Dr. Wendy Cukier as Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University leads Ryerson University's 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 business school.
A leading researcher in her own right, her work focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation and social change. 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". In 1999, she founded Diversity Institute to advance evidence-based strategies to promote inclusion and she has led several large scale projects including the SSHRC-funded DiversityLeads which involves more than 30 partners and The Black Experience project, with the YMCA, Environics Institute and United Way. She leads the university's Ashoka Changemaker Steering Committee.
An active volunteer, working with non-profit and industry organizations including the International Women's Forum and the Diversity Forum at Toronto Region Board of Trade, she is on the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), NPower Canada, 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. She was also named one of the University of Toronto's 100 Alumni Who Shaped the Century, and in 2010 was selected as one of 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail, La Presse and CTV. Dr. Cukier was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and named a Top 25 Women of Influence in 2013.
Dr. Cukier holds a PhD in management science from York University, an MBA and an MA from the University of Toronto, and honorary doctorates from Laval and Concordia.
Today, Cukier is at the centre of university research. As Ryerson University's vice-president of research and innovation, she has pushed the institution to become number one in Ontario and fourth in Canada for research growth. Last year, the university's research funding was more than $30 million.