Meet our experienced team of dedicated consultants. 

This dedication has created long-standing relationships with clients and fostered our reputation for excellence. Our consultants’ expertise in business, public administration, engineering, and information technology allows Davis Pier to effectively advise and support organizations across a myriad of projects.

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Meet Our Team

We strive to create teams with diverse and complementary backgrounds to optimize the solutions we create. Our project teams are small, close-knit, dynamic, and fast-paced. We care deeply about the needs of people: the users of public services, those delivering the services, and the policymakers.

Our staff have a deep and lasting commitment to improving public outcomes and a natural curiosity and drive to make the world a better place. 

 
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Award-Winning Team

Davis Pier Honoured at the 2020 Halifax Business Awards

Our team was thrilled to be recognized as Business of the Year at the 2020 Halifax Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. 

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Farah Afani

Farah Afani

Analyst

Farah’s background in Industrial Engineering has expanded her expertise in various competencies, including data analytics, data visualizations, forecasting, modeling, and statistics. Through her education and technical background, she has honed her skills in qualitative and quantitative data to develop realistic and sustainable solutions to complex problems. Farah has experience working on projects within healthcare, government, and private organizations.

Farah holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University where she graduated with Distinction. Farah is currently a member of Engineers Nova Scotia as an Engineer-in-Training.

Jenna Andrews

Jenna Andrews

Analyst

Jenna is an Analyst with experience in social innovation in both the public and non-profit sector. Through her education and work experience, Jenna has developed a robust skillset in stakeholder engagement, policy analysis, human-centered design and prototyping processes. She has facilitated workshops and presentations for diverse audiences and is a skilled relationship builder, having worked across multiple sectors to bring together diverse stakeholders to facilitate and collaborate on transformative systems change. Jenna works to integrate an equity lens into all aspects of her work.

Jenna has a Bachelors in Social Work, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a certificate in Disability Management from Dalhousie University. She is also a Social Work Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.

Arman Atbaei

Arman Atbaei

Analyst

Arman is an analyst at Davis Pier with a technical background in Industrial Engineering that has given him the opportunity to work in various settings across the public, non-profit, and healthcare sectors. He has experience applying various techniques such as data visualization & analytics, process improvement, scheduling, and forecasting in different contexts. He is driven by combining quantitative and qualitative techniques to find the best solution for all stakeholders.

Arman holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University where he graduated with Sexton Distinction.

Morgan Baker-Tucker

Morgan Baker-Tucker

Analyst

Morgan brings a variety of skills and experience across multiple industries in Nova Scotia. Most recently she has worked closely with leaders in the social sector doing qualitative research surrounding non-profit management, social enterprises, and homelessness in HRM. While at Saint Mary’s University Morgan helped launched Investoready, an online training platform to help women gain access to Venture Capital funding in Canada and represented SMU in the New England VCIC Regional Finals in which her team placed second. 

 

Morgan holds a Bachelor of Commerce graduating Magna Cum Laude in Entrepreneurship as well as a minor in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University. Morgan was the recipient of the Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business and was the 2021-22 Co-President of the Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business’ Commerce Society.

 Morgan has dedicated a significant amount of time over the last five years to volunteering with local shelters and other organizations such as Feed NS within the social sector in Halifax. Morgan is currently volunteering with Special Olympics Golf in the HRM and on the Sobey School of Business’ Women in Business Event planning committee.

 

Ashley Bennett

Ashley Bennett

Financial Administrator

Ashley is responsible for accounts payable for Davis Pier along with other internal expenses. Ashley has a range of work experience involving marketing and media coordination, financial reconciliation, and creating innovative systems for organization.

Ashley is well versed in reconciliation, accounts payable, and data entry. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University with a double major in Management and Marketing.

Terry Bramwell

Terry Bramwell

Partner

Terry has considerable consulting experience in post secondary education and government environments. His project experience has involved a number of analysis and implementation projects for large-scale technology implementations and organizational change with universities, colleges and government organizations across North America. Terry has strong communication, management and facilitation skills and regularly plays the role of project manager or lead analyst, facilitating the identification and development of the right solution for his clients.

Terry has a Bachelor of Information Systems from St. Francis Xavier University and is a PROSCI certified change manager

James Brown

James Brown

Principal

James is the firm’s lead Technical Architect with over 20 years of experience in consulting and information technology. James’ primary focus is on enterprise architecture and the analysis, design, implementation, and operation of enterprise solutions. He has considerable experience with government solutions in Canada and abroad, having consulted for the World Bank Group on a number of eGovernment initiatives.

