About

With a unique focus on small and middle-market firms, we specialize in translating complex information and data into actionable business and management insight. Taking a broad and holistic approach to the challenges faced by business leaders, we provide insight into the most complex areas of information. The result? Actionable and results-oriented insights.

Our firm operates at the intersection of academic research and applied knowledge. We view the world as an interconnected set of relationships, and we bring this approach to our practical understanding of the challenges faced by today’s organizations. This approach is tied to our fundamental driving belief – the world is complicated, and successful leaders need to embrace and master this complexity through interdisciplinarity and analytical flexibility. In today’s world of noise, we help you focus on what we believe is the greatest competitive advantage a firm can possess: the ability to sift through all that noise and understand the true signal. 

Cardinal Research Group is led by founder and CEO Mischa Kaplan, an award-winning small business owner, entrepreneur and advisor. As an expert in small firm management and business issues, Mischa appears regularly as a media commentator in local and national media outlets. His writing has appeared in a wide variety of online and print publications, including Maclean’s magazine, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Montreal Gazette.  Mischa is a frequent public speaker as well as a part-time professor in the School of Business at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

WE ARE your partner in strategic analysis. 


WE ARE your virtual chief knowledge officer.


WE ARE your first and last line of defence in a complex and unpredictable world.