Dr. Wendy Cukier is a professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Ted Rogers School of Management. She is one of Canada’s leading experts in disruptive technologies, innovation processes and diversity and is coauthor of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park.” She leads Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, which has spearheaded projects to advance diverse women in leadership and played a pivotal role in advancing women and other under-represented groups on boards through Bill C-25: an Act to Amend the Canadian Corporations Act. She leads the newly-announced Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub to create an inclusive innovation ecosystem. She also helped craft Ryerson’s bid to host the Future Skills Centre, with 150 supporting organizations, in partnership with Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint-ADE. Wendy chairs the Board of Women’s College Hospital and is an active volunteer. She is a member of Canada’s Expert Panel on Women Entrepreneurship as well as an expert advisor to the Canada-UK Working Group on the Modern Economy (WGME). Her many awards include a Governor General’s Meritorious Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, YWCA Woman of Distinction, Black Business Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Diversity Award and a Metropolis Research Award. She was named one of 100 Alumni Who Shaped the Century by the University of Toronto. She has an MA (Toronto) MBA (Toronto) PhD (York) and honorary doctorates from Laval University and Concordia.