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

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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Brenda Allen

Principal

Brenda brings over 10 years of experience in consulting and executive facilitation roles with a focus and expertise in change management and communications, diversity & inclusion, non-profit management, and executive advisory.  She is a trusted advisor to many senior executives and is a speaker at conferences on topics such as leadership development, diversity strategy and programs, and leading through change.  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.  Brenda is a member of the Saint Marys Alumni Council. 

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Terry Bramwell

Principal

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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James Brown

Principal

James is the firm’s lead Technical Architect with close to 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. He is an active volunteer as the treasurer of a parent-teacher association in his community.

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Devon Gillis

Principal

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

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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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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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.

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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.

Greg Lypowy

Associate

Greg has over 20 years of experience working in healthcare, government, technology, and telecommunications.  He is an accomplished consultant in healthcare and government domains, and the firm’s lead Privacy Consultant.  Greg has worked on numerous provincially, federally and internationally sponsored projects, and has focused on health informatics, business process redesign and technology solutions, privacy and technology policy development, and assessment of privacy impacts for programs and technology implementations.

In addition to his Master of Health Informatics from Dalhousie University, Greg is a Privacy by Design Ambassador, and a member of several associations including COACH, the National Institute of Health Informatics and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

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Michelle MacAulay

Associate

Michelle has spent her career working in analytical, project and operational roles with energy and supply chain operations.  She has had a variety of responsibilities that have provided her with the expertise required to work on the firm’s analysis and design engagements and with clients in regulatory environments.  Michelle has a strong data analytics skillset with experience in the analysis of operational and financial data, redesigning service delivery and supply chain models, and the analysis and management of compliance with government regulation.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Human Resource Management. She has previously volunteered with Feed Nova Scotia and with Junior Achievement.

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Jennifer

Jennifer McGill

Associate

Jennifer has over 20 years of diverse experience, working in both public sector and consulting, leading complex change initiatives focused in areas of 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, information systems, 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, Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management.

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Bryan Daniels

Bryan Daniels

Analyst

Bryan has 13 years of academic research experience has applied his learning in the start-up and small business space for 2 years as a business advisor.  His areas of research have included basic science medical health, primary health care, market analysis and technology readiness. Bryan has dedicated considerable time to educating health care professionals and medical science researchers. Bryan excels at working with, and managing, multidisciplinary teams. He has implemented several qualitative and quantitative data analytical approaches and supported the growth of small businesses. 

Bryan obtained his MSc and PhD in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University and was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University, with a focus on Biophysics. He has been awarded National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) fellowships at the graduate and postgraduate level and has spoken several conferences, including at Oxford University and Cornell University. Bryan was an invited speaker for the Dalhousie University’s Imhotep Legacy Academy (ILA) which promotes young people of African descent to pursue education and careers in STEM industries.

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Alice McVittie

Analyst

Alice began her career working in the public sector, with a focus on research, policy analysis, communications, 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. These experiences have helped her develop an understanding of complex public sector problems 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 (StFX). She co-founded the first Women in Business Society at StFX and has recently volunteered with the Nova Scotia Road Safety Youth Committee and Child Safety Link.

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Katie Newcombe

Analyst

Katie focuses on the research, analysis, and project management components of public sector improvement projects. She has worked with numerous government organizations since starting her career, including regulatory, infrastructure and social service areas. Katie has a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and strong interpersonal and communication skills, making it easy for her to seamlessly integrate with client teams.

Katie is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and very active with the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Institute of Public Administration Canada (IPAC) as the New Professional Board Representative and involvement with special initiatives such as the organization and planning for the 2015 IPAC National Conference in Halifax.

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Marcia Peters

Marcia Peters

Analyst

Marcia has experience in the areas of analytics, data management and planning, user experience and business strategy. She has conducted several stakeholder engagement and strategic planning initiatives with both private and public sector organizations. 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 from Dalhousie University with a concentration in Enterprise Analytics. She is also a Director on the board of Field Hockey Nova Scotia, as well as a committee member of March of Dimes Canada (Halifax).

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Alycia Putnam

Analyst

Alycia has a diverse consulting background that has seen her deliver services in the public sector, lottery and gaming and education, with experience using research and best practices to design and execute critical programs from strategic planning and implementation to innovative talent and change programs. She has played key roles in organizational change management projects and is highly skilled in analysis, strategy development, and implementation planning/execution. Alycia is an experienced researcher in the field of employee health and well-being, talent management strategies, engagement, quality of work life, and leadership. She also has over 15 years of experience as a professional musician. 

Alycia holds an MBA, a Bachelor of Science and a Human Resource Management Certificate – all from Saint Mary’s University. 

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Ben Rans

Analyst

Ben has strengths in analysis and design work and has completed projects in health care, social service, education, and the private sector.  He has strong project management and communications skills, and has developed robust technical abilities.  These technical abilities include data analysis and modeling, statistics, forecasting, process mapping and reengineering, simulation, and optimization.  He has the ability to break down complex problems to their root causes and develop encompassing solutions with measurable outcomes. 

Ben holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University and is working towards his Master of Applied Science degree, also from Dalhousie.

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Katie Collins

Business Manager

Katie is responsible for managing the financial, human resources, operational, and administrative requirements of the company in addition to providing executive support to the firm’s Partners.

With over a decade of administrative management and support experience, Katie’s organized, proactive and positive approach coupled with excellent communication skills keep things running smoothly at Davis Pier. Katie has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University.

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