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The Sage & Summit Consulting Story

Every business needs a higher purpose

That may be a fair observation for some, but at Sage & Summit Consulting we find this is certainly not a true reality for many.

In today’s highly competitive world, more and more individuals become entrepreneurs because of a fundamental need they want satisfied. (Not that fundamental need!) Today, more than ever, entrepreneurs need a vision, a why and a greater purpose. A vision to know what you are wanting to achieve and where you are going. While I can talk about effective vision statements for a long time, can you? Is your vision statement as lame as the other guy’s, or simply another iteration of your mission statement? Know your vision, envision it and head in that direction.

“If you don't know where you are going any road will get you there.”

– Carole Lewis
The why? Simon Sinek made the why very visible and highlighted a crucial point in the existential framework of a business. There are really only two whys in business: why did you start the business and why this business?

“Why did you start the business?” is the note you refer to every time you want to give up. What was that deciding point in your life that gave birth to you current business?  When you ask the question of why, you then discover your greater purpose.

“Why this business?” What is the legacy you will leave behind and what is the higher purpose behind your mission? It is the answers to these business-focused questions that give meaning to your purpose.

Discover the Sage & Summit Consulting Purpose


The Sage & Summit Consulting Vision
In five years (2021), to be a household name in Edmonton for business and leadership advice that truly challenges the status quo, provides inspiration and insight that quantifiably transforms businesses.
The Sage & Summit Consulting Mission
Sage & Summit Consulting works with leaders and businesses to achieve new heights. We provide:

  • incisive solutions to strengthen business focus and operations,
  • build leadership capacity and fortitude through training and coaching, and
  • support small & medium sized businesses in attracting, developing and retaining human talent.


Sage & Summit Consulting Core Values

Accountability: We believe in delivering services with measurable outcomes. Always start with a definable end in mind.

Integrity: We believe in strong relationships based on respect, honesty and reliability.

Purpose: We believe in positive change with a purpose. Always establish the ‘why’ before we commit to a pathway.

Value: We believe in adding value in any and all relationships. Always leave a place or person in a better position.

Our Why?
Because I have a varied career that spans more than 20 years. Because I have performed various roles in leadership, organizational development and business development. Because, in every role I have led, my contribution related to developing people, finding roles and positions that drew on their strengths, improved their business focus, planning frameworks and implementation capacity.

Our why can be explained in a simple analogy: working with Sage & Summit Consulting is like bringing your car in for an oil change but getting it suped-up to a high-performance car, getting the wheels aligned and becoming a professional driver behind the wheel.

Our Legacy
There are three things in this world that drive us nuts:

  • Bad leadership
  • Mediocrity
  • Human trafficking

Bad Leadership: In a world where we have thousands of books and training programs on leadership, why are there still so many bad leaders out there? I cannot count how many time I would mention that I am in leadership development and someone in the room says, “Please train my boss!! He/she really needs it.” Have you found a diplomatic way to go to that boss to tell him he/she needs training? (Us, neither!) However, we believe in businesses that develop a standard of excellence in leadership that will be contagious, thereby making a dent in the world’s bad leader population.

Mediocrity: This is another thorn in my flesh. It is a disease that relates to a comfort level the western world has afforded itself. Looking at millions of strategic plans – how many goals start with “continue to….”.

“Continue to” is the cause of lack of growth and innovation and economic stagnation. It is the reason why western giants fall behind on the international competitiveness scale. Sage & Summit only works with civets who are passionate about innovation and growth. Good enough and continue to is not our vocabulary.

Human Trafficking: Last, but certainly not least. I don’t believe I have to say much here, except that  the insanity and arrogance to believe that you can take a life and sell it for perverted pleasure is beyond comprehension. At this stage, we are contributing a percentage of our profits to causes that educate and rescue victims of human trafficking. We are committed towards more in the future.

Our Edge
A strong suite of consulting and coaching frameworks that will form the foundation of a solution-path for businesses and leaders.

A unique capacity to customize your journey and outcomes to the business culture.

Follow through.A solution is only a real solution if it is implemented and the desired change is achieved.

Although we have frameworks and pathways, every client is met at the place where they are and supported with a unique solution aimed at their unique journey and challenges.

At Work
Marderé Birkill

Marderé Birkill

CEO & Principal Consultant

With a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa as well as Executive Coaching Certifications from York University and the Centre of Executive Coaching enhancing, her 25 years of leadership, adult education and consulting experience in private and public organizations, it is safe to say that Marderé is well equipped to resolve any business’ challenges. Marderé’s practice is focused on leadership, high performance teams, strategy and governance/organizational structures.

