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Jennifer's Bio

Jennifer Flanagan is the co-founder and President and CEO of Actua, a national charitable organization that engages Canadian youth in inspiring and innovative science and technology experiences. Through camps, classroom workshops, clubs, and community outreach, Actua's programs reach a quarter of a million youth annually. Over the past decade, Jennifer has led the development of Actua's national barrier-breaking programs, which engage Indigenous youth, girls and young women, youth living in rural and remote communities and other at-risk youth. To accomplish this work, Jennifer partners with leading corporate sector companies, governments and other non-profits.

Jennifer has served on the boards of several local, national and international groups that are committed to furthering educational opportunities for youth and for women. In 2007, Jennifer was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and in 2011 she was the recipient of a Y Women of Distinction Award (Education and Training) and was named one of Ottawa's Top Forty Under 40. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Management from McGill University in Montreal.

In Conversation with Betsey Chung: How traditional STEM skills are leveraged in Marketing

Employees now need a well-rounded set of hard and soft skills to succeed in the workplace. STEM education can help foster the skills needed to help us adopt new technologies and adapt to changing environments. Betsey Chung, Global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at TD Bank Group is a leading example of the value of a diverse skill set and how it can benefit one’s career. Learn more about her career path in her conversation with Actua's CEO, Jennifer Flanagan.

April 13, 2021

How We Can #ChooseToChallenge Gender Inequality in STEM this International Women’s Day and Beyond

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and highlighted an array of underlying weaknesses in Canada's economy. Many business leaders say that technology holds the key to an innovative recovery. But, while technology may play a critical role in our post-pandemic world, there remains a significant problem threatening the potential of its workforce - the persistent and widening gender gap.

March 8, 2021

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