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GROWTH BY DESIGN
 

Connectors and accelerators of ideas, capabilities, people and sales.

SERVICES

FOR DESIGNING YOUR GROWTH

The SYNDICATE team is composed of former and current founders, investors, corporate innovators, design thinkers, doers, and sales & marketing gurus. Our clients choose FGS because we are experienced bankers, entrepreneurs, techies and business developers. While deeply knowledgable about FinTech, we enable and teach your team until you don't need us.

We work with companies of all sizes. We believe the customer is always right, and we listen to you.

You won't get a fancy, complicated Powerpoint deck from us - you'll get specific, tangible support.

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WE AMPLIFY YOUR GROWTH

We are passionate about making innovation work for our corporate clients. We have been in your shoes and know its not easy to change and innovate - its not easy. We Amplify your team by sharing best practices and enabling them to move faster.  

Executive Briefings

  • Industry Insights

  • FinTech

  • Competition

Corporate Innovation Process

  • Process design, refinement

  • Internal and external stakeholder alignment

  • Playbook and engagement model

  • Partnership scouting & development

Thought Leadership and Awareness Building (for both executive and company)

Product Innovation

  • Value Prop Design & Ideation

  • Customer Research

  • MVP Development

  • Business Model Design

  • Desirability, Feasibility & Viability Model

Events

  • Executive offsite presentations

  • World Café Workshops

WE OFFER FUEL

FUEL is for start-ups and emerging and scaling B2B FinTech companies. As specialists in B2B sales, marketing, and business innovation, we work with you hourly on a project or retainer basis to help you in areas where you need some outside help or aren't ready to hire someone.

Business Development

  • Strategic Event & Conference Programming

  • Influencer Marketing

  • Analyst Relations

  • FinTech Influencers & Media

  • Pricing Strategy

  • Partnering Negotiations

  • Selling to Banks, Insurance & Wealth

  • Deal Strategy Workshops

B2B Marketing

  • Messaging & Value Proposition for B2B Buyers

  • Sales Enabling

Product & Market Innovation

  • New Market Expansion

  • Customer & Market Research

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TEAM

The FGS team all have something in common: we have a ton of experience working within the financial services industry and with all sizes of companies, from start-ups to emerging companies to large incumbents. 

THE FOUNDERS

Sue Britton, CEO & Founder As CEO & Founder of FGS, Sue is passionate about working with all sizes of companies in FinTech to help them accelerate growth and innovate. Sue was Head of Innovation for D+H (now Finastra), SVP and GM of a start-up business unit she created for Broadridge that grew to $40 Million in revenue in 24 months, and has spent 25 years in various corporate executive positions and new start-up roles.

Sue Britton

CEO & FOUNDER

As CEO & Founder of FGS, Sue is passionate about working with all sizes of companies in FinTech to help them accelerate growth and innovate new business techniques. Sue was Head of Innovation for D+H (now Finastra), SVP and GM of a startup business unit she created for Broadridge that grew to $40 Million in revenue in 24 months, and has spent 25 years in various corporate executive positions and new startup roles.

Tracy Lagasse, Managing Partner & Co-founder As Managing Partner and Co-founder, Tracy brings Innovation strategy and execution experience to our clients.  Recent roles included Innovation Principal and User Experience & Design Center of Excellence Leader for one of North America’s largest Fintech companies.  With a recent certification in Design Thinking, Tracy led the successful commercialization a North American Fintech Product as well as worked with a global consultancy to innovate sales processes.

Tracy Lagasse

MANAGING PARTNER & CO-FOUNDER

As Managing Partner and Co-founder, Tracy brings Innovation strategy and execution experience to our clients.  Recent roles included Innovation Principal and User Experience & Design Center of Excellence Leader for one of North America’s largest Fintech companies.  With a recent certification in Design Thinking, Tracy led the successful commercialization a North American Fintech Product as well as worked with a global consultancy to innovate sales processes.

 

THE TEAM

Ramy Nassar, Partner Ramy is an engineer, designer and maker. He specializes in leading the Strategy and Design teams while working directly with key clients to create innovative and differentiated customer experiences.  Leveraging best practices from the worlds of Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design, Ramy ensures that customers and end-users are central in solving complex business challenges. Ramy is also highly qualified in machine learning and advanced analytics, and innovation with data.  
Simon Chan, Partner Simon Chan is a seasoned leader of strategic planning and business development with 20 years of experience in financial services. Simon was recently Assistant Vice President, Strategic initiatives for the Retail business at Manulife Financial, and has held various senior roles at Manulife for 10 years. In his last role he was a member of the Retail executive management team and was responsible for strategic planning and development for the Insurance, Investment, and Securities businesses as well as leading the digital solutions, advisor experience and regulatory and public affairs teams.

Ramy Nassar

PARTNER

Ramy is an engineer, designer and maker. He specializes in leading the Strategy and Design teams while working directly with key clients to create innovative and differentiated customer experiences. Leveraging best practices from the worlds of Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design, Ramy ensures that customers and end-users are central in solving complex business challenges. Ramy is also highly qualified in machine learning and advanced analytics, and innovation with data.

Simon Chan

PARTNER

Simon Chan is a seasoned leader of strategic planning and business development with 20 years of experience in financial services. Simon was recently Assistant Vice President, Strategic initiatives for the Retail business at Manulife Financial, and has held various senior roles at Manulife for 10 years. In his last role he was a member of the Retail executive management team and was responsible for strategic planning and development for the Insurance, Investment, and Securities businesses as well as leading the digital solutions, advisor experience and regulatory and public affairs teams.

Gary Britton, Marketing & Admin Gary is a founder of FGS, and runs the day-to-day. He is passionate about FinTech and whats happening on the ground, and manages the admin side of the business too. A self-proclaimed "support services" team member, Gary pitches in wherever the business needs him. In his spare time, he is an avid follower of politics, world events, and English literature. And he knows just a little bit of over 10 languages!    

Gary Britton

MARKETING & ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Gary is a founder of FGS, and runs the day-to-day. He is passionate about FinTech and whats happening on the ground, and manages the admin side of the business too. A self-proclaimed "support services" team member, Gary pitches in wherever the business needs him.

In his spare time, he is an avid follower of politics, world events, and English literature. And he knows just a little bit of over 10 languages!

 

THE ADVISORS

Carrie Russell, Strategic Advisor Carrie Russell has been an advisor to FGS since inception, and has been instrumental to the success of the company. She plays a strategic role advising the Syndicate team, clients and partners. Carrie is a hands-on coach to FinTech founders and CEOs on building and testing business models, stand-out value-propositions, and go to market strategies. An investor, board member to private, public and non-profit organizations, and has extensive experience in banking and financial technology.

Carrie Russell

STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Carrie Russell has been an advisor to FGS since inception, and has been instrumental to the success of the company. She plays a strategic role advising the Syndicate team, clients and partners.

Carrie is a hands-on coach to FinTech founders and CEOs on building and testing business models, stand-out value-propositions, and go to market strategies. An investor, board member to private, public and non-profit organizations, and has extensive experience in banking and financial technology.

Tracey Keates, Strategic Advisor Tracey is an advisor to FGS on strategic and financial operations of the business. She is currently President of several Constellation Software businesses, and was previously CFO of Jonas Software.

Tracey Keates

STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Tracey is an advisor to FGS on strategic and financial operations of the business. She is currently President of several Constellation Software businesses, and was previously CFO of Jonas Software.

Clients

It has been a privilege to work with some of the best companies at all stages of growth.

Below, you can find a few of our amazing clients.

Community Engagement

Our mission is to create partnerships and increased collaboration within the FinTech ecosystem. In order to do that, we are actively engaged in the FinTech community. The result? We are able to share and provide insights to our clients and the community. 

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

AWARDS PROGRAM JUDGE

COMMUNITY PARTNER FOR EVENTS

INDUSTRY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

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CONTACT US

We want to hear from you, so please shoot us a message and we will get right back to you!

 

Our Office

628 Fleet Street, Unit 1006

Toronto, ON M5V 1A8

(647) 341-9004

 
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