Jeff’s career has taken him all over Canada and across the world, spanning private international business and public commercial policy.
As Director of StrategyCorp’s Geopolitical Advisory Practice, Jeff serves clients in navigating a fast changing political and policy environment by translating big-picture trends into tractable solutions. Armed with technical regulatory knowledge, a background in foreign policy development, and experience negotiating and executing international trade contracts, Jeff brings a unique skillset to position clients to not only prepare for and respond to risks but also to seize opportunities in a new era of globalization.
Prior to joining StrategyCorp, Jeff served on important files and policy areas with the Canadian federal government. His most recent role was Deputy Director at Global Affairs Canada’s China Division where over several years he covered range of files including investment; science, technology & innovation (STI); economic security; and policy surrounding promotion of Canada’s key economic sectors: energy & resources, finance, automotive, life sciences and cleantech. While at Industry Canada he served as Senior Adviser at both the Investment Review Division and the Investment Attraction Directorate. Prior to joining the federal government, he was Nunavut’s Chief Negotiator for the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), where he spearheaded the creation of the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RRCT), a new intergovernmental institution designed to reduce red tape and enable interprovincial business. He also founded an international trade brokerage company focusing on Canadian agricultural exports to China.
Jeff is a keen observer of international relations and geoeconomics, having been published in iPolitics and the C.D. Howe Institute. Hailing from small town Saskatchewan, he is a proud alumnus of the University of Regina. He is also a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.