Senior Project Designer, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
Cohort: Ashoka Bootcamp, Toronto, 2016
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Meghan Hellstern, before her current role as a Senior Project Designer with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, worked at the City of Toronto’s Civic Innovation Office, a Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded innovation team (i-team) dedicated to using human-centered design and data-informed decision-making to improve residents’ lives. She has over a decade of experience working with organizations like the Oakville Public Library, Code for Canada, Laurier University’s Social Innovation and Venture Creation (SIVC), Samara Canada and MaRS Solutions Lab, not to mention spending years working with the Government of Canada on a wide range of files from electoral reform and veteran’s affairs to digital government and indigenous affairs. Meghan contributes to her community in many ways, including designing and delivering the Ontario Digital Inclusion Summit, one of Ontario’s first conferences on the topic, co-founding Canada’s biggest civic tech community Civic Tech Toronto and sitting on the advisory board of the Digital Justice Lab. She also maintains a vibrant facilitation, consulting and teaching practice, including delivering the Digital Government and Civic Tech course at Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education and the Digital Leadership Program at the Institute on Governance in Ottawa.