Kirsten Wright moved to Waterloo to go to school for engineering. She and her husband fell in love with Waterloo and have stayed here since. She has two small children and has been involved in political campaigns since she was a small child. She has a passion for building a strong sustainable future.
Her background is in robotics and embedded systems. She worked in robotics and electrical engineering creating ethanol from waste cellulose, reducing pain from pressure on neurofