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.