dr keith christopher hampson
Welcome. I’m a management consultant with a focus on the intersection of education, media, and markets. I help clients navigate the opportunities and threats of digital transformation poised to reconfigure higher education.
I’ve worked in digital higher education for roughly twenty years. Starting as a university faculty member, I chose to move into management - leading Ryerson University’s online education, where my colleagues and I generated 500% increase in revenue and won six national awards.
For much of the last decade, I’ve worked as an independent advisor for universities, vendors, and governments. I’ve built go-to-market strategies for ed-tech start-ups, designed three-year strategic plans for government projects, pleaded with multinationals about where not to invest, built pitch decks that made all the difference in the life of a young company, made that one critical introduction to the “right” person, found and managed acquisitions for foreign investors, delivered provocative keynotes at sales conferences, and sat on my share of advisory boards. About half of my work is in Canada, 4/10th in the US, and the rest distributed across a few other OECD nations.
Experience and expertise are important. Key decisions need to be based on a deep understanding of the relevant factors. But I think I take the greatest pride when clients tell me that it feels like I’m truly on their side; that I care about their success. I become part of the team. I enjoy winning - possibly too much. (This results in doing too much unpaid work - but we can’t fight our true nature.)
When not working, you’ll likely find me walking my dogs along the edge of Lake Ontario, in the part of Toronto that locals refer to as “The Beaches”.
This site, in addition to serving as a calling-card, is used to record the occasional observation about digital higher education. Looking back, it’s clear that some of the notes I’ve written on this site have served as the starting point for many of the more meaningful collaborations. After taking something of a hiatus from writing for the past couple of years, you can expect to see a steady stream of new material - starting in June 2019.
A selection of short essays from the last decade can be found under “Notes”.
You can learn more about the type of work I do, as well as my clients by visiting the “Work” page.
To connect with me directly, please use the “Contact” page.