Heather Russek

Collaborator, Innovation Design + Futures

Heather is a strategist and designer with 15+ years of professional experience. She enjoys experimenting with innovation methods, including human-centred design, futures and art-based practices.

Formerly, Heather was the Director, Policy Innovation at BII+E. In this role, Heather was responsible for experimenting with innovation research methods and for overseeing a number of projects including the AI Shift Conference, AI Futures Policy Labs, Into the Dataverse, and Empowering Women Entrepreneurs along with oversight of the BII+E contribution to the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub including Scaling Women Founded Firms. Heather contributed to the Employment in 2030 project as a co-author of Turn and Face the Strange and through design and facilitation of the expert workshops held across Canada.

Over the course of her career, Heather has held various positions including healthcare leadership, management consulting, program and project management, and strategy. Heather holds 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.

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Feb 10, 2021

From wildfires to flooding, the effects of the global climate crisis are accelerating fast — as are attempts to kickstart the growth of the green economy
An illustration of 2 different climates, one with windmills to showcase new environmental tech

Feb 10, 2021

A wave of anti-Black racism protests in the US last year served to increase calls for change in Canada, where anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism remain prevalent
How Reconciliation and Inclusion Could Shape the Future of Work in Canada

Feb 10, 2021

Capitalism has never existed without pushback, but calls for change continue to escalate amidst growing climate change concerns and the unequal economic impacts of COVID-19.
Two people swimming, trying to keep their heads above water, surrounded by trash

Feb 10, 2021

In this report, we explore a broad range of trends with the potential to impact Canada’s labour market over the coming decade—many of which have been accelerated, disrupted, or created by COVID-19
Yesterday’s Gone: Exploring the future of Canada’s labour market in a post-COVID world
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