Cheryl May

Cheryl May, Diverse Futures Organizer
Cheryl May

Cheryl May is a specialist in strategic foresight, governance and process design. She is a four-time executive director, entrepreneur, writer, and designer. Cheryl was the practice lead for social innovation at MaRS and has also worked with Tides Canada, Artscape, and Community Innovation Lab. She is currently working with the Centre for Social Innovation on the Impact Dashboard.

Cheryl led the development of 211, the Pan-Canadian human services information system, which currently serves 26 million Canadians. Consequently, she received the Ontario Federal Council Leadership through Collaboration Award, Showcase Ontario Diamond Award, and Head of the Public Service Award. In 2018 she was appointed to the board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, a Crown corporation. Her foresight work includes Futures of Canadian Identities with Canadian Heritage.

In 2017, she completed a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. Currently, she is initiating PhD research on for-benefit corporations.

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Thesis: A New Model – The role of the for-benefit corporation in Canada

Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) Organizer

Association of Professional Futurists