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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. 


  • Progress

    November 24, 2021

    Making Decisions as a Family: Principles for the Holidays and Beyond

    The Holidays serve as a good reminder of the importance of unity when developing crucial goals and plans as a family.

  • November 15, 2021

    In uncertain economic times, sharing equity or profits with employees may keep your exit options open

    Employee profit sharing plans (EPSPs) and employee share ownership plans (ESOPs) are a couple of appealing strategies if you want to sustain transferable value and sell your business in the future.

  • September 30, 2021

    Two SMART ways to reward your employees, your business, and yourself

    Looking to improve employee retention? Start by looking at employee profit sharing plans and employee share ownership plans.

Contact Our ExitSMART™ Team

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).

Carla Milne CPA, CA

Partner and Business Advisor

Jim Chagnon CPA, CA, TEP

Partner, Private Enterprise & Professionals

Shane King CPA, CA

National Leader, Succession Services