KATHARINE MCGOWAN

Katharine began her academic career as a traditional Canadian historian, and this eventually led her to be the annoying fact-checker and long-term perspective haver on social innovaiton at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience. Her clear joy of public speaking and mild likeability led to a position with Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo (SPWB), a community-based project in Fort McMurray that sought to support a culture of social innovation. This directly led to her current position as assistant professor of social innovation in the Bisset School of Business. She has not abandoned her historical roots, however, as she is currently delivering a first: a history social innovation course, where she has already subjected serious business students to a frivolous discussion of resilience and the French revolution. Upcoming topics include the Dutch East India Company, the Canada Health Act, intelligence testing, and (sigh) that new flash-in-the-pan, the internet. Katharine is currently helming/coordinating the Aapat Tsi Kani Takiiks, a three-year indigenization initiative that builds on the Suncor Aboriginal Business Education pilot program at Bissett. That is, helming it until the incredibly impressive and driven Bisset Aboriginal students mutiny and take over the ship. She can’t wait to live in the Canada they are going to (re)build.

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