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Our mission

We aim to provide innovative OneStream solutions that empower our clients to achieve operational success and give them a competitive advantage.

We exist to future-proof our clients' financial systems by staying ahead of innovation and ensuring they have the tools they need to thrive in today's rapidly changing business landscape.


Our values


At the heart of our business lies trustworthiness — a core value that guides us at every level. We recognize that honesty, integrity, a deep sense of accountability and dependability are crucial to establishing enduring relationships. 

As the most trusted OneStream Diamond Partner, we're known for consistently delivering high-quality professional work regardless of complexity or circumstance. Our commitment to transparent communication, ethical conduct and delivering value is unwavering — whether with clients, OneStream or within our team.

Innovation and excellence

Innovation and excellence are the driving forces behind our business. We hold ourselves accountable for delivering the best in our field by setting high standards and striving for exceptional results in every project we undertake. 

Excellence is not simply a destination but a journey we're dedicated to improving and innovating upon in every aspect of our business. By challenging the status quo and seeking new and creative ways to fulfill our customers' needs, we remain ahead of the competition and continually advance our solutions and services.


We place immense value on collaboration and prioritize open and honest communication with our clients. We stand by them on their OneStream journey, offering trustworthy guidance, constructive feedback, and action plans that instill confidence and push the needle forward continuously. 

We aim to cultivate a culture of mutual respect and understanding, where everyone benefits from each interaction with opportunities to learn and evolve along the way. At the heart of our philosophy is the belief that our prosperity is tied to that of our clients, and we're fully committed to achieving shared success.


Our passion fuels our business, inspiring a dynamic, vibrant work environment where creativity, innovation, and collaboration thrive. We're driven by our dedication to the OneStream Intelligent Finance platform and its endless potential to impact how its users conduct business positively. 

We remain excited about pushing its boundaries in increasingly creative ways and are proud to work with a team that shares this drive. Our passion for innovation propels us to constantly push the limits of what is possible, find ingenious solutions to problems and create maximum value for our customers.

Our story

We're a leading provider of bespoke ERP and EPM solutions — and the most trusted OneStream Diamond Partner. We serve sophisticated global corporations seeking to enhance and futureproof their financial systems for their next growth stage.

Our footprint

From our dual headquarters in Toronto, ON, and Philadelphia, PA, we offer a decade of experience, having successfully crafted and implemented over 70 OneStream frameworks for a growing portfolio of top-tier clients. We span many verticals, including real estate and home building, manufacturing, mining, hospitality, retail, and natural resources and energy.


Our experience

Our award-winning team of best-in-class experts, which includes Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) and OneStream-certified architects and developers, offers the perfect blend of technical expertise and knowledge required to deliver innovative solutions.

Our leadership team has over 100 years of combined industry experience and 15+ years of collaboration, and provides strategic support and advisory guidance every step of the way. By leveraging our team's diverse skill sets, proven methodologies, master applications and templates, we consistently deliver results that save our clients time and energy and positively impact their bottom line.


Our goal

Our commitment to client value is only the beginning. Our reputation as innovators in the OneStream space is thanks to our deep-rooted passion for finding creative solutions; we're driven, motivated and most inspired when we see our clients succeed. We recognize that success can only be achieved through trust, teamwork and mutual respect.

Through honest communication and giving all voices a seat at the table, we're proud to have built positive, lasting relationships with our clients, OneStream and our team. We aim to provide more than just a service; we're dedicated partners and advocates who guide each client through the uncertainties of their financial transformation, helping them reach their goals with the power of OneStream.

From day one, we help clients find operational success through financial insights. Our solutions are purpose-built to provide finance leaders with a true competitive advantage by supplying the tools to be more responsive and effective than ever before.

Colin Sawford
Managing Partner

Meet the team


Colin Sawford

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

I’m incredibly proud of the work we do in OneStream because the tailored solutions we deliver truly make a difference for our clients.


Peter Popalis

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

One of the best parts of our line of work has been collaborating with so many talented, passionate, smart individuals and seeing those relationships grow over the years


Lisa Yurkiw

Vice President, Sales & Operations

Ascend’s culture is something that’s so unique. Our team truly works together and brings out the best in each other.


Mike Dewis

Vice President, Application Delivery

Here at Ascend, we’re problem-solvers; we’re constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in innovation.


Richard Masterman

Vice President, Project Delivery

Being part of OneStream implementation projects at Ascend means helping our clients achieve financial excellence, which is incredibly fulfilling.


Bruno Di Pietro

Vice President, Application Delivery

Every client, every project and every solution is unique. And that’s what I love about the work we do. There’s never a dull moment at Ascend.

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Join our team

Working at Ascend means being part of a collaborative culture that genuinely believes in the power of teamwork. We foster strong relationships within our team, investing in growth and development. Integrity and passion are at the heart of everything we do, and we take pride in delivering exceptional results without ever taking shortcuts.

Our actions are intentional, and we foster a culture of collaboration that values everyone's input. We believe in cultivating a community that champions initiative, curiosity and problem-solving skills, and we're committed to excellence in everything we do.

At our core, we believe every individual is valuable and deserves to be part of a team striving for greatness.


Our employees enjoy the following benefits

Coaching and mentorship

Receive personalized guidance and support from experienced leaders to accelerate your career growth.

Annual training budget

Invest in your professional development with an annual budget that empowers you to access relevant training and skill-building opportunities.

Group benefits plans

Access comprehensive group benefit plans to prioritize your well-being, including healthcare, dental and more.

RRSP/401K matching program

Secure your financial future with our matching program that helps you save for retirement.

Health and wellness

Prioritize your well-being with a health and wellness spending program designed to support a healthy work-life balance.

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