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Heather Russek

Acting Director, Policy Innovation Platform

Heather has spent the last 10+ years working on large-scale initiatives and, more recently, on applying human-centered design. As Director (Acting), Policy Innovation Platform (PIP), Heather provides strategic direction, leading the day-to-day operations of PIP and sparking partnerships across sectors.

Prior to joining BII+E, Heather worked at St. Joseph’s Health Centre as the Director of Corporate Strategy and Initiatives. She brings with her experiences ranging from management consulting,
to program management and oversight, to project management.

Heather believes that using novel methodologies to engage people will enable policy innovation and is hoping to test new models of collaboration and innovation at BII+E.

Heather has a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University, an MBA from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation
from OCAD University.

Heather has two little kids that keep her busy and wishes she could find more time for training for triathlons and working on art projects.

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Nov 16, 2018

This project is designed to improve support for women entrepreneurs in Ontario, while exploring novel methods for co-creating and funding interventions in complex policy domains
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Nov 13, 2018

In partnership with CIFAR, this project aims to help emerging policy leaders across Canada respond to the opportunities and challenges that accompany the rapid development of artificial intelligence
AI Futures Policy Labs: A series of workshops for emerging policymakers

Aug 11, 2018

In partnership with the Government of Ontario’s Policy Innovation Hub, we sought to bring together senior government leaders and industry experts for a day of discussion on AI and its implications
The AI Shift: Engaging policymakers to better understand the potential implications of AI on public policy

May 17, 2018

An overview of the Policy Innovation Platform’s greatest moments in 2018, from transforming the provincial pre-budgetary process to empowering women entrepreneurs
Policy Innovation Platform: A year in review
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