Peter Lyman Senior Partner

Strategy, policy and business analysis

Peter is Senior Partner and based in Toronto. He co-founded the firm, guided its merger with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and led its subsequent re-emergence as a standalone consulting firm. An internationally recognized expert, Peter has participated in all facets of the regulatory, policy development, program evaluation, economic analysis, and business strategy formation in the digital and traditional media, cultural, and communications sectors.

Over his near-30 year career in consulting, Peter has assisted private and public companies, industry associations and government industries with business strategy, economic analysis, and policy advice.  Peter is a frequent panellist or chair of professional conferences and media commenter, and is often called upon by policy-makers and regulatory authorities at the international, national and regional levels of government to provide advice and analysis on policy and regulatory issues.

From 1998-2002, Peter was the national lead partner for the Information Communications and Entertainment/Media practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. He has served on the boards of high tech firms, TV broadcasters and not-for profit arts, education, political, and social-service organizations.

Peter holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and a B.A. from McGill University. He is fluently bilingual.


Stuart Jack Partner

Strategic market and technology analysis, business plan development, capacity-building

Based in Ottawa, Stuart specializes in strategic market and technology analysis, business plan preparation, asset valuation, policy and regulatory analysis, process improvement and organization design and capacity-building. He is considered a subject matter expert in the telecommunication, broadcasting and ICT industries.

Stuart has deep experience in developing methodologies and directing multi-disciplinary project teams in projects for domestic and international clients.

Stuart is lead partner in Nordicity's telecommunications practice. In that practice area, he has led numerous projects for departments, regulators and firms in the areas of technical, market and business analysis, spectrum pricing and valuation, auction strategy, interconnection and quality of service, billing, and spectrum audit and planning.

Prior to rejoining Nordicity, Stuart was Director in the Information Communications and Entertainment/Media practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Stuart also served as Senior Manager in the Corporate Planning division of the CBC, and as Senior Manager, Marketing and Economic Analysis with the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Stuart holds an M.B.A from Concordia University, a M.Sc. from Université du Québec, and a B.A. (Hon.) from Queen's University. He has presented papers and been a panelist at various Canadian and global conferences. Stuart is a member of Infotelecom, a Quebec-based community of telecommunications consultants, and of the Canadian Telecommunications Consultants Association (sitting board member).


Dustin Chodorowicz, CFA Partner

Economic analysis and modelling, financial analysis and valuation
UK: +44 (0) 20 3950 1273

Working in the London (UK) office, Dustin provides clients with economic analysis and modelling, and financial analysis and valuation, enriching their understanding of the impacts of market developments, regulation, and government policy in the media, communications and cultural industries.

Over the past 15 years, Dustin has accumulated a wealth of international experience working for clients in the UK, Canada, Africa, Asia and the Middle East in the fields of economics, financial analysis and management consulting. He has led numerous industry profiles and economic impact studies within the cultural and communications industries. He has also prepared numerous financial valuations for media and communications industries clients, and has appeared as an expert witness in the Federal Court of Canada and Copyright Board of Canada on matters related to valuation of music and book publishing rights, and the economics of the broadcasting industry.

Prior to joining Nordicity, Dustin was a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has also held positions with the Government of Canada and Statistics Canada.

Dustin holds a M.A. (Economics) and B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.


Kristian Roberts Partner

Strategic advice, economic policy, business model analysis, research

Kristian is a Director, working out of the Toronto office. Kristian brings significant expertise in economic policy, research and writing to Nordicity, with a particular interest in digital media, emerging technologies and their impact on economies around the world.

Kristian also has a deep understanding of the film and television production industry -- and the regulation and public policy that underpins it.

During his time with Nordicity, Kristian has lead a wide variety of projects for clients ranging from the Ontario Media Development Corporation to New Media Manitoba, often leading extensive primary data collection exercises designed to provide strategic advice leading to sustained industry growth. 

Kristian holds an M.Sc. in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a B.A. (Hon.) from Concordia University.