She is currently in the process of authoring a book on examining the types of leadership attributes and actions required to have a meaningful impact on people and communities. She developed several workshops focused on developing leadership fortitude and effectiveness, high performance culture and effective strategic planning and implementation.

Marderé’s has been coaching new and experienced leaders for over 15 years. Her current practice also includes working with entrepreneurs in developing their professional brand, dealing with feelings of being overwhelmed by their new dream, and strengthening their capacity to build power and influence.

What our clients say

I received leadership coaching by Mardere Birkill at Sage and Summit Consulting. Mardere is very professional, yet, has a way of making one feel at home. Upon completion of my session, I had learnt ways and strategies to improve my performance at work and reach my goals to become the best I can be within my career. I left feeling empowered and ready to put what I learnt into action. I Highly recommend Sage and Summit.

Tamlyn Sacrey

I had the privilege of working with Marderé at a conference in Sarasota Florida. I utilized her as an executive coach to further explore the development of a coaching niche. Her coaching was impeccable, and I was able to find a viable opportunity I had not explored. Moreover, she was able to insure I held myself accountable for the steps that I needed to take to launch my new product. It was a wonderful experience for me and will without a doubt improve my business. I highly recommend Mardere as a coach and vouch for her skills and experience.


Dr. Michael D. Ikona

It is an absolute delight to work with Marderé. As a coach and advisor to leaders, she brings an incredible range of skills, methods, and tools. She has a robust toolkit to help organizations improve performance and results at all levels. In addition, she is extremely insightful, helping leaders think about problems in new ways and find better solutions than they would working within their organizations or on their own. She is diplomatic in her approach, which allows her to work in complex organizations, including those with lots of politics in play. Her style is also engaging, enthusiastic, and positive. On a side note, she is an excellent public speaker should your organization have needs in addition to coaching, consulting, and facilitation. I have had the opportunity to observe Mardere in a variety of challenging coaching situations and she has gotten results with many different types of leaders and managers, working through a variety of urgent and important leadership challenges. I can't recommend her highly enough.


Andrew Neitlich
Founder and Director / Leading executive, leadership, and business coach training organization

Mardere's leadership coaching skills are exemplary. Her positive energy, approachable demeanor, seemingly endless creativity and intellectual horsepower have made it possible for me to move new levels quickly and effectively. Mardere's coaching is decidedly client-focused which creates an independent growth capability void of reliance on the coach; an important factor for me. Recommending Mardere is an easy choice.

Evan Hendry

Your presentation today was excellent and informative. Look forward to more future meetings.



Thanks to Marderé Birkill for a wonderfully thoughtful and inspiring presentation to Smoky Lake entrepreneurs and supporters.

Cathy Goulety

I had my first meeting with them (Sage & Summit) on Wednesday. Absolutely amazing! I got so much out of one meeting and had my expectations exceeded that I can't wait to go back. Very professional and extremely helpful. I asked a few of their clients before I went as a background check and they all said the same thing I am. Highly recommended.


I have had the pleasure of working with Marderé Birkill, the owner of Sage and Summit for quite some time now. I am receiving personal coaching from her and have also recommended a number of clients over to her program. During this time, Mardere has been very professional. She has helped me in more ways than I can count. Feedback from other Business owners has been the same. She listens and helps you to really understand what you need in order to take your business to the next level. She holds you accountable which for me is important. Her level of integrity is something you don't find often anymore.  I highly recommend her to anyone who is wanting personal or professional growth.

Bianca Cooper

In observing Mardere’s coaching style it was both intuitive and smart. I found her engaging, insightful to work with and her leadership style draws you in and keeps you on point. She is an outstanding coach and consultant. Mardere’ would be an asset for any organization or individual looking to “up their game!” I highly recommend her.

Liz Benson

If you are looking for a public speaker to engage your company with real life guidance for success and growth look no further than Marderé Birkill at Sage & Summit Consulting.


Wayne Ward, Wave Mason Media Inc.

I benefited greatly from hiring Marderé, who helped strengthen my focus by helping me create a clearer plan for my 23-year-old business. As well, I feel like I have a reliable business coach that I can return to at any time for further help and questions. I would highly recommend Sage & Summit and I would say in working with Marderé that I found a knowledgeable professional with an impressive sense of understanding and purpose.


Jack Born
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