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Because you want Success in 2024!


  • We give you the Insight for success 

  • Everyone has a different learning and prep style - we pay attention to this,  individualize the approach and offer a variety of options that work for everyone

  • Average pass rate of 86% on the exams for candidates who attended and completed all components of our course offerings

  • Current course material covers everything needed for success 

  • Practical and effective studying an exam writing and time management strategies and approaches

  • Multiple course and preparatory formats catering to different learning styles and professional backgrounds

  • Deepen your technical valuations knowledge, which is beneficial for both the exam and for your future as a professional valuator

  • Individualized marking and feedback available

  • Customized study solutions available for repeat writers

  • Ongoing coaching and support available through to the exam date

  • We are here to support you and ensure your success, and this doesn't end when your prep course is finished. 



MQE Insight is a preparatory course for candidates writing the Membership Qualification Exam (MQE), the national qualifying exam to obtain the Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designation in Canada. The MQE is administered by the Chartered Business Valuators Institute (CICBV)*.

The MQE Insight course is developed and led by Melanie Russell, a former MQE medallist and is designed to equip writers with the tools and strategies for success on exam day.

*MQE Insight is not affiliated with the CBV Institute.

All sessions are recorded for your future review. 

Course Content


All of our course formats cover the following core components:


  • Understanding the structure and evaluation of the MQE

  • Developing an efficient, effective study plan

  • Review of the MQE Competence Framework 

  • Technical review 

  • Compressed "need to know" study notes

  • Effective writing strategies for structuring responses to exam questions

  • Developing frameworks for common and recurring topics

  • Practice marking and debriefing of prior year exams

  • Exam time management best practices

  • Current issues 

  • Sample responses


Live and/or Virtual/on-line Classroom Study
(Options in select Canadian cities as outlined in our course schedule):

  • Weekly sessions (6 weeks of evening sessions for 3 hours/week with optional individual marking and feedback on one or more practice MQE exams)

  • Weekend sessions (2 full days of classroom study)

Course Notes and Practice Exam Marking Keys


Our courses also come with a complete set of course notes which include technical review materials, review points/debriefing guides on past exams, and sample marking keys (for the 2001 to 2022 MQE exams) to assist candidates in marking and debriefing of practice exams. Everything needed for your success. 


Individual Exam Marking and Feedback


For all guided self-study, weekly (6-session), one day and weekend courses, we are pleased to offer individual marking and feedback on one prior MQE exam for an additional fee of $400 + applicable taxes.

Guided Self-Study

  • Self-directed learning at your own pace (includes course notes, practice marking keys, 60 minutes of private exam prep counselling, and optional individual marking and feedback on one or more prior MQE exams)

  • Additional practice exams may be recommended to students based on progress during the summer (subject to an additional fee)

Repeat Writers’ Program
(For candidates who have been unsuccessful at previous MQE attempts)​​

  • Initial consultation to identify strengths and weaknesses of the individual

  • Design of a customized study program to focus in on key areas of concern

  • Individual study program may include combinations of practice exam writing, practice exams with marking/feedback, course instruction, or one-on-one coaching (on an as-needed basis)

  • Fees vary depending on the extent of the program designed


One-On-One Coaching


Supplemental one-on-one coaching is available upon request (subject to an additional fee).



Grateful thanks to Melanie and the whole MQE Insight team for helping me to pass the 2021 MQE exam.  I can honestly say that I would not have completed this final hurdle without your input.  The MQE is very different to the CBV program of studies; there is no manual to follow, and the CBV Institute does not provide detailed marking plans for the past MQE exams.  As an International student based in the UK, attending courses and linking up with fellow students is also difficult.  However, MQE Insight cuts through all of these problems.  I attended a preparatory course over two days in July which helped to provide structure and a plan as to how to approach my studies in the run up to the exam.  Melanie kept in regular contact throughout August and September and the mock exams, marked personally by Melanie, meant that I was able to hone my exam writing skills.  Melanie also ran a webinar, the week before exam day, which provided a detailed walk through the MQE 2020 exam - I can honestly say that the nuggets of information provided by Melanie during this webinar were critical to my exam success.  MQE Insight was worth every penny and I would wholeheartedly recommend the course to others.

Matt Saturno (2023 MQE)

I couldn't have done it without Melanie! Her sessions were extremely helpful!

Adam Neumark (2023 MQE)

Melanie’s MQE prep course was terrific and covered all of the required standards for the exam. She was always available for questions throughout the program and provided great feedback and resources that positively impacted my studying. Her program was an integral part of my study plan and definitely helped me pass! I would happily recommend this program to anyone preparing for the MQE in the future.

Vaibhav Makkar (2023 MQE)

Maximizing my chances of success in the MQE was crucial after a 2-year break from Valuation work. Kalex Valuations' 8-week course, led by the brilliant Melanie, provided the technical expertise and MQE writing strategy I needed. With limited time, the program allowed me to dive into diverse valuation scenarios and seek direct guidance from a top mind in the field. The ample time for practice and debriefing made the challenging exam more manageable. This course offers quality learning and direct exposure to a leader in the space. Highly recommend it to boost your chances of success.

