Richard Jenkins joins Abacus Data as Director, Public Sector Research

Experienced researcher Richard Jenkins joins Abacus Data’s Ottawa-based team where he will help grow the firm’s public sector practice and help lead the research team in Ottawa.

Richard has extensive experience in public affairs, policy development, branding, customer experience, and employee experience research for some of Canada’s leading public and private sector organizations. In addition to leading his own boutique research firm for more than 10 years, Richard has worked with TNS Kantar, Nanos Research and EKOS Research. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 1999. “We are excited to be welcome Richard to our team,” said the Chief Executive David Coletto. “Richard brings his over 20 years of experience in public affairs and marketing research to our growing team of experts and consultants.”

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Abacus Data quickly established itself as a leader in public opinion and market research. Working with some of North America’s leading brands, associations, and public sector organizations, Abacus Data helps clients make better decisions through high-quality data, insights, and strategic advice.

“Richard will build on an already roster of highly skilled and experienced researchers,” added Coletto. “I’m excited to have him join me in Ottawa and support our growing team now based in Toronto.”

Richard oversees Abacus Data’s growing public sector practice working with partners in all three levels of government as well as public sector organizations to deliver high-quality research services from custom surveys, to qualitative research, to innovative data tracking and social media listening exercises.

“Over the past few years, I’ve been impressed with the calibre of work the team at Abacus Data has produced,” said Dr. Jenkins. “Bruce and David have a strong reputation as being hardworking, smart, and forward-looking research professionals, I’m excited to join them and the entire team.”

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