Innovation Hub Advisory Committee - Biographies

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Rodney Ghali
Chair, Advisory Committee and Assistant Secretary Innovation Hub, Privy Council Office

Rodney Ghali is the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet of the Innovation Hub at the Privy Council Office, Government of Canada. He is responsible for leading the exploration and execution of new and innovative policy and programmatic approaches, focused on improving impact, accountability and value for Canadians.

Prior to his current role, Rodney was Director General of the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada, where he was responsible for overseeing the Federal Government’s policy and programs in the areas of healthy living and chronic disease prevention.

Previously, Rodney spent a number of years at Health Canada in various positions such as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister and Director of Strategic Policy. He has worked on numerous legislative/regulatory initiatives and health-related issues including: food and consumer product safety, reproductive technologies, aboriginal health, blood safety and mental health.

Rodney holds a Master of Science (neurobiology) from McGill University and a Honours Bachelor of Science (genetics) from the University of Western Ontario.

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Dr. WonJoon Chung
Associate Professor, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University

WonJoon Chung is an associate professor at the School of Industrial Design (SID) at Carleton University. His research focus is to develop methods or techniques that facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, co-design, and group ideation processes.

He is interested in investigating the fundamental principles and theoretical background of design in practices, including the development of theoretical framework for effective team collaboration in design practice, improvisation in group collaboration for design process, and group ideation techniques.

Dr. Chung has a Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) where he focused on developing a theoretical framework of early prototype use to foster design collaboration.

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Dr. Nabil Harfoush
Director, Resilience Design Lab, OCAD University

Dr. Nabil Harfoush has over 42 years of experience as an engineer, technology strategist, entrepreneur, and executive. Dr. Harfoush is a serial entrepreneur and founder or co-founder of several companies. He has consulted for enterprises, national governments, and international organization including The World Bank, World Health Organization, UNESCO, and the International Development Research Center.

He is also an associate of Harvard's School of Engineering & Applied Science. He teaches graduate courses in business model and policy innovation and in strategic foresight.

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Dr. Sabine Kröger
Professor, Laval University

Sabine Kröger is a professor of behavioral economics at the Department of Economics at Laval University. She studies decision-making under uncertainty and how ''human traits'' such as social preferences, social norms, and cognitive short cuts affect the decision-making process.

In her research, she uses a combination of standard and innovative economic techniques. In particular, she is one of the pioneers in the use of internet web surveys to conduct economic experiments with representative samples of a population. She is the founder and acting director of the Laval Experimental Economics Laboratory.

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Dr. Nina Mazar
Senior Social Scientist, The World Bank, Communication Officer

An associate professor of marketing and co-director of the BEAR research center (Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman, University of Toronto), Nina Mazar has been named one of ''The 40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs Under 40 In The World'' by the business education website Poets & Quants in 2014.

Her research topics include irrational attraction to free products, how to close the intention-action gap to increase organ donor registrations, the paradoxes of green behaviour, and temptations to be dishonest.

Nina is a founding partner of BEworks Inc. and currently serves as the Behavioural Scientist of the World Bank's new Behavioural Insight Team GINI (Global INsights Initiative) in Washington, DC.

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Moura Quayle
Director, UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues

Moura Quayle's interests lie in rethinking, refining and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government, business and civil society. Her recent focus has been the UBC, an umbrella for the business studio at the Sauder Business School and the policy studio at the Liu Institute.

Moura's experience includes Deputy Minister of the British Columbia's Ministry of Advanced Education, Research and Innovation, responsible for updating strategic oversight systems for 25 institutions; leadership of the British Columbia Pacific Coast Collaborative for the Premier and Governors of Pacific Coast states in Canada and the United States; Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, and Associate Vice President of Academic Programs for the creation of University of British Columbia Okanagan. She is currently the Chair of Genome Canada and of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute.

She has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA, a Distinguished Alumna by University of California Berkeley, and has an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Guelph.

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Dr. Nicole Robitaille
Assistant Professor, Queen's University

Nicole Robitaille is assistant professor of marketing at Smith School of Business. Nicole's research interests lie in the areas of consumer behaviour and decision making and their implications for policy. Specifically, her focus is on understanding how individuals make decisions and why they choose to engage in certain actions, and to discover ways in which researchers can help them improve their decisions and behaviours.

Within this area, her interests are diverse and she has focused on the following topics: moral decisions, financial decisions, temporal decisions, and health decisions. Prior to becoming a professor, Nicole worked as Chief Researcher for the Behavioural Insights Unit, Government of Ontario.

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Dr. Alex Ryan
Senior Systemic Design Advisor, Government of Alberta

Alex Ryan is a Senior Systemic Design Advisor with the Government of Alberta. He co-founded the Alberta CoLab and leads a cross-ministry systemic design and strategic foresight team working to institutionalize systems thinking, design and foresight within government policy and planning processes.

Dr. Ryan has previously taught operational and strategic design at the U.S. School of Advanced Military Studies, and helped to institutionalize design within Western militaries, working with clients such as U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Australian Special Operations Command, and the Canadian Forces College. He is a co-founder of Synthetikos Strategy Consulting , co-founder of the Systemic Design Research Network and co-chair of the Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium.

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Dr. Dilip Soman
Professor, University of Toronto

Dilip Soman is a Professor and holds the Corus Chair in Communications Strategy at the University of Toronto's Rotman School. He also serves as the co-director of the University's Behavioural Economics in Action (BEAR) research center.

His research is in the area of behavioural insights and its applications to policy, consumer wellbeing and business. He is the author of over 50 papers and 5 books, including the recent "The Last Mile" (University of Toronto press, 2015).

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Elizabeth Hardy
Head of the Behavioural Science Team, Innovation Hub, Privy Council Office

Elizabeth Hardy recently joined the Privy Council Office's Innovation Hub, leading the application of behavioural science to public policy challenges. Previously, Elizabeth led the Behavioural Insights Unit in the Government of Ontario, where she was instrumental in creating and building Canada's first behavioural science team in government.

To date, Elizabeth has successfully completed trials dealing with public health, tax collection, regulatory compliance, and service delivery. She continues to collaborate with stakeholders in government as well as the academic community and is a passionate advocate for building a culture of experimentation within policy and program delivery.

Her research-Moving Citizens Online: Salience and Framing as Motivators for Behavioral Change-was recently published in the Journal of Behavioral Science and Policy.