A consulting firm is only as good as its professionals. Our team has an impressive history of helping organizations find a clear path to success.

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.
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Mike Davis

Founder/Partner

Mike Davis has a background in consulting, the public sector and regulatory environments with an expertise in strategy, analytics and the design and implementation of organizational improvement.

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Darryl Pierrynowski

Darryl Pierrynowski

Founder/Partner

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

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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.

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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.

Bronwyn Burke

Principal

Bronwyn is an experienced management consultant with significant experience in large-scale business transformation, talent strategy and program development, organizational culture, and operational effectiveness. Over the past 10+ years, Bronwyn has had the opportunity to work with clients in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to create innovative and sustainable solutions for complex organizational challenges. Bronwyn is a recognized people leader and performance coach with extensive experience building high performance teams and culture. Prior to becoming a consultant, Bronwyn worked in the Public Sector at the Federal and Provincial level as well as hospital administrations.

Bronwyn has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours, Finance) from St Francis Xavier University and a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University.

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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.

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Julie Grant

Principal

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.

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Brenda Landry

Principal

Brenda leads the firm’s People & Change practice and brings over 10 years of experience in consulting and executive facilitation roles. She has expertise in change management and communications, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and strategic planning. She has worked globally to deliver services that support people to achieve their fullest potential. She is a trusted advisor to many senior executives and speaks at conferences on topics such as gender diversity, emerging leaders, inclusive leadership and strategic change management. She has delivered services across a range of industries including finance, technology, energy, healthcare, transportation and the public sector.

Brenda has a Master of Business Administration in executive management consulting from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Saint Mary’s University. She is also a certified change management professional in the Prosci change management methodology and has completed a course on Human-Centered Design. Brenda is a member of the Saint Mary’s Alumni Council and volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia.

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Shawna Larade

Principal

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.

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Jennifer McGill

Principal

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.

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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.

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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.

Madisen Colp

Office Coordinator

Madisen is responsible for the operational and administrative requirements of the company as well as executive support for the firm’s Partners. Madisen holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Dalhousie University.

In her spare time, Madisen is a volunteer at the Halifax Central Library in the English Language Learning program for adults.

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.

Bryan Daniels

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.

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Greg Lypowy

Associate

Greg is the firm’s lead Privacy Consultant with over 20 years of experience consulting in the healthcare, government and technology domains. His 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 business process analysis and redesign, requirements definition and analysis, health informatics, security project management, and privacy assessment and training. His focus on privacy assessment, policy analysis and training has given him a thorough understanding of the important role that privacy and security must play as services (especially citizen-centred services) move into the digital realm. Greg is known for being results focused, thorough and reliable, and for his attention to detail.

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 Modeling (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-chair of the IAPP’s Halifax KnowledgeNet chapter.

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Michelle MacAulay

Associate

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.

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Alice McVittie

Associate

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.

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Katie Newcombe

Associate

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.

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Filipe Ligabue

Designer

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.

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Rebecca Carr

Analyst

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.

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Les Chiang

Analyst

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.

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Jane Ouillette

Analyst

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.

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Marcia Peters

Analyst

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).

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Alycia Putnam

Analyst

Alycia Putnam has over 10 years of combined academic research and consulting experience. She has worked on large scale technology projects and has designed programs ranging from user focused service delivery to talent and transformational change management programs. Alycia has had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of clients, including local government, international private sector companies, and learning institutions. As an experienced consultant in areas such as leadership development, employee and user experience, quality of work life, diversity and inclusion, and organizational behaviour more generally, she offers a breadth of knowledge to support organizations in the development and delivery of meaningful and impactful solutions.

Alycia holds a Master of Business Administration from the Sobey School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours, Psychology) and a Human Resource Management Certificate from Saint Mary’s University. She is a certified Prosci change management professional and has taken Human-Centered Design training.

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Ben Rans

Analyst

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.

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