September 21, 2017

About Dan

I’m the co-founder and executive director of the Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre), a Waterloo-based research company. I'm also a researcher at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. My work focuses on innovation and economic policy and how Canada should adapt to compete in the global economy.

I live here in Waterloo with my wife Meghan and my son Julien. I love this city and try to give back by being an active volunteer across many programs. I volunteer with youth at Pathways to Education, I'm a member of the City of Waterloo’s Economic Development Committee, a board member for the Canadian International Council’s Waterloo Branch, a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo United Way’s Community Investment team, and I play a mentorship and advisory role with the student leaders at AIESEC Laurier.

Since 2004, I’ve  worked in both the public and private sectors. Before starting my own company, I served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. And prior to that I was  the Program Director for nGenera Insight's public policy research program.

I’m also passionate about international development.  In 2005/2006 I  worked for the United Nations and TakingITGlobal in West Africa. In total I've spent just under 2 years in Sub-Saharan Africa,  and have spent time in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

I first came to Waterloo in 1999 to pursue business studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. While I was there, I served a one year term as the President and CEO of the Wilfrid Laurier University Student’s Union. I was also a residence life don, bartender and volunteer on campus. A few years later I obtained a Masters Degree in Economic Development Studies in the Faculty of Economics at the London School of Economics. And now, beyond my work at the DEEP Centre and in the community, I'm working on a PhD that seeks to better understand how Canada will compete in a quickly changing global economy.

If you’d like to learn more about me, or have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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