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

In addition to providing strategic advice to academic and private sector clients, Robert has held several leadership roles in collaborative innovation. His private sector career involved roles at Nortel, Bruce Generating Station, and GE Canada. He sits on the Boards of private and not-for-profit organizations and is an active participant internationally in standards development for technology and innovation. Robert holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa along with a B.Eng. and M.Eng. in mechanical and electrical engineering respectively from McGill University. He is a professional engineer in the province of Ontario and a Project Management Professional.

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.

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”.

Mark Schacter

Senior Partner

Mark Schacter has over 20 years of consulting and training experience in performance measurement, strategy development, governance, risk assessment and program evaluation. He has worked with a wide range of clients in Canada’s federal and provincial governments, as well as multilateral organizations such as the European Commission, the International Labour Office and the World Bank. He has published extensively on issues in public management. Mark holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa, and LL. B. from Oxford University and a BA from Yale University.

jay

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 has been with Global Advantage for the past two years. As an associate partner, he manages the processes of research and creation of ecosystem maps and accompanying presentation decks, conducts research and data analysis, writes reports and proposals and helps design policy and programs. He had previously worked in the academia and financial services. Ömer holds an MA in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies from Carleton University.

Daniel Katz

Research Analyst

Daniel Katz is a research analyst 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.

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.