Davis Pier has an exceptional ability to integrate with organizations, tailor project approaches and “roll up our sleeves” to achieve results. 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.
We pride ourselves on hiring people with a record of excellence who share our firm’s values – Openness, Integrity, Fairness and Flexibility –and who fit our approach to delivering exceptional client service within an adaptable, autonomous workplace. We are always looking for people who have experience in consulting, government or project-based roles.
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 Inspiring Communities.
Mike is a thought leader in government transformation and social innovation and has presented on these topics across Canada and internationally.
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.
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.
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.
Ashley is responsible for operations and administrative support to help ensure efficient day-to-day operations of the office.
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 supporting teams with market research, creating and editing documents, and keeping everyone organized. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University with a double major in Management and Marketing.
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.
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 is completing a certificate in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University.
In her spare time, Madisen is a volunteer at the Halifax Central Library in the English Language Learning program for adults.
Director of Innovation and Partnerships
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Jerrett leads the firm’s Toronto practice where he is passionate about helping improve the quality and efficiency of public services and government. He is a highly experienced management consultant who has successfully delivered dozens of projects at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. He has a particular focus on regulatory and social service reform. Prior to becoming a consultant, Jerrett worked in the federal government on policy management and program delivery and in research and analysis at the UK’s Institute for Government and Oxford Policy Institute.
Jerrett is a Member of the Board of the Institute of Public Administration’s Toronto Region and holds a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taylor’s education and work experience have developed and expanded her skills in research and data analysis, qualitative analysis, communication, and behavioural economics. Her knowledge, ranging from behavioural insights, program evaluation, transformation, strategy and operations, and change management, allow Taylor to bring a unique perspective to a diverse set of private and public sector clients. Taylor’s exposure to complex socio-economic and business-related challenges coupled with her education and work experience give her the background needed to develop evidence-based solutions for sustainable improvement.
Taylor holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Economics from St Francis Xavier University.
Michelle is a consultant with over 10 years of professional experience in Consulting and Financial Services. Her primary focus has been advising large and complex organizations through periods of transformational change. Michelle specializes in large-scale public sector transformations with a focus on procurement, alternative service delivery (ASD), outsourcing, strategic sourcing, and shared services. Michelle has significant experience in operating model architecture, procurement processes, facilitating evaluation and prioritization workshops, and developing evaluation models. Michelle has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of sectors including government, healthcare, financial services, real estate, and oil and gas.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Certificate in Human Resources Management, both from Saint Mary’s University, she is also a MBA candidate at Saint Mary’s University.
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.
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).
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.
Doris is a CIPP/C certified privacy professional who has held numerous Provincial Government Privacy and Access roles across Canada, assisting client departments with privacy management, privacy impact assessment, and processing access to information requests. She also has over 10 years of experience in not-for-profit management in the focus areas of youth criminal justice and victim services, including being responsible for funding and opening the Northwest Territories’ first damp shelter.
Doris has a Bachelor of English and Religious Studies and a Bachelor of Nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College, and holds a Certificate in Indigenous Studies from the University of Alberta.
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 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.
Jennifer has a background in communications, and focuses on the elements that bring great strategies to life through meeting design, facilitation, branding and events. She has honed her skills in transforming complex information into compelling content, and leads clients through communications strategies to engage stakeholders, persuade audiences, and solve complex problems. Jennifer has had the opportunity to work with clients in a wide range of sectors including healthcare, pharma, not-for-profit, real estate development, and art and design.
Jennifer holds a Master of Business Administration from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University in Psychology and Sociology.
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.
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 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.
Kyle has a background in post-secondary education focusing on domestic and international diversity initiatives for enrolment management. His expertise in working one-on-one with families, government departments, non-profit organizations, and international agents have helped him develop a unique approach to problem solving and client service. Kyle continues to focus on new and innovative ways to address challenges faced within the public sector. His experience in research, data synthesis, and workshop facilitation, help him to develop a best-case solution for clients.
Kyle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Acadia University.
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.
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.
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.
Chris is a criminologist and social policy researcher with over a decade of experience conducting research alongside government and academic partners in Canada, the US, the UK and the European Union. He has conducted research and evaluation projects with institutions and agencies including Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police; the UK’s Ministry of Justice, Home Office, and Department of Health and Social Care; and the European Commission DG Home.
Chris’s focus is on developing usable research outputs that can support immediate policy and practice development, while also creating high-quality evidence that can create new insights into complex problems and inform wider decisions and debates. He is a mixed-methods researcher and evaluator specializing in criminal justice policy and practice, with wider experience in health, social care, and social finance policy areas.
Chris holds a DPhil in Criminology from the University of Oxford and holds adjunct roles at Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University. In his spare time, he volunteers as a high-school football coach in Halifax, and also provides training in evidence-based practice to police leaders in Canada and the UK.
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.
Candis has demonstrated research experience in government, academia, and healthcare through a variety of projects. Her projects experience has allowed her to develop competencies in data analytics, program implementation, and evaluation. Through her work, she has provided significant contributions to improve clinical and community health interventions among diverse and marginalized populations. Through this, she has gained experience applying human-centered approaches to her research to develop strong relationships with her clients in order to deliver meaningful interventions and results.
Candis holds a Bachelor of Science with honours in Biology from Acadia University and a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa. She is actively involved in the community and volunteers with services providing for people who are homeless and living with addictions.
Lynn is trained as a community psychologist, a discipline that uses multidisciplinary approaches to promote positive social change for marginalized and vulnerable groups through conducting research and evaluation with community stakeholders. She has over 12 years of experience in community-based research, evaluation, community development, and policy analysis with non-profit and public sectors.
Lynn is a mixed methods researcher and is familiar with sophisticated quantitative and qualitative analyses. Lynn’s preferred approach to her work is participatory and invokes cultural humility to leverage the unique strengths and trends within organizations and communities.
Lynn holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Psychology from DePaul University, a Master of Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University. Some of Lynn’s areas of interest and expertise include youth, civic engagement, poverty, academic achievement, restorative justice in schools, and the intersection of racial and cultural factors with social issues.
Filipe has expertise in Service and Industrial Design and Design Research with specific experience creating innovative solutions for the health care sector. By understanding the complexity of health care systems and analyzing the problems through various lenses, he uses design thinking and creative methods to build simple, user-centred solutions. Filipe is also a skilled Graphic Designer who has experience with editorials.
Filipe has a Masters of Design from OCAD University in Design for Health, a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of Brasília in Brazil, and a Certificate of Industrial Design Intensive from the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden.
Jane has a background in engineering, product design, and community engagement, bringing a unique and analytical perspective to work in the public sector. Jane has skills in data analysis, process mapping, design strategy, and prototype testing that allow her to understand the root cause of complex challenges and co-create realistic solutions. She has played key roles in service design projects in the employment, community services, and healthcare sectors.
Jane is a fellow with the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors GovLab and an active member of the Global Shapers Halifax Hub. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University.
Ilse van Winssen
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.