Steven Jast

Founder and President
ROI Research on Investment
Montreal, QC, Canada

Steven Jast has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of economic development. He began his career at boutique advisory firm CAI Corporate Affairs International, where he specialized in site selection analysis, jurisdictional marketing, and industrial clustering. A serial entrepreneur, Steve founded economic development consulting firm ROI Research on Investment in 2003. Since then, ROI has grown from a staff of two, to an international company of 60 professionals, with offices in four countries. ROI was part of Canada’s Hot Profit 50 fastest growing companies and Steve was an Earnst & Young entrepreneur of the year nominee. Steve is a thought leader in the field of modern economic development and investment attraction, and has been published in the prestigious fDi magazine. He’s a regular speaker at international conferences and provides training and coaching to economic development leaders around the world. In 2015, he founded Gazelle.ai to push the boundaries of methods used to identify early-stage signals of corporate expansion.