Heather Russek

Heather Russek

Toronto, Ontario
Strategist, Collaborator, Innovation Design Expert
Heather Russek is a strategist, researcher, and designer with 15+ years of experience in policy innovation, healthcare leadership, management consulting, program and project management, and strategy. Heather Russsek is the Co-President of Creative Futures. She helps organizations navigate complex challenges by learning new topics quickly and connecting the dots across domains. he enjoys experimenting with innovative methods, including human-centered design, futures, and art-based practices.
  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Business Growth
  • Business Management
  • Future Trends
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Awareness Days
  • Charities & Foundations
  • Community Engagement Events
  • Conference
  • Corporate Audience
  • Corporations & Businesses
  • Government Departments & Agencies


Heather Russek helps organizations navigate complex challenges by learning new topics quickly and connecting the dots across domains. She enjoys experimenting with innovative methods, including human-centered design, futures, and art-based practices.

Heather Russek is a strategist, researcher, and designer with 15+ years of experience in policy innovation, healthcare leadership, management consulting, program and project management, and strategy. Before starting Creative Futures, Heather was the Director, Policy Innovation at BII+E.

In this role, Heather was responsible for experimenting with innovative research methods and for overseeing several projects, including the AI Shift Conference, AI Futures Policy Labs, Into the Dataverse, and Empowering Women Entrepreneurs, along with oversight of the BII+E contribution to the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub including Scaling Women Founded Firms.

Heather contributed to the Employment in 2030 project as a co-author of Turn and Faced the Strange through the design and facilitation of the expert workshops held across Canada. Heather was also the Director of Corporate Strategy and Strategic Initiatives at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto.

Heather Russek was named a Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Fellow in 2021 and has launched an Open Scan network with city leaders and innovators across Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University, an MBA from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University. You can learn more about Heather’s professional experience on Linkedin.

Heather Russek currently uses her experience to help organizations navigate complex challenges by learning new topics quickly, connecting the dots across domains, and applying strategic foresight methods. Strategist, designer, innovation expert, facilitator, and keynote speaker in policy innovation, healthcare leadership, management consulting, program and project management, and strategy.



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Heather Russek Topic Presentations

how to think like a futurist

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • The world is changing rapidly. Join us to learn the tools traditionally applied by futurists to identify future trends and emerging disruptions in your field, translated for everyday use so you can move beyond present-day challenges to imagine new paths forward. Through this session, you will learn the basics of strategic foresight, key tools used by futurists, and how to apply them to your professional context.



the new work normal

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • Is the future of work fully virtual? What new technologies will be used to support virtual collaboration? Or will people work less in the future, as an after-effect of the “great resignation”? Join us to dive deep into the current discourse surrounding the future of work. This session will explore prominent trends, emerging research

    on future skills, as well as a look at how the values of workers are changing in a post-COVID employment context.




Heather Russek and Jessica lead a national, complex, multi-stakeholder project that required a number of pivots to respond to changing pandemic conditions. The team at Creative Futures brought the latest in innovative engagement methodologies to deliver high value for partners, participants and funders.  Despite the challenges of the pandemic, I didn’t worry about the year-long initiative because I was confident it was always in the best hands.  

Sean Mullin

Executive Director
Brookfield Institute for Innovation Entrepreneurship 

It was a pleasure to work with Creative Futures. We were looking for a partner that could help us frame a transformational new strategy related to People-Centred Care at North York General and the team at Creative Futures was very effective in helping us get there. They bring a fresh approach to strategic planning that blends traditional organizational strategy with the foresight to future-proof the work we do. They are a pleasure to work with and highly recommend them to anyone that is looking at building an innovative strategy for their organization.  

Sean Molloy

Quality, Patient and Family Centred Care and Care Transitions 

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