The Howard Group
About Us.
Based in Calgary Canada, The Howard Group has been providing Corporate Communication and Capital Market services for micro & small-cap companies since 1988. We provide these companies with strategic direction and exposure to targeted investment audiences.
Our History
  • Established in 1988, The Howard Group has a multi-disciplined team with extensive backgrounds ranging from new media marketing through finance and journalism.
  • We have the experience. We’ve grown through several major market cycles.
  • We have a range of corporate communication, advisory and public venture capital services that were developed for micro and small cap companies.
  • We are directly aligned with the Insight Limited Partnership II, which invests in micro & small cap public companies.
Our Philosophy
We don’t promote stocks; we promote businesses. A publicly trading company is a consumer product fighting for attention. First, consumers don’t buy what they don’t know about. That’s where The Howard Group comes in. Next, consumers have to see more value for their dollar than buying a competing product. There are thousands! That’s where The Howard Group’s business, capital market and communication expertise makes the difference.
Our Services
We do give our clients one-on-one service. While every company’s needs are different we know the objectives are the same; increased liquidity and share value.
  • Far reaching, interactive, response driven online financial & social media campaigns.
  • Building messaging that succinctly reflects a business & its potential.
  • Organization & management of investment community and institutional meetings.
  • Retail investor specific programs.
  • Ongoing feedback on what the market is saying about you.
  • The HG online Insight Live blog.
  • The HG annual investor conference.
  • Financial press & media.
  • Newsletter coverage.
Our Team

Grant Howard - President

Grant founded The Howard Group in 1988.        

He is also President and owner of Accolade Capital, General Partner for the Insight Limited Partnership II, which was launched in early 2008. Accolade is governed by an independent Board of Directors comprised of successful entrepreneurs. Insight LP I, which was launched in late 2003 and came to term in 2011 provided its partners with positive real returns. The investment focus is on micro and small cap opportunities.

He served as a director of Solana Resources for 10 years until it was merged in late 2008 creating a Columbian energy company with 11 thousand barrels a day of production, no debt, $200 million in cash and a market cap of $750 million. Grant was a 5 year member of the Advisory Committee to the Bissett School of Management at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, a former director of the Calgary Angel Network and served on a number of charitable organizations.

Prior to forming The Howard Group, he enjoyed a multifaceted ten-year career as a television and radio journalist and seven years as a crisis communications and media advisor with his long-term clients including the Calgary City Police and the XV Winter Olympics Organizing Committee.

Jeff Walker - Vice President

Jeff joined The Howard Group in 2007. He brings with him extensive experiences in small business operations and sales & marketing.

Prior to The Howard Group, Jeff oversaw Investor Relations for a mid-tier oil and gas company and was a Financial Advisor at a major investment/insurance company for three years.

Dave Burwell - Vice President

Dave joined The Howard Group in 2007. He has a full and diverse marketing/communications background and a specialization in online marketing.

Prior to joining The Howard Group, Dave held marketing positions at Shaw Communications, Rare Method, Regional Governments of Niagara & Halton and the Canadian Red Cross.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business - Marketing from Brock University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from Niagara College.

Ariel Cobangbang - Senior Associate

Prior to joining the Howard Group, Ariel worked for Integra Gold Corp,  Oro Gold & Oro Silver Resources where he managed the companies’ corporate communications and investor relations outreach programs and collaborated with senior management in raising over $20 M in equity financings.
Before making the jump to the resource sector, he held various sales & marketing positions within the B.C. Lottery Corporation.  Ariel holds a Diploma in Marketing & Sales Management from Sauder School of Business – U.B.C and is a member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.

Brad Dryer - Associate

Brad joined the Howard Group in 2014. He has a diverse background in sales and marketing with a specialization in marketing and marketing research. 
Prior to joining The Howard Group, Brad worked in sales and marketing for a number of companies, managed a successful political campaign and played a key role in the expansion of the New Brunswick based software company ClinicServer.

He Holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelors degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Harvey Brovald - Analyst

Harvey Brovald has been associated with The Howard Group since 2006. He has over 35 years experience in sales, sales management and executive management with both multinational technology corporations and successful entrepreneurial start-up companies. 

Harvey has worked with organizations such as IBM, Wang Canada Limited, Prime Computer and Bull HN Information Systems and Sonic Mobility.  Currently, Harvey devotes his time to micro-cap business analysis, new ventures and small business in a mentoring and strategic advisory capacity. Harvey is also co-manager and advisor with Accolade Capital, General Partner for the Insight Limited Partnerships I and II.

Harvey holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., and he is a President's Class graduate of Harvard Business School.

Judy Howard - Controller

Judy has been involved in The Howard Group since its inception.

She was a former executive assistant to the President and CEO of a Toronto Stock Exchange listed intermediate oil and gas company. In addition to her accounting role, her duties include resource planning and allocation and budgeting.

Shannon Neustaeter - Office Coordinator

Prior to joining The Howard Group, Shannon worked as an Office Manager for over 10 years in both the private and public sectors and is a welcome new addition to the HG team.

Michelle Blake - Marketing and Design Specialist

Michelle has been working with the Howard Group since 2008. She brings with her more than 10 years of graphic design experience and has worked directly for Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in the UK as a graphic artist before moving back to Canada.

Michelle then quickly climbed the corporate ladder of a global hotel chain gaining extensive sales and marketing experience and understands how to communicate and message company’s efforts effectively. She was offered a Director of Sales position before taking time off to raise her two boys.