The Team

Research Consultants International is headquartered in Montreal with offices or strategic partnerships in the following Greater Metropolitan areas: Toronto, St Johns (NL), Victoria (BC), New York, Boston, St. Louis, New Orleans, Phoenix, Silicon Valley, London (UK), Düsseldorf (DE), Geneva (CH) and Santiago (CL).

Research Consultants International employs over 20 multilingual economic development and lead generation consultants around the globe. All members of the team have comprehensive backgrounds in economic development and marketing regions. The team has experience in delivering quality results in high-growth industries, including aerospace and aviation, advanced manufacturing, clean technology and renewable energy, biotechnology and life sciences, mining, food manufacturing, information technology, data centers, and financial services.

Key personnel include:

 

Bruce Takefman – Founder and President

 Direct line: (514) 488-3168


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Takefman, founder and president of Research Consultants International, leads a seasoned and enthused multilingual team that provides economic development consulting for some of the world’s most prominent economic development and investment promotion agencies. Bruce leverages his understanding of international markets, having worked with organizations based across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia, to maximize the potential for his clients to seize global opportunities. He is passionate about breaking down barriers and promoting trade and economic cooperation. Under Bruce’s leadership, Research Consultants International has successfully attracted $2 Billion (USD) in new investment attraction.

Since 2006, Bruce has worked and led collaborative teams for matching business investors with communities where they can excel. Throughout his career, Bruce has not only expanded his knowledge and experience, he has built a collaborative environment for everyone – clients and employees – to succeed.

Bruce leverages these networking opportunities for his clients by securing meetings with C- Level executives. Bruce’s experience has led him to work extensively with a wide array of clients touching upon various industries such as the biotech and agriculture, aerospace and aviation, IT, financial services, medical, advanced manufacturing, and renewable energy sectors among others. Furthermore, Bruce possesses a strong knowledge of trade shows, having helped prepare clients to attend some of the world’s most prestigious shows, including the Paris Air Show, Medica, Hannover Messe and IMTS. 

Bruce is fluent in English and French. As a graduate of the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, Bruce earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. He is a proud member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Utility Economic Development Association (UEDA). Also, he is active in his community, delivering thousands of “Meals on Wheels” and he is helping raise funds for cancer research in his position on the Board of Directors for the Jason Azoulay Memorial Softball Tournament.

 Bruce Takefman
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Adam Solomon – Vice President, Business Development

 Direct line: (514) 439-5905



 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Solomon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Research Consultants International. Since joining the firm in 2011, Adam has served as VP of Business Development, overseeing the implementation of key business development and sales strategies.

Simply put, Adam understands the business. He offers over a decade of economic development consulting and research experience across a multitude of roles throughout his career. Adam has worked closely with Research Consultants International clients in helping secure significant corporate investments. Adam’s work also includes mandates with Fortune 500 companies worldwide. He was born in Israel and speaks three languages (English, French & Hebrew), priding himself on understanding global business climates and knowing how to work with key decision makers from international companies.

Adam has worked across a wide range of industries including aerospace, renewable energy, software, and advanced manufacturing. Adam earned a degree in International Business from Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec. Adam is a proud member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

 Adam Solomon
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Derek "Deke" Patton, VP, Operations

 Phone: (514) 439-5953



 

 

 

 

 

 

Derek is an experienced lead generation and market research professional yielding tangible success in specialist services to economic development organisations (EDOs) such as: The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure, Saskatchewan Economic Development, Economic Development Winnipeg, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce, Invest Quebec, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Greater Houston Partnership and the Denver South Economic Development Partnership.

Prior to joining the team, Derek was a career musician who charted in his native homeland of Scotland before developing his own production company that led to live production and promotion projects with internationally renowned artists. He went on to become a senior manager in a leisure company and helped take the firm from a single unit to the largest independent chain in Scotland.

Following a move to Montreal, Derek completed a Bachelors degree in Political Science and took his entrepreneurial spirit into successful lead generation campaigns with wins for economic development organizations across North America, Europe, and Asia. As VP of Operations, Derek manages a team of consultants. He overseas the lead generation process top to bottom, utilizing project management tools that he has implemented and he maintains high quality work standards to ensure that client deliverables are met on time.

