Jessica Thornton

Jessica Thornton

Toronto, Ontario
Human Centered Design, Strategic Foresight And Research Expert
Jessica is a futurist, facilitator, strategist, and creative problem solver with 15+ years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. She has published numerous strategic foresight writings and worked across diverse subject areas, including city-building, future of work, healthcare innovation, sustainability, local food systems development, creative arts, and public governance. She helps organizations understand and apply strategic foresight methods to make informed decisions about their future.
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Jessica Thornton helps organizations understand and apply strategic foresight methods so they can make informed decisions about their future.

Jessica is a futurist, facilitator, strategist, and process designer with 15+ years of experience in the public and nonprofit sector, designing and delivering a range of programs and engagement experiences (virtual and in-person). She has released numerous strategic foresight publications, and worked across a variety of diverse subject areas, including city-building, future of work, sustainability, food systems, creative arts, and public governance.

Jessica was named a Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Fellow in 2021 and is a foresight associate at Future Cities Canada. Her collaborative research exploring the future of public engagement for municipalities won an award from the Association of Professional Futurists in 2019. Jessica has a B.A. in Socio-cultural Anthropology from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University. You can learn more about Jessica’s professional experience on LinkedIn.



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Jessica Thornton Topic Presentations

the new work normal

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


canadian cities in 2040 - public report forthcoming

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  • In 2040, will municipal finances continue to be constrained? Will the majority of Canadians live in cities? How will emerging technologies transform service delivery? From the climate crisis to pandemic impacts, to calls to defund the police – cities are facing a multitude of changes that will have a significant impact on how they function and deliver services over the next five, ten, and twenty years. Join us to learn about emerging trends identified by municipal innovators across Canada and what they might mean for the future of Canadian cities in 2040.


Jessica Thornton and Heather Russek provided an engaging and meaningful dialogue at our conference on the future of work and what to expect in the years to come. They were able to tailor their message to our diverse audience and ensure the attendees were engaged and participating, even on a virtual platform. They were also able to pivot their presentation to accommodate changes that were brought on by the pandemic.

Graham Sucha

Community Engagement Specialist
Cybera - Cyber Summit

Creative Futures created a thoughtful and tailored presentation for our team. The session was an excellent introduction to futurist approaches and Jessica and Heather were great at finding ways to garner participation and engagement from all in an online format. Thank you!  

Karen Thorne-Stone

 President & CEO
 Ontario Creates

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