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My Background

I am a Canadian citizen living in Montreal. I received from Bachelors Degree in Engineering from McGill University in 1976 and subsequently earned an MBA in 1979, also from McGill.

After two years with a mining company as an engineer, I joined the Management Consulting Department of an established Montreal-based engineering consulting firm in 1981. This Department dealt mainly with the provision of management and regulatory services to a few Canadian electric utilities located throughout the country, the main ones being TransAlta Utilities (Alberta), Newfoundland Light and Power and Maritime Electric (Prince Edward Island). I worked in this department for 15 years.

Over time, the mix of projects on which I worked gradually changed to those funded by international development agencies (such as the World Bank) and, as a result, I slowly entered into conducting more and more work of a similar nature internationally. My job then took me to Haiti, Madagascar, Thailand and India on different projects.

In 1996, I became an independent consultant. By then, most of my professional opportunities were in an international venue, and typically involved development projects. Since that time, I have worked on consulting projects in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belize, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Canada, China, Egypt, Haiti, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles and Tajikistan.