Who We Are

Colin and Laura founded McNally Brown Group after successful leadership positions in the construction and engineering industries and a track record of leading change in complex environments. They are both graduates of the Richard Ivey Executive MBA Program at Western University and bring a balance of hands on experience and technical training to clients.



MANAGING DIRECTOR: Management Consultant & Business Advisor

Professional Expertise

Laura is a strategic thinker who has hands-on experience leading change in growing businesses. She has experience in a broad range of areas including family business planning, strategic planning, corporate and organizational development, succession and exit planning, and management systems implementation. Laura is able to offer practical business experience and effective facilitation to her clients. She focuses on clearly understanding her client’s needs, culture, and common objectives in order to assist them in defining a shared approach that can be successfully implemented.

Prior to launching McNally Brown Group with partner Colin Brown, Laura held both technical and management roles in the engineering and construction industries. She has a unique understanding of family business, which developed through involvement in her family’s third generation heavy civil construction company where she led a number of strategic initiatives to transition and integrate the business during a period of rapid growth. She also brings experience in family business succession and business sale preparation and gained through leading the sale of the company.

In a consulting and advisory role, Laura has worked with clients in a range of industries including food and beverage, heavy civil construction, agriculture, engineering, industrial services, and the non-profit sector.  She has helped clients to successfully facilitate family ownership transitions, develop strategic plans to support growth initiatives, reorganize management structures, develop corporate support functions, and improve business processes.

Professional Experience

Laura completed the Executive MBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business (Western University) in 2009. She is a licensed Civil Engineer, and completed a Master of Engineering at the University of Toronto. Through both of these programs she has obtained international experience in Vietnam and China.



MANAGING DIRECTOR: Management Consultant & Business Advisor

Professional Expertise

Colin is a seasoned strategic thinker who brings a depth of knowledge and hands-on experience in a broad range of areas including: strategic planning; mergers acquisitions and preparation for sale; accounting and finance; business succession and exit planning; technology assessment and implementation; best practices; and dashboard and KPI development. Colin has over 25 years’ experience working with small and mid-sized family businesses and leading public global companies in various industries including food and beverage, heavy civil construction and construction materials, agriculture, engineering and industrial services, and the non-profit sector.

Prior to launching McNally Brown Group with partner Laura McNally, Colin held various senior management positions in Engineering and Operations at a private family business, Holcim Canada (Dufferin Aggregates and Concrete) and Lafarge Canada. During his time at Holcim, Colin sat on global asset management and preventative maintenance committees and facilitated various leadership programs.

Colin’s experience in both family businesses and large global companies gives him unique insight into understanding the strategic challenges businesses face. Colin’s foundation for success is based on providing custom solutions by working closely with the business leadership and using sound change and project management fundamentals with clear communication between the stakeholders. He brings a strong background in successful implementation of complex multi-stakeholder projects.

Professional Experience

Colin received his Executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Western University) in 2009, completed his Architectural Technologist Diploma at Mohawk College, and is a Certified Engineering Technician (C.E.T.).

“McNally Brown Group provided some much needed guidance on proper project management and helped define key performance indicators for Naylor’s management team… At the end McNally Brown Group provided a process that was easy to follow and implement.” READ MORE

Greg HitchmanExecutive Vice PresidentNaylor Group Inc.