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Heather Russek

Director of Policy Innovation

Heather has spent the last 10+ years working on large-scale initiatives and, more recently, on applying human-centered design. As Director of Policy Innovation, 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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Mar 8, 2019

If you could see into the future, which types of skills and jobs would likely be in demand in the next 10–15 years? Learn about our project exploring employment in and around the year 2030.
Employment in 2030

Mar 7, 2019

Si vous pouviez prédire l’avenir, quels types de compétences et d’emplois seraient vraisemblablement recherchés dans les 10 à 15 prochaines années?
L’emploi en 2030

Feb 11, 2019

As governments look to purchase innovations as well as purchase innovatively, what are the challenges and opportunities? We explored innovation procurement and the potential for more experimentation.
What’s in the Mix: Opportunities + challenges for municipal innovation procurement

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
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