Jessica Thornton

Senior Projects Officer

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As a Senior Projects Officer, Jessica is focused on supporting initiatives that help develop Canada’s next generation of innovators. Currently this includes the management of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship’s education partnerships such as ZerotoStartUp, Basecamp, various awards programs and SHAD Valley.

Previously, Jessica led the development of projects and partnerships at Evergreen Canada, as their Manager of Strategic Initiatives. Prior to Evergreen, Jessica was the Director of Operations and Programming at Local Food Plus, where she supported the organization’s fundraising, communications and stakeholder engagement strategies, helping 300 ecologically sustainable Ontario farmers make market connections over 100 local food businesses. She also sat on both the Toronto Food Policy Council and Youth Council.

Jessica is motivated by driving societal change by finding connections between new ways of thinking and existing assets. With this approach, she has had the pleasure of moving dozens of projects from ideation to action, tackling housing affordability, growth planning, food security, transportation accessibility, and sustainable food systems. Now engaged at the intersection between innovation and entrepreneurship, Jessica brings a wealth of experience supporting the scaling and sustainability of new ideas.

Jessica has an Honours BA in Anthropology and Equity Studies from U of T, a certificate in food security from Ryerson University, and a diploma in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from George Brown College.