Speaker Profiles

Jennifer Flanagan

Jennifer Flanagan

Co-Founder, CEO & President

Actua

Jennifer Flanagan is a social entrepreneur and national thought-leader focused on youth, innovation, STEM, digital literacy and inclusion. She is the co-founder, President and CEO of Actua, a national charitable organization that engages Canadian youth in building skills and confidence in STEM.

Actua is a national network of organizations across Canada that annually engage 250,000 youth in 500 communities. Under Jennifer’s leadership, Actua has become the national leader in engaging under-represented youth including First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth, girls and young women, youth living in rural and remote communities and other at-risk youth.

Jennifer’s long-time advocacy work has been focused on the empowerment of girls and young women, reconciliation, and future workforce development. She currently sits on the Board of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Jennifer’s social entrepreneurship model has attracted significant investments from companies like Google, GE, Microsoft, Suncor as well as all levels of government. Her work been recognized with awards including RBC Entrepreneur of the Year, Top 40 Under 40, WXN Most Powerful Women and YWCA Women of Distinction.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Management from McGill University in Montreal.

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