MENU menu

Frances Westley

J. W. McConnell Chair of Social Innovation, University of Waterloo


Frances Westley is JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at University of Waterloo, where she heads up Social Innovation Generation (SiG), a national initiative designed to build capacity for social innovation in Canada. Before joining University of Waterloo in 2007 she was Director of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her most recent book entitled Getting to Maybe (Random House, 2006) focuses on the interrelationship of individual and system dynamics in social innovation and transformation. She serves on numerous editorial and organizational boards including: Ecology and Society, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Stockholm Resilience Center, CBSG/IUCN, Evergreen, National Advisory Board NSFLTER. Dr. Westley received her PhD and MA in Sociology from McGill University