Hal also provides user support and customer service, and keeps our learning management system in good health. He is the lead on quality assurance for learning content, and ensures our assessments (exams and tests) comply with in-house and client-required competency maps and levels of knowledge.
He represented BHE on Education Activation Team (2013-2014) for the Net Zero Energy House Coalition, focussing on competency requirements and levels of knowledge for the 2015 Net Zero Summit.
Hal has a Ph.D. in Political Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied how facilitation can help overcome power disparities in task-oriented groups. His undergraduate and graduate work includes studies in mathematical game theory, cybernetics and the philosophy and psychology of science.
Hal has strong business planning and “startup experience”, as well as an entrepreneurial bent in a variety of technically focused industries such as software and energy efficiency. He was the president of Knowledge Navigators International, a pioneering start-up that developed an online learning and collaboration platform before Facebook.
Since 1996, the focus of his work has spanned areas including creation of training and development strategies; learning needs analyses and competency mapping; design and implementation of e-learning methodologies, programs and content; procurement of learning and performance management systems; and evaluation of training and development initiatives.
Prior to BHE, Hal’s wide-ranging experience in business, training and development led to him providing services to provincial and federal governments in Canada, the Republic of Macedonia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Sri Lanka. He has also served intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme and bi-laterals such as the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Canadian International Development Agency.
Hal's other interests include ocean kayaking and working out. Hal is also volunteering at the Cancer Centre at Capital Health in Halifax, on projects that leverage his PhD research skills