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Groundforce Digital is a consultancy focused on third sector digital transformation. We help cross-functional teams design and develop highly usable and scalable digital products and community engagement campaigns.

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Chris Cowperthwaite

Founder & Principal

I am passionate about working with teams to problem solve and grow by shaping winning strategies and championing adoption of new digital technology. I founded Groundforce Digital to work on digital transformation in the third sector and help cross-functional teams design and develop highly usable and scalable products.

I have worked extensively on public affairs and civic engagement campaigns because I care deeply about making contributions that can have a positive local impact. I currently lead OCAD University's art and design business accelerator and sales platform, Fineline.

Volunteer service is one of my core values, demonstrated through a track record of leadership in fund development and director roles for nationally-recognized higher education, 2SLGBTQ+ community and open democracy initiatives. I currently Chair the board of the Open Democracy Project, am a member of the technology advisory committee of the Art Canada Institute and am the Third Sector Ambassador for the Queen's Smith School of Business Master of Digital Product Management.

Chris is a purpose-driven, high-performing executive who excels at business strategy, stakeholder management and partnership development on high-stakes projects. We brought him to Calgary as the lead strategist and manager of Creative Calgary. In a matter of weeks, he had formed a team that convened Calgary's leading arts organizations and gained buy-in on a campaign plan, brand and community organizing strategy that delivered a major win for the City.

Irfhan Rawji, Managing Partner, Relay Ventures & Creative Calgary Co-Chair

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