Brendan Howard

Partner & Operating Executive

Brendan joined CIEL Capital in 2016 to help guide strategy and growth initiatives for existing and prospective portfolio companies. He also manages CIEL’s portfolio company Category 5 Imaging Inc.

Brendan built his business strategy career with Secor Consulting, then KPMG Management Consulting, and most recently as Director of Strategy and Competitive Intelligence at Aimia. Brendan has B2B and B2C experience in the Retail, Consumer Products, Health, Energy, Education, Media, and Manufacturing sectors. Brendan works primarily on growth and innovation strategy, strategic planning, go-to-market strategy, negotiation strategy and market intelligence. He draws on learnings from high growth and mature private sector clients, in addition to public and public-private partnerships to develop novel, customized strategies.

Brendan holds an M.Sc. in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science (with distinction) and a B.A. (HBA), Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario (with distinction).

Brendan is a Board Member on Start2Finish, a fitness and literacy-focused children’s charity. He maintains ongoing involvement with the Ivey School of Business as Class Liaison after serving as Student Council President during his undergrad.