CEO & President
Actua, ICD.D (Corporate Director)
Jennifer Flanagan is a go-to thought leader and advocate for high-impact STEM education and skill development in Canada. Her deep understanding of emerging and in-demand technology and innovation skills and her unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion has led to developing a national network that prepares youth for the new economy. As the Co-founder, President and CEO of Actua, Jennifer leads a national network of over 40 universities and colleges across Canada that engages 350,000 youth each year. Known for its impact with underserved audiences, Actua is relentless in removing barriers to youth participation in STEM and works extensively with girls and young women, Indigenous youth, rural and Arctic communities and youth facing socio-economic challenges. Jennifer’s track record for cultivating strategic partnerships has attracted multinational private and public-sector partners. These include Google, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, RBC, Finning, GE, Government of Canada, Government of Nunavut, and many more. Jennifer has thrice been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, is the recipient of a Y Women of Distinction Award (Education and Training), and was named a Top Forty Under 40 as well as RBC Women Entrepreneur of the Year in the social change category. Jennifer holds a BSc from the University of New Brunswick, an MBA from McGill and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the Gina Code School of Engineering at Concordia. She is active on several boards, including the Canadian Institute for Women in Engineering and Science.