.  John is a member of the Firm’s management team and leads the Private Enterprise practice, which advises Canadian business families, entrepreneurs and management teams to create value and grow their businesses through a diverse range of services and customized strategies. 

John was formerly national leader of a Big Four private enterprise practice, and is also the former national leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. His consulting experience has included everything from audits, strategic tax planning and strategy and operational consulting to corporate finance, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings (IPOs).

John obtained a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from York University in 1992. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Charted Accountant (CA) in 1988.

John’s expertise and passion for Canadian private business led him to co-author two Canadian best-sellers: Building the Best (Penguin 2006) and Power of the Best (2012).

Lynne Fisher

Lynne Fisher

National Team Leader, ExitSmart

Carla Milne

Carla Milne CPA, CA

Partner and Business Advisor

Jim Chagnon

Jim Chagnon CPA, CA, TEP

Partner, Private Enterprise & Professionals

Shane King

Shane King CPA, CA

National Leader, Succession Services