Jason Ribeiro is a corporate leader, community advocate, and one of Canada’s most awarded social science graduate students. As Director of Strategy at Calgary Economic Development, Jason is responsible for setting and implementing corporate and community vision through the city’s new economic strategy, “Calgary in the New Economy.” Jason is simultaneously completing his Ph.D. research at the University of Calgary, which is funded by the prestigious SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and aims to assist organizational leaders in shaping, leading, and sustaining innovation efforts in cross-sector partnerships. He is an active member of the international academic community, and has taught over 600 university students, written 13 scholarly works, delivered over 20 national/international conference presentations, and received over $180,000 in competitive funding. He also holds a Master’s degree from Brock University and undergraduate degrees from both McMaster University and York University.

Jason is committed to improving the lives and well-being of Canadians across the country and has represented Canada at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial, and Young Leaders Program of Atlantik-Brücke. He was recently elected as Curator of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Calgary Hub for the 2019-2020 year. His multidisciplinary background has enabled him to craft both economic and social policy at the municipal and provincial levels. A passionate leader, Jason currently sits on boards and standing committees within Sport Calgary, ActiveCITY Collective, EducationMatters, and the Calgary Public Library. He is also a regular volunteer with Next Gen Men and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Finally, Jason weighs in regularly on civic, national, and international affairs as a commentator on CBC. Read full CV