Graham Antrobus (2021 MQE)


MQE Insights’ weekly prep course positioned me for success and gave me added confidence entering exam day. I found Melanie’s coaching with regard to technical and exam strategy, and her willingness to provide tailored advice immensely helpful. I would highly recommend the course to anyone who is looking to pass their next MQE attempt.

Josh Spagnoletti (2021 MQE)


The MQE Insight course was essential to my success on the MQE, it gave me invaluable insights on how to prepare for the MQE. I would highly recommend this course to other CBV students. Thank you Melanie.

Wendy Lo (2021 MQE)


Practical guidance to navigate one of the most time-constrained examinations in the wide gamut of professional qualification exams. Unlike the CFA, which is focused on deep technical concepts, the CBV is a test of rapid decision-making perfected through repeated trial and error. Limited guidance available on tackling the MQE at a practical level makes this course an indispensable component of your training regime.

Sarmad Jaffar (2021 MQE)


The course provided a great strategy for managing what can be an overwhelming exam. Melanie was very responsive to clarifying questions and it was a privilege to draw on her wealth of knowledge.


Chris McAlduff (2021 MQE)

I thought MQE Insight is very helpful and valuable. After attending a few sessions, my studying and exam writing skills have improved. Thanks to the MQE Insight, I was able to complete all the questions in 4 hours. I took Melanie's advice, I concluded on each question. So overall, MQE Insight is very helpful for CBV students. I would definitely recommend it to other CBV students.

Jennifer Lynch (2021 MQE)


Among other things, I believe your course was super helpful with understanding what a realistic answer should look like. If I was only using the answer keys they provided I would have been really lost on what an expectation was.  It also prepared me for how detailed the exams were. If I would have just started writing exams in September I believe I would have been completely overwhelmed.

Jon Gunn (2021 MQE)

The MQE Insight course was a key factor to be able to succeed on the MQE and eventually achieve my CBV designation. It helped cement the elements of the four core modules and gave me a great study/practice pace to spread the workload.


I highly recommend the MQE insight course to everyone aiming to pursue the CBV designation to ensure they get:

- the most out of their study time;

- the highest chance of success;

- the chance to review the material from the core courses, get a study gameplan and practice supervised examinations/corrections with a great teacher and prominent figure in the evaluation domain in Canada!


Le cours préparatoire MQE Insight a fait une réelle différence dans ma réussite à l’EQM et dans l’obtention de la désignation d’EEE. Il m’a permis de consolider les acquis des 4 modules principaux en plus d’avoir une bonne cadence d’étude et de pratique pour bien répartir la charge de travail.


Je recommande fortement ce cours à quiconque désir obtenir la désignation EEE afin qu’ils:

- optimisent leurs efforts d’étude;

- augmentent leurs chances de réussite;

- aient la chance de réviser le matériel des cours principaux, d’obtenir un plan de match d’étude et de faire des pratiques d’examens et de corrections supervisées par une figure influente du domaine de l’évaluation au Canada!


Mathieu Barbeau (2020 MQE)

"This class was perfect for me. There are no other CBV’s in my organization, so I did not have a support network to bounce questions off of. The class provided the structure in studying I lacked in my first attempt, and the knowledge Melanie has in technical requirements, as more importantly, exam and marking structure and history was critical to my success."

Johannes Vanderstam (2020 MQE)

"Thanks Melanie for your coaching and sharing your valuable insights with us during the weekly sessions. I was so impressed with the course structure and your training style, and I consider it as a huge contributor to my exam  success."

Kamalpreet Kaur (2020 MQE)


"I could pass because of your amazing course :) Thank you again for all your help and giving us feedback."

Hye-min (2020 MQE)

"En tant que candidat pour l’EQM de 2020, je recommande très fortement le cours préparatoire offert par l’équipe de MQE Insight. Le programme met la pratique et la correction à l’avant plan ce qui permet de tirer un maximum du temps d’étude!"


"As a 2020 MQE candidate, I definitely recommend the MQE Insight classes. Putting the practice and self retroaction at the center of the program really helps get the most out of your preparation time!"

Mathieu Barbeau (2020 MQE)

"I am happy to let you know that I was successful in the MQE this year.  This was my 3rd time writing and I definitely believe the structure of the online weekly classes were a major contributor to my success."

Jamie E. Arsenault, CPA, CA. (2018 MQE)

"The course was very insightful and you managed to pack a lot into 2 days.   I also appreciated your availability to answer questions long after the course was finished."

Daniel Wong (3rd place, 2016 MQE)


"The Thursday night classes kept me on track all summer and made studying less stressful. I couldn’t have done it without you guys!"

Jessica Potter, CBV (2016 MQE)


"MQE Insight was a critical component of my success in writing the MQE. The knowledge and experience of the facilitators is evident, and the constructive feedback obtained throughout the weekly sessions certainly enhanced my efficiency and gave me the fundamentals required to be successful."

Nathan Snowie, CBV (2015 MQE)

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