May 19, 2019

Diversity Institute Founder wins the Sara Kirke Award at the CATA Innovation Gala

Diversity Institute Founder wins the Sara Kirke Award as the CATA Innovation Gala from CATAAlliance on Vimeo.

In this 7 minute video, join Wendy Cukier, Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Ted Rogers School of Management & Founder, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University, as she talks about the importance of understanding the levers that shape individual and organizational behaviour in bridging the gaps between intention and measured positive actions for progress in diversity, STEM interests and women entrepreneurial success.


About Dr. Wendy Cukier

Dr. Wendy Cukier is a change-maker, a social innovator and a thought leader. She is constantly working to level the playing field for women, racialized minorities, Indigenous peoples, and those with disabilities.

Through her academic work and in her voluntary capacity she is a champion of inclusion, creating opportunities for all and supporting of technology-driven innovation. She was the driving force behind Ryerson University to become Canada’s first Ashoka Changemaker Campus, where arts and social work students along with scientists, engineers, and business students work together to drive change.

She has also brought the DMZ a much-needed focus on social enterprise development, through her relationship with Ashoka and Ryerson University’s DI, levelling the playing field for arts and social sciences graduates, women, and other underrepresented groups. As well, she provided hands-on support and encouragement to many of our entrepreneurs at critical stages of their development.

Dr. Cukier has also led the development of programs that provided more than $20 million dollars for critical infrastructure, support for research-based innovation, and many programs to give seed money and early-stage funding for DMZ entrepreneurs.

Dr. Cukier has supported Canada’s innovation ecosystem by promoting research, commercialization, and social and economic change working with business, government and non-profits. Her research on innovation systems and best practices has helped shape policy and practice and her focus on results has helped strengthen our efforts.

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