Our Team

Dave Watters

President & CEO

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.

David holds an Economics degree 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, School of Management he has taught International Negotiation to MBA students for seven years.

Dawnita Spac

Vice President and COO

Dawnita Spac helped lay the groundwork of Global Advantage Consulting Group in 2002. As COO, 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.

Dawnita holds a B.A. from McGill University and the University of Vienna, an Executive MBA from Queen’s University, and an Advanced Facilitation Certification from Windsor University and Harvard University.

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Liisa Plitz

Managing Partner

Liisa Plitz is a Managing Partner at Global Advantage. Liisa heads administrative responsibilities promoting and building structure within Global Advantage Consulting Group. Further, Liisa’s responsibilities include accounting duties and organizational duties.

Liisa has a 10 year background in entrepreneurship having built property management and landscape design companies.

Graduating from Algonquin College at the top of her class, Liisa holds a diploma in Business with a focus in entrepreneurship.

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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.

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.

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.”

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.

Edmer Buen

Multimedia Developer

Edmer Buen creates and manages multimedia content for Global Advantage Consulting Group. He has been contributing to the software development team since May 2017 with Algonquin College’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation. He joined the Global Advantage team full time in January 2018.

Shannon Wilson

Software Developer

Shannon Wilson is a software developer for Global Advantage Consulting Group. Before joining, she started with Algonquin College’s Applied Research and Innovation contributing to Global Advantage for 8 months. She holds a Mobile Application Design and Development Diploma (2017) from Algonquin College.

Philip Anderson Petitpas

Research Analyst

Philip Anderson Petitpas is a research analyst at Global Advantage Consulting Group. He is completing his Honours Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Ottawa. Phillip hopes to one day become a International Management Consultant.

Jerry Zhu

Research Analyst

Jerry Zhu is a research analyst at Global Advantage Consulting Group. Currently completing his Joint Honours in Economics and Political Science at the University of Ottawa, Jerry hopes to drive cleantech innovations in the future.

Emily Fraser

Research Analyst

Emily Fraser is a research analyst at Global Advantage Consulting Group. A student at Carleton University, she is working towards a Bachelors of Public Affairs and Policy Management. Emily intends to further her schooling with a Masters in International Affairs.

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Sarah Nascimben

Research Analyst

Sarah Nascimben is a research analyst at Global Advantage Consulting Group. Sarah is currently completing her undergrad in Public Affairs and Policy Management with a specialization is Development Studies at Carleton University. Sarah hopes to conduct research that powers innovative-social policy, and to guide the implementation of policy.

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