Dr. Tanveer Ahmed, C.P.A., C.M.A. Partner

Strategic advice, investment valuation, business case modelling
(o) 1 (613) 234 5852 (m) 1 (416) 522 3152

Based in the Ottawa office, Tanveer specializes in regulatory economics, investment valuation, project finance, business case modelling, due diligence and activity based costing. Tanveer has a broad and rich experience in economics and finance over his 20 year plus career.

Prior to joining Nordicity, Tanveer was with Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE Inc.) for over 13 years and held positions as Associate Director: Economic Studies and Investment Valuation. Previously, Tanveer worked as Director, Project Finance with National Electric Power Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (NEPRA) and as Assistant General Manager, Project Finance with Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL).

In these roles, Tanveer gained extensive experience in regulatory and policy frameworks, economic studies, and service cost modelling. Tanveer also led project teams in structuring multimillion dollar PPP transactions for the financing of infrastructure projects in telecom and electric power sectors. Tanveer also has extensive experience in developing economic models, designing costing methodologies, and determining wholesale pricing - including tariff design, in the telecom and energy sectors.

Tanveer earned his Doctorate in Business Administration (Economics) from Athabasca University, MBA from University of Windsor and MA (Economics & Finance) from Ryerson University. Tanveer is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) of Ontario, Canada and a member of Canadian Economics Association (CEA) and American Economic Association (AEA).

Tanveer’s current research focuses on economic impact of FDIs, effective investment valuation techniques in competitive environment, capital portfolio management; mergers & acquisitions, valuation of firm, competition and economic growth policy analysis.


Carly Frey Managing Director - Nordicity West

Strategic planning, public-private partnerships, cultural policy, creative clusters

Carly is a specialist in the design and implementation of effective policy interventions for the growth of the global creative economy. Having built much of her expertise overseas at the intersection of international development practice and the creative industries, Carly has been active in the promotion and advancement of sustainable bridge­­­s between entrepreneurship, innovation, culture and commerce.

At Nordicity, Carly has participated in business strategy formation, program evaluation, regulatory policy development and impact analysis for clients as diverse as the Mayor of London, the Welsh Government, eOne Entertainment and the Government of the Northwest Territories. A creative consultant with a proven track record of fostering strategic partnerships and knowledge exchange between policymakers, professional associations, investment communities and commercial stakeholders, Carly is a dedicated team leader with strong communication, analytical and interpersonal skills.

Prior to Nordicity, Carly served as a specialist advisor to the British Council for the Creative Economy (CE) global programme, and has remained as a technical expert for UNESCO, supporting the design and management of systems for cultural production, distribution and governance in emerging markets.

Carly holds an MSc in International Development Management from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a BA in Political Science Honours from McGill University.

Karen Volterra

Karen Volterra Director of Operations

Business analysis, Financial management

Based in the Toronto office, Karen Volterra is the Director of Operations for Nordicity’s Canadian and UK operations.

A senior level administrator with experience in both the public and private sectors, and a background in financial administration, database management and office management, Karen is responsible for financial reporting, cash flow management, client invoicing, project management support, web support and operational management of all Nordicity offices. 


Stephen Hignell Senior Manager

Business development, economic policy, evaluation, management & strategy

As a senior manager in Nordicity’s London (UK) office, Stephen specialises in strategy, policy and economics for the cultural and creative industries. At Nordicity, Stephen has worked across a number of major projects for clients including the British Council, British Film Institute (BFI), Bootstrap Company, Greater London Authority (GLA), London Music Board, Welsh Government, Creative Scotland, Nesta, Bristol City Council, Screen Yorkshire, Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH), Information Communications Technology Council (ICTC), UK Theatre, Society of London Theatre (SOLT), On Screen Manitoba, Manitoba Music, New Media Manitoba and the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA).

Stephen is an expert consultant in cultural strategy, policy and impact analysis, with over ten years of practitioner and consulting experience, as a public servant and as an independent consultant and project manager.

Stephen has been a lead consultant on major arts and cultural sector research and assessment projects including social contribution and impact studies, sector profiles and strategies, evaluations and options appraisals. Adept at designing and executing primary and secondary research, Stephen’s research ranges interviews and focus group facilitation to survey development, desk-based research and meta-analyses.

