Senior Research Associate, Innovation Policy Lab
Jeffrey’s research primarily focuses on the nature of innovation and entrepreneurship, innovation and entrepreneurship policy, innovation ecosystems, innovation culture and academic-industry collaboration. Over the past decade he has been focusing on challenges facing R&D-intensive firms in Canada and their policy implications. More recently he has been looking at the role of postsecondary institutions and innovation intermediaries. Jeffrey has been active in the private sector for over 30 years, first as a freelance science writer and then as a consultant and publisher, focusing on Canada’s science, technology and innovation performance and policies.
He is currently CEO of The Impact Group, a Toronto consulting firm that he co-founded in 1987, specializing in science, technology and innovation policy, communications and education. He is also CEO of Research Money Inc., and publisher of RE$EARCH MONEY, Canada’s leading newsletter on science, technology and innovation policy and investment. The annual RE$EARCH MONEY conference examines policy issues relevant to the research, policy, innovation and investment communities. In 2015 Research Money Inc. launched a UK-Canada conference series on alternative finance and cross-Atlantic co-investment; and in 2016 a US-Canada conference series on impact investing. In 2016, Research Money Inc. launched Canadian Innovation News, an online newsletter highlighting Canadian innovators and institutions to an international audience.
Prior to starting his consulting practice, Jeffrey had a successful career as a freelance science writer. He wrote radio and television documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Film Board of Canada, National Public Radio and TVOntario. He has also written science and technology learning materials for schools, developed hands-on science workshops for students and created a summer space camp for teenagers.
Before launching his science-writing career, Jeffrey was Assistant Professor of Science and Human Affairs, an interdisciplinary undergraduate program at Concordia University, examining the interactions between science, technology and society. He co-developed an innovative series of courses suitable for humanities and science students, including topics such as technology and social change, social history of science and philosophy of science.
Jeffrey has served on various committees and Boards. He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the iSchool at the University of Toronto and is a founding Director of the International Commercialization Alliance, a network of innovation intermediary organizations from 19 different countries. In 2009 he served as Vice Chair of McMaster University’s Task Force on the Commercialization of University Research. He was a Director of the Canadian Science Writers Association from 1987 to 1991, serving as President for two years. He was a director and Communications Committee Chair of Youth Science Canada from 1995 to 2001 and was a founding director of the Science and Technology Awareness Network (STAN).
Jeffrey received his BSc. in physics from McGill University, his M.Sc. in astronomy from the University of Toronto and his PhD in history of science and science policy at the University of Montreal. His book “Einstein’s Jury: The Race to Test Relativity” was published by Princeton University Press in 2006.
Strengthening Research Partnerships between Post-Secondary Institutions and Industry (The Impact Group, 2014)
Design and Positioning of an Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization Centre (Toronto: The Impact Group, 2014)
Economic contribution of Canada’s R&D-intensive firms: 2001-2006. (with. H. Douglas Barber). (Toronto: The Impact Group, 2011)