I have been involved with proposal development for over 25 years and no previous contractors have delivered the value we realised from our engagement with Daniel. We consider him a real "find" and look forward to working with him again on our next funding proposal.
Director, Supply and Service at CMC Microsystems
This is honestly the strongest CFI proposal I have seen (including my own).
It truly gets top marks on all of the CFI criteria.
Grant Application Reviewer
Daniel Banks is one of those rare individuals with a scientific background who not only appreciates public communications and strategy, but also has professional level skill in both. We need more of his kind.
Author and former Secretary General of the National Research Council of Canada
For eleven years, Daniel has played a key role as a strategic thinker in the development and implementation of key initiatives for Canada’s capabilities for materials research. He is a conscientious advisor, who conducts background research thoroughly, following good practices in supporting conclusions with traceable, objective evidence. He analyzes complex scientific issues, proposes feasible solutions to policy challenges, and articulates the practical impacts of research to non-experts. For example, Daniel developed a narrative vision of the future of Canadian materials research with neutron beams, which supported a university Vice-President of Research to form a working group with executive leaders from academia, government and industry to establish a pan-Canadian, university-led neutron-beam program: the “Canadian Neutron Initiative” (CNI). He engaged additional stakeholders, attracting 16 organizations from across Canada to participate in the CNI working group. He wrote the CNI’s $20M/yr funding request, which was endorsed by the House of Commons Finance Committee for the 2018 and 2019 federal budgets.
– John Root, Director, Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation