The Black Box Institute is a boutique advisory firm and think tank that provides purposeful and thoughtful guidance to clients. We specialize in complex business, transactional and organizational challenges. Our problem solving techniques incorporate a blend of traditional strategy and financial advisory capabilities with creative design thinking.
RETIRED PARTNER & CIO
CHAIR IN INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH
SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
EGRET CAPITAL PARTNERS
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
BMO FINANCIAL GROUP
CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
PRESIDENT & CIO
SIONNA INVESTMENT MANAGERS
We help businesses craft a way forward by working closely with executive management to identify growth initiatives and clarify most likely scenarios. Market assessment and entry, new product and service opportunities, governance, and marketing and branding are a few of the lines of inquiry that we pursue.
Where is the company going?
What is its purpose?
How will it achieve and measure success?
How do the strengths and weaknesses of the company compare to those of its competitors?
How attractive are the targeted markets?
What are the trends, opportunities, threats and future scenarios?
A large community hospital sought strategic advice to confront the challenges of a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape.READ MORE
An established manufacturer was looking to develop a sustainable long-term growth strategy in a mature industry.READ MORE
A fast growing media technology firm came to TBBI seeking advice on optimal organizational structure to manage and sustain its exponential growth and to relieve overburdened top management.READ MORE
A new university growing at an unprecedented rate wanted to investigate an ambitious plan to expand its campus in the heart of downtown Oshawa, Ontario.READ MORE
A leading engineering firm needed to assess U.S. growth opportunities for a subsidiary facing a rapidly growing and changing market for its products.READ MORE
Our client asked TBBI to provide strategic counsel to help manage a dramatic downturn in the industry as a result of the recent recession.READ MORE
A large manufacturing firm approached TBBI to obtain guidance on handling a large amount of macro-economic, industrial, competitive and internal data to support their decision making process.READ MORE
A large automotive aftermarket company approached TBBI to obtain guidance on assessing market opportunities for its new product line-up.READ MORE
A research and development firm sought advisory for a novel technology that it was developing to increase operational security for naval and maritime vessels.READ MORE
We provide a broad spectrum of financial advisory services, including fair market valuation of businesses, corporate finance and transaction advisory for mergers and acquisitions, business sales and divestitures, buy-side services, recapitalizations and private equity fund raising to a broad range of industries and for businesses of any size.
What is a fair valuation?
What are the key value drivers?
What is the market appetite?
How should projects be financed?
What is the optimal capital structure for the business?
How do strategic, financial and operational considerations create a successful transaction?
A leading-edge fashion retailer in the greater China market wanted to raise funds for an expansion strategy as a stepping stone to an IPO.READ MORE
A mid-sized manufacturing company was looking to expand its geographic footprint and product reach through the acquisition of a similar sized competitor.READ MORE
A large European travel retailer expanding into the Asia-Pacific travel retail market sought strategic acquisitions.READ MORE
A diversified entertainment company was being pursued.READ MORE
We help clients develop their leaders and design their organization to create a high performance culture that is aligned with their strategy, processes and systems. This enables incumbent and emerging leaders to unleash their talent and contribute more to the growth of the company.
How does the company align leaders with the corporate strategy?
What is the optimal organizational design for the company’s current growth stage?
How does the company instill personal awareness, confidence and character to its leaders?
How does the company support the creation of strong networks and high- performance teams?
A global aerospace company wanted to refocus the development of its next generation of leaders.READ MORE
An IT services company wanted to augment its leadership capabilities to transition from a development phase to a growth phase.READ MORE
A pricing services company wanted to create a new vision, chart a new direction, break down the organizational silos and build a business from a practice.READ MORE
A large European travel retailer setting up a satellite office in the Asia-Pacific region requested TBBI to facilitate performance enhancement exercises for the new executive team.READ MORE