2010 Project Manager Professional Certification
Currently working towards PMP Certification, Project Management
1998 Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Securities Institute
2010 ID PhD, Interdisciplinary PhD Program, Dalhousie University
Area of study: rural youth, social determinants of health, governance, policy and service provision.
Course work successfully completed:
INTE 7070 – Interdisciplinary Methods
INTE 7071 – Issues in Interdisciplinary Research
STAT 5640 – Analyzing Complex Survey Data
2007 PhD (ABD), Department of Sociology, University of Alberta
Areas of study: labour-process theory, new public management and governance
2002 Masters of Arts, Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
Thesis: “What’s with the ‘E’ in Democracy? A Critical Exploration of Democratic Participation, Policy Formulation and Information-Communication Technologies”
2002 Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (GDPA), School of Public Administration, Dalhousie University (Year 1 of Masters in Public Administration)
2000 Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
Thesis: “Everybody to the Back of the Bus! Gender and Hazing Rituals in Canadian Junior Hockey”
1999 Bachelor of Arts, Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
Recent Career History
Current – Inext Consulting (ww.inext.ca). With founder Ryan Blair, identify, source and deliver a range of services, including project management, and qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, strategies and execution for public and private sector clients, along with report writing and a variety of value added technology services.
Select Projects Include:
o 2010. Research Associate, Nova Scotia Participatory Food Costing Project, Mount Saint Vincent University, Province of Nova Scotia. Working with Canada Research Chair Dr. Patty Williams, contributed to a variety of research related projects on food security, including collaboration on writing scholarly articles for publication and data analysis, including a coauthored paper examining food costing implications of individuals on social assistance in Nova Scotia, submitted to the Canadian Journal of Public Health.
o 2010. Pro-Invest Europe Union RFP, “Developing BSO Capacity
for CARICOM member states” (successful, €150,000) on behalf of Kisserup International Trade Roots Ltd. I developed and wrote the strategy and methodology for this RFP, and am currently under contract to deliver the research based projects within the scope-of-services, including 2 online surveys, analysis and reports.
o 2010. Myriad View Distilleries Ltd., PEI. (www.straitshine.com). In partnership with Luke Naylor Designs, this small boutique spirits and wine-maker required a highly functional site and wanted all design, programming and project management undertaken by a single individual. The site was done on time and provides a highly functional simple-to-use marketing and information platform for the business.
o 2010. Survey Analysis – “Exploring Family Business: Issues and Tools workshop – Private Sector Organization of Jamaica”, on behalf of Dr. Robert Blunden, Dalhousie University. In a tight two-day time frame, created 2 SPSS files, entered 145 individual surveys into the file, and ran univariate and bi-variate analyses delivering report friendly analyses to the client for inclusion into a final workshop report to EduNova.
o 2010. Nova Scotia Department of Energy RFP – “Development of an Open Access Code for Nova Scotia’s Off-shore Energy Sector” (un-successful, $150,000), on behalf of Kisserup International Trade Roots Ltd. Responsible for identifying, writing and assembling the RFP, including developing the appropriate methodology to maximize stakeholder consultation in this potential project.
o 2010. ACOA RFP – “Development of an Approach to Identify and Secure Business Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Sector in Greenland” (successful, $40,000), on behalf of Kisserup International Trade Roots Ltd. In addition to writing the winning RFP, as project manager and lead researcher on this project, I was responsible for all deliverables of the project, including research design and methodology, project management, and writing the final report. The data collection consisted of 2 environmental scans, 50 interviews with Danish, Greenlandic and Atlantic Canadian sources, an online survey conducted in 3 languages, and the delivery of a 135 final report providing ACOA with an approach framework for securing business opportunities in Greenland’s emerging oil and gas sectors.
o 2010. ACOA Reports – “Environmental Scans of Denmark and the Netherlands.” On behalf of Kisserup International Trade Roots Inc., as lead researcher, I was responsible for delivering 2 separate environmental scans of each country, providing a synthesis of known macro-economic indicators, an analysis of their export markets, and identifying possible beachhead opportunities for Atlantic Canadian industry sectors for export development.
o 2009. Report. Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM) Report. Report on the status of Investment Promotion Agencies, on behalf of Kisserup International Trade Roots Ltd., developed a survey questionnaire on the needs assessment of Investment Promotion Agencies in the CARICOM region. The questionnaire was delivered online through a customized and secure dedicated client portal; the data was analyzed and provided to the client in a report-friendly series of pie charts to be used by the client for their strategic communications purposes to stakeholders.