 Deke Patton
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Stephan Calimanu, Director, Strategic Initiatives

 Phone: (514) 439-5951



 

 

 

 

 

 

Stefan Calimanu is a market research expert who has been connecting people and businesses for over half a decade. Stefan’s innovative and unparalleled ability to harness the power of technology to increase the bottom line has made him a sought-after marketing and economic development expert. In 2016, Stefan was promoted to Director, Strategic Initiatives where he overseas special projects and global initiatives.

Fluent in English, French, German and Romanian, Stefan enjoys interacting with C-level executives and learning as much as possible about how they succeed in business. Stefan has experience working for the United States Department of Commerce at the U.S. Consulate in Montreal. His involvement in coordinating U.S. trade missions to Canada brings direct value to Research Consultants International’s clientele. Furthermore, Stefan’s marketing experiences with Di Menna, Inc. and the Children’s Olympic Games in Romania enhance his skill set.

Stefan has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Marketing from Concordia University. His work at the U.S. Department of Commerce has provided pivotal insights to observe the intricate relationships between private and public sectors. This experience helped Stefan realize that a career in economic development leverages his knowledge while aligning with his passion for politics and marketing. At Research Consultants International, Stefan led a delegation of 20 Quebec-based companies to the MinExpo in Las Vegas and helped lead a delegation from Wallonia, Belgium to Atlanta and Nashville.

 Stefan Calimanu
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Robert Creamer, Director, Business Intelligence

 Phone: 438-386-0719



 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob is a lead generation and market research professional. As Director of Business Intelligence, Rob helps put the puzzle together of all FDI Indicators at the firm’s disposal.

With a Masters in Political Science from McGill University and varied experience in political research, charitable, teaching and business, Rob has a keen understanding of political processes, research methods and the private sphere. Past experiences in line-management, communications and creative research and design have helped him hone a varied skill set. With a drive to constantly improve processes and efficiency, Rob has helped pioneer the use of innovative market research approaches and technologies at the organization. During his time with Research Consultants International, Rob has worked with a range of esteemed clients spanning North American economic development. These include the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Invest Québec, Export Québec, the NV Energy Department of Economic Development, and Western Iowa Advantage.

As a native of the United Kingdom, and having lived and worked in Sweden, Canada and Ghana, Rob has a skill for adapting to new situations with ease. This versatility is the foundation of his ability to master an understanding of business sectors and adapt to client expectations quickly and effectively. His roster of ever-increasing expertise includes the Medical Devices and Manufacturing, Aerospace, IT Services and Software Development industries.

 Robert Creamer
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Joanie Bourgeois, Director of Operations, Latin America – Santiago, Chile

 Phone: (514) 400-7139



 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanie brings experience and international knowledge to the team. With a solid five plus years of experience in economic development and B2B representation, she has worked closely with many Canadian companies. Joanie has developed a strong capacity of understanding her client's needs to organize well targeted meetings and secure new business development opportunities.

Joanie is fluent in English, Spanish and French, and she has been living in Santiago De Chile for more than three years. During that time, she has been attending various tradeshows, representing Canadian companies and U.S. economic development organizations as well as meeting with Chilean and Canadian entrepreneurs which has given her the opportunity to better understand the Chilean way of doing business. Joanie earned a multidisciplinary bachelor degree from Laval University in Quebec specializing in communication, cultural diversity and management. During her studies, she also reached an advanced level in Spanish. At Research Consultants International, Joanie helps navigate the South American business landscape for Investment Attraction and B2B opportunities.

 Joanie Bourgeois
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Justin Avery, Project Leader – St Johns, NL

 Phone: 202-738-4683



 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin is a business development, logistics, and market research professional with almost a decade of experience generating leads, managing accounts, negotiating deals, and directing operations for Montreal area 3PL logistics companies such as E-Z Access Freight Brokers and Freightopolis.