James holds a Bachelor of Arts from St Francis Xavier University, a diploma in Applied Information Technology, a TOGAF certification in enterprise architecture, and an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification.

Tessa Bulmer

Tessa Bulmer

Analyst

Tessa has a technical background in Industrial Engineering and has worked in the non-profit, private and healthcare sectors. She is passionate about delivering sustainable, high-quality solutions and has experience in process mapping, simulation, data analysis, and data visualization, to provide meaningful findings. Tessa has led teams to success with her strong communication and team-building skills, process evaluation, and timely feedback.

Tessa holds a Master of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering where she graduated with Sexton Distinction and was a five-time Academic All-Canadian. Tessa is a recipient of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Marie Carter Memorial Undergraduate Engineering Ambassador Award, is a member of Engineers Nova Scotia as an Engineer-in-Training, and is an Assistant Coach with the Dalhousie Women’s Volleyball team.

Evan Bunkis

Evan Bunkis

Analyst

Evan brings a strong analytical based skillset to his projects that has been developed throughout his time in government, academia, along with his involvement in local NPOs. This includes direct skills in comprehensive jurisdictional research, policy development, detailed procurement strategies, and government change management initiatives. Throughout his work and studies, Evan has gained demonstrated experience in providing client specific solutions within the Disability and Accessibility field. Being focused on person first approaches, policy implementation and team growth strategies, Evan’s objective throughout his work is to contribute to developing a more inclusive Nova Scotia.

 Evan holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Politics from Acadia University along with a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University. Evan has also been involved with varying youth initiatives throughout Nova Scotia from coaching women’s high school rugby to acting as a program director for the Acadia S.M.I.L.E program

Les Chiang

Les Chiang

Associate

Les is an experienced analyst, specializing in policy and program analysis, project management, and strategic planning. Over the past few years, he has had the opportunity to work with government, non-profit, and private organizations to develop strategic priorities amidst complex political and socioeconomic environments. Les’ experience allows him to integrate seamlessly with client teams and provide insightful, digestible analysis for a wide variety of stakeholders.

Les holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Economics & Law from the University of Alberta.

Michael Colford

Michael Colford

Analyst

Michael Colford is an Analyst at Davis Pier coming from a technical background with recent experience in the public health sector. From his previous experience and studies, Michael brings skills in data visualization, modelling, project management, as well as stakeholder engagement, and seeks to help clients make the most informed decisions driven by data.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, graduating first division, was recognized as a U Sport Academic All Canadian and is also a Venture for Canada Fellow Alumni from 2021.

Katie Collins

Katie Collins

Director of Finance and Administration

Katie is responsible for managing the financial, legal, human resources, and operational requirements of the firm. With over a decade of administrative and operational management experience, Katie’s organized, proactive and positive approach coupled with strong communication skills and a dedicated attention to detail ensure the operations at Davis Pier run smoothly. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Certificate in Financial Management from Saint Mary’s University.

Ray Cook

Ray Cook

Associate

Ray Cook is an Associate at Davis Pier with over 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors. His primary focus is business analysis and business solution delivery, with specific expertise in test management and quality assurance.  Ray also has experience with requirements definition, systems analysis, team leadership, and system implementation.  He has delivered on engagements with the provincial government across government registries, health, agriculture, and community services departments. His private industry experience includes insurance, telecommunications, oil and gas, post-secondary institutions, and power utilities.

Ray has a BA with a major in economics and a business minor from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Management Information Systems (MIS) diploma from Cabot College.

Vineela Dandamudi

Vineela Dandamudi

Analyst

 Vineela is an Analyst with strong research and analytics skill set. She has had the opportunity to work with both provincial and federal governments on a variety of projects in education, human resources, labour, and housing sectors, as well as with diverse groups of clients in the private sector on digital transformation projects. Through her work experiences, Vineela has broadened her abilities in strategic planning, policy development, stakeholder consultations, data analytics and visualization, and project management. She leverages her experience and understanding in the digital and policy space to better enable clients to make well informed decisions.

Vineela holds a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University along with a Bachelor’s in Information Technology from GITAM University.

Bryan Daniels

Bryan Daniels

Research Associate

Drawing on experience in public sector consulting, small business strategy and medical research and teaching, Bryan thrives on leveraging qualitative and quantitative approaches to help our clients discover, answer, and address their most challenging problems. His research and data analysis background and communication ability are daily assets in the variety of work he engages in such as, Consulting, Program Evaluation, Social Innovation and Behavioural Science projects.

