Stephanie Clark
President, Black Star Group

With over 24 years of management experience leading organizations from the food and beverage industry, distributorship sales, the beauty industry, national and international business consulting to her recent role as Vice President of the Maritimes’ largest radio broadcaster, Maritime Broadcasting System, and now as President of Black Star Group, Stephanie brings extensive expertise in the development of corporate cultures that generate growth, employee retention and customer service in organizations. With years of experience in coaching and mentoring business professionals, Stephanie has a focus on building organizations that are people-centered and make a difference in their communities. She is a gifted communicator and skilled mediator with an ability to build consensus with varied stakeholders.

Her passion for community development extends through the years out of the corporate boardroom into many volunteering initiatives including work with provincial justice department, Dreams Take Flight, Bluenose Marathon, Mental Health Foundation, Maskwa Aquatic Club, Family SOS among other regional charities, international home building with Habitat for Humanity. She currently serves on the Halifax Regional Library Board and sits on their Finance and Audit Committee.

Currently, through her work with Black Star Group’s Performance division, Stephanie is a passionate champion of the small and medium sized organizations that serve as the life blood of any economy. Pulling on her background in psychology, Stephanie holistically balances a no-nonsense approach to strategy with an understanding of the people side of what drives an organization’s success. Her focus on growth strategies from operational systems to corporate culture with an eye that all things valued in an organization need to be measured. “Measure what you treasure” is a mantra that is driven by her belief that to keep change alive in an organization requires that it can be quantified and monitored.

Experience and Competencies

  • Experience in creating tools for various verticals, corporate and not-for-profit, that eliminate pain points within organizational operations, structure and culture. True win/win/win systems.

  • Skilled at the implementation of systems to create simple and clear solutions for cultural change and growth.

  • 24 years of management experience including large organizations with multiple locations across the Atlantic provinces

  • Business consulting experience (US and Canada)

  • Published author in industry publications and websites

  • Extensive training & experience in public speaking and group facilitation

  • Experience in media and public relations

  • Experience in the broadcast industry (policy, programming, sales)

  • Sales and marketing experience (various industries)

  • Decades of experience on not for profit/community boards with competencies in board governance, finance & audit, strategic planning and corporate fundraising initiatives

  • Formal training in human relations (communications, mediation, crisis intervention)

  • Specialties: Business Management, Business Consulting, Sales and Marketing, Public Relations, Business Development, Training Program Development and Facilitation, Advertising


Wendy Brookhouse
Founder and Chief Strategist

Wendy is the Founder/Chief Strategist of the Black Star Group, a multi-faceted service provider to small business owners, health care professionals and families.   She has passionately built the company from scratch by listening to the needs of her clients and by digging deep to understand the root problems and looking past the symptoms.   She sees opportunity where others do not and captures it by building tools, systems and products that address real people and real market place issues.   There is nothing “same old, same old” about her approach to business.

Her natural curiosity and ability to build trust has served her well, whether it is working with a client on a complex issue, or when she is working with one of the many Boards she has served on.   (Saint Mary’s University, Junior Achievement, and the Halifax Club). She was class President for her Executive MBA class in 2002.

Her drive for innovation, for looking at problems from all angles, being considerate about the different tensions that can affect successful implementation.   She is a strong believer in lifelong learning and regularly attends leadership coaching in Toronto and actively pursues continuing education opportunities.

Wendy has been recognized for her leadership with a Women’s Progress Club Award of Excellence in 2012 and as Atlantic Canada’s Fastest Growing Company Award in 2014.

Experience and Competencies

  • Decades of customer service experience

  • Sales focused and a compelling communicator

  • Business and organizational consulting experience

  • Strategic Planning (business and not for profit)

  • Skills and experience in marketing and promotion

  • Able to develop business plans on varying scales of complexity

kelseyKelsey MacAulay
Chief Relationship Officer

Kelsey is a true people-person. He’s an expert in getting the right information by asking the right questions and finding the right people to give the right answers. He also excels at structuring – and keeping to – a schedule, using the discovery process effectively, so that the project findings are uncovered quickly and logically. Kelsey is Past Board Chair of the NS Lung Association, so he is familiar with non-profits and the health industry. He also chaired the 100 Men Who Give a Damn.

Experience and Competencies

  • Measures analytics in all aspects of business, from the development of business goals and timelines to tracking marketing initiatives

  • As an entrepreneur, has expertise in innovation through technology and the mindset to utilize technology in conjunction with high-potential commercial opportunity

  • Effective deadline management

  • Negotiation skills developed through depth of experience in business-to-business sales

  • Consistent dedication to continual learning—through Stanford Online, Stanford University, and additional conferences

  • Flexible thinker and able to prioritize business action steps and adopt new tools and capabilities

kendraKendra Coady
Success Facilitator

After 17 years in radio advertising sales at Bell Media, Kendra brings her strong communications skills and passion for helping people to the Black Star team. She functions not only as a key front-facing spokesperson for the Black Star way but also works hard to bring the message of how we can help to the region. She works as a project team lead on many client projects and is focused on developing success for people not only financially, but professionally and personally, and understands the interconnectedness of those goals.



  kateKate Dewhirst, is the founder of a health law practice in Toronto. Her focus is on collaborative practice transitions and she has extensive experience in advising on primary care practices in compliance with collaborative practice models. Kate understands the opportunities and challenges in bringing physician practices together with multidisciplinary allied health professional teams for integrated care delivery. She is an expert at converting independent practices into a collaborative team with sensitivity to the significant cultural shift and commitment required. She also sets up collaborative practices so doctors are not only in compliance, but feel empowered to run their clinic how they see fit within the new system. She has authored several toolkits for team-lead primary care practitioners and provides monthly teleconference support for lead physicians and executive directors in family health teams.





Lori Anne Jones is a master’s trained strategist (MPA), a certified Prosci Change Management Practitioner and a formally trained mediator and change coach with particular expertise in health care sector. She most recently worked with the Nova Scotia Health Authority as a lead change manager in the consolidation project, including training of the employees. She has also worked with Capital Health as a change strategist, managing their clinical service plan in an effort to harmonize the efforts of the districts, as well as working inside the Department of Health for a number of years. Her connections to the people at the Nova Scotia Health Authority will add a level of trust and confidence much needed to maintain good faith in this process.


lauraLaura Simpson is a research and communications expert. With seven years as a journalist and four years in communications, she has the ability to take complex issues and stories and deliver them in clear and memorable ways. She also brings four years’ experience as a business consultant, specifically assisting in the writing of strategy, timelines and budgets, assisting in managing projects and reporting on their results.






corinneCorinne Boudreau is a seasoned lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in business law, taxation, and estate planning. Extensive experience working with small business and professional clients to help them achieve manageable outcomes and solutions. Excellent organizational skills. Engaging communicator who is confident conveying information through oral and written presentations.

She has serviced healthcare professionals and has dealt intimately with their financial and business challenges. Have been engaged by health care practitioners, including physicians, to set up their legal structures at the outset of their practices and provide ongoing advice with respect to regulatory, corporate and tax compliance.

She has also worked with Deloitte & Touche, dealing with auditing, taxation, consulting and financial advisory services.