David Wynne, Founding Partner and CEO
David has over forty years’ experience in international business development, venture capital, fund management and operations. He served as a senior diplomat for Canada in Korea, Japan and Singapore, as Chair of the Interdepartmental APEC Committee to coordinate Canada’s participation in APEC, as Canada’s representative to the APEC Budget and Administration Committee and as Canadian Deputy Chair of the APEC Economic Committee. He has extensive experience in trade policy, including serving as Canadian Chair to the Trilateral Committee on Forest Products with Japan and the U.S.
In the private sector he held and holds senior management and Board positions in hi-tech, investment and fund management companies.
He presently leads Greentech Asia Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based consulting company specializing in economic, market entry and trade policy advisory services. Clients have included Singapore Government, Global Affairs Canada, and provinces of Ontario and Quebec. He presently serves as Advisor and Limited Partner in Raiven Capital, one of Canada’s top fifty early-stage venture capital funds and on various tech Boards. He is Past President and current Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
Chad Rickaby, Managing Partner and SVP Business Development
Chad has a strong background in public policy, urban governance, and economics. He brings robust research and writing skills with strong experience in survey design and enumeration, engagement facilitation techniques and communication.
Chad has a breadth of facilitation and capacity building experience. From his international development work with the British Council to work with Canadian municipal and regional clients, meaningful engagement always plays a critical part in the project. Chad earned a certification in Gender Based Analysis +, an analytical process, administered by the Government of Canada, to assess how diverse groups of women, men and non-binary people may experience policies, programs and initiatives.
Brady Fox, Senior Partner and SVP Research
Brady is experienced in analysis of emerging markets in Asia, national technology policies, the experience of Canadian firms. His primary research skills include interview as well as survey design and implementation, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and critical analysis of political systems and discourse. In particular, Brady has a strong research background within Asia with a focus on the intersection of Canada, China, and ASEAN and publications in English, Japanese and Chinese. Recent works include 2019 Canada-China Cleantech Outcomes (lead author), The Canadian AI Ecosystem 2018 (lead author), as well as Beijing and Overseas Chinese: Flashpoints in the Asia Pacific (lead author).
Dr. John Wiebe, Senior Associate
John D. Wiebe is the President and CEO of the GLOBE Group of Companies, having started the GLOBE Foundation in 1993, a renowned environmental business group headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. As an internationally known expert on environmental business and the application of sustainability principles to business ventures, he was recognized most recently in Sept. 2011 as one of Canada’s Clean16, naming him one of 16 individuals who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada. He has managed projects and advised governments and corporations in all parts of the world for the past 30 years. He has been a senior executive with the Government of Canada and served on the National Roundtable on Environment and the Economy where he chaired the Capital MarketsTaskforce. He has chaired many public hearings on major infrastructure developments in Canada including the Roberts Bank Superport.
He has served as President &CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation ;Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Education Centre Network and Global Schools Inc.; Chair of the Vancouver Economic Development Commission ; Director of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities; the McCrae Institute; Tonbridge Power Inc.; Green Angel Energy Corp;Desert Gold Corp; West Mountain Capital Corp,;Advantage BC;Bolton’s Capital Corp. on the Advisory Boards of the Simon Fraser University School of Business, Enbala Power Networks ,ERA Ecosystem Restoration Associates,Government of Canada’s Cleantech Sector Advisory Board the Banff School of Management and the East West Center.He currently serves as the Chairman of Green Table Network and Executive Chair of Globe Performance Solutions Ltd. ; is a Director of EcoCanada; InTrust Global Investments LLC; Sustainable Media Group LLC ;. ZeroFootprint Ltd.; the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) and is a member of Procter&Gambles Expert Advisory Panel.
Dr. Guy Stanley, Senior Associate
Guy Stanley, a public affairs consultant for many years with Fortune 500 companies and public sector organizations, is active with the Foresight Synergy Network, University of Ottawa, as as a GTAsia Senior Associate.
