Kevin Stolarick ᛫ Steering Committee Chair
Dubbed the “Official Statistician of the Creative Class”, Kevin Stolarick, PhD, combines a depth of knowledge with an appreciation of the importance of finding and sharing the knowledge or “pearls of wisdom” gained from his comprehensive understanding of the Creative Class and the Creative Economy. He is the former Research Director at The Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and a Professor of Design Management at Ryerson University.
Zahra Ebrahim ᛫ Steering Committee Member, Chair Emeritus
Zahra is a public interest designer, working to increase citizen participation in civic engagement processes, capital projects, and the creation of public policy. For the past two years, Zahra has led Doblin Canada after its acquisition by Monitor Deloitte, leading design-driven, user-centred transformation projects with the public and private sector. Ten years ago, Zahra founded and led one of Canada’s first design-led innovation firms, focused exclusively on doing deep research with end-users to co-design towards better social outcomes. Through this, she worked with Canada’s largest corporations, charities, philanthropic organizations, and governing bodies to help them understand how to better engage the people they’re tying to serve. Zahra taught for six years at the Ontario College of Art and Design, the Museum of Modern Art, and currently teaches at the University of Toronto.
Charles Finley ᛫ Steering Committee Member
Charles is Global Director of Marketing and Communications at global architecture, engineering, planning and technology firm IBI Group where he is responsible for the firm’s brand, communications and digital strategy. Charles is also Co-founder and Board Chair of Code for Canada, the country’s leading civic-tech organization that brings design and technology together for the public good. He has been on the Steering Committee of Jane’s Walk since 2014. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Accounting) from Concordia University, a Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies) from Concordia University, and a Master of Arts (Communications and Culture) from York University.
Geraldine Cahill ᛫ Steering Committee Member
Geraldine is currently supporting the exploration of a national social innovation network and the launch of a social solutions and scaling platform for Canada. She is co-author of Social Innovation Generation: Fostering a Canadian Ecosystem for Systems Change, published in November 2017. She joined Social Innovation Generation (SIG) in 2009 as communications coordinator, leading communications efforts across the partnership and later managing programs and partnerships for the SIG national office.
Jesse Darling ᛫ Steering Committee Member
Jesse is an active city builder and civic innovator. Working at the intersection of design and public policy, Jesse is continuously inspired by community-led innovation and its ability to shape cities. She is currently responsible for leading the portfolio of public sector innovation projects at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University. Prior to this role she worked at Evergreen CityWorks leading urban innovation projects that convened diverse partners and collaborators to accelerate the shift to sustainable cities.