Heads of Division

Gray Hammond

Gray Hammond

Gray is a strategic associate in our Civil Sector practice. He’s worked extensively on our training programs. He ensured the Community Engagement portion of the Union Fenosa Wind Australia bid interlocked with the Economic Benefits requirement. Gray has been a strong advocate of Socio Economic Advancement as a way to bolster a company's competitive position in public bids, especially infrastructure projects. This includes the use of community benefits agreements. Gray lead the writing team for a paper commissioned by the Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships and published in 2021 on the history and current application of community benefits agreements in Canada for P3 projects, but generally their use on other projects.

Gray is also a strong proponent on the use of social media to advance a company's profile and built a strong following for Constructive Edge's Twitter account.

Gray has four decades of experience in marketing research, communications, and consulting, for governments and multinationals, on projects spanning North America, Europe, and Asia. He attends conferences and liaises regularly with experts in P3’s, procurement, social innovation and impact investment. He obtained his BA in Economics and MBA at Western University.

ghammond@constructive-edge.com
Canada

Neil Rutter

Neil Rutter

Neil is based in the USA but currently specializes in Canadian offset (ITB and VP) and defence procurement. He was GM of Textron Systems Canada Inc. (TSCI) from 2011 to 2017. He had been in International Business Development (IBD) and Offset in Textron Systems’ (MA – 2002-2008). He was responsible for all Textron Systems’ offset obligations for all its business units.  He was able to introduce Textron’s armoured vehicles to the Canadian Army before leaving Textron to become President of Blenheim’s US company in DC (2009-2011).

Neil was brought back to Textron to set up TSCI to pursue the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle competition in Canada, which Textron won in 2012 with a corresponding offset obligation ($600M). In 2015, Neil along with other offset experts  established the Industrial Participation Association of Canada (IPAC) to reflect the obligors’ viewpoint, where he was the first and current Chair.

Neil has continued to advise several companies on bids for Canadian defence procurements, including the ITB and Value Proposition requirements.

Neil is a licensed lawyer in Ontario, Canada and New York, USA and is a graduate of New York University’s School of Law (LL.M. in international law), the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law (LL.B. or J.D.) and Queen’s University (B.A. Hon.) He attended university on a military scholarship program and served in the Canadian Army as an artillery officer before law school.

nrutter@constructive-edge.com

USA

David Goldfield

David Goldfield

Dave has over 35 years of experience in international finance, countertrade & offsets and project development including time with Raytheon International and Export Development Canada.

Dave worked in Countertrade & Offsets for Babcock & Wilcox International located in Cambridge, Ontario during the 1980s. While there Dave worked on a number of projects in a variety of countries including Romania, China and Indonesia involving complex negotations.

While at Babcock & Wilcox Dave was seconded to the Canadian Embassy in Caracas Venezuela where he worked to help Embassy officals understand the intricacies of selling to foreign markets. After leaving Babcock & Wilcox he joined Export Development Canada, Canada's export marketing agency with responsibility for Latin America and the Caribbean. Dave then joined an investment fund involved in real-estate investments in Latin America where he became a partner. He was based in Panama.

He is fluent in Spanish and actively linked into government influencers and industry players in Latin America which will help monitor and build relationships with multiple industry ITB partners and structure the best possible ITB programs. Dave now lives in Ottawa. He is also an accomplished author of novels based on historical events.

dgoldfield@constructive-edge.com

Canada

Michael Marks

Michael Marks

Michael B. Marks is founder and Managing Partner of Intelligent Decision Partners, LLC, professional services and consulting firm that specializes in providing unique multi source intelligence and global technology research services to the government and private sector.  He is a senior executive with over 40 years of public and private sector experience in international affairs and national security issues, development and application of innovative open source intelligence methodologies, global science and technology, U.S. global competitiveness issues, international technology trade, market awareness and business development concerning the federal government, and strategic planning. 

Mr. Marks served in government for ten years, holding a number of high-level policy positions, both in the U.S. Executive and Legislative branches.  Mr. Marks was Assistant Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President; Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Senior Policy Advisor to the Under Secretary for Security Assistance, Science and Technology, U.S. Department of State; and Legislative Assistant for Foreign Affairs and National Security, for Senator Jake Garn.  Mr. Marks received a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

The IDP team is composed of senior-level personnel with decades of high-level government, private sector and international experience in intelligence and neural network.

intel@constructive-edge.com

USA