Wendy Cukier, as Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University, leads the strategy to grow research and to promote innovation and commercialization. Under her leadership, Ryerson has expanded its multi stakeholder collaborations and research funding has grown by 40% in the past two years alone. Previously, she was the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada’s largest business school. She has written more than 200 papers on enabling technologies and innovation and is the coauthor of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park”. Recent work has focused on social innovation processes in larger systems including the National Health Service in the UK.
Dr. Cukier has more than 30 years experience in the ICT sector with a focus on technology development and innovation processes. She worked as a consultant with IDC Canada and the Institute for the Future (Palo Alto, California)
Wendy serves on the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), NPower, the Environics Institute, Women’s College Hospital and several hi-tech start-ups. She is a recipient of the Governor General's Meritorious Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours and was named one of the University of Toronto's 100 Alumni Who Shaped the Century. She also received the Canadian Public Health Association, award of merit. She holds a PhD in management science (York); an MBA and an MA (Toronto) and honorary Docteur L’Universitaire (DU) in Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing from Laval University and an Honorary LLD from Concordia.