Born and raised in Newfoundland & Labrador, after completing a Bachelors degree in Social Anthropology and Sociology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Justin moved to Montreal in 2006 to pursue new work opportunities and to focus on developing his market research skills. Entering the workforce immediately, he helped to grow a small, pre-revenue privately owned logistics company to generate revenues of $3M per year.

Recently, Justin obtained his Master's Degree in Business Administration and Management from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business in Montreal. Leveraging his previous work experience helping to successfully grow a small start-up, as well as the leadership and business acumen learned during his time in JSMB’s MBA program, Justin has found quick success at Research Consultants International, securing important meetings for economic development organizations across the world. In 2016, Justin was chosen to launch the new office in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and oversee the firm’s activities in the Canadian Maritimes.

 Justin Avery
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Raquel Haber, Executive Director, Client Services, Toronto

 Phone: 202-738-1952



 

 

 

 

 

 

Based in Research Consultants International’s Toronto office, Raquel brings a wealth of knowledge from her years as a market researcher and economic development consultant. Having worked with clients in both the public and private sectors, across North America, Europe and Asia, Raquel has experience in dealing with a variety of industries, including aerospace and aviation, biotech and agriculture, financial services, IT and software, manufacturing, medical, and renewable energy, to name a few.

At Research Consultants International, Raquel draws upon her background in lead generation and market research to help economic development organizations worldwide achieve their objectives, and has arranged numerous successful meetings at offices, trade shows and seminars across the globe. This, in addition to her creativity, ingenuity, sales skills, and can-do attitude, make Raquel an essential member of the team.

Prior to joining the firm, Raquel completed a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, majoring in communications. She received an entrance scholarship and graduated her program with distinction. Having been granted several government bursaries, her final year was spent abroad in the U.K. at the University of Hertfordshire.

 Raquel Haber
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Maxim Nevzorov, Project Leader

 Phone: (514) 439-6946



 

 

 

 

 

 

Maxim is an emerging young professional on the Research Consultants International team and is already among one of the company’s leading economic development consultants. While at the firm, Maxim has carried out market research and performed business lead generation on behalf of over a dozen of economic development agencies from across the United States, Canada and Europe. He has secured more than 175 qualified meetings with growing companies.

Maxim is fluent in English, French and German, and he is the firm’s project operation leader for investment attraction outreach campaigns in Europe including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Maxim gained valuable economic development experience while working at the German Chamber of Commerce (AHK) in Moscow and more recently at the Swiss Business Hub Canada in Montreal where he helped with trade and investment opportunities for overseas delegations.

 Maxim Nevzorov
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NICK HOWARD, IN MARKET REPRESENTATIVE – NEW YORK



 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Howard serves as an In-Market Representative for Research Consultants International from his base in New York. With over ten years of economic development consulting and marketing experience, Nick brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team. He has provided investment attraction services to economic development organizations worldwide, including entities in the British Midlands, United States and Germany.

His office location allows Research Consultant International to have a strategic foothold in the Northeast of the United States.

 Nick Howard
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DAVID A. STEWART, IN- MARKET REPRESENTATIVE, SILICON VALLEY



 

 

 

 

 

 

David is a seasoned professional with a career focus on international trade, investment, and education. Since 2012, he has worked with many prestigious organizations, including the University of Saskatchewan, Concordia University, the Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian Association of University Research Parks, Expansion Québec, the Region of Waterloo, the Consulate General of Canada, and the Bay View Alliance (a Canada-US university collaborative).

David’s primary expertise is in early phase policy and project development in the areas of foreign direct investment; international trade linkages with Silicon Valley; Canada-U.S. affairs, and higher education innovation and improvement. From 2007 - 2012, David served as an Academic Relations Officer with the Consulate General of Canada in Palo Alto, advancing Canadian government and university interests in Silicon Valley. He has presented on Canadian innovation activities at academic and government panels, and in 2015 received the Consul General’s “Expat of the Year” award.

From 2013 – 2015, David was the Interim Executive Director of the Digital Moose Lounge, where he conducted strategic review for a network of Canadians in Silicon Valley; advised municipalities and universities in British Columbia and Ontario; supported investment attraction & coop student placement. David possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in foreign direct investment and a vast professional network within Northern California’s Tech industry.

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