Guy has a Ph.D. in international history from the LSE (1974) and has been able to blend university teaching with his consulting practice. He was Director of the IMBA program at the University of Ottawa (2000-2003) and Director of Technology & Innovation at the Conference Board of Canada (2006-8). He taught international commerce at HEC, Montréal (1990-2000 ) and McGill (1995-2008) after 10 years (1979-1990) in the US, mainly at the University of Connecticut and Pace University, New York, where he was research director of a centre on North American Business Studies. His publications include a book on issues management (Public Issues Management, 1986, JAI Press), and, in collaboration with Dian Cohen, CTV national business editor, three books about responding to the technological challenges of the 1990s (No Small Change (1993), Macmillan Canada, Class Action (1993), Robert Davies Press, and Net Results (2001) iuniverse). His latest book, Rebuilding Liberalism: Social Justice with Individual Freedom, Dundurn Press, was published last July. He lives in Beaconsfield, QC.
Dr. Anton Malkin, Associate
A GTAsia associate with a focus on intellectual property in East Asia, Anton has published works on the impact of China’s industrial upgrading policies on global trade governance, the domestic politics of capital account liberalization in China, and China’s relationship with the International Monetary Fund and regional financial governance arrangements. Anton’s current research examines the impact of China’s industrial policies on Chinese multinational firms’ acquisition of foreign-owned technology assets and China’s financing of emerging technologies through venture capital.
Anton is currently an Assistant Professor in Global Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.
Dr. Sakura Yamasaki, Associate
Dr. Sakura Yakasaki brings a wealth of expertise and experience in the energy field. She is currently Managing Director of the Singapore Solar Exchange (SSE), the world’s first online portal designed specially to facilitate the trading of solar cells, wafers and polysilicon on the open market. SSE also produces a widely read and highly respected weekly digest of news and activities in the solar space.
Before joining SSE, Sakura was Head of Research/Business Development for Ginga Petroleum, the holding company for the Ginga Group and the broking arm for the physical markets in LPG, Naphtha and Coal. Prior to that she was Research Fellow at the National Foundation for Scientific Research (FNRS), Belgium. She was awarded her PhD at the Université catholique de Louvain, France, specializing in Nuclear Energy Policies.
Fluent in English, French and Japanese, Sakura is frequently retained for her expertise to the field of solar energy, including technology and project assessment and sourcing, and is well connected into the Japanese energy sector.
Denea Bascombe, Associate
Denea is a policy professional skilled in research, data analytics, and communication, with home bases at either end of the Asia Pacific: in Vancouver, Canada, and Sydney, Australia. She provides proven expertise in Canada-Asia trade and innovation relations, and sustainable development policy. In her work as a research fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, she focused on the role of green and emerging technologies in regional trade and investment, and innovation as an important component of Canada’s export strategy. She has also worked as a small-service contractor for the David Suzuki Foundation, contributor to the survey design team for the 2016 Canada-ASEAN Business Council Forum, and short-term data analyst for the Inter-American Development Bank. Denea received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia. She is completing her Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney in 2020, where she has spent three years working in both legal publications and legal tech solutions.
Craig Wilson, Associate
GTAsia Senior Research Associate, Craig is a multi-lingual (Mandarin Chinese, French, Swedish) trained economist who has specialised in strategic policy and innovation issues for over four decades, in both Canada’s Foreign Service and in the private sector.
His career in Canada’s Foreign Service included four assignments in greater China (Chongqing, Taipei, Beijing, Hong Kong) and an enviable record of geo-strategic and economic policy work, including experience in WTO, UN, and APEC. Craig contributed to the Canadian Government’s 2007 Trade Strategy and currently participates in the Ottawa Foresight Synergy Network. He was the co-facilitator and writer for the 2018 North Korea War Strategy Scenarios with various Canadian Government Departments and Agencies. In his consulting work, he has had a strong China technology policy focus, including acting head of the China 937 project 2012-16. He has successfully guided consulting clients in both Canada and the U.S. towards more efficient Chinese technology choices and stronger service support.
He was the co-author of ‘China’s Innovation Capacity 2030-2040 and the implications for Canada’, commissioned by Canada’s National Research Council.
Craig has Bachelors in Business Admin from UNB, Bachelor in Economics (scl) UNB, Chinese diploma cert Chinese University in Hong Kong. He received an Award of Merit for the Innovation portion of 2007 Trade Strategy.