Published in ENGAGE: Deeply (2020)
Geoff is the President of Zakaib Strategies Inc., a management consulting firm based in Calgary that specializes in the areas of business technology and information management. Geoff has a strong interest in data and is involved in a number of initiatives that span the public, private and social sectors. He is a Director of Data for Good and the organizer of the Calgary chapter. He co-founded CivicTechYYC and has helped to build the civic tech ecosystem across Canada. Geoff is active in the Open Data / Open Government movements as the Executive Director of Open Calgary. He was previously a community member of The City of Calgary e-Government Strategy Advisory Committee and the External Advisory Committee of Civic Innovation YYC.
He is passionate about the use of data and technology for social good, and each initiative he has started provides opportunities for members of the community to volunteer their technical skills to help nonprofit / social organizations that are doing amazing work in our city. These organizations make significant contributions to the quality of life for everyone, but they often lack the time, resources and skills to make effective use of data and technology in their programs and services.