Investing in London
Western alumnus Joel McLean (HBA'95) spent his first two years after graduation teaching Business 257 at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He was immersed in business plans, teaching his students how to write them and grading their efforts. McLean also wrote 11 of his own business plans during this period. Info-Tech Research Group was the idea he thought had "the best shot."
Founded in McLean's apartment on Richmond Street in 1998, Info-Tech is currently North America's fastest growing full-service IT analyst firm. It provides information and advisory services to IT professionals in mid-sized organizations.
"Info-Tech is proof that an international business can be run from London," says McLean, President and CEO of the company, from his office in the former First Baptist Church on the corner of Queens and Adelaide. "Only five per cent of our clients are in Canada."
Info-Tech employs 130 people, "a lot" of whom are Western alumni.
"Info-Tech brings high-end knowledge jobs to London. Our analysts are paid to become the most knowledgeable in an area and to give advice to others in their field. We create opportunities in the city," says McLean, who was born and raised in Toronto.