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"Don's easy going a reassuring style along with his experience and toolset has helped me tremendously during challenging times. He has earned my confidence and trust in a matter of weeks. I almost never make recommendations on LinkedIn, but in this case I can whole heartedly recommend Don to any CEO who needs an independent mentor to keep them sane!" 

Brad Desaulniers CEO World Wide BID Systems, makers of PartsCheck Live
February 6, 2014

“Track record for 8 figures exit transactions. Has a remarkable capability to recognize the potential in people, technology and embryonic organizations and to leverage that potential into sucess. At the same time he operates with sensitivity and generosity cutting emloyees, clients and stakehodlers in on his profitable deal making. It has been a privialge and a pleasure to work for Don.It was both lucrative and instructive”

Dave Dow, Director of US & OEM Sales, Fulcrum
October 11, 3009

"Don is like one of those bigger-than-life characters from classical moral tales or perhaps, more suitably, from the happy-ending stories about entrepreneurship. In such stories the protagonist is an entrepreneur seeking all kinds of support for his/her start-up. As a risk-taker, this hero is endlessly facing hardship during such a challenging and life-changing endeavour. But there is an angel on the side of our hero and, when this crucial business angel is called upon, things magically turn to the better. Don is this fabled angel and in many-a-true stories that have taken place in Alberta, which is known as the rugged land of start-up investing, the happy outcomes were due to Don’s generous guidance and support. Don’s vast experience in start- ups and his resourceful connections, which are so needed in the process of scaling, are matched by his kindness and easy going style about demystifying the process of taking a great idea to the enviable level of a truly successful business."

Chris Cozea, President, Interactive Business
Networks Ltd.
September 21, 2011

Don Pare and RVC have an extremely thorough evaluation process that assesses a company’s viability from every angle, from “nancial to moral. His “Report Card” criteria and related assessment procedures are unusually in-depth, and they delve into areas that VCs and other investors don’t necessarily explore explicitly, yet which nonetheless are often crucial in determining whether or not a company gets funded. He then employs a well organized, multi-stage process of getting the word out to a very large audience of investors. This includes sophisticated use of LinkedIn as well as other types of communiqués such as direct emails to his extensive personal network. In our engagement, we have just embarked on the public noti”cation stage, and already the response has been very strong. I would recommend working with Don to any entrepreneur or investor.

David Sidman Founder & CEO LINKSTORM


Isode (my company) and Esys merged to Messaging Direct, with Don as CEO. I learnt a lot from Don about running a company, and his work with MD led via two rounds of fundraising to a very successful {75 million dollar} exit. Don’s role was pivotal to making this happen.”


October 4, 2009
Steve Kille, VP Strategy, ACI Worldwide reported to
Don at Messaging Direct


“Don’s knowledge and experience enables him to dive deep into an organization or opportunity quickly, and produce results in a very short period of time. We could not have achieved what we did without his mentorship.” October 3, 2009 Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative Don McCormick, hired Don as a Business Consultant in 2009 “I have known Don Pare for more than forty years. We have had the opportunity to work together at key points in our careers. I “nd working with Don to be a pleasure. I would endorse Don as an innovative leader with the talent to bring his vision to fruition. I believe on closely examining the details of his career record you will agree.”


Bob Ransom, Owner, R J Rimcor Canada Ltd.
March 18, 2011

“Don “Results” Pare brings 39 years of experience to those lucky individuals and companies that he chooses to mentor as a business strategist. He has a visceral understanding of what is needed to de”ne vision, analyze tactics, and determine strengths needed by people to achieve success. Of course, the proper investment model is required and is is where Don now focuses his considerable knowledge as a business architect. I am fortunate that Don chose to mentor me.”


September 5, 2011 Sharon MacLean, President, Well and Wise

“Don Pare helped us in a number of critical ways over the past 3 years. First, he acted as a CEO mentor to me as our company grew from small to something larger that needed more organized processes. He taught me the separation between operational and strategic decisions and management processes. This training was extremely helpful in my development as a CEO, and something I still apply on a daily basis. Next, Don helped negotiate an important distribution agreement for our company when the direct channels had broken down. He was able to come in as an outsider and get the deal done. Lastly, Don helped us in the early stages of fund raising, and taught us the value of holding our own investment seminars and how they should be run. These were important skills for us to learn, that we later applied to successfully close a $5M “nancing round. Don is a “cut-to-the-chase” kind of guy who is a doer. He will push you out of your comfort zone and help you deal with realities that you may not want to face, but must. He is a rare breed of consultant that won’t just tell you what you want to hear, but rather what you need to hear to be successful.
And if you’re smart, you’ll listen.”


September 26, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity.
RANDY MARSDEN, hired Don as a Business Consultant in 2009

“I met Don for the “rst time at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton and it was like a scene out of the Godfather. A very large man with a huge amount of presence, personality and intelligence. Don takes the romance and B.S. out of the venture capital game and provides straight forward, direct and compelling insight and mentorship into how to achieve the investment capital required to succeed as an entrepreneur and business owner.”


September 23, 2011
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity
Robert Hart, hired Don as a Business Consulting in 2011

“Don’s knowledge and experience enables him to dive deep into an organization or opportunity quickly, and produce results in a very short period of time. We could not have achieved what we did without his mentorship.”


Don McCormick - October 3, 2009 Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative

“I met Don a few years ago. I recruited him for my company Well and Wise Online. He is the best fund raiser on the planet and a great friend.”


Dr Barry Lycka - Founder Well And Wise Online-September 25, 2011.

“In the fall of 2010, Don Pare was hired to assist in the development of a strategic plan for Arrow Engineering Inc. As part of this process, Don co-facilitated a very insightful and results oriented 2 day strategic planning session. Don’s wisdom, experience and resourcefulness assisted our senior management team to rapidly gain clarity and develop our corporate vision, mission, values, goals, and prioritized strategic initiatives.

Additionally, Don assisted us in gaining traction in the implementation of our strategic initiatives. I fully intend to utilize Don’s services again in the future, and have no hesitation in recommending him in any of these areas.”


March 17, 2011
Top Qualities: Great results,Expert,Good Value

Greg Burghardt, hired Don as a Business Consultant in 2010

“Don has been instrumental in assisting us in streamlining our process, strategy and syndication. His wealth of knowledge is unsurpassed and the advice he provides is from real world experience. His ability to foresee opportunities down the road and share his opinion is refreshing. Don shows full commitment to a project and remains in contact so as to o#er any other assistance or professional advice, if ever required. I will gladly welcome his input and consideration on any future projects.”


Anthony De Almeida
Hired Don In 2011 Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity


Michael Thomas

“Your card is excellent! Made me realize we need more meat on the bone...stay tuned sir!”




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