Van J. Konrad
Van J. Konrad is the founder and CEO of MBA Associates, a business improvement corporation serving clients throughout western Canada. The Edmonton-based company specializes in business analysis, management consulting, coaching and mentoring, and business valuations & succession planning for small and medium-sized businesses.
Van has worked as a business analyst and management consultant for major corporations in all industries and the federal government since 1992, following two decades of operating a very profitable project management and custom building company, Eastlake Builders & Consulting Ltd. An expert in management & business systems, Van has managed large-budget projects for corporate and government clients and assisted numerous smaller businesses to dramatically increase operational efficiency and company profits. Van is also a technical instructor for educational extension programs and regular presenter of business seminars.
In 2001, Van took a hiatus from contract work to work as a senior business analyst for an American multinational corporation headquartered in Chicago focused on providing full-service management consulting. Van traveled throughout North America on the company’s behalf for two years, investigating businesses in a variety of industries to determine vital business improvement projects. In this tenure, he gained valuable knowledge of business practices and systems used by North America’s best-run companies.
Van holds two technical degrees and a B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is recognized as a senior business leader in the Edmonton business community and by invitation volunteers as a mentor, since inception in 2002, for the annual VenturePrize Business Plan Competition organized by the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation.
Additionally, Van is volunteering as a Senior Business Mentor since 2012 for the Business Mentorship Program administered jointly by Strathcona County & the Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce. This program is for local entrepreneurs and business owners and matches experienced business owners & start-up entrepreneurs with seasoned professionals.
Van lives near Sherwood Park in a rural setting. He is an outdoor enthusiast, an outdoor author, an avid mountaineer and senior volunteer leader for the Alpine Club of Canada and an intrepid backcountry skier and hiker. In 2018 Van was awarded a national leadership award in mountaineering by the Alpine Club of Canada – The Eric Brook Leader Award – for strong commitment to learning and applying exceptional technical and leadership skills.
Van J. Konrad
Senior Business Analyst & Management Consultant
telephone: (780) 901-6040