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About Christopher Wilson

Mr. Wilson is a management consultant and researcher in Canada's National Capital region who specializes in issues of collaborative governance, regional stewardship and collective intelligence. He currently holds the post of Senior Research Fellow with the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa, where since 1997 he has been a researcher, consultant and lecturer. Between 2003-2006 he was the managing partner of Invenire, an Ottawa-based think tank that explored issues in governance, stewardship and collaboration.

His interests tend to revolve around the issues of collective action and distributed governance such as the governance of collaborations; public private partnerships and the management of various multi-stakeholder initiatives; smart communities and community networks;  the development of community information systems and indicators; the governance of local workforce systems and labour market information; comparative studies of community collaboration; the governance impacts of e-commerce and e-government; and the learning dynamics of regional innovation.

Mr. Wilson has recently co-authored a new book entitled, Intelligent Governance, that explores how to strike the ‘right fit’ in complex environments where knowledge, resources, and power are widely distributed, where processes must be collaborative, and where different groups have something to contribute towards joint outcomes, even though they may voluntarily partake in joint operations in the pursuit of their own objectives.

As a consultant, Mr. Wilson’s work has focused on the management and evaluation of collaboration and partnership. He is currently working as a developmental evaluator with the Canada's National Ballet School to help scale up its Sharing Dance program across the country. He recently finished asssignments with PHE Canada's Health Promoting Schools initiative and with the  Canadian Active After School Partnership . He has also worked on collaborative projects with all three levels of government, local Ottawa hi-tech companies, like Nortel and Mitel, and various community organizations.

Christopher holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and has been a part-time lecturer in the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa for over a decade. There he has taught 1000's of students in courses on governance, collaboration, partnership and e-governance at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Christopher is Vice President of the Social Planning Council of Ottawa  and is a member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and, until recently, a board member of IPAC's NCR regional group .He was a founding member of Transition Ottawa and was co-Chair of SmartSites, a community organization established to help coordinate public Internet access in Ottawa

ow3Christopher led a team of researchers based at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) to assess the state of Ottawa's workforce producing a series of three reports collectively entitled Ottawa Works that examined both the context and profile of Ottawa's talent pool and that proposed a set of comprehensive recommendations to align Ottawa's workforce with the realities of a 21st century knowledge economy.

The basis of much of his work lies in the recognition of the fundamental need of individuals and organizations to find more effective ways to learn and work together. Despite the many overlapping forces reshaping today's society, the pressures to achieve more effective systems of cooperation are paramount.

To better understand the confluence of these changes requires new frameworks and new paradigms, improved levels of trust and transparency, and more creative mechanisms for satisfying contingent cooperation so that citizens, business people, and governments can make better use of their resources to provide more effective solutions to their collective challenges.

Christopher has lived and worked across Canada, but has strong family roots in Ottawa that go back to the Wright family, who originally settled the Ottawa Valley in the early 1800's. The Wrights were at the centre of the lumber trade upon which the region was built.