Nordicity team expands in Ottawa and Toronto
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto and Ottawa on Apr 11, 2014

TORONTO — April 11, 2014 — 

Nordicity Senior Partner, Peter Lyman is pleased to announce the appointments of  a new Manager to the Ottawa office and two new Consultants to the firm’s Toronto office.   

The Ottawa office welcomes Mr. Ricardo Avillez as Manager. Prior to joining Nordicity, Ricardo was Senior Economist at the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, where his research focused on understanding the drivers of productivity growth in Canada. He also worked in the Brazilian financial sector as an operations and market risk analyst. Ricardo has extensive experience in economic and financial analysis, econometrics and project management. He has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Ricardo is fluently bilingual in English and Portuguese, and also speaks French and Spanish. 

 “With the addition of Ricardo to the Nordicity team, we’ve obtained depth of field in both finance and economics”says Partner Stuart Jack, “this is critical in creating value for our clients across the media, communications and ICT industries”  

 The Toronto office welcomes two new Consultants, Victoria Lean who returns to Nordicity after taking time to complete her combined M.F.A. in Film Production and M.B.A. at the Schulich School of Business and Negin Zebarjad, also a recent Schulich School of Business graduate who holds an M.A. and M.B.A. 

Ms. Lean’s past work with Nordicity includes business and strategic planning for multi-platform media companies and a city-owned arts space. She has also worked on profiles of the film, interactive media, and digital publishing sectors, and managed business development work in emerging markets, such as Jamaica and Mexico. Currently, Victoria is immersed in three projects in Northern Canada, including a review of the Government of Nunavut’s visual arts strategy, a needs assessment of arts administration skills and resources in Nunavut for the Canada Council of the Arts, and a film sector analysis and strategy for the Northwest Territories. She is also in post-production on her first feature length documentary film. 

Ms. Zebarjad’s interest lies in the Arts & Cultural Heritage and ICT & Innovation streams of Nordicity’s practice, leveraging her experience at cultural institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, as well as in IT infrastructure advisory services. Since joining Nordicity, she has worked with clients including WorkInCulture, CANARIE Inc., the Government of Nunavut, and TFO, among others. Negin is also a member of the board of directors at Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art.  

“The addition of Victoria and Negin truly accentuates Nordicity's hands on, cultural and analytical firepower, particularly in Ontario's entertainment industries.” Mr. Lyman commented, "We are delighted to welcome them to the team." 

For more information please contact: 

Julie Whelan, Manager 
(416) 657-2521

About Nordicity 

Nordicity is a leading consulting firm specializing in policy, strategy, and economic analysis in the media, creative and information and communications technology sectors. We apply our analytical and sector expertise to help: 

  • Governments make better policy 
  • Industry sectors develop and communicate value 
  • The private sector make critical investment decisions 

We have developed economic analysis tools to assess employment and GDP impacts, and to evaluate fiscal returns on public expenditures. We do business assessments and strategies for new ventures in digital media, screen-based properties, ICT and telecom industries. We understand digital media and convergence, as well as traditional media and culture. We are on top of the fast-moving wireless and mobile environment.