Sapling Financial Consultants projects a 55% annual expansion over the next three years The growth is being driven by significant investments in the business and a continuous emphasis on excellence

Toronto, ON, July 2, 2024 — Sapling Financial Consultants, a pioneering financial consulting firm focused on private equity and private markets, announced today the appointment of Maria Cherkasova as senior engagement manager. She joins from a distinguished tenure as a senior management consultant with over 16 years of experience, including leadership roles at PwC in financial modelling and data analytics and at KPMG in management consulting. Since January, the firm has welcomed nine new hires to its Toronto office, each contributing valuable credentials to fortify the ranks.

The strategic hiring aligns with the rollout of a revamped website that includes a knowledge hub with original white papers and case studies, empowering visitors with valuable insights. With these developments and services now on par with US competitors, Sapling Financial Consultants targets a blue-chip audience and anticipates a 55% annual expansion over the next three years.

Maria’s expertise spans performance improvement, restructuring projects, and financial modelling. She possesses the ACCA, CFA, CPA and CGA designations. In her previous roles, she led projects across the manufacturing, mining, utilities, real estate, and finance sectors. She holds an MA in finance from Tomsk State University and is recognized for navigating complex business landscapes and driving sustainable growth strategies.

Other new team members include the following:

  • Tyler Grube, Consultant
  • Daniel Daffern, Relationship Associate
  • Rachel Fung, Marketing Associate
  • Greg Allin, Analyst
  • Jahnvi Dave, Analyst
  • Megan Wismer, Analyst
  • Jack Pentesco, Analyst
  • Thomas Xu, Analyst
  • Wendi Chen, Marketing

“We are excited to welcome Maria Cherkasova and our new team members, enhancing our capabilities to deliver top-tier services across North America,” said Rob Hong, Co-Founder & CEO of Sapling Financial Consultants. “With our strategic hires and the launch of our enhanced website featuring a comprehensive resource hub, we are committed to delivering exceptional value and insights to our clients. At Sapling, we uphold Canadian values of politeness, supportiveness, teamwork, and honesty, and our continued growth is a testament to that.”

Founded in 2015 by Rob Hong and Andreea Lupascu, Sapling Financial Consultants brings high quality due diligence and Office of the CFO consulting services to private equity firms, portfolio companies, investment banks, sellers, and others across the private market ecosystem in Canada and the US. Sapling was recently awarded the Best Professional Services title at the CanadianSME National Business Awards 2023.

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About Sapling Financial Consultants

Based in Toronto, Sapling Financial Consultants is a financial modelling, due diligence and data analytics firm that combines technological innovation with financial comprehension. Committed to excellence in their craft and empowering mid-sized businesses, the firm champions affordable, high-calibre financial and analytical solutions, providing the tools for sustained growth and strategic advantage in a dynamic market landscape. For more information about Sapling Financial Consultants, visit