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Associated Consultants

 

Chreod’s project teams often comprise staff from our Toronto and Shanghai offices, members of our International Advisory Group and the following associated specialist consultants.

Economic Analysis and Development

Social Development

Metropolitan Management

Sustainable Infrastructure

Urban and Regional Planning

Economic Analysis and Development

James Gollub
James Gollub is the founder and director of E-Cubed Institute in San Francisco, committed to developing integrated solutions for sustainable economies. Mr. Gollub has 33 years of experience in economic strategy development, innovation management and institutional design, increasingly focusing on green economies and clean technology industries. One of the foremost practitioners of cluster-based economic strategy in the US, Mr. Gollub has personally directed competitiveness strategy and innovation initiatives in 50 nations, states and regions including in China, Osaka, Bangalore, Hongkong, UAE, South Africa, Brazil, Greater New York, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Ottawa, and several communities in western Canada.

Derek Ireland
Dr. Derek Ireland has worked as an economist, policy analyst and manager in the Canadian public and private sectors for more than 40 years. His current consulting work focuses on how recent advances in economic theory can be applied to better understand public policy issues and challenges in urban and regional development, competition, consumer and innovation policies, and regulatory reform and impact analysis in both advanced and developing countries. His international experience includes a large number of Chreod consulting assignments in China for the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and local governments, and extensive research, development planning and policy work in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Yemen.

Social Development

Linda Hershkovitz
Linda Hershkovitz has a PhD in urban/economic geography and extensive applied experience in social development and gender equality. She has worked in international development for more than two decades, providing consulting services to a range of Canadian and international organizations on programs in South and East Asia (particularly China), North Africa and Eastern Europe, including a long-standing consultancy as Senior Gender Specialist with CIDA’s Asia Branch. She has applied her expertise in socio-economic research, gender analysis, evaluation, and social-impact assessment across a broad range of disciplines, economic sectors, and geographic regions. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto, and served as Cultural Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

Azim Manji
A development planner and economist by training, Azim Manji has served in senior advisory and management roles in urban and regional development projects for a variety of donor agencies, multilateral organizations, and private-sector providers. With more than 20 years of professional experience in infrastructure and development planning, Mr. Manji has coordinated economic and regional development programmes, brokered public/private/ civil-society partnerships, and managed multi-year projects fostering social inclusion and poverty reduction. Aside from his project experience in nearly 30 countries, he has served as the Chief Executive and Director of Com-HABITAT, The Commonwealth’s response to implementing the UN Habitat agenda in the 54 countries of the (British) Commonwealth. He recently completed long-term assignments for the UK Government’s DFID as Director of Operations for one of the most successful anti-poverty programmes in Bangladesh and as the Chief Executive Officer for the largest Challenge Fund in Asia.

Metropolitan Management

Mats Andersson
Mats Andersson has more than 35 years of international professional experience in supporting and managing change and large development initiatives. He worked for 13 years with the World Bank as a municipal finance and urban management specialist, and was the Urban Development Sector Coordinator in its Beijing office for four years, where he coordinated the Bank’s project development, lending and advisory programs. He has led teams providing policy analysis and advice to national and sub-national governments, and assisted governments in planning and implementing municipal infrastructure projects. Mr. Andersson has also led advisory teams on urban studies and metropolitan management. He also assisted governments in Eastern Europe on municipal finance, land, housing, and municipal infrastructure. Prior to joining the World Bank in 1994, Mr. Andersson worked as a management consultant on financial, organizational, and strategic systems planning assignments in Canada, Sweden and Latin America. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.

Hew McConnell
Mr. McConnell has more than 30 years of Canadian and international experience in the planning, design, and operation of municipal infrastructure in both the public and private sectors. Formerly the Director of Greater Vancouver’s Sewerage and Drainage Department, he has extensive experience in metropolitan infrastructure management, including: working with governments, municipal councils and boards; strategy and policy development; consensus building; stakeholder involvement; and technical, operations and financial planning and management. He has extensive knowledge and experience in environmental management and has led the development and delivery of numerous infrastructure projects, including more than 20 assignments in China. Mr. McConnell has worked extensively with Chreod in China, and co-authored with Edward Leman and Zhang Rufei a book on public infrastructure investment finance, published by China Economics and Finance Press. Sustainable Infrastructure

Sustainable Infrastructure

Chris Kennedy
Chris Kennedy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses in Engineering Ecology, Infrastructure Economics and the Design of Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities. His work involves applying principles of Industrial Ecology to the design of urban infrastructure systems, including buildings, water systems, and urban transportation. Among his publications are studies of urban metabolism and processes for developing sustainable urban transportation systems. In 2004/05, Dr. Kennedy was a visiting professor at Oxford University and ETH Zürich. He has been a consultant on infrastructure economics for Infrastructure Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He has also conducted professional and voluntary work for the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Environment Canada, the National Research Council, the US National Science Foundation, the World Bank, and OECD. Professor Kennedy is leading innovative research for the World Bank on defining the contribution of cities and metropolitan regions to global greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011/2012. Dr. Kennedy is working as resident advisor on city GHG emissions to OECD in Paris.

Derek Smith
Derek Smith is President of DPS International Inc., based in Ottawa. A hydrogeologist by training, he has managed more than 5000 consulting projects in Canada and in more than 20 countries in Asia, Africa and the Americas. He specializes in industrial audits, water supply and sanitation, solid waste management, sanitary landfill design remediation and operations, hydrogeological studies, training, public education and institutional strengthening. Over the past decade, Mr. Smith has focused on waste management problems in developing tropical countries and island environments. He directed the Solid Waste Master plan project for the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands and designed SWM projects for the Inter-American Development Bank in Northern Brazil. Mr. Smith has worked in five municipalities developing methods to privatize the solid waste management systems in Guatemala under contract to the World Bank. He has recently provided solid waste management advice to the IDB related to the rehabilitation and development of landfills in Georgetown, Guyana.

Urban and Regional Panning

Erin Novakowski
Dr. Novakowski is an urban/regional planner and Associate Professor of Geography at Memorial University in Canada. He has worked with Chreod since the late 1980s, contributing to numerous urban, regional, and community development projects in China, the US, and Canada. Dr. Novakowski is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and has extensive international experience on urban and environmental issues in Canada, the US, Turkey (where he lived and taught for two years) and China. Dr. Novakowski has recent field experience in China’s Gansu Province (including communities in the Gobi Desert), and was the principal researcher on strategies for remote communities in Chreod’s assignment to prepare the Hebei Provincial Development Strategy. His recent published research has focused on constraints to the development of ‘knowledge cities’, supporting the planning of high-tech sectors, and evaluating how to re-orient service economies and cities to the knowledge and environmental economies.

Zhao Min
Dr. Zhao is a Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai. On secondment from Tongji, he recently served as Acting Deputy Director of the Shanghai Urban Planning Bureau. Dr. Zhao began working with Chreod in 1992 as a senior urban/regional development analyst on numerous projects for Chreod in Shanghai, the Yangtze Delta, Hunan, Guizhou, and Guangdong. He has published widely on urban development and planning in China, and has conducted extensive planning in cities across the country.