Dr. Wendy Cukier

Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce

Director, Diversity Institute
Ryerson University

Wendy Cukier leads the strategy to grow research and to promote innovation and commercialization. Previously, she was the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada’s largest AACSB accredited business school with more than 8000 students. She has written more than 200 papers or reports on enabling technologies and innovation including the recent report called Transformation of Work, which explores the role of mobile technologies in the Canadian workforce and is the coauthor of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park”.

Wendy has served on the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), NPower and the Environics Institute. She currently serves on the boards of NPower, ReMAP refined manufacturing acceleration process, 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. In 2010 was selected as one of 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail.

She holds a PhD in management science (York); an MBA and an MA (Toronto) and honorary doctorates from Laval and Concordia.