Our Team

Dave Watters

President & CEO

David Watters is the President and CEO of the firm. Prior to the creation of Global Advantage, David pursued a 30 year career in the Government of Canada including Assistant Deputy Minister positions in Industry Canada, Treasury Board, and Finance Canada. As the Assistant Deputy Minister at Finance Canada for Economic Development and Corporate Finance, he helped shape Canada’s economic and innovation investments. David then established the Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc. in Ottawa in 2002. Since then, the firm has completed over 500 assignments in Canada and abroad, providing advice to corporate, association, university, and government clients, primarily in the areas of R&D, new technology development, innovation, commercialization, economic development, and trade.

David holds a bachelor’s in economics from Queen’s University as well as a law degree in corporate, commercial, and tax law from Queen’s Law School. As an adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa for seven years, he taught International Negotiation to MBA students.

Dawnita Spac

Vice President and COO

Dawnita Spac is Vice President and COO and a co-founder of Global Advantage. She directs stakeholder and client relations and company operations. Prior to the creation of the firm, Dawnita worked for over 32 years in the federal government with over 20 years as a senior executive in Health Canada, Industry Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Public Works and Government Services and the Treasury Board Secretariat. Dawnita has an Honours Bachelors degree from McGill University and the University of Vienna, an EMBA from Queens University and an Advanced Certification in Facilitation and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Harvard/Windsor Law School project.

Dr. Robert J.H. Crawhall

Senior Partner

Robert J.H. Crawhall is a senior partner with Global Advantage. Since May 2017, Robert has advised Global Advantage on advanced technology and policy related projects. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa along with a B.Eng and M.Eng in Mechnical and Electrical engineering respectively from McGill University.

Dr. Camille Boulet

Senior Partner

Dr. Camille Boulet, senior partner at Global Advantage since 2019, has extensive experience in defence S&T, strategy, and policy in Canada, the United States, and NATO. Awarded the United States of America Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service (2018). He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Victoria, British Columbia and a B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta. Completed National Securities Studies (NSS) course at Canadian Forces College, Toronto, Ontario.

Maurice J. Hladik

Senior Partner

Maurice J. Hladik has been working with Global Advantage Consulting Group since early 2016 as a Senior Partner, helping with analysis and document preparation. He holds a MSc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of British Columbia and has worked in the agriculture and trade sectors. Maurice is the author of “Demystifying Food from Farm to Fork.”

Liisa Plitz

Managing Partner

Liisa Plitz is a managing partner at Global Advantage, heading administrative and sales and marketing responsibilities since 2017. Liisa holds a Business Diploma, graduating at the top of her class from Algonquin College. She possesses over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience.

Jayant Kumar

Managing Partner

Jayant Kumar is a managing partner and policy research analyst at Global Advantage Consulting Group, contributing in various capacities since March 2017. He has a Masters in Electronic Business Technologies from the University of Ottawa, and previously worked in corporate banking and risk management.

Ömer Kaya

Associate Partner

Ömer Kaya is an associate partner with Global Advantage. He has been contributing to the mapping, research and analysis team since January 2018 and previously worked in academia and financial sales and marketing. Ömer holds an MA in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies from Carleton University.

Sydney Martin

Research Analyst

Sydney Martin is a research analyst currently completing her undergraduate degree in environmental economics and public policy at the University of Ottawa. In the future, Sydney plans to pursue a Master of Economics.

Edmer Buen

Multimedia Developer

Edmer Buen is a Multimedia Developer and has managed graphical content for Global Advantage since 2017. He holds an Interactive Multimedia Design Diploma from Algonquin College.

Shannon Wilson

Software Developer

Shannon Wilson is a software developer and financial assistant for Global Advantage since 2017. She holds a Mobile Application Design and Development Diploma from Algonquin College.

Shaan Mahal

Research Analyst

Shaan Mahal is a research analyst currently completing his undergraduate degree in Life Sciences at Queen's University.

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