The case for innovation in diversity and inclusion

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by Wendy Cukier, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

I recently presented to a room full of women at the Electricity Distributors Association’s Women Connected event, which featured a series of talks aimed at women in the energy industry.

The room was definitely energized as I delved into the subject of diversity. The research confirms what many women experience on a daily basis: in order to make room for diversity, we need to apply what we know about innovation to solve the problem.

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Creating a culture of innovation in the public sector

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by Wendy Cukier, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

The Ontario Public Service has said it’s ready to innovate.
On April 16th, during World Creativity and Innovation Week, I led a session on innovation and system change for the Ontario Public Service (OPS) staff. Steve Orsini, Secretary of Cabinet and head of the OPS, joined me at the workshop attended by nearly 100 public service staff to discuss some of the obstacles to innovation.

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Dr. Cukier on Syrian Refugees in the Toronto Star

The following editorial was published Sept. 3 in the Toronto Star. Dr. Cukier is a founding member of Operation Lifeline Syria. She is a team leader sponsoring a Syrian refugee family through Ryerson University’s Lifeline Syria Challenge.

 

Alan Kurdi is only one of four million Syrian refugees and at least seven million internally displaced refugees who have fled violence seeking safe haven. Governments around the world must do more and Canada must reclaim its traditional place as a world leader in humanitarian action and peacebuilding. But, we as individuals cannot hide behind the pretense of powerlessness. We can make a difference. Tears are not enough. Continue reading Dr. Cukier on Syrian Refugees in the Toronto Star