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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Ryerson’s Changemakers

by Wendy Cukier, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

During the recent Ryerson Changemaking Project Showcase which highlighted innovative work being done by faculty and students. In 2014, Ryerson received $500,000 from RECODE, an initiative created by the J.W. McConnell Foundation to catalyze social innovation and entrepreneurship in post-secondary institutions across Canada. Continue reading Ryerson’s Changemakers

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