Bryan has a BSc from Saint Mary’s University, a MSc and PhD in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University and was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University. He held national fellowships during his graduate (NSERC) and postgraduate (CIHR) work, has 10 peer-reviewed publications and has spoken at over 25 international conferences.

Mike Davis

Mike Davis

Chief Executive Officer

As the Chief Executive Officer of Davis Pier and President and Chair of the board for Pier Labs, Mike is responsible for leading the organization’s continued efforts to drive impact and create positive societal change.

Mike has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree in Behavioural Sciences at the London School of Economics. He has close to 20-years of experience in consulting, having worked with government clients in Canada, and in countries across Europe, Africa, and Asia. He is well-regarded not only for his ability to design and architect strategies and solutions to complex public sector issues for clients, but also for overseeing their implementation. Mike leads Davis Pier’s social innovation efforts focused on helping government by using behavioural science, service design and evidence-based policy approaches to improving policy-making and program design. Mike is on the National Board of Directors for Kids Help Phone and the Board of Directors for Tribe Network. Mike has been named one of Atlantic Business Magazines Top 50 CEOs.

Mike is a thought leader in government transformation and social innovation and has presented on these topics across Canada and internationally.

Emi Froud

Emi Froud

Associate

Through Emi’s public sector experience and education she has broadened her abilities in research, analysis, facilitation, and project management. She has worked with diverse clients to help support Government transformation projects, labour relations work and a variety of public policy solutions. Her public sector work experience exposed her to working within a project-based environment that required strong communication, project management, and research skills.

Emi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Human Resource Management Certificate from Saint Marys University, and a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University.

Devon Gillis

Devon Gillis

Partner

Devon is a leader with the firm in our analysis and design consulting work. His expertise spans a wide variety of areas such as process modeling and analysis, process improvement, data analytics and business intelligence, operational reviews and improvement, business cases and feasibility, and technology analysis. Devon’s areas of practice include higher education, service operations, provincial and municipal government and operations management. He has the ability to understand business drivers and analyze complex problems while providing results-oriented solutions that lead to improvement.

Devon is an Industrial Engineer and holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University.

Julie Grant

Julie Grant

Director of Consulting

Julie has worked on analysis and design projects and the implementation of business and technology improvements with government and regulatory organizations. She has proven expertise in project management, business process reengineering, data analytics, operational reviews, strategic planning, and information technology planning and analysis. Julie has considerable experience working in complex organizations such as clients responsible for regulatory operations in order to automate and streamline their operations.

Julie holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University. She has been a Junior Achievement volunteer and a team captain for The Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.

Laura Halleran

Laura Halleran

Senior Designer

Laura Halleran is a Service Designer at Davis Pier, working with multiple stakeholders to help make changes in the public sector that are grounded in people’s everyday experiences. She has experience working on interdisciplinary teams to conduct design research with institutions across Toronto. Her engineering background and experience further complements her approach to tackling complex problems.

Laura holds a Master of Design in Design for Health from OCAD University and completed an international exchange in the Service Design focus of Master of Product Design program at Oslo Metropolitan University. She also holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Society from McMaster University.

Grace Hamilton-Burge

Grace Hamilton-Burge

Analyst

Grace is a data-driven problem solver, experienced in collecting and analyzing data to find tangible solutions for the public and non-profit sectors. She brings an analytical and human-centred approach demonstrated by her work building engagement strategies, carbon emissions tracking, environmental harm reduction strategies, and policy development. Grace takes a holistic approach to policy work, experienced in tackling projects from scientific, economic, environmental, and social perspectives.

Grace holds a Master of Engineering in Sustainable Energy from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Environmental Science from Acadia University.

Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Associate

Andrew Johnston is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), with a strong background in both financial and management consulting. Andrew has 6 years of experience in a variety of competencies including project management, financial analytics, forecasting, modelling, business process improvement, supply chain management, inventory control, procurement, risk assurance, and optimization. Andrew prides himself in providing exceptional client service and his proven subject matter expertise in a variety of industries including government and not-for-profit entities. Andrew is passionate about providing impactful and insightful analysis to clients by breaking down complex problems into relatively simple models for decision-makers.

Andrew holds a master’s in development economics from Dalhousie University, as well as a bachelor’s in commerce with a minor in economics from Mount Allison University.

