Professional Development

2017 CIA Annual Meeting

June 21–22, 2017
Québec City Convention Centre, Québec

David Coletto

David Coletto is an adjunct professor at the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs at Carleton University, where he teaches courses on polling and public opinion, political marketing, research, and public affairs. He is also an instructor at the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University.

As a founding partner and CEO of Abacus Data, Mr. Coletto and his team deliver strategic advice and research design expertise to many of Canada’s foremost corporations, advocacy groups, and political leaders. A leader in online research methodologies, public affairs research, corporate and organizational reputation studies, and youth research, he has led projects for companies in many sectors including pharmaceutical, transportation, financial services, educational, natural resources, telecommunications, media, arts and culture, tourism, and retail.

Mr. Coletto also leads Abacus Data’s Canadian millennial research practice, developed to help organizations connect and engage with Canadian millennials. His clients have included the LCBO, the RCMP, the Calgary Police Service, Clintar Landscape Management, the Credit Union Central of Canada, Hudson’s Bay, the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services, and the Ontario Municipal Tax and Revenue Association.

Mr. Coletto is an outspoken proponent of transparency in the polling industry and is regularly called upon by media and organizations alike to provide expert analyses of public opinion and research methodologies.  He holds a doctorate from the University of Calgary. In 2013, the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce named him a “Forty Under 40” in Ottawa.



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