Our Team

Formed in 1983, Blane, Canada Ltd. is an economic development management-advisory firm that exists to assist our clients in realizing their community potential. We equip leaders with tools to understand their current business environment and provide a framework for action.

Eric Canada

CEO

ecanada@blanecanada.com
630.462.9222 x700

Eric Canada, CEO, Blane, Canada Ltd., has worked with communities throughout the U.S. and Canada on a variety of economic development projects including: market research, marketing strategy and planning, competitive assessment, and industry analysis. He has also led development teams in the assessment of numerous community and organization SWOT analyses. In total, Eric has completed evaluations of marketing and sales programs for more than 60 U.S. economic development organizations.

Eric’s invaluable experience, work ethic, and enthusiasm for innovation encapsulate success.

Monika Mardula

Monika Mardula

Vice President of Software Engineering

mmardula@blanecanada.com
630.462.9222 x703

Monika Mardula is Vice President of Software Engineering. She is the lead developer for Synchroninst Suite. Monika Mardula has been a team member of Blane, Canada Ltd. since 2005. While working within the full systems development life cycle, she also has the current responsibilities:

  • Synchronist Suite Client Experience
  • Client side analytics and reporting
  • Level 3 technical support
  • Data conversions
  • Development team manager
  • QA testing
  • Research
  • Azure administrator
  • Database administrator
Ashley Payne

Ashley Payne

Chief Financial Officer

apayne@blanecanada.com
630.462.9222 x704

As the Chief Financial Officer of Blane, Canada, Ashley Payne manages all financial responsibilities including banking relationships, client accounts, accounts payable, payroll, investments, accounting, and financial reporting. Ashley also works closely with client relations, public relations, communications, program development, event and meeting planning.

Ashley has an eclectic professional background in direct sales, business development, recruiting, sales team management. Ashley Payne has been a team member of Blane, Canada Ltd. since 2007.

Contributors

Derek Sherman

Senior Associate

dsherman@blanecanada.com
630.462.9222

Derek Sherman brings industrial engineering skills to the team. He also brings first-hand experience in the formation and management of a two flexible manufacturing networks in Illinois. In that role, he personally cataloged the capabilities of about 300 small and medium sized manufacturing firms. He has the background to talk their language and credibility won through first-hand experience. As a consultant, Derek has successfully led organizations through strategic decision-making and implementation process.

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