Dr. Wendy Cukier is one of Canada’s leading experts in disruptive technologies, innovation processes, and diversity and inclusion. She coauthored the bestseller “Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park” and has done pioneering work on innovation and inclusion. She is the Founder of Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, and leads a number of large partnership-based projects aimed at promoting the participation and advancement of underrepresented groups including women, racialized minorities, indigenous, LGBTQ and persons with disabilities.
She is leading, in collaboration with the Brookfield Institute and Ted Rogers School of Management, the newly-formed Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, funded by the Government of Canada which brings together key stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem to support diverse women entrepreneurs by drawing on evidence-based best practices. She was an integral part of the bid for the new Ryerson-led Future Skills Centre, funded by the Government of Canada. She has written more than 200 papers on technology, innovation and management and has received many awards for her work advancing diversity and inclusion, including the Meritorious Service Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours.
She has been recognized with the Harry Jerome Diversity Award, the Bob Marley Award, the Canada-Pakistan Business Council’s Female Professional of the Year, the 2019 Metropolis Research Award, and most recently the 2019 Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She has been named a YWCA Woman of Distinction, a Woman of Influence and one of the “100 Alumni who shaped the Century” by the University of Toronto. Wendy holds a PhD, an MBA, an MA, and honorary doctorates from Laval and Concordia.