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Ilona Dougherty

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Ilona Dougherty

Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Millennials and Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur

For businesses, organizations, and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, and anyone who hopes for a bright future, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what you have been waiting for.

Ilona Dougherty is an award-winning social innovator and a regular commentator in the Canadian media who helps business, civil society and government understand how to tap into the unique abilities of young people.

Ilona is the Co-creator and Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo. She has extensive leadership and governance experience, having co-founded and led several organizations including, at the age of 23 co-founding Apathy is Boring, a Canadian non-partisan social enterprise that educates youth about democracy and encourages them to vote.

Named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network in 2015, Ilona was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, received a Global Ashoka Fellowship in 2009 and a Yukon Women’s Award at the age of 19.