 

Kalina Kamenova

Kalina Kamenova

Research Associate

Kalina has over 20 years of research, teaching and leadership experience in academia, the non-profit sector, and public sector consulting. She brings extensive expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research approaches, as well as a deep commitment to engaged scholarship, participatory research, and evidence-based practice and policy. Her interests encompass a range of policy areas, including citizen engagement, democratic innovation and governance, social innovation, public health, healthcare ethics, health and science communication, and the ethical and social implications of emerging biomedical technologies.

Kalina holds a PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University, a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature and Ethnic and Pluralism Studies from the University of Toronto, a Master of Arts in Gender Studies from the Central European University, and a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from Sofia University. She has held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Centre for Public Involvement at the University of Alberta and an Assistant Professor position at Trent University. She has 20 peer-reviewed publications and numerous conference presentations and speaking engagements.

Saya Kim

Saya Kim

Service Designer

As a service designer, Saya applies design thinking and human-centred design processes to simplify complex problems and identify opportunities for innovation. Driven by curiosity, empathy and outside-the-box thinking, her strengths lie in qualitative research and synthesis, systems thinking, data visualisation, workshop design and facilitation. 

Through her experience in social innovation, organizational branding, management and strategy consulting, Saya has engaged globally diverse stakeholder groups to harness the power of cross-functional collaboration and co-creation in designing for impact and facilitating meaningful change.  

Saya holds a graduate degree in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy from Institute without Boundaries, Bachelors of Arts Honours in Philosophy and Political Science from Queen’s University, Certificate of Business from Smith School of Business, and a Certificate of Art and Design Foundation from George Brown College. 

Alicia Landry

Alicia Landry

Associate

Alicia has a background in Information Technology and Law, and has worked in the Public, Private, Information Technology, Communications, Legal, and Financial Sectors. Alicia brings knowledge and experience in: written and oral client advocacy; legal research and analysis; policy development and drafting; web development and usability; IT transformation and strategy; budgeting and operations forecasting; and market research and analysis. 

Alicia’s varied background allows her to approach complex problem-solving from a multi-faceted lens incorporating regulatory, socio-legal, and technical requirements to create refined, holistic client-focused solutions.

 Alicia holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from Carleton University, a Diploma in Interactive Multimedia and Design from Algonquin College, and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall at York University.

Alicia holds a Senate Medal from Carleton University for Academic Achievement and the Dean’s Gold Key Award from Osgoode Hall for exceptional leadership and involvement in the Osgoode Community.

Lisa Lane

Lisa Lane

Associate

Lisa has 25 years of professional experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Throughout her various roles, Lisa has gained experience in change management, public engagement, public policy, legislative affairs, relationship & project management, strategic planning and economic development. 

Lisa has Bachelor of Arts from UNB, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Queen's University.

Shawna Larade

Shawna Larade

Director of Consulting

Shawna is the firm’s change management lead. Her experience spans the public sector, manufacturing and energy industries with a focus on change management, communications and organizational design. Shawna has played lead roles in the design and implementation of a number of organizational change projects and she brings a pragmatic approach to helping organizations implement efficiencies and improve their operations.

Shawna is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from Bob Jones University, focused on Operations Management. She has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Running and Reading club with KidsFest.

Greg Lypowy

Greg Lypowy

Principal

Greg is the firm’s Privacy Practice Lead with over 20 years of experience consulting in the healthcare, government and technology domains. Known for being results focused, thorough and reliable, and for his attention to detail, Greg’s work on numerous provincially, federally and internationally-sponsored initiatives have given him a strong mix of business and technology skills. He has considerable experience in privacy assessment, business process analysis and redesign, requirements definition and analysis, health informatics, privacy training and security project management. His focus on privacy assessment and policy analysis has given him a thorough understanding of the important role that privacy (and security) must play as citizen-centred services move into the digital realm.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from the University of Calgary, a Master of Health Informatics from Dalhousie University, and is a Certified Expert in Business Process Modelling (BPMN). He was designated as a Privacy by Design Ambassador by former Information and Privacy Commissioner for Ontario, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, and is working to build privacy awareness and knowledge locally and nationally through his work as Co-Founder, past Co-Chair and Committee Member of the IAPP’s Halifax KnowledgeNet chapter.