o 2009 (10) Project Management, Department of Social Work, Dalhousie University. Reported to PI Dr. Merlinda Weinberg, responsibilities included coordinating a three-year SSHRC ($219, 929) grant examining ethics and social work practice in Canada. Responsible for: hiring and managing four doctoral student research assistants; coordinating data collection and analysis in Nova Scotia and Ontario; advising the project on administration and university policy; managing budgets, procurement, forecasting; payroll; and acting as research liaison among the project, partners, co-investigators, funding bodies and Dalhousie research services staff and administration.
o 2008 (09) Project Management & Research Associate, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University. Reporting to Dr. Blye Frank (Head), was responsible for managing a roster of federal and provincial grant envelopes that included a SSHRC, NSHRF and CIHR funded projects. Responsibilities included budget monitoring and forecasting; supervision of assistants; annual reports; and managing grants across the appropriate university staffing; including payroll, travel expenses, and procurement. Responsible for identifying, writing and submitting funding proposals, which included submissions to NSHRF (successful 09 - $9874.00), Atlantic Metropolis Centre (successful 09 - $14, 870.80), and a CIHR Meetings, Planning and Dissemination grant (successful 09 - $5000).
2007(10) Research Manager & Associate, Atlantic Centre for the Study of the Information Society (ACSIS), Mount Saint Vincent University. Acting as a co-investigator with Canada Research Chair Dr. Dianne Looker, responsibilities include: managing centre across outcomes, budgets and administration; qualitative and quantitative data analysis; research and publication; writing and administering internal and external funding proposals; producing annual reports to federal funding bodies; managing budgets, travel, procurement and requisitions; and acting as research liaison among the Centre, funding bodies, and MSVU staff.
o 2010 Co-Author (Book), with E. Dianne Looker. Rural youth and activating rural capital. In-preparation. Currently analyzing 400 verbatim survey interviews with Nova Scotia rural youth, in addition to a separate researcher designed survey data set. We anticipate the book will be finished in the summer of 2011.
o 2010 Co-Editor (Book), with E. Dianne Looker (Eds.). Informing and communicating using technology in schooling: Equity issues among youth in Canada. Wilfred Laurier Press. Responsible for co-authoring four book chapters, coordinating submissions and inter-team peer reviews, editing and formatting chapters, and ensuring timely and clear communication with the publisher.
o 2010 ($4700) Co-investigator. Atlantic Metropolis Centre: Pilot Project Funding. “A foray onto the playing field: outcomes for rural youth and immigrant youth in Atlantic Canada.”
o 2010. Research Manager and Associate. Standard SSHRC Grant, “Activating Social Capital: Changing Odds, Changing Outcomes for Rural Youth” ($54,540). In addition to assembling and assisting in writing the application, I am the project manager on this grant, and also responsible to the deliverables outlined in the grant.
o 2009. Research Manager and Associate. SSHRC International Opportunities Fund “Bridging Borders: International Explorations of Youth Use of Information and Communication Technology” ($65, 000.00). Acted as the project manager on this grant, and acted as a co-investigator on the project deliverables.
2007 (04) Project Manager, The Equity and Technology Project, Mount Saint Vincent University. Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - Initiatives on the New Economy (INE) Research Grant ($799,757). Reporting to the PI (Dr. Dianne Looker), responsibilities included: coordinating and conducting research (ethics approval, assignment of research tasks, hiring and managing research assistants, managing data); coordinating research proposals (drafting/editing and coordinating proposals); administering budgets; coordinating travel, communications (including the website, blog, newsletters, internal communication) and coordinating an international workshop (Lunenburg, June 9 – 10th 2006).
2007 (06) Project Coordinator, Radio Broadcast and Best Practices in Teaching and Learning Technology, Mount Saint Vincent University. SSHRC-INE Outreach Grant ($49, 900). This project consisted of two FM radio broadcasts, one hosted by a provincial high school, the other by the community of Wolfville, N.S., as well as a best-practices workshop consisting of nominated school board members from across Nova Scotia. Primary duties include administration of the budget (cheque requisitions, payroll, honorariums, tracking expenditures), coordinating all organizational logistics and tasks for all three events, and contact with community and organizational partners.
2007 (04) Free-lance writer, Clients included: McKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects; Cellera Industries; Time-Sensitive Transportation; Town of Pictou; Progress Magazine; and Research & Discovery Magazine.
