Our main clients are federal government departments and agencies and not-for-profit organizations. We have also provided consulting services to provincial and municipal governments, private companies, universities and foreign governments.

Since our firm’s inception in January 2002, we have carried out over 200 successful consulting projects. Recent examples are the following:


Department of Canadian Heritage – In 2018 Kelly Sears was awarded a standing offer to provide evaluation services to the Department. The firm has been providing evaluation services to Canadian Heritage since the early 2000s. Kelly Sears is currently supporting the Evaluation Services Directorate in conducting an evaluation of Sport Canada programs. Kelly Sears also supported the Evaluation Services Directorate in an evaluation of Communications Services. This report is available here.This study represented the first time an internal service was evaluated within the Department. In recent years Kelly Sears has conducted numerous other evaluations, including evaluations of the Multiculturalism Program and the Canada Media Fund.

Department of Justice – In 2018 Kelly Sears was awarded a standing offer to provide evaluation services to the Department. The firm conducted an evaluation of the implementation of Bill C-13: Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Initiative. This Act provided for new investigative powers to obtain digital evidence via legislative amendments to the Criminal Code and several other Acts. The initiative is also enabling Canada to meet its international obligations under the Council of Europe’s Budapest Convention.

Canada Border Services Agency – Kelly Sears is one of two consulting firms awarded a standing offer for evaluation services on behalf of the CBSA. In 2018, we assisted with an evaluation of the new Primary Inspection Kiosk technology which is being introduced to the major airports across Canada. This study involved an on-site survey of international travellers at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and a time and motion study of incoming passengers to determine the length of time required to use the new kiosks.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – In March 2019 Kelly Sears was awarded a three-year evaluation standing offer with CMHC. Kelly Sears conducted a major review of the CMHC’s Housing Outlook Conferences in 2016, which were held in many cities across Canada annually, and which provided information on housing outlook trends and forecasts to industry professionals. The study involved interviews with industry leaders across Canada along with surveys of conference attendees and non-attendees.

Canadian Space Agency – Kelly Sears has conducted several large-scale evaluations on behalf of the CSA in recent years, including evaluations of: the International Space Station Assembly and Maintenance Operations Program (2015-16), Canada’s Contribution Agreement with the European Space Agency (2014-15), the CASSIOPE and NEOSSat satellite missions (2013-14) and the David Florida Laboratory (2014).


CADTH – Kelly Sears in collaboration with BBMD is currently conducting an evaluation of CADTH, a not-for-profit organization that assesses and reviews health technologies.

Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute – Kelly Sears partnered with Angophora Consulting to conduct an evaluation of this institute that conducts research on the challenges and opportunities facing the agri-food sector.

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – Kelly Sears partnered with BBMD Consulting to conduct an evaluation of the Electronic Surgical Synoptic Quality Initiative. This study was completed in 2016.

Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (now called Efficiency Canada) – Kelly Sears conducted two strategic reviews and assisted the Board of Directors in preparing strategic plans on multiple occasions.

The Toronto Centre – Development and implementation of the organization’s performance measurement framework and conduct of an evaluation study of the organization in accordance with its contribution agreement with CIDA in 2015.