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Frances Westley

JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation, University of Waterloo

frances_westleyDr. Westley is a renowned scholar and consultant in the areas of social innovation, sustainable development, strategic change, visionary leadership and inter-organizational collaboration. Her most recent book, Getting to Maybe (Random House, 2006) focuses on the dynamics of social innovation and institutional entrepreneurship in complex adaptive systems. Before joining University of Waterloo, Frances Westley was the Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2005-2007) at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Other positions she has previously held include the James McGill Professor of Strategy at McGill University’s Faculty of Management, Director of the McGill-Dupont Initiative on Social Innovation and Director of the McGill-McConnell Masters program for National Voluntary Sector Leaders. Frances Westley serves on numerous advisory boards including Resilience Alliance Board of Science, Emery University School of Ecology, World Conservation Union-Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, the Canadian Biodiversity Institute, the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, the Stockholm Resilience Center, the SARAS Institute and Evergreen Canada. She is on the editorial board of several journals, including Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and Ecology and Society. Dr. Westley is the recipient of several awards including the Corporate Knights Award and the Ulysses S. Seal Award for innovation in conservation.

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