Dan Herman is an influential Canadian economic and innovation policy stakeholder. He has spent the past 12 years working at the confluence of economic and innovation policy. Most recently, as the Executive Director of Innovation Policy and Analysis for the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development for the Government of Canada, Dan led the development of the Government’s Innovation Agenda. He was also the strategy lead for the development of Innovation Canada, a new platform to simplify and coordinate how the Government of Canada provides support to innovative firms.
Previously, as the co-founder of the Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance, Dan’s work on Canada’s innovation ecosystem influenced the creation of the Government of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, the Federal Government’s 2016 Budget focus on performance measurement for business incubators and accelerators, and the general policy focus on scaling or high-growth potential firms that is now present in both Provincial and Federal innovation policy.
Dan also served as a Senior Advisor in the development of the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, and has previously led major research and management roles for nGenera Insight, a Toronto-based boutique research and consulting firm.
Dan holds a PhD focused on innovation policy and competitiveness from the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario and a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife Meghan and his two children. For both professional and personal reasons, Dan has visited over 60 countries.