Brian Barge is co-founder, President and CEO of The Evidence Network. Brian has served as President & CEO of three leading innovation intermediaries in Canada. He led CMC Microsystems (2000-2006) in its provision of advanced tools, technologies and services for microsystems research and innovation at universities across Canada, the Ottawa Economic Development Corporation (1996-2000) in support of the growth of Ottawa’s economy, and the Alberta Research Council (1991-1996) in the development and commercialization of technology.
Over his 40-year career in innovation management, often in a global context, Brian has forged numerous innovative initiatives among universities, industries and governments that have stimulated the formation and growth of countless technology-intensive firms. His leadership in assessment of the impact of innovation intermediaries was stimulated through needs identified during his service on the Board of Directors of over 15 innovation intermediaries operating across diverse sectors, including those responsible for research and technology development, research park and incubator administration, health research translation, high performance computing, and regional economic development. Brian began his career as a scientist with the ARC, and established international prominence in the field of radar meteorology. He has degrees in honors physics (BA, University of Saskatchewan) and meteorology (MSc, PhD, McGill).
Margaret Dalziel is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Conrad Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Waterloo, and VP Research, The Evidence Network (TEN). Margaret joined the University of Waterloo in 2013 from the University of Ottawa, where she was Associate Professor at the Telfer School of Management. She joined Telfer in 2001 with 15 years experience in technology development and research management in the private sector, with the Canadian Space Agency, and with the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University.
Margaret teaches courses in technology entrepreneurship, and conducts research on interorganizational relations focusing on innovation intermediaries and the structure of the economy. She has produced over 100 articles and has served on expert panels sponsored by the Council of Canadian Academies, the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology, and Statistics Canada. Margaret holds degrees in business (PhD, UQAM; MBA, McGill), computer science (BSc, McGill), and music (ARCT, Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto).
Cameron was accepted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Society for his outstanding achievements and contributions during his MBA degree. Beta Gamma Sigma is an international, invitational academic honour society and is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. He also received the MBA Student Leadership Award, presented by the Telfer School of Management, in recognition of outstanding leadership and extra-curricular contributions during his time in the program.
Cameron has worked extensively in the biotech industry and brings sales and marketing experience from the Canadian clinical diagnostic field. He specializes in connecting science with business to promote the commercialization of advanced technology and grow innovative firms. His strengths are in business strategy development, performance, and entrepreneurial management. When Cameron is not working you can find him on the golf course, playing baseball, or if it is winter, on the hockey rink. Cameron is actively involved in the Ottawa community and is a Director of the Telfer School of Management Alumni Association.
Sonya Shorey is both the principal of Sonya Shorey Consulting and a partner of TEN. Sonya is a communications executive with over 10 years of experience in achieving business results through the delivery of integrated communications strategies for private, public and non-profit organizations. She has served as the Director of Marketing Communications for CMC Microsystems from 2001 to 2008, and as Manager of Communications and Organizational Development for the 10G Organization of Optical Networks under the auspices of Nortel Networks from 1999 to 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Combined High Honors in Political Science and English from Carleton University.
Ashley Walker is the Director of Assessments with The Evidence Network. She brings experience working as a Business Analyst in both the Oil and Gas industry in Calgary, as well as the non-profit sector in Ottawa. Her strengths in economic modeling, data analysis, process improvement, and socio-economic assessment allow her to draw meaningful recommendations for innovation-enabling organizations. Ashley holds a Bachelors in Economics and Society from the University of Calgary and an MBA from the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa.
Xiao (Mimosa) Zhao is a Senior Impact Analyst with The Evidence Network. She has substantial experience working with large datasets and solid knowledge in econometrics and statistical analysis, gained through work on research projects at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. Mimosa holds degrees in fashion design and engineering (BEng, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology), English language and literature (BA, BIFT), and innovation management (MSc, University of Ottawa).
Natalie Hughes is an Impact Analyst with The Evidence Network. Natalie has experience working in the fields of economic development and forestry, and has worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, as well as the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University, and two degrees from Lakehead University; an Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Master of Science in Forestry. Natalie’s strengths in research, data analysis, and document editing allow her to present valuable recommendations for innovation-enabling organizations. Her spare time is filled with a medley of outdoor hobbies including hiking, camping, and kayaking.
Conor Meade is the Partner with The Evidence Network Inc. He wears several hats at TEN, working closely with other team members in client services, business development, assessments, research, and marketing strategy. Conor is a passionate advocate for our product offerings and unique evaluation methodology, leveraging his knowledge in the fields of econometrics, innovation measurement, and survey design to communicate TEN’s value to our sophisticated and knowledgeable client base.
Prior to joining TEN, Conor worked at Industry Canada, conducting research on innovation metrics, disruptive technology, and ICT business development. He left Industry Canada to found Sprint Graphics, a digital marketing agency serving small and medium businesses in Ottawa and Toronto. Conor holds a B.Comm, Finance from the University of Guelph and an M.A. Economics from Simon Fraser University.
In his free time, Conor enjoys hockey, skiing, squash, ultimate frisbee, piano, stage acting, and performing amateur stand-up comedy. He serves as Chair of the Digital Marketing Committee at the Jack Purcell Recreation Centre, and Chair of the Web and Social Media Marketing Committee at the Canadian Science Policy Centre.
Susan Hickman is the bookkeeper and virtual office manager for The Evidence Network Inc. Bringing her diverse experience to the position, Susan maintains the finances and provides administrative support to the TEN team.
Susan works in administration and finance for various small businesses and non-profit organizations in Ottawa. Over the past 20 years, she has worked for many organizations including Polaris Institute, Jack Purcell Recreation Association and Sierra Club of Canada. Susan is passionate about social and environmental justice issues and she is an avid reader and watcher of all things science fiction.