Alexandra Conliffe

Director of the Policy Innovation Platform

Alexandra Conliffe is the Director of the Policy Innovation Platform at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship. The platform assists policy professionals in generating innovative solutions to challenges in today’s society. Engaging multidisciplinary teams and applying new approaches and tools to complex policy issues, the platform aims to demonstrate the power of leveraging the collective intelligence of skilled, forward-thinking and civically minded individuals to accelerate change.

Between 2013-16, Alex was VP Operations at Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), a movement of 40,000 Canadian and African leaders working together to end poverty and inequality through innovations in targeted sectors, including Global Engineering Education in Canada, Small and Growing Businesses in Africa, and Responsible Mining globally.

Between 2010-13, Alex was a Senior Policy Analyst at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Canada’s agriculture negotiator at the United Nations climate change negotiations. She worked interdepartmentally on issues related to global food security, agriculture and the environment. This work built on five years leading teams of reporters to United Nations negotiations on environment and development for the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Alex holds a doctorate in Geography and a master’s in Environmental Management from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She earned a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, where she was a Loran Scholar. She is a member of the McGill Faculty of Engineering Advisory Board.

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