For over 8 years now I’ve been an independent consultant in health research, with a particular focus on knowledge translation (KT) approaches and and processes. I worked for Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from 2003-2008, leading its KT-oriented Research Matters project.

During that time I was variously based in Ottawa, Dakar, Lusaka and Nairobi. Since 2008, my focus has remained on developing KT processes, strategies and institutions across the developing and, increasingly, the developed world.

Now based in Taos, NM, I think and write. I create strategic plans. I apply systems thinking to projects and organizations. I evaluate. I facilitate priority setting processes. I seed organizational development processes. I develop sustainable fundraising plans and communications strategies. I shoot video and create animation to make projects and ideas come alive. I lead training workshops and deliberative dialogues. I work with policy-makers. I conduct situation/stakeholder analyses.

But mostly I think and write. And have just now launched, with my colleague Eric Derks, The Canopy Lab to explore systems-thinking approaches…




Over the years, my clients have included:

  1. the Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) (World Health Organization – Geneva)

  2. EVIPNet Europe (WHO – Copenhagen) and WHO Country Office Moldova

  3. the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (World Health Organization – Geneva)

  4. the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)

  5. the Society of Family Planning (SFP – Philadelphia)

  6. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS)

  7. the SURE Project (Strengthening the Use of Research Evidence in African Health Systems) (the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services)

  8. the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (World Health Organization – Geneva)

  9. the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) (World Health Organization – Geneva)

  10. Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) (World Health Organization – Geneva)

  11. the International Development Research Centre (IDRC – Ottawa)

  12. the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR – Ottawa)