Marcia MacAdam

Marcia MacAdam

Principal

Marcia has experience in the areas of business strategy, user experience, usability testing, stakeholder engagement, research, and analysis. She has conducted several stakeholder engagement and strategic planning initiatives with both private and public sector organizations throughout her career. Her strengths lie in diving deep into a business’ strategy and creating actionable, phased goals for clients with a focus on user experience and emerging industry trends.

Marcia holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Enterprise Analytics and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, both from Dalhousie University. She is also a Director on the board of Field Hockey Nova Scotia, a member of the Shakespeare by the Sea board, as well as a committee member of March of Dimes Canada (Halifax).

Michelle MacAulay

Michelle MacAulay

Director of Professional Services

Michelle has a diverse background in analytical, project management, and process improvement roles. With four years in consulting and 13 years in industry, Michelle has gained experience in a variety of areas including business analysis, stakeholder engagement, process improvement, operational reviews, and business case development. She has extensive experience working with multi-disciplinary teams and providing action-oriented solutions.

Michelle is an Industrial Engineer and holds a Certificate in Human Resource Management.

Angus MacIntosh

Angus MacIntosh

Associate

Angus has a technical background and experience with various analytics techniques, including simulation and forecasting, optimization, statistical analysis, and data visualization. He is an effective communicator and has the ability to work with stakeholders to understand the root causes of their challenges and develop practical solutions that are backed by data-informed decisions. He has worked on various projects in the private and public sectors, and has recently been focused on government work in social services, labour, and healthcare.

Angus is a member of Engineers Nova Scotia as an Engineer-in-Training. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University where he graduated with Sexton Distinction and was a five-time Academic All-Canadian.

Megan Macpherson

Megan Macpherson

Proposal Coordinator

Megan is the firm’s Proposal Coordinator. Through her education and career, she has gained experience in program management, policy analysis, research, and facilitation. Prior to joining Davis Pier, Megan worked in several federal departments, honing her abilities to communicate effectively across groups and develop quality deliverables. She is a confident leader with a commitment to creating team-centred, inclusive, and productive environments. 

Megan holds a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Health Science from Western University with a focus on social health policy.

Heather MacPherson

Heather MacPherson

Office Coordinator

Heather is the Office Coordinator at Davis Pier. With a wide range of administrative experience spanning over 16 years, Heather is well versed in supporting teams with running the day-to-day operations of a busy office, providing client service, as well as scheduling and logistics.

Jennifer McGill

Jennifer McGill

Executive Director of Pier Labs

Jennifer has over 20 years of diverse experience in both public sector and consulting where she has led complex change initiatives with a focus in natural resources management, geomatics, health care, community development, and advanced education. She is a strategic leader who has a proven ability to co-create and implement innovative solutions to complex system and societal challenges. She has expertise in strategic planning and policy, program design, performance management and evaluation, value realization and management, agency governance, and organizational learning.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Saint Mary’s University, Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management.

Madisen McKinnon

Madisen McKinnon

HR Consultant

Madisen is responsible for leading and supporting various people-related activities for the company, as well as supporting the operational requirements of the office. Madisen holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Dalhousie University, and a certificate in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University, she is also a CPHR Candidate.

Alice McVittie

Alice McVittie

Principal

Alice began her career working in the public sector, with a focus on policy analysis, program development, and project management. She has strong facilitation and interpersonal skills and has been able to provide significant contributions to the projects and organizations she has worked on and with. Her experience working on government and social sector projects has helped her develop an understanding of complex public sector challenges and contribute to realistic solutions for government clients and stakeholders.

Alice holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University.

Pegah Memarpour

Pegah Memarpour

Associate

Pegah has over 10 years of experience working with the not-for-profit sector in the areas of homelessness, poverty reduction, mental health, and addiction. She has worked with both provincial and municipal governments in research, program development, project management, policy analysis, session facilitation, and strategic planning. In these roles, she has worked on projects of various sizes, complexities, and budgetary restrictions. Pegah also has significant experience and knowledge related to the justice system and public safety sector.

Pegah holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree from York University and a Master of Liberal Arts from Memorial University, with a focus and specialization in criminology.

Emily Miller

Emily Miller

Manager, Strategy and Communications

As Manager, Strategy and Communications, Emily is responsible for leading a number of initiatives under the general direction of the CEO, including elements related to external communications, client relationship development, thought leadership, social impact, and philanthropy.


Emily holds a degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Political Science and Development Studies and is a member of the inaugural Venture for Canada Fellowship. Outside of work, she sits on the board of the Halifax Central Library and the organizing team of the Art of City Building conference. 

