Storytellers. Navigators. Research consultants

We filter out all of the nonsense to make life easier for our clients. We work alongside our clients to help them uncover blind spots, highlight opportunities, and apply key insights to their everyday problems – and we love doing it. Our clients even say that we’re normal – no small feat in the research world!

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Tim Olafson

email: tim@stone-olafson.com
phone: 403 605 0904

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Co-Founder, Stone-Olafson • Executive Vice President, Angus Reid Strategies (Vision Critical) • President, Ipsos Observer • Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Ipsos-Reid Canada West

client success
Air Canada, Blackberry, Microsoft, Dell, ENMAX, Calgary Stampede, Farm Credit Canada, SaskPower, WinSport

best at
Brand strategy, communication testing, anything qualitative, figuring out issues within organizations, bad puns.

Tim’s cool and collected ability to listen and then provide astute practical advice is second to none. We think it’s because he’s old—he says “nothing surprises him after 25 years in the research and consulting business”. Regardless, he has an instinctive ability to find creative solutions on the spot. He's the kind of person you want at the table when your organization is under pressure; when you're the decision-maker upon whom so much depends; when you need someone to come up with a completely different way of thinking about an issue, or when you just need a sounding board. He’s an excellent blend of researcher and trusted consultant: concise, perceptive, thorough and unflappable.

Amy Egan

email: amy@stone-olafson.com
phone: 647 546 4819

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Director & Team Lead, Customer Success Vision Critical, Toronto • Research Director, Vision Critical, Minneapolis • Senior Research Manager, Vision Critical, Calgary (& Sydney Australia)

client success
Sagicor, Calgary Foundation, Big Rock Brewery, Hold it All Inc., EPCOR, Kellogg’s, Duke Energy, Dell, Hill’s Pet

best at
Customer panels, analytics, awesome (& concise) reports, early deliverables, new (& old) music trivia.

At the intersection of Sociology and Business is where you’ll find Amy, who brings a keen understanding of how to effectively infuse the voice of customers into the minds of the business world (you may also find her at the intersection of Yonge and Queen Street helping our Toronto clients). Her focus is on delivering key insights with actionable results for her clients through research and consulting. Her approach has earned her a reputation as a creative problem solver with a work ethic that will delight anyone who works with her.

Chris Ferneyhough

email: chris@stone-olafson.com
phone: 403 402 9725

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Partner, Stone-Olafson • Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Vision Critical, Calgary • Vice President Ipsos-Reid, Calgary • Vice President Ipsos-Reid, Toronto

client success
ENMAX, BlackBerry, SaskPower, Calgary Stampede, Business Insider

best at
Reading people, Qualtrics, delivering perfection, acerbic wit.

Chris is the “behind the scenes” guy at Stone-Olafson. If you’ve ever worked with us, Chris has likely been involved and you probably didn’t know it. His affinity for all things tech has resulted in Chris choosing our survey platform, serving as our IT department, serving as our accounting department, programming a large percentage of our surveys, arranging our sample sources, running most of our data tables, and serving his clients… and that was yesterday.

Chris gets it done, and he makes our lives easy. He is proud to be the only MBA graduate in the history of MBA graduates to have never put ‘MBA’ on his business card.

Kristine Neil

email: kristine@stone-olafson.com
phone: 403 669 3326

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Partner, Stone-Olafson • Vice President, Vision Critical Customer Marketing Manager, Kraft Canada • Director of Marketing, Cott Beverages Inc.

client success
Princess Auto, Epcor, ATB, Husky, Mark’s, Mayfair Diagnostics, Big Rock, Calgary Academy, Hold it All Inc., SaskPower, FCC

best at
Delivering the story buried in reams of data from multiple sources on one page, marketing, working with billion dollar companies, on-boarding clients, well-placed, jaw-dropping comments.

Kristine's pure marketing savvy is her greatest strength as a professional. It permeates and infuses everything she does to help her clients shine. She works hard for her clients, but insists it doesn’t feel like work when you love what you do. She's one of the few in the business who's truly proficient in tackling a business challenge whether it requires a rigorous quantitative or personal qualitative approach, or just re-works and re-thinks the data clients already have.

With the heart of a client and the mind of a researcher, she knifes through the noise and gets to the critical issue, and frankly, for most of her clients that’s “how do we make more money?”. Whether it’s an advertising and communications challenge, or understanding product development and consumer experience, Kristine knows how to dig the most out of what consumers say, turn it into what they mean, and (most importantly) provide realistic, practical advice about what her clients need to do—because she’s been there, and not all consultants realize what it’s like to be a client.

