Howard Ames is Ackah Law’s Director of Operations. His 35 plus year career has taken him to the United States, South America, Eastern Europe, and the United Kingdom. Howard completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in Marketing at the University of Calgary. His undergraduate education included a strong focus on Economics, New Venture Development, and Entrepreneurship. While Howard was enrolled in his undergraduate program, he began his consulting career, offering services to emerging and rapidly growing businesses. He primarily focuses on strategic and business planning and management of growth.
Upon graduation, he accepted a position with an emerging healthcare provider to develop and expand its services into an inter-disciplinary practice. Howard was involved in the research, development, and establishment of new diagnostic and treatment methods that the Worker’s Compensation Board, insurance companies and Courts accepted and recognized.
After Howard’s early corporate success, he returned to the New Venture Development Program at the University of Calgary to provide programming support and consulting services to emerging and rapidly growing firms. These firms ranged in size from pre-emergence to multi-billion dollar corporations. The opportunity to work with hundreds of firms over a 5-year period defined his understanding of the importance of processes and systems as a fundamental component of success, for any growing company.
During Howard’s tenure, he completed a number of graduate courses, with a focus on Finance, and New Venture Development. Inevitably, the lure of hands-on involvement led to his second departure from the university to join a struggling, technology-based oil industry service provider as a Director and CFO. After raising much needed private capital to sustain operations, he guided the company through a 500% growth in revenues over a 2 ½ year period.
Upon departing, he joined a private venture capital firm to manage and grow their investments, evaluate potential new opportunities, negotiate and structure deals. During this period of time, he sat on the boards of several junior Public Companies.
After several years, Howard returned to his consulting business, where he worked with organizations across a broad range of sectors. In early 2008 at the request of a client, his consulting work shifted to a focus on litigation strategy and management. Working as a research and strategic planning adjunct to lawyers, he assisted clients in achieving successful outcomes in litigation while managing the associated costs. He has provided these consulting services in corporate/commercial, family, estate, employment, municipal, professional malpractice and personal injury cases in various jurisdictions in Canada working in collaboration with counsel.
Howard is delighted to join Ackah Law to support their on-going growth and development and to ensure their high service standards are maintained and delivered.