OUR TEAM

MDR Strategy Group employs a small team of dedicated employees in Nova Scotia and Ontario and is supported by more than one dozen consultants, journalists, and other professionals who contribute tirelessly to meeting this organization’s mandate to support clients in the education space and those committed to building safer, healthier, and greener communities.

 

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M. DANIEL ROUKEMA

CEO

Daniel is a seasoned and award-winning professional recognized for his innovation and thought leadership in non-profit organizational design. His career has been dedicated working with and for non-profit organizations and governments, primarily in licensing and regulation, community economic development, labour market economics, and public health. A recognized facilitator, speaker, and instructor, he has maintained an unwavering commitment to social impact in Canada and around the world for thirty years.

Daniel has been actively involved in consumer protection for ten years working with regulatory bodies overseeing communications departments and leading start-up and transformational change processes at provincial and national levels.  He is the principal architect behind the development of the Canadian Regulatory Guide, a comprehensive national directory of regulatory bodies; RegulatoryJobs.ca, Canada’s hub for employment opportunities in the regulatory sector; and The Registrar magazine, a national consumer protection trade publication. In 2016, Daniel received the Consumer Protection Award from the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR).

Daniel is a member of the Board of Governors of King’s-Edgehill School and the Board of Directors of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Education and Development (CEED) in Nova Scotia.  His governance experience also includes former positions on the Boards of the United Way Halton & Hamilton, Community Development Halton and HMC Connections in Ontario. He previously also served on the Boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, and Child Find Nova Scotia in Halifax, where he presided over the creation and launch of the province’s Amber Alert program.

Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Dalhousie University and pursued an M.S. in Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University.  He received a post-graduate certificate in European Union External Relations from l’Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and an executive certificate in Digital Business Strategy from MIT. Daniel is expected to receive an MBA from the University of Cumbria in 2023.

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ALLISON WEDLER

Web and Graphic Design Lead

Allison has more than 10 years of graphic design experience with start-up companies and large corporations, including Lockheed Martin Canada. Since working at MDR, Allison has been instrumental in overseeing complex projects for regulators in Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, and other organizations in Canada and the US.

Originally from Nova Scotia and living in Ontario, Allison’s extensive experience supporting web development and graphic design projects continues to support organizations in meeting their operational goals.

Allison has a BA from Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, and an A.C.S. diploma in Multimedia from LaSalle Inter-Dec College, Montreal.

DAMIAN ALI

Communications Associate and Analytics Coordinator

Damian has an extensive background in multimedia journalism and digital marketing. A journalist, Damian also writes for The Registrar magazine, Canada’s consumer protection publication; Beyond, the quarterly magazine of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario; and other publications.

Damian has written about ground-breaking political and social issues affecting licensing and professional regulation and labour market issues in Canada. As a reporter, he has covered news locally and nationally for several publications and has also collaborated on multiple long-form projects with several notable news outlets.

Damian obtained his Honours B.A. at York University and Journalism education at Humber College in Toronto.

MAESTRO

Chief of Staff

For more than eight years, Maestro has spent his time eating, sleeping, and playing.  This little guy has never had a real job, has no formal education, and his aspirations are limited to hanging out in Amazon boxes. To our disappointment, he prefers TV to a good book.

Maestro’s life is truly the envy of the MDR team.