Dr. Heather McIntosh, Senior Manager, Knowledge Mobilization and Research, Future Skills, leads the knowledge mobilization research portfolio on the Conference Board’s Future Skills team. Heather joined the Conference Board from Ryerson University, where she worked in the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation. In this role, she managed a provincially-funded, multiyear project that used research and evaluation to identify and test solutions for workforce development challenges in Ontario through various research, capacity building, and knowledge translation activities. In leading the project’s research portfolio, Heather oversaw projects spanning a variety of thematics, such as skilled trades and apprenticeship, contextualized essential skills, training and supports for older workers, and supported employment.
Heather has also held various positions at Canada’s International Development Research Centre, notably the 2016 research award recipient in the networked economies branch. In addition to supporting program management of a variety of projects that focused on the use of technology and innovation to solve and support development challenges, she led a research project based out of Kathmandu on the role of digital innovations in the crisis response to the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.
Heather holds a PhD in translation and interpretation from the University of Ottawa and two degrees (MA and BA) in communications. She has written on a variety of topics, such as the representation of women’s health in the Canadian news media, health communication campaigns in South America, and organizational crisis communication.