Christopher Navachandrabala

Christopher Navachandrabala

Work History

Work History
2007 - Present

Editor/Project Manager (Volunteer Role)

Tomorrow's Ontario Public Service (TOPS)
  • Volunteer Member of TOPS' Marketing and Communications Committee
  • Manage and develop TOPSpot (TOPS' quarterly newsletter)
  • Project manage and coordinate each edition of the newsletter
  • Provide direction to writers and graphic designers on content development
  • Write articles and editorial notes
  • Review and edit articles and images/photos submitted for publication
  • Manage Executives and members expectations
Oct 2009 - Apr 2013

Policy Analyst

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Lead for ministry’s Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) activities, including FPT advisory committee on children and youth at risk
  • Lead for development of ministry’s federal engagement strategy; focus on youth employment
  • Lead for development of children and youth at risk FPT discussion paper
  • Provide policy and program analysis, develop strategies and best practices for intergovernmental activities
  • Consult and strengthen relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Provide leadership, mentorship and guidance to unit’s Jr. Policy Analysts
Dec 2008 - Oct 2009

Jr. Policy Analyst

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Lead for Ontario Child Benefit (OCB); cornerstone of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
  • Developed information notes, decision notes, briefings notes and other documents as needed
  • Provided leadership and program management for all activities related to the OCB; including financial analysis, forecasting, tracking, budgeting, reconciliation, reporting, and review of communication products
  • Worked closely with colleagues in the ministry’s finance units, the Ministry of Finance and the Canada Revenue Agency to collect information and develop reports for senior management
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply OPS procurement and contract management policies and procedures as member of Child and Family Services Act five year review team
  • Provided support in implementation of Ministry’s Strategic Framework activities
May 2008 - Dec 2008

Project Analyst

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Provided leadership and support for the design, development and implementation of programs and projects related to primary healthcare and Family Health Teams (FHTs)
  • Designed reporting templates and processes for quarterly reporting of FHTs to ministry
  • Developed business cases, briefing notes, research summaries and other documents as needed
  • Member of evaluation team to evaluate vendors/consultants for Diabetes Strategy projects
  • Member of FHT website working group to develop online tool for FHT-ministry reporting
  • Provided support for 2009-10 RbP process, telehomecare project, and self-care manual
Jun 2007 - May 2008

Project Management Analyst

Ontario Ministry of the Environment
  • Led development of project management community of practice for Operations Division
  • Demonstrated project management and marketing skills through the development of project documents, online collaboration (Plone) tool and branding for the community of practice
  • Developed strong consultative and interpersonal skills to manage effective stakeholder and client relationships and provide project management training to divisional staff
  • Led development of web based information portal for ADMO to increase ADMO visibility, marketing and to encourage internal recruitment; consulted with senior management
  • Provided communications and marketing advice and developed strategic approaches to project planning, execution, and evaluation for projects and programs
Sep 2006 - Apr 2007

Marketing Resident (Primary Care)

Solvay Pharma Inc.
  • Assisted product managers to create, review and implement programs and projects
  • Identified and analyzed market research data to report on emerging market trends
  • Provided valid and reliable data, analyses, reports and recommendations for decision-making
  • Conducted routine data checks by extracting, reviewing and comparing qualitative and quantitative data to identify issues; worked with MS Data Analyzer and Excel pivot tables
  • Developed presentations and marketing/communications pieces to assist sales force
Jan 2006 - Aug 2006

Marketing Associate (Specialty Care - Transplant)

Hoffmann-La Roche Limited
  • Assisted product and medical managers to update, create and develop programs and projects
  • Prioritized, multitasked, and managed time to complete numerous projects on a regular basis
  • Reviewed and researched current literature, publications and best practices regularly
  • Provided analytical explanations, interpretations, assessments and recommendations for senior staff and decision makers

Portfolio of Past Work

Education

Education

Project Management Professional Certification

Project Management Institute

PMI’s Project Management Professional PMP credential is a certification for project managers that is globally recognized. It demonstrates that I have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects.

2010 - Present

Certificate in E-Business and Web Marketing

University of Toronto - School of Continuing Studies
  • This certificate provides education and training in the fundamentals of e-business and web marketing, including courses in:
    • Tools & Fundamentals of E-Business

    • Tools & Fundamentals of Web Marketing

2008 - 2009

Certificate in Project Management

University of Toronto - School of Continuing Studies
  • This certificate, accredited by the Project Management Institute, provides education and training in the fundamentals of project management, including courses in:
    • Foundations of project management

    • Leading projects in organizations 

    • Project implementation & control

May 2005 - Apr 2007

Master of Biotechnology

University of Toronto
  • Completed advanced science (classroom and laboratory based) and business courses relevant to biotechnology
  • Courses were delivered by experienced professionals in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, in addition to University of Toronto teaching faculty from the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Management
  • Gained 16 months of work experience in the pharmaceutical sector (worked for Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. and Solvay Pharma Inc.)
  • Developed skills and knowledge to meet the evolving needs of the global biotechnology and health sciences industries, including bridging the gap between scientists and business professionals
Sep 2001 - Jun 2005

Honors Bachlor in Science

University of Toronto
  • Specialized in the Genes, Genetics and Biotechnology stream
  • Gained knowledge in various aspects of genetics, including options in molecular and population genetics, and how genetics applies to bioengineering and the emerging field of biotechnology
  • Completed multi-disciplinary courses in the medical sciences, biological and social sciences, as well as the humanities

Skills

Skills

Computer Skills

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and Publisher Adobe InDesign Typing speed of more than 60 wpm

Research and Analysis

Excellent research and analysis skills Proven ability to review research publications, analyze results and develop documents for senior leaders Experienced in lab and paper based research Published peer reviewed research article  

Communication

Excellent written and oral communication skills Proven ability to develop and deliver engaging presentations and other communication material (e.g. newsletters, brochures, flyers) for internal and external stakeholders Able to speak comfortably to large audiences and in stressful/high-risk circumstances Currently the Editor/Project Manager for the TOPS Newsletter

Problem Solving

Proven ability to identify and break apart multi-dimensional problems into components, prioritize concerns/issues in order of importance, consider long-term business implications and articulate them in plain language Able to analyze complex problems/issues, synthesize information to identify key issues for short- and long-term solutions, and recommend the most appropriate course of action

Policy Analysis and Developement

Strong understanding of government policy development processes and practices Experience engaging internal and external stakeholders to develop policies Proven ability to develop briefing, discussion and decision documents for senior leaders

Project Management

Preparing to apply for Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Over 4 years of project management work experience Worked on small and large scale projects in both the private and public sectors Developed strong academic knowledge in project management by completing the Certificate in Project Management offered through the University of Toronto (accredited by the Project Management Institute) and courses through the Center for Leadership and Learning (Ontario Public Service)

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