Daniel is a public affairs and market research polling specialist with more than 25 years experience. Before launching his own research consulting practice in 2009, he worked as a Senior Vice-President at Ipsos Reid, Canada's largest and best known public opinion research firm, for more than 17 years. He holds a PhD degree in Political Science from UBC, an M.A. from Université Laval in Quebec City, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto. Daniel also studied at the Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris, where he received a Diplôme d'Études Approfondies, and at Essex University in England, where he studied data analysis.
As Senior Vice-President at Ipsos, Daniel led and managed Ipsos' public affairs practice in Western Canada from 1992 to 2006. During his tenure at the firm, and currently in his private consulting practice, Daniel worked with public and private sector clients on a wide range of public affairs issues. He has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.
Since 2010, Dr. Savas has worked with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada providing advice and expert guidance on a variety of polling research projects. Notably, he built and managed the Points of View Asia Pacific opinion panel, contributed to a revamp of the Foundation's premier National Opinion Poll on Canadians' Views on Asia, and helped manage the Canada-ASEAN Business Survey, and the Canada-China Business Survey. His Asia work has also sent Daniel to Indonesia as a special research advisor to the Washington, D.C.-based organization, National Democratic Institute of International Affairs, providing advice and guidance in its work to build a sustainable democracy in the country.
Dr. Savas is a Visiting Professor in Simon Fraser University's Master's of Public Policy Program, teaching research methods and survey design.