Tijs has been with the CCA for over a decade, including the past seven years as Director of Assessments, where he has overseen more than 30 expert panel assessments. As a member of CCA’s senior management team, he has had budget and human resources responsibilities for a 20+ member team and has been key to the ongoing development of CCA’s best-in-class assessment process.
Tijs has been working at the interface of policy, science, and technology for over 25 years. Prior to joining the CCA in 2012, he was a partner at the consulting firm Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation where he specialized in public policy, public administration, and strategy in the areas of S&T, innovation and economic development.
Trained as an engineer and political economist, he brings an empirical and applied focus to his work along with a commitment to high-quality, evidence-based research made useful for the policy world. His work in industry, academia, and the non-profit sector, has spanned policy areas ranging from research and innovation, to health, environment and energy, positioning him as a thought leader in Canada’s science policy landscape. He has authored studies on innovation and governance, research policy, program evaluation and performance audits, and has served on various grant adjudication and award selection committees.
Tijs holds BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MSc in Technical Change and Industrial Strategy at the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto. He has been a research fellow with the Mowat Centre for Innovation in Policy, the Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems, and the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto and has taught political economy at Carleton University.