Global Leader Joins CATA Innovation Leadership Council: David Allnutt
February 26, 2016

Allnutt.jpgDavid Allnutt, member, Innovation Leadership Council Advancing Canada's Competitive Innovation Nation


Ottawa, On... CATAAlliance (www.cata.ca), a recognized champion of Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, today announced that David Allnutt, Senior Advisor to TMNG Global and Chairman of Boston-based Omniscient Solutions is joining CATA Innovation Leadership Council (ILC).


The ILC serves as an advisory body, providing guidance on the implementation of the CATAAlliance mandate to support the global competitiveness of its members and the advancement of Canada as a competitive Innovation Nation, in addition to offering a community peer network to assess share insights into needs, trends and achievements.


CATA CEO John Reid said “Over the past three decades, Mr. Allnutt has counseled over 1,500 businesses, governments, foundations, NGOs, philanthropists, universities and school districts globally, and their C-suite leadership, in more than 50 countries, on a wide range of strategic and operational leadership, management and resource issues. He thus brings a wealth of experience and expertise in helping shape and advocate for a public policy environment for advancing innovation in Canada.”


View full details of the Competitive Innovation Campaign: CATAAlliance: Mission, Mandate & Successes: Canada's One voice for Innovation Lobby Group.


According to Mr. Allnutt,  "The award of national prosperity will go to those countries that can generate international confidence in their ability to lead in the design, development, production and distribution of goods and services. These countries will attract and retain investment. For Canada to prosper we must become a leading competitive innovation nation; we all need to do our part to get there."



About David Allnutt


David Allnutt is a Senior Advisor to TMNG Global, a publicly-traded technology services company, and is active in various global fora on Internet governance. He is also Chairman of Boston-based Omniscient Solutions, where he is currently guiding the company in perfecting technology for the enterprise and consumer markets providing ubiquitous real-time access to global education, training and development, to form and inform the new omniscient knowledge worker.


Previously, he served on the Management Committee of Axia Limited, where as Principal, he was chief growth officer. Earlier, he served as Chief Operating Officer of CSMG Adventis, headquartered in Boston. He led the company's global business operations in Boston, London, Berlin and Shanghai.


What consultancy McKinsey labels a “tri-sector athlete", David is serial business and social entrepreneur, a consummate strategic thinker and public policy expert. He is an acknowledged subject matter expert in business, government, technology, professional services, media, K-12 & higher education, and philanthropy. Over the past three decades, he has counseled over 1,500 businesses, governments, foundations, NGOs, philanthropists, universities and school districts globally, and their C-suite leadership, in more than 50 countries, on a wide range of strategic and operational leadership, management and resource issues.


David’s career spans business, government and politics, education media, both print and broadcast, and philanthropy.


From 1995 to 2005, he was Executive Vice-President of Adventis Corp. (and it predecessor companies), a leading Boston-headquartered global boutique management consultancy serving global information industry companies and organizations, which was named as one of Consulting Magazine’s "Jewels" in 2005, for client impact, firm culture, and innovation within consulting.


He has lead his own consulting business in business strategy and public & government affairs, and later, as founding CEO, he successfully brought an enterprise software company (nStein Technologies) in data mining and data analytics to the public marketplace via an IPO in June 2000. Because he ensured the firm’s stellar success through a radical and visionary transformation of its business model, David was named a leading Internet star by Commerce magazine in 2000. nStein was subsequently successfully sold to Canada’a leading software company, OpenText.


For over 10 years, Mr Allnutt taught politics & public policy, public affairs & government relations/lobbying, business strategy, corporate finance, journalism, economics and organizational behavior to undergraduate, graduate and mid-career students at McGill and Concordia universities in Canada. At the latter, he served as a senior administrator for seven years, during which time he co-founded The Corporate-Higher Education Forum, for which he received international recognition. The Forum was a coalition of 75 corporate CEO's and university presidents with an action-oriented agenda for issues of mutual interest and concern. The Forum, architected to harness the intellectual prowess of Canada's universities and the robust entrepreneurial forces of the country's business community, subsequently inspired the creation of similar models of "business-academic" cooperation and dialogue in Europe, Japan, Mexico and Australia.


Earlier David was an editor/journalist for The Montreal Star and a producer for the national radio network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. He has also worked in government as a political advisor and Chief of Staff for three Quebec Cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister of Quebec, the late Robert Bourassa. In July 1989, the leading Canadian daily, Le Devoir, revealed the Prime Minister had asked David to run in the 1989 Québec general election as a “favorite son” and “definite Cabinet material”.


He has been an elected school board trustee in Montreal, and has written and been quoted regularly on business, technology, and public policy issues for a number of global newspapers and magazines. He has been active for years in the Greater Boston community, notably for his work with Boston Leaders in Education, a local coalition of business leaders helping the Boston Public Schools District in educational planning, financing and reform. He has been an active Partner in Social Venture Partners (SVP) - Boston, a community of local philanthropists who place their resources, talent and networks at the disposal of annual social venture investments. David is also currently bringing the SVP model of engaged philanthropy to his native city of Montreal, in Canada, where he serves as Founder & Chairman of SVP - Montreal.


Mr. Allnutt sits/has sat on a number of public and private sector boards and advisory committees. He was a Nominee for the global Board of Directors of ICANN, the Internet governance body, in the summer of 2013. And, in 2010 and again in 2011, he was selected for two years running as the first Canadian and Quebecer to be Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University (he declined the invitations for professional reasons). He is involved in various global multi-stakeholder fora on current and emerging issues in Internet governance.


He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Ecole nationale d'administration publique, the graduate school of government at the Université du Québec. He did his undergraduate work at Loyola College in Montreal (now part of Concordia University).


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