Born in Toronto, I have lived, worked, and studied in Canada, the UK, and France, with stints elsewhere in Europe, the US, and Latin America, including significant time on the road with clients and on the conference circuit.
My professional background spans 15 years and several sectors, including experience in research, strategic planning, operations management, and partnership development, latterly focusing on data and technology strategy.
I hold a PhD in Philosophy and the Foundations of Modern Physics from the University of Western Ontario, and, in early chapters of working life, I lectured and wrote about theoretical and empirical aspects of scientific method. My primary focus was the foundations of physics and mathematics, at times touching on related issues in the theory of computation, cognition, and language.
Work in Strategy
An accumulation of influences, including an unlooked-for stint lecturing in Oxford’s program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, led me to explore how certain strands of my work come together at the intersection of corporate strategy, data strategy, and technology strategy. Now, I wear several hats and divide my time between Ottawa and Toronto.
Right now, I serve as an advisor to a group of tech executives within the Government of Canada. In this capacity, I give advice on developing data and analytics strategy to support strategic planning and program management in matters of income security, the labour market, workforce development, and socio-economic development in the broadest sense. In plain English, and at the risk of dealing in clichés, my team and I play a form of “Moneyball” with social services data. It worked for Major League Baseball and we think it can work for the social contract.