Barb Justason, CAIP
Barb Justason is the principal researcher at Justason Market Intelligence and Vancouver Focus®.
Barb is a leading market research professional and advisor to corporations and governments. During her 25-year career, she has provided research and consulting services to almost every sector of the economy: energy producers, natural resource companies, retailers, developers, food and beverage manufacturers, tourism and transportation operators, First Nations communities, crown corporations, municipalities and the provincial government. Her research interests include civic affairs and transportation safety.
Director of Operations
Douglas Amundaray is the Director of Operations at Vancouver Focus®, a focus group organization wholly owned by Justason Market Intelligence. Douglas oversees the day-to-day running of the facility, including client bookings, recruiting, quotations and project management. He supervises the qualitative operations of Vancouver Focus projects. This includes managing the database of research participants, supervising the recruiting team, evaluating the efficiency and adjusting operational strategies to ensure that project needs are met accordingly.
Douglas has developed his career as a communication and marketing professional for government, multinational and private organizations in Venezuela, Canada and China. Some of his work focused on how culture, government policy frameworks and technology shape media industries and LGTBQ organizations, and their implications for the formation of public spheres. His research interests also lie in the area of global studies and social justice.
Douglas holds a Double Master of Arts in Global Communications (MA) from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Communication University of China (CUC), a Diploma in International Trade from the Forum of International Trade Training (FITT) and a Bachelor of Mass Communication (BMC) from Universidad Santa Maria in the city of Caracas, Venezuela.
Geoff Bird, BBA
Geoff Bird directs full service qualitative and quantitative custom research assignments at Justason Marketing Intelligence and Vancouver Focus®. During his decade with the firm, Geoff has progressed from a project coordination role to directing the firm’s primary research activities. He has extensive experience in research design, data analysis, project management, and online survey research.
Geoff, who has authored hundreds of client assignments, delivers clear and concise reports and accessible presentations. Geoff’s clients are in the municipal government, utility, energy, financial, forestry, manufacturing and automotive sectors. Geoff is also the designer and director of the firm’s ongoing panel building program, ensuring replacement and steady growth of the firm’s province-wide online panel and focus group recruiting capabilities. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree and a Marketing Management Diploma from Kwantlen University.
Michael Davis, MA
Moderator, Public and Corporate Affairs
An award-winning strategist, Michael is focused on the conversations that take place in the public realm, at the intersection of government and public, non-profit and corporate. He specializes in assisting organizations with their strategic planning for communicating and engaging. Michael has implemented reputation research on five continents. He is adept at providing the framework for insightful conversations, whether facilitating board level strategic planning, senior leadership team planning or public facing focus groups to explore range of opinion, gather information and test assumptions. Michael has won numerous awards for excellence in his field: Canadian Public Relations Society National Award of Excellence Electronic & Social Media; Hermes Platinum Award; Hermes Platinum Award 2010, IABC Award of Excellence for Government Relations; IABC Silver Leaf for Issues Management. Michael holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations and a Master of Arts, Communications from Royal Roads University (RRU)
Moderator, Public Policy, Marketing and Brand Development
Steve Bengtson works extensively with Justason Market Intelligence and Vancouver Focus® completing public policy focus group and depth interview research assignments. Steve specializes in strategic brand management research. Steve has extensive qualitative research experience particularly using focus groups, ethnographic research and one-on-one executive interviews. Steven conducts 100+ focus groups per year for a wide variety of clients. Steve’s post-graduate education includes a Certificate in Social Marketing from York University and UBC’s Internet Marketing Program.