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.

Ömer Kaya

Vice-President, Research and Business Development

Ömer Kaya is the Vice-President of Research and Business Development at Global Advantage Consulting Group, contributing in various capacities since January 2018. As an VP of research and development, 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.

Shannon Wilson

Vice-President, Operations

Shannon Wilson is the Vice-President of Operations for Global Advantage and has been with us since 2017. As VP of operations, 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.

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 Partner

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

Lead Research Analyst

Daniel Katz is a lead 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.

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 joins Global Advantage again as a co-op student from the University of Ottawa’s master’s course in Public and International Affairs. Prior to coming to Canada, she worked as a mineral exploration geologist in Africa and South America. Kathryn 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 from Loughborough University. She is a Chartered Geologist through the Geological Society of London and a Qualified Information Scientist.

Matan Sirota

Research Analyst

Matan Sirota is a Research Analyst at Global Advantage Consulting Group. He is currently pursuing a BSc. in Financial Mathematics and Economics at the University of Ottawa.

Hamza Ali

Economic Policy Researcher

Hamza Ali is an Economic Policy Researcher at Global Advantage Consulting Group. He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s Smith School of Business and is undertaking an M.A. in Economics at McGill starting Fall of 2021. His previous professional background is in financial services, including positions as a Business Strategy and Analytics Analyst and Equity Research Analyst.