Our Leadership Team


John D. Whincup, Executive Director
John Whincup

John’s passion for solving complex challenges with innovative and creative approaches help to lay the foundation for our consulting practice. An entrepreneur at heart, John has built several successful businesses prior to OPTIMUS | SBR and is quick to share his knowledge with organizations of all sizes to capitalize on opportunities, maximizing their potential. Clients look to John for his advice, calm rationale, and sector expertise, particularly around energy and health care. John is a trusted business advisor, relationship builder extraordinaire, and a mentor to rising leaders.

Kevin Gauci, Managing Director
Kevin Gauci

Kevin’s tenacity and seemingly endless drive has shaped OPTIMUS | SBR as an organization. As a leader, Kevin’s vision, standards, and expectations are evident in every aspect of the company, characteristics he imparts on the clients he works with. His inquisitive nature means that he is constantly seeking out new ways to improve and encourages his extended team to do the same. He refuses to accept the status quo and challenges clients and employees alike to reach their potential and to keep improving their skills and capabilities. Kevin has a keen awareness that allows him to quickly pick up on leads, inaccuracies, or opportunities that may be hidden to others. This awareness is what makes Kevin an inspiring leader and trusted business partner.

Joe Oppedisano, Director
Joe Oppedisano

Joe is a calculated risk taker, and readily shares his own entrepreneurial experiences with his clients. He exemplifies our Bold Attitude, cutting through organizational barriers with urgency and determination to deliver solid solutions to complex problems. This driven approach has clients turning to Joe when they need something done fast and accurately. He is a highly skilled written and oral communicator and possesses the deft ability to identify new and effective ways to deliver results in today’s ever changing organization. Joe’s guidance is a valuable asset to the leaders he partners with, and that same wisdom is shared with the OPTIMUS | SBR team.

Normand Zucco, Senior Vice President, Financial Services Group
Normand Zucco

Normand has an unparalleled ability to understand the big picture while maintaining focus on the details. He excels at designing and implementing innovative strategies to drive performance improvement, crafting pragmatic solutions to complex problems, and encourages his team to do the same. Normand has extensive experience in financial services, stemming from senior level positions at a national financial service provider, a large Canadian bank, and a leading global management consulting firm. Clients turn to Normand for sound, practical advice, which he is able to leverage from his years of hands-on experience.

Terri Lohnes, Vice President, Public Sector, Health Care and Not-For-Profit Group
Terri Lohnes

Terri is a driven leader and creative problem solver. With 20 years of experience in health care and other public sector organizations, Terri brings a wealth of valued experience to our leadership team. Prior to joining our team, Terri held senior leadership positions in government and at a global medical technology and services company. Her commitment to building lasting partnerships is evidenced in her ability to provide innovative solutions and effectively tackling clients’ challenges.

Oliver Blum, Vice President of Energy & Infrastructure Group
Oliver Blum

Oliver is a pragmatic leader with a keen business sense. He brings over 25 years of senior management and leadership experience in industry, consulting, banking and private equity in Canada, the United States and Europe. Oliver’s strengths include practical business analysis and strategy, credit and risk management, mergers & acquisition integration, business improvement and restructuring. He is a natural relationship builder and rational thinker and thrives on solving operational business issues, providing realistic solutions and building management capacity for his clients.

Peter Snelling, Senior Vice President
Peter Snelling

Peter is a determined, engaging and empowering leader who excels at designing and implementing innovative strategies to drive growth and performance improvement by crafting pragmatic solutions to complex challenges. He works with organizations to create excitement and commitment to improve their operations, embed service excellence, boost the corporate profile and accelerate growth.

Having worked in Canada, the US and Europe, Peter has extensive expertise leveraging marketing, business development and operational acumen to help clients build market-leading organizations across domestic and global geographies.