Jason Walker

email: jason@stone-olafson.com
phone: 403 404 1479

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Senior Manager, Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission • Vice President, Ipsos-Reid • Senior Research Manager, Ipsos-Reid

client success
Princess Auto, Novomatic, Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission, BCLC, ENMAX, Texas Lottery, IGT, Hoosier Lottery

best at
Spreadsheets and analytics, lotteries and gaming, simplifying complicated studies, evidence-based decision making, keeping everyone calm.

Jason loves taking people, turning them into numbers and then turning them back into people. He believes for analytics to work well, you require the story of the people within the numbers. He should know; he’s proven it with clients across North America. With leadership experience as both a consultant and client in the research and strategy world and a diverse background, he helps clients look at business challenges or opportunities from many different angles. He does whatever it takes to tell the whole story and guide a business to make the best decisions. He’s calm, cool and collected, and a trusted advisor for his clients.

Nicole Smith

email: nicole@stone-olafson.com
phone: 403 809 8342

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Vice President, Ipsos-Reid • Vice President, Illumina Research Partners • Vice President, Environics Research Group • Senior Research Director, Environics Research Group

client success
Petro Canada, Calgary Co-op, Brookfield, Suncor, Calgary Police Commission, ATB

best at
Big hairy complicated assignments, quantitative research, infusing results into organizations, humility.

Maybe you haven’t heard of Nicole, but chances are you’ve seen, heard, used and even enjoyed the results of her research. As a 17-year research veteran, Nicole likes nothing more than being presented with an enormous business challenge and designing a robust solution that discovers the insight to inspire action. Simply said, she makes it happen—and when it happens it works. Prior to joining Stone-Olafson, Nicole had the opportunity to manage key brand and market studies, corporate reputation studies, as well as customer satisfaction and employee engagement research. In the consulting and research world, she’s done it all; across a wide variety of industries including post-secondary education, oil & gas, agriculture, telecommunications, retail, and electricity.

Mathew Stone

email: mathew@stone-olafson.com
phone: 403 926 3591

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Co-Founder, Stone-Olafson • Organizational Effectiveness Manager, Calgary Stampede • Consumer Insights and Brand Manager, Calgary Stampede • Senior Research Manager, Ipsos-Reid

client success
Calgary Co-op, Calgary Stampede, Calgary Economic Development, Calgary Chamber, YWCA, ENMAX

best at
Employee engagement, branding, fixing problems, presenting, long-term client relationships, landscaping.

Outcomes, and how information can best be used to achieve the client's business goals, are what drives Mathew. He's a fixer who prides himself on simplifying the issues to get to the heart of a problem, then just as quickly recommends how best to solve it. He works from the belief that great information is not about collecting numbers and providing reams of charts: it's really all about engaging audiences. Mathew has worked with grocers, hotels, museums, industry associations, tourism attractions, not-for-profits and ad agencies. He's been called upon for strategic advice by clients in the energy industry, NGOs and governments. And he helped lead the re-development of one of Canada's most iconic brands, the Calgary Stampede. A convincing and engaging communicator, he always delivers objective answers to hard questions. No stalling. No BS. Just clear, simple answers and direction.

Gillian Grantham

email: gillian@stone-olafson.com
phone: 403 703 4894

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Cred
Associate Vice President, Ipsos-Reid • Senior Research Manager, Ipsos-Reid

Client Success
Calgary Co-op, Calgary Chamber, Calgary Stampede, Calgary International Film Festival, Forzani Group, McKesson Canada, Telus, The City of Calgary

Best at:
Keeping people connected, staying on top of details, making clients’ lives easy… basically, everything.

An outgoing “people-person”, it’s only natural that Gillian truly loves to figure out the complexities of how people think and why they do what they do. Her passion for delving into the consumer experience is complemented by what some may call “Type A personality” or what Gillian simply refers to as attention to detail. Priding herself on leaving no loose ends, she is responsive to client needs, digging deep into the data to find the detailed insights that will provide next steps, solve the problem, and ultimately drive the business. She’s a versatile consultant who can take the details and translate them into something clients can use.

Kim Griffin

email: kim@stone-olafson.com
phone: 403 650 9520

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Associate Vice President, Ipsos-Reid • Senior Research Manager, Ipsos-Reid

Client Success
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Florida Lottery, Calgary Co-op, New York State Lottery, Calgary Stampede, Brookfield Residential, Eye Recommend

Best at:
Segmentation, customer experience, youth research, lottery, client service, sarcasm.

When you meet Kim you'll notice she talks fast, she’s very clever, she smiles a lot, and doesn't miss a thing. Bring your most challenging and problematic issues forward, and you'll get an approachable, knowledgeable business partner who will be more than happy to raise the bar on what you thought research could accomplish. She can get her mind wrapped around a psychographic segmentation just as easily as qualitatively understanding the modern home buyer. In a sentence: she gets it.