Emma Miller

Emma Miller

Analyst

Emma is an analyst with experience in research, strategic planning, workshop facilitation, and policy analysis. Throughout her academic and career experience, she brings demonstrated knowledge on the impact of accessibility planning and policy development at both the federal and provincial level. Emma has had the opportunity to work within a wide range of sectors including healthcare, agriculture, post-secondary, and non-profits. Her ability to communicate effectively allows her to integrate into any setting, work collaboratively with stakeholders, address challenges, and generate meaningful solutions.

Emma holds a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with minors in Spanish and French, from Mount Allison University. She also works part-time with Autism Nova Scotia as a Post-Secondary Support Specialist.

Colin Mitchell

Colin Mitchell

Analyst

Colin brings people and their ideas together by building their stories. His background in the public sector has proven his abilities in leading projects and implementing change while his work from the municipal to the provincial, federal, and United Nations levels has instilled in him the importance of people-centred approaches to solving complex problems. His experiences in digital health, climate programming, provincial politics, and federal politics have fostered strong research, stakeholder engagement, communication, policy analysis, and leadership skills that he strives to include in every aspect of his work. Colin possesses a robust background in intergovernmental affairs, project management, and a passion for creating meaningful and collaborative relationships.

Colin holds a Master of Philosophy in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics from Acadia University, where he received the Golden A Award and the University Medal in Politics.

Katie Newcombe

Katie Newcombe

Manager of Organizational Development

Katie focuses on the research, analysis, and project management components of public sector improvement projects. She has had the opportunity to work with numerous provincial and federal government, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations in a variety of areas, including education, regulatory, and social services. This experience has allowed her to develop a proven approach to facilitation, project management, human centred design, and strategy development. Katie enjoys developing meaningful relationships with her clients, which she maintains through her ability to consistently deliver strong results.

Katie has a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and has volunteered in a number of capacities with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Ronald McDonald House.

Sydney Newton

Sydney Newton

Analyst

Sydney is a skilled analyst with demonstrated strengths in interpersonal communication and information synthesis. Through her academic and career experiences, Sydney has gained practical knowledge in the areas of organizational change, business strategy, and project management. She has experience analyzing policy and facilitating workshops to collaboratively develop solutions and document well-defined processes and procedures.

Sydney holds a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with an Honors Specialization in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology from Western University. She has several years of experience in the healthcare industry and has frequently volunteered as an emergency first responder for the Special Olympics. Sydney  currently volunteers as a Crisis Responder for Kids Help Phone.

Diana Parks

Diana Parks

Program Director

Diana is an education specialist with more than 18 years’ experience in creating innovative and exceptional learning experiences.  Her experience in teaching, facilitation and instructional design spans several industries including non-profits, academia, educational institutions and government agencies.  In addition, Diana is a leader in program operations, recruitment, and mental health and wellness.  As a strong believer in mental health advocacy and the power of positivity and equity in the workplace, Diana is currently the Program Director for Pier Labs’ AspireAtlantic program—an employment services program to up-skill and mentor folks with barriers to find work and advancement opportunities in industries that have a major skills shortage.

Diana holds a Master of Education with Specialities in Adult Education and Distance Learning and Technology from Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Arts (English) from BC Open University (now called TRU).

 

Jay Patel

Jay Patel

IT Administrator

Jay is a Senior Technical Support Analyst with five years of successful experience handling Technical Escalation and Team Management with a wealth of knowledge, both from a personal and professional background in supporting technology. He is excellent at administrating, troubleshooting and debugging software/hardware issues on various operating systems like macOS, Windows and iOS with a resourceful experience in researching and crafting custom procedures and processes to resolve technical problems. He also has experience in Cyber Security, removing malware and identifying threats to secure the endpoints. 

Jay holds a diploma in Computer Systems and Software Support from Mohawk College, Certifications in Microsoft 365 administrator, Network+, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).

Darryl Pierrynowski

Darryl Pierrynowski

Chief Operating Officer

Darryl Pierrynowski has a diverse private sector and consulting background spanning 15 years with a specific focus on the healthcare sector.

Darryl has an honour’s degree in finance, a master’s of business administration with a focus on information technology and has received postgraduate training in Project Management at Stanford University. Darryl has been a long term volunteer with Ronald McDonald House Atlantic Canada and is currently Vice Chair of its Board of Directors.

Darryl’s focus within Davis Pier is the delivery of business and technology advisory services to clients in healthcare, social services and related sectors.

