Our Team

Ömer Kaya

Chief Executive Officer

Ömer Kaya is the Chief Executive Officer at Global Advantage Consulting Group. As CEO, Ömer is responsible for every aspect of the business to support public and private sector organizations including overall business strategy and planning, team leadership, management of processes, programs, and projects, as well as client relationships and partnerships. He has over 4 years of experience in the management consulting industry. Ömer had previously worked in the academia holding teaching and research positions, and the private sector in sales, marketing, and financial services. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University.

Shannon Wilson

Chief Operating Officer

Shannon Wilson is the Chief Operating Officer for Global Advantage and has been with us since 2017. As COO, Shannon manages the financial processes of the business, writes reports and proposals, operates the HR aspects of the business and heads Global Advantage's IT infastructure. She holds a Mobile Application Design and Development Diploma from Algonquin College.

David Watters

President

David’s 30 year career in the Government of Canada included Assistant Deputy Ministerial responsibilities in a variety of Economic Ministries including Industry Canada, Treasury Board and Finance Canada. He was the Assistant Deputy Minister in Finance Canada for Economic Development and Corporate Finance, where he helped to shape Canada’s economic and innovation investments. David then established the Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc. (Ottawa). Since 2002 the firm has completed over 450 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.

Dawnita Spac

Vice-President

Dawnita helped lay the groundwork of Global Advantage Consulting Group in 2002. As Vice-President, Dawnita drives operations and organizations with a specialization in effective interviewing. Dawnita provides insight and perspective with her extensive career experiences in the formation of the company’s vision. Dawnita’s 30+ year career in the federal government included responsibilities as Director helping build organizational structure, policy and strategy for Health Canada, Industry Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Public Works and Government Services, and Treasury Board Secretariat.

Dr. Camille Boulet

Senior Partner

Dr. Camille Boulet has extensive experience in defence and security S&T, strategy, industry collaboration, and public policy in Canada, the United States, and NATO. His 30 year career at DRDC began as a defence scientist specializing in CBRN research and ended as Chief of Staff (ADM S&T), with many successes including the conception and implementation of the IDEaS program. Cam was 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. Cam completed his National Securities Studies (nss) course at Canadian Forces College, Toronto, Ontario.

Dr. Robert J.H. Crawhall

Strategic Advisor

Robert Crawhall is a strategic innovation advisor to the public, private and academic sectors in AI, cybersecurity, net-zero energy and advanced materials. His private sector career spanned telecommunications, energy and manufacturing sectors with multinational corporations. Over the past 15 years he has run several collaborative innovation organizations focused on nanotechnology, IoT, eCommerce, wireless and photonic technologies. Robert sits on the boards of private and not-for-profit organizations dealing with aerospace manufacturing, advanced materials and national security. He holds the ICD.D Director certification. Robert is a professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Peter MacKinnon

Senior Associate

Peter MacKinnon has a rich background working in the public and private sectors as well as in academic and international institutions. For example, for the private sector he worked for Cognos as Director of Corporate Development and later as Director, Computer-Aided Software Engineering. For the federal government he has worked for the Ministry of State for Science and Technology, as a Special Advisor on Advanced Information and Communication Technologies. Academically he has worked as an adjunct professor of engineering at Carleton University and at the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa as Executive Director of WiSense (Heterogeneous wireless sensor networks). He is currently a Senior Research Associate in a Smart Cities Lab in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Partner with Global Advantage.

Maurice J. Hladik

Senior Partner

As a former diplomat and corporate executive, Maurice J. Hladik has extensive international trade and business experience. He served in Canada’s diplomatic missions in Munich, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Seoul driving bilateral commercial relations. With Iogen Corporation, he initiated Shell’s quarter billion-dollar investment in the company and as a registered lobbyist with both US houses of Congress, he understands government relations. Maurice has a BSc. (UofA) and an MSc. (UBC) both in Agricultural Economics plus a certificate in Transportation Economics from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Maurice is also the author of “Demystifying Food from Farm to Fork”.

Edmer Buen

Senior Multimedia Developer

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

Daniel Katz, CCMP

Lead Research Analyst, Environment and Sustainability

Daniel Katz is a Lead Research Analyst in Environment and Sustainability at Global Advantage Consulting Group who comes from a background in Journalism and Communications. He holds a BA from Carleton University along with a Diploma and Graduate Diploma from Algonquin College.

Michael Rowell

Lead Research Analyst

Michael Rowell is a lead research analyst at Global Advantage Consulting Group. Contributing in various capacities since June 2020, he has a Masters in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, along with a Joint-Honours bachelor's in Political Science and History from McGill University.

Rustam Nurbekov

Research Analyst

Rustam is research analyst at Global Advantage Consulting Group. He has a background in translation, media and management. He is currently completing his Master’s at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University.

Kathryn Kavanagh

Research Analyst

Kathryn Kavanagh has rejoined Global Advantage after completing her master’s degree in Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. Prior to coming to Canada, she worked as a mineral exploration geologist in Africa and South America. She also has experience as an adviser to government and of project development and implementation for consulting companies and spent several years editing dictionaries for Oxford University Press. Her current interests lie in international affairs, particularly in international development and in the challenges faced by fragile states. Kathryn also has bachelor’s degrees in Classics from the University of Oxford and in Geology from Rhodes University in South Africa, as well as a master’s in Library and Information Studies. She is a Chartered Geologist through the Geological Society of London and a Qualified Information Scientist.