Stephen is an advisor to the UK Music fiscal incentives committee, the Mayor of London’s London Music Board, the Raze Collective and London Queer Spaces Network. He is a fund adjudicator for the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), Breakout West, and SaskMusic, and a business mentor for Bootstrap-Peabody Enterprise Bootcamp. He has served as vice-chair of the charity, Rowan Arts, and as international best practice research expert witness to the Senate of Canada.

In his previous roles Stephen has managed film and TV sector support programmes at On Screen Manitoba and provided cultural export and business development support at Canada’s foreign office (Global Affairs Canada). In addition, he has over five years’ experience working directly in festivals, theatres, venues, live performances and cultural events.

Stephen holds a degree in economics (macroeconomics and political economy) and a FITT-certified post-graduate diploma (Adv.) in International Business.


Julie Whelan Senior Manager

Stakeholder engagement and faciliations, strategic planning, research and analysis, project management

As a Senior Manager based in Toronto, Julie brings an extensive marketing and communications background to Nordicity. A creative industries consultant she has over six years of assessment, research and analysis experience in the screen, publishing and digital media industries. At Nordicity, Julie manages complex, multi-stakeholder projects for a range of clients.

A skilled interviewer, writer and client liaison, Julie has presented at the Digital Media at the Crossroads 2016 Conference, OMDC Research Showcase and OMDC Digital Dialogues, TIFFNexus Women in Film, Games and New Media conference and at WIFT-T’s Executive Management Program.

Prior to joining Nordicity, Julie worked in the marketing divisions of major international publishing houses, including Penguin, Random House and HarperCollins UK. Most recently, she has advised firms on business planning, social networking strategies as well as online partnerships and promotions. 

Julie holds an M.B.A. (Specialization: Arts and Media Management) from the Schulich School of Business and a B.A. (with distinction) from McGill University.


Negin Zebarjad Manager

Research, analysis and stakeholder engagement

Negin Zebarjad is a Manager working out of theToronto office. Negin brings strong diagnostic and analytical problem-solving skills to Nordicity, with a keen interest in developing strategies to promote growth in the arts and cultural sector.

At Nordicity, Negin conducts comprehensive research, analysis and stakeholder engagement for a wide range of projects.

Prior to joining Nordicity, Negin gained several years of experience in sales, marketing and research in the information technology, cultural and heritage industries, ranging from IT infrastructure advisory services to the formulation and execution of transformative strategies for cultural institutions and arts organizations. 

Negin holds an M.B.A., with a focus in Strategic Management and Arts and Media Administration, from the Schulich School of Business, as well as an M.A. in Art History from York University. During her graduate studies, she held positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 


Mila Dechef-Tweddle Manager

Policy, analysis, research

Mila is a consultant working out of the Toronto office. Mila brings a deep familiarity with the cultural and heritage industries to the Nordicity team, with exceptional skills in research, analysis and writing, as well as an ability to communicate complex concepts to audiences in effective and engaging ways.

Since joining Nordicity, Mila has been involved in researching and assessing economic and structural trends for the cultural and creative industries, particularly with regards to the current technological environment. Past clients include the Niagara Regional Municipality, CBC, DFAIT, CHRC, and Women in Film and Television - Toronto (WIFT-T), among others.

Mila holds a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. (Hon.) from Concordia University. She is fluently bilingual in French and English.

Emily Macrae

Emily Macrae Consultant

Research, Analysis and Writing

Emily Macrae is a Research Analyst in the Toronto office. She brings strong skills in research and writing as well as experience using social media to communicate complex concepts in effective and engaging ways.

At Nordicity, Emily applies her knowledge of urban planning and her awareness of accessibility to a range of projects. She has worked for clients including the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the City of Edmonton Library Board. Emily is particularly interested in how local policies interact with global trends to shape the growth of the cultural sector and the creative industries.

Emily holds a M.Sc. in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto and a B.A. (Honours) from the University of King’s College, in Halifax. She is also fluently bilingual in English and French.