2004 (02) Research Assistant. Dr. Ann Dale, Trudeau Fellow and Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Development. e-Dialogues for Sustainable Development Research Project (e-dialogues.ca), SSHRC, Royal Roads University. On a contractual basis, assisted Dr. Dale in research, assessment and launch of the e-dialogues research project, designed to stimulate substantive dialogue between leading academics and diverse audiences, including the policy community; primary delivery was a publishable paper on the history of dialogue in Canada.
o 2002-2010 Total Public Funds Managed: $1, 456,450.00
2010(11) Teaching Assistantship, SLWK 7001, Social Work Practice Research, Dalhousie University
2008(09) Teaching Assistantship, Sociology, Intro to SPSS, Course 3060, Mount Saint Vincent University
2005 (05) Teaching Assistantship, SLWK 3070 Social Service Delivery Analysis, Dalhousie University
2005 (04) Teaching Assistantship, Course: Issues in Career Development, Dalhousie University
2002 (00) Teaching Assistantship, Course: SOSA 1000 Introductory Sociology, Department of Sociology, Dalhousie University
Academic Achievements Awarded
2010-11 $8000, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, in support of the publication’ Digital Diversity’, Wilfred Laurier Press (with D. Looker)
2010-11 $4000, Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship.
2008-10 $15, 728 ID PhD Program, Research Grant, Dalhousie University (year two declined due to a change in supervisor and program focus)
2006 $4000 Writing Honorarium, Collaboration with Dr. Jeff Karabanow, Dalhousie University. Equity and Technology Project – SSHRC-INE
2004 $45, 000 ‘PhD Researcher’ 36 month Studentship, Inter-university Centre for Research on Work and Globalization (CRIMT.org), SSHRC-MCRI, University of Laval
2002 $62, 500 Four-year Graduate Assistantship (GaP), University of Alberta
2002 $1000 University of Alberta, Recruitment Scholarship
2000 (02) $3500 Corby Distilleries Promotional Representative, National Promotions Winner for On-Campus Events
2001 $500 Travel Grant, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University
2000 $1500 Black and Gold Leadership Award, Dalhousie University
2000 Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Securities Commission
1999 Academic All-Canadian, Dalhousie University (Men’s Hockey)
o 2002-2007 Total Student Funding Awarded: $154, 978
Recent Publications / Presentations
Book - Co-Editor
E. Dianne Looker and Ted D. Naylor (Eds.) Digital Diversity: Youth, Equity, and Information Technology. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press.
(Academic - refereed)
*2010. “Being Hooked-Up: Exploring the Experiences of Street Youth with Information Communication Technology,” (with Jeff Karabanow) in E. Dianne Looker and Ted D. Naylor (Eds.) Digital Diversity: Youth, Equity, and Information Technology. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press. Pp. 161-178.
2010. “Introduction,” (with E. Dianne Looker) in E. Dianne Looker and Ted D. Naylor (Eds.) Digital Diversity: Youth, Equity, and Information Technology.
Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press. Pp. 1-36
2010. “In the ‘Ditch’ or On the Proverbial ‘Information Highway’: An Investigation of Equity and Technological Literacies in the Preparation and Practice of Teachers,” (with Blye W. Frank) in E. Dianne Looker and Ted D. Naylor (Eds.) Digital Diversity: Youth, Equity, and Information Technology.
Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press. Pp. 117-140
2010 “Maybe it’s Not the Teachers: Investigating the Problem of ICT Integration into Education,” (with E. Dianne Looker) in E. Dianne Looker & Ted D. Naylor (Eds.) Digital Diversity: Youth, Equity, and Information Technology. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press. Pp. 141 – 160.
2009. “The risk of being rural: A comparison of risk factors for urban and rural youth,” (with Dr. E. Dianne Looker). Journal of Rural and Community Development. Vol. 4(2). Pp. 39-64.
*2007. “Street Youth and Information Technology: An Exploration into Social
Inclusion and Exclusion.” (with Jeff Karabanow) The International Journal of the
Humanities. Vol. 5(3), Pp. 253-260.
*2005. “Dialogue and Public Space: An Exploration of Radio and
Information Communication Technologies,” (with Ann Dale) Canadian Journal of Political Science. Vol. 34(1). Pp. 203-226.
2002. “Democracy @ e-Government? Exploring the Citizen/State Interface: e-Dialogues, ICTs &
Public Policy Formulation,” in M. Head (Ed.) Conference Proceedings of the Third World
Congress on the Management of Electronic Commerce, Hamilton, Canada.
2008. “Knowledge isn’t enough: Westlink’s creating the playing field of academic commercialization,” in Progress Research & Discovery Magazine. Issue 30(2). Pp. 4-5.
2007. Book Review. David Whitson and Richard Gruneau (Eds.) Artificial Ice:
Hockey,Culture and Commerce. Canadian Book Review Annual.
2006. Book Review. Robert Sweet and Paul Anisef (Eds.) Preparing for Post-
Secondary Education: New Roles for Governments and Families. Canadian Review of Sociology and Social Anthropology. http://www.csaa.ca/CRSA/BookReview/Reviews/200607/200607SWEET.ht
2003. Book Review. Richard Florida The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming
Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life. Canadian Journal of Public Policy. Vol.
2007. “Exploring Technological Equity in Nova Scotia Schools,” The Teacher. (with Charlene Croft). Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union Magazine. June Issue. Halifax, N.S.
2005. “Progress People: The Quiet Crusader, A Profile of Dr. Peter Aucoin,” Progress
Conferences & workshops (selected)
2009 (with assistance to Looker). Rural faces, rural minds in Educational Spaces,” Presented to Prepared Minds, Prepared Places Conference. Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation, Toronto, On. Oct. 26-27.
2009. “Shades of Masculinity: Health across the life-span.” (with Dr. Blye W. Frank and Dr. Cara Tannenbaum). Presented at the American Men’s Studies Association Conference, Montreal, April 3-5.
2009. “Health, Illness, Men and Masculinity (HIMM): HIMM @ Work,” (with Dr. Blye W. Frank and Dr. Joan Evans). Presented at the American Men’s Studies Association Conference, Montreal,
2009. Surveys: From Start to Finish. Statistics Canada Workshop. February 27-28, Halifax, N.S.
2008. “The Push and Pull of Rural Ties On Youth,” (with E. Dianne Looker) Presented at the Canadian Sociological Association, Vancouver, B.C. June 2nd.
2007. “Being Hooked Up: Exploring the Experiences of Street Youth and Information Technologies,” (with Dr. J. Karabanow) Presented at the 5th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, American University of Paris, Paris, France. July 17-20.
2004. Inter-university Centre for Study of Work and Globalization Conference – SSHRC-MCRI. ‘PhD Researcher’ Invitation. Magog-Orford, QC. October 17.
2003. “e-Dialogues Workshop,” McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, University of Toronto, Ontario. October 23.
2002. “Democracy @ e-Government? Exploring the Citizen/State Interface: e-Dialogues, ICTs & Public Policy Formulation,” Presented at the Third World Congress on the
Management of Electronic Commerce, Hamilton, Ontario.
2001. “Mapping Social Relations: Institutional Ethnography Conference.” Syracuse, New York. June 1-3.
2010. “Development of an Approach to Identify and Secure Business Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Sector in Greenland.” Submitted to Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency, Halifax, N.S. Pp. 1 – 150.
2010. Environmental Scan: Assessing the Trade Potential of Denmark. Submitted to Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency, Halifax, N.S.
Pp. 1 – 48
2010. Environmental Scan: Assessing the Trade Potential of the Netherlands. Submitted to Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency, Halifax, N.S.
Pp. 1 – 56
2009. Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM). Report on the status of Investment
Promotion Agencies, on behalf of Kisserup International Trade Roots Ltd.
2009. “Men’s health in Canada,” with B. Frank, J. Oliffe, S. Robertson, D.R. McCreary,
G.Tremblay, M. Phillips) in Men's health around the world: a review of policy and progress in 11 countries, Pp. 19- 23 D. Wilkins and E. Savoye (Eds.) European Men’s Health Forum. Brussels, Belgium. http://www.mhfs.org.uk/documents/EMHF-IMHPR-final.pdf
2010. “The affordability of a nutritious diet for Nova Scotia University Students,” with with P.L.
Williams (first author), D. Reimer, C. Johnson, R. Green, I. Blum, M. Amero) Canadian Journal of Public Health (Submitted)
2010. “The affordability of a nutritious diet for Income Assistance recipients in Nova Scotia (2002-
2008),” with P.L. Williams (first author), D. Reimer, C. Johnson, R. Green, I. Blum, M. Amero) Canadian Journal of Public Health (Submitted).
2010. All things equal? 1st generation immigrant youth labour outcomes in Canada. Atlantic
Metropolis Working Paper Series (In-preparation).