FRANCES WESTLEY is a renowned scholar and consultant in strategies for sustainable development. Her work centers on areas such as strategic change, visionary leadership and inter-organizational collaboration, with a particular emphasis on environmental management. She holds the J.W. McConnell chair in social innovation at the University of Waterloo, focusing on the dynamics of social innovation and institutional entrepreneurship.

Frances has worked as director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison, and held the position as James McGill Professor of Strategy at McGill University in Montreal where she was head of the Dupont Initiative on Social Innovation, a think tank dedicated to exploring and building society’s capacity for finding innovative solutions to complex, intransigent social and ecological problems.