During her studies, Emily organized and participated in multiple research initiatives looking at the intersections of urban space, social cohesion, and public policy. Emily worked on a neighbourhood placemaking strategy for the City of Mississauga, which was featured at the 2016 Mississauga Urban Design Awards, and presented research on rental housing at the Canadian Institute of Planners national conference.

Emily is also a regular contributor to Torontoist, where she writes about urban design and civic engagement in Toronto and around the world.

Gregory McClary

Gregory McClary Consultant

Greg McClary is a Research Analyst in the Toronto office. He brings strong skills in research, financial analysis and writing with broad experience in the performing arts.

Greg McClary is a Consultant in the Toronto office. He brings strong skills in research, financial analysis and writing with broad experience in the performing arts.

At Nordicity, Greg conducts research, analysis and stakeholder engagement for a wide range of projects. His work has included social and economic impact assessments, competitive analysis, and market research. Prior to joining Nordicity, Greg worked in the music industry as a music director, live sound technician, jazz pianist and entrepreneur.

Greg holds an MBA, with a specialization in Accounting and Finance, from the Schulich School of Business, as well as an MA in Music Composition from York University.

Christos Gigantes

Christos Gigantes Senior Research Analyst

Research, analysis, writing

Christos is a Senior Research Analyst working out of the Toronto office. Christos brings strong research and analytic skills to the firm. His primary interests are in the digital media and technology sectors, with a focus on policy and communications strategies.

Christos has worked on projects for New Media Manitoba, The Canadian Independent Music Association and the OMDC, among others, lending his writing and data analysis skills to the creation of clear, engaging reports.

He is fluently bilingual in English and French.

Balvinder Chowdhary

Balvinder Chowdhary Research Analyst

Research, analysis, culture and creative industries

Based in Nordicity’s London (UK) office, Balvinder brings strongly analytical skills, a rich background in research and policy development of some 20 years, and a deep-rooted knowledge of UK culture and creativity to the Nordicity team, along with an ability to clearly articulate complex or novel concepts and arguments.

Since joining Nordicity, Balvinder has lead both primary and secondary research and been an analyst on a number of creative industry projects. These have been across the film, high-end tv, video games, literature, publishing and contemporary music sectors. Clients have included Welsh Government, Greater London Authority, BFI, Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, and a variety music and video games industry advocate bodies.

Prior to joining Nordicity, Balvinder had had a career working for No. 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office and then Her Majesty’s Treasury. His career encompassed research for both departments, as well specific research and analysis on European economic reform; policy coordination for the UK on the Economic Policy Committee of the Council of the EU; policy advisor and specialist on Freedom of Information; as well as helping to deliver key Finance Ministers meetings during the UK’s Presidencies of the G7/8 and EU, and domestic fiscal events, such as Budgets and Autumn Statements. Before joining Central Government Balvinder held a career as a research chemist.

Balvinder holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Southampton.

Chad Rickaby

Chad Rickaby Research Analyst

Quantitative and qualitative analysis

Chad Rickaby is a Research Analyst in the Vancouver office. He brings strong skills in research and writing as well as experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Chad Rickaby is a Research Analyst in the Vancouver office. He brings strong skills in research and writing as well as experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis.
At Nordicity, Chad utilizes his background in public policy to apply his diverse skill set to a wide range of projects. Recent engagements include economic impact analysis of the City of Victoria’s cultural workforce and the development of a cultural plan for the City of Maple Ridge. Chad also has particular interest in energy policy and regulation, as well as exploring different social indicators and proxies to measure social impacts.
Currently, Chad is completing his Masters in Public Policy and Global Affairs at Simon Fraser University. In his studies, he focuses on various policy dimensions including energy policy and green energy transition, as well as sustainable development policy in the Asia-Pacific. Most recently, Chad completed a research project for the Canada ASEAN Business Council, producing the report, Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook: Opportunities for Canadian Business in the ASEAN Growth Story, which was presented at the 2016 Canada-ASEAN business forum. The report presented findings on the business and policy environment in all ten ASEAN countries. Chad was also part of the research and coordination team for the Vision 20: International Summit on Global Governance’s New Frontiers at Zhejiang University in China.
Chad holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia.