Speaker Profiles

Dr. Wendy Cukier, MA, MBA, PhD, DU (hon) LLD (hon) M.S.C.

Dr. Wendy Cukier, MA, MBA, PhD, DU (hon) LLD (hon) M.S.C.

A Professor of Information Technology Management and coauthor the best seller “Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park”, Wendy Cukier has led strategies to drive social and economic transformation.

As Vice President Research and Innovation at Ryerson University she helped increase research funding by 60% and enhanced the innovation ecosystem. She founded the Diversity Institute to promote evidence based strategies to advance diversity and inclusion. Working for more than 50 partners, DiversityLeads which examines the representation of women, racialized minorities, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ in leadership roles and the media. Other projects have examined immigrants in entrepreneurship, social mobility of immigrants and the diversity in particular contexts such as the legal profession, policing, and financial services as well as the experiences of specific groups including women in technology, Muslim women in leadership roles, the Somali community in Toronto and more.

She serves on many startup and nonprofit boards including ReMAP, Women’s College Hospital. In 2010 she was named one of 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail. She is a YWCA Woman of Distinction, a Top 25 Women of Influence and most recently received the Black Business Professional Association’s (BBPA) Harry Jerome Diversity Award. She received the Governor General's Meritorious Cross and in 1999 was named one of the University of Toronto's 100 Alumni Who Shaped the Century.

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