Ben Rans

Ben Rans

Principal

Ben is an Industrial Engineer and Management Consultant with experience leading complex pieces of work. He has worked on a wide variety of government projects in health care, social service, labour, and education; as well as projects in the not-for-profit and private sectors. Ben is a highly-valued subject matter expert in statistical modelling and is able to quickly synthesize qualitative and quantitative data to inform data and evidence-based decision making. His strong interpersonal and communication skills have helped him to effectively build relationships and trust with clients, understand the challenges they face, and communicate results in a way that is impactful. Ben is an experienced project manager and facilitator, and enjoys working with his team and his clients to solve complex problems.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University where he earned Sexton Distinction, is nearing the completion of his Master of Engineering, and has his Professional Engineering (P.Eng) designation.

Matthew Rios

Matthew Rios

Principal

Matthew has experience working in advisory and advocacy roles with the public sector, at both the federal and provincial level. He has also held key roles in the private and not-for-profit sectors. As a result, he has a proven record of delivering results for his clients and the organizations for whom he has worked. Matthew is an accomplished professional with a diverse knowledge base in post-secondary education, employment policy, data privacy and organizational governance. He works diligently and genuinely to create meaningful stakeholder relationships, which leads to pragmatic and effective solutions for our clients.

Matthew holds a Master of International Business from Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, from Acadia University.

Moyee Roychoudhury

Moyee Roychoudhury

Service Designer

Moyee is a Service Designer with experience in environmental design, education design and the public sector. She holds a Master’s in Design from OCAD University’s Strategic Foresight and Innovation program and a Professional Diploma in Design from Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology. Her work focuses on solving complex problems using design strategy, strategic foresight, and co design practices. Moyee’s skillset includes developing scenarios looking at the future of sectors, using strategic foresight practices. She is a graphic designer and data storyteller who uses visual design to build usable solutions that are viable and equitable.

Katrina Sokolowski

Katrina Sokolowski

Analyst

Katrina is an analyst at Davis Pier who has previous experience with Indigenous Services Canada and Health Canada in the First Nations and Inuit Health Department. Katrina has engaged with various Indigenous communities and their members to support increased and more sustainable access to health care services. Through her previous work and academic experiences, Katrina has developed her skills in stakeholder engagement, research, and data analysis. Katrina’s strong communications skills in both French and English have allowed her to build and maintain strong client relationships. 

Katrina holds a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University as well as a Bachelor of Science, Major in Honours Health Studies from the University of Waterloo. 

Marianne Stewart

Marianne Stewart

Manager of Financial Administration

Marianne has over 25 years of accounting and finance experience having worked in a variety of businesses. Her roles have ranged from Accountant to Finance Manager to Director of Business Affairs.  

Prior to joining Pier Labs, she was a sole proprietor working with small businesses providing financial, and operational support, as well as Executive Coaching to business Owners. Marianne has a passion for helping teams grow through strong leadership, strategic planning, and finding efficiencies. She brings a wealth of accounting and finance experience to the role of Manager of Financial Administration at Pier Labs. In her downtime, you can find her knee-deep in the local craft market scene and building awareness for buying local.

Anne Stieger

Anne Stieger

Senior Designer

Anne is a Consultant and Facilitator with 7+ years of experience working with public, private and social sector clients in Canada and Germany. 

Anne’s passion lies in using human-centered design to understand people’s everyday experiences and using empathy insights to find innovative solutions for a diversity of stakeholders. 

Anne also has experience as a Pattern Language Consultant, Business Coach, and teaching experience at Acadia and Duisburg-Essen Universities.

Anne holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Anglophone Studies, Social Science, and Education from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

Eliza-Jane Stringer

Eliza-Jane Stringer

Research Associate

Eliza-Jane is a behavioural scientist with experience in the public sector in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. She has applied behavioural insights across a range of policy areas, including employment, transportation, workplace safety, and health and wellbeing. Eliza-Jane employs both qualitative and quantitative analysis methods to support evidence-based policy, specialising in the design and analysis of behavioural change interventions.

Eliza-Jane holds a Master of Behavioural Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Business (Economics) from the Queensland University of Technology.

Andrew Stulac

Andrew Stulac

Principal

Andrew has 15 years of experience working in the digital consulting and development industry. He has held a variety of senior roles including Director of Business Development, Account Director, Consultant, and Project Manager. His industry focus includes significant work in Government and Post-Secondary Education, primarily delivering digital strategy, user experience, web analytics, and front-end development projects. Andrew is a critical and analytical thinker who focuses relentlessly on improving the delivery of services for citizens and consumers in a digital world.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and Finance from St. Mary’s University and a diploma in Applied Information Technology from the Information Technology Institute.

Ilse van Winssen

Ilse van Winssen

Research Associate

Ilse has a diverse background in social sciences, spanning from development economics to anthropology. She has over 8 years of international experience working for research institutes, not-for-profits, as well as working in the public sector in advisory roles. Her skillset includes policy development, policy analysis, qualitative and quantitative research design. Ilse’s work has been primarily focused on social issues and community wellness with an expertise in housing policy. Other areas of her interests include poverty reduction, homelessness, and rural economic development.

Ilse holds a Bachelor of Science in International Development Studies from Wageningen University, a Master of Science in Contemporary Asian Studies from The University of Amsterdam, as well as a Master of Science in International Development Studies with a specialization in economics of development from Wageningen University.

Rebecca Varin

Rebecca Varin

Associate

Rebecca has demonstrated consulting experience in both the public and private sector. Through her client work, she has provided significant contributions to organizational change management projects and has gained practical knowledge in the areas of business strategy, analysis, and project management. Her strong communication and interpersonal skills allow her to conduct productive stakeholder engagements and develop actionable next steps for our clients.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Acadia University and a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University. Additionally, Rebecca is an active Director on the Acadia Alumni Association and has several years of experience in the healthcare industry.

Hailey Vidler

Hailey Vidler

Analyst

Hailey has a background in community development and brings experience in project management, human-centred design, and public engagement. Hailey joins Davis Pier from the Non-Profit sector where her work was focussed on bringing together stakeholders to surface unique perspectives and seek common purpose.

The projects she’s led have varied in topic and scale.  They’ve included programs related to social isolation and belonging, strategic planning with community members and municipalities, facilitating data translation workshops, and managing a cross-sectoral network advancing wellbeing priorities in Nova Scotia.

Hailey has a MSc in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, and has completed professional development work in social innovation, systems theory, and evaluation.

Hailey brings her strong interpersonal and communication skills to her client relationships, and a dedication for addressing complex socio-economic challenges with a people-first approach.  

Amandah Woods

Amandah Woods

Associate

Amandah has a diverse skillset with over 17 years of experience in the Tourism & Hospitality, Finance, and Technology industries across a variety of client-facing and leadership roles where she has worked with clients of all levels in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.  Amandah is highly adaptable and is an excellent communicator – she is able to synthesize high level requirements and detailed technical data into a presentation that is easily consumable and tailored to the needs of the client.  Amandah is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, has extensive experience in business analysis, data analysis, process management, integrations, and product management, and is passionate about innovation and lifelong learning. Along with her technical background, she is fluent in French and is able to interface with clients and stakeholders in both languages. 

 Amandah holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Dalhousie University, as well as a Diploma in Public Relations and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Computer-Based Information Systems from the University of Victoria. 

Katherine Wynne

Katherine Wynne

Analyst

Katherine is an experienced analyst with specific knowledge in data-driven program design, process improvement, stakeholder engagement, and policy change. She has over seven years of professional experience in high-impact roles within the Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce, the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Morgan Stanley. Her global background has developed her expertise in socio-economic development, social impact, and emerging markets.

Katherine holds a Master of Business Administration from Ivey Business School at Western University, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Katherine has served on Steering Committees for Refugees International, the WHO Annual Global Forum on Human Resources for Health Youth Forum, and UN Women’s Interagency Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality.

Johana Zuluaga

Johana Zuluaga

Associate

Johana is an Industrial Engineer and holds a master's of Family Ecology from the University of Alberta. She helps public sector clients develop solutions to keep their clients at the heart of their program design, delivery, and evaluation. 

Johana has experience in primary and secondary research, user-centric program design, evaluation, and stakeholder engagement. She also supports diverse teams to complete complex projects. While keeping work on track and action-oriented, she builds upon other people's perspectives, gives them the support they need to achieve project goals, engages them in robust discussions, and builds a safe space.

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CAREERS

We pride ourselves on hiring people with a record of excellence who share our firm's values. 

OPENNESS, INTEGRITY, FAIRNESS AND FLEXIBILITY

We are always looking for people who have experience in consulting, government or project-based roles.
Talk to us about joining our team.

Davis Pier is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.

We are also located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. 

We must not forget that we are all Treaty People and have responsibilities to each other and this land.