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.

18 Contributions


Jun 19, 2020

Part of our series of self-reflective articles and publications, this guide explores the value and prevalence of creative approaches in policy research and knowledge translation.
Close Encounters of the Creative Kind: A guide to experimental approaches to policy research and knowledge translation

Mar 5, 2020

As part of the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), we are exploring the experiences of women entrepreneurs related to high-growth scale-ups.
Scaling Women-Founded Firms: Exploring women entrepreneurs’ high-growth journeys

Jan 23, 2020

Women entrepreneurs lead businesses across Canada, from small storefronts to high-growth scale-ups. The WEKH builds evidence and advances effective practices to support their businesses and growth.
Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH)

Jan 16, 2020

Inspired by BII+E’s research on employment in the year 2030, artifacts from the future are designed to spark thinking about what kinds of goods and services might exist in the next 10 years and beyond
Six artifacts from the future
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