Stuart Sykes is an experienced and curious Government of Canada analyst and researcher who has worked in a number of diverse policy fields over the past 15 years. He is currently a senior policy researcher at Policy Horizons working in the field of policy foresight. Previously, he has worked as a senior analyst and team lead in the Sustainability Directorate of Environment and Climate Change Canada, as senior advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy at Environment Canada, and as a senior policy researcher focusing on multiculturalism, poverty, exclusion, and labour market policy at the Policy Research Initiative. Stuart is currently a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grant Review Team for the Champlain region and he served previously on the City of Ottawa’s Community Services Advisory Committee. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan.
Katherine is a senior policy researcher at Horizons. Her research interests include the future of services, health, work and immigration. Before working at Horizons, she worked in labour market policy and senior’s policy at ESDC. She has an MA in Economics and a passion for psychology and culture. She loves the sharing of knowledge, divergent thinking and those moments when the penny drops and new insight is gleaned.
Steffen is an expert with 10 years of experience in environmental scanning and foresight, having consulted professionally in science and technology foresight before coming to government. Dr. Christensen is a Senior Policy Researcher at Policy Horizons Canada, where he leads and supports foresight on challenges facing the future of Canada. He is an active researcher in Web 2.0, gamification, visualization, personality psychology and a host of side-of-the-desk projects. He is a programmer, numerical analyst and artificial intelligence researcher. Steffen holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carleton University, with a thesis in Evolutionary Computation. He is sworn to use his evil powers only for good.
Sustainable Development Goals
Pierre-Olivier DesMarchais is a policy researcher at Policy Horizons Canada. He has a Bachelor of Laws from Université Laval and a Master of Laws from McGill University. During his studies, he studied implementation of the concept of extended producer responsibility at the global and national levels as well as policies regarding sustainable development and the related legal matters. He has written a number of articles on these subjects. He also co-authored the volume on Quebec’s Sustainable Development Act in the JurisClasseur collection on Environmental Law.
Martin worked in film and stage set design after his first stint in university, followed by industrial design after his second, then finally studied foresight and landed at Horizons. Constantly trying to think in the box and not at all fazed by his successive failures to do so, he instead takes refuge in the vast knowledge, expertise and good spirits that surround him. A self-identified systems thinker and futurist, Martin is an optimist for the human race and convinced that his time working as a public servant will be of value. Reach out if you want to chat about knowledge management, design, gaming, carpentry, or want to hear a funny story about his 3- and 1-year-olds.
Lisa has experience working in a number of milieus including federal government, academia and Indigenous organizations. Lisa is of mixed heritage - Heiltsuk and British and brings a solid understanding of the issues impacting Indigenous peoples today. She has a Masters in Social Work and over eight years of management experience. Lisa likes to travel and spent four years abroad in mainly Southeast Asia, Japan and Australia.
Open and Transparent Government
Blaise is a facilitator and systems thinker. Trained as a Graphic Designer, he spent several years working as a Web Contractor. Blaise joined the federal government eight years ago. He started at the Canadian Food Inspection followed by positions at Justice and Policy Horizons. His most recent roles have been with the Treasury Board of Canada to work on the Clerk’s Red Tape Reduction Initiative and Natural Resources Canada to work in the Social Innovation Unit’s office on Energy Efficiency. Blaise has just recently returned to Policy Horizon’s to support the Canada Beyond 150 team. At a grass root level, Blaise is a part of the Web Practitioners Community in Ottawa and the Learning Organization Community Practice.
Dione is a policy analyst at Policy Horizons. Dione earned her Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University, a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Jamaica, and a Masters of Business Administration from Kaplan University, USA. With 7 years teaching experience at the community college level in her home country of Jamaica, her passion for education and technology has grown and driven her to explore the future of educational practices, curriculum development and policies. She is interested in using foresight techniques to create new models for advances in education and cultural awareness while keeping true to her playful nature and wild imagination.