Wendy Cukier, MA, MBA, PhD, DU (Hon) LLD (Hon) M.S.C.
Professor, IT Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
MA, MBA, PhD, DU (HC), LLD (HC), MSC
Wendy Cukier is the Founder and Director of Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute. Founded in 1999 Wendy has led projects aimed at promoting the participation and advancement of underrepresented groups. Wendy has assisted organizations in becoming more inclusive through innovative programs such as DiversityLeads funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, which tracks the progress, impediments and evidenced-based strategies for promoting diversity in organizations.
Serving as Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University from 2011-2016, Wendy led Ryerson University’s strategy to grow research and to promote innovation and commercialization. Under her leadership, research and partnerships expanded, driving an increase in external funding by more than 60% over 5 years.
Wendy Cukier championed Ryerson’s social innovation strategy to help engage faculty and students from across the university in all disciplines in the innovation agenda. This included leading the bid to become Canada’s first Ashoka Changemaker Campus. She also created innovative programs to support student learning, experiential learning and applied research (iSTEM, ADaPT, Summer Company, RECODE, RBC) with particular focus on leveling the playing field between Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and Social Science and Humanities (SSH) funding and opportunities.
Previously, Wendy was the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada’s largest business school. A leading researcher in her own right, Wendy’s work focuses on innovation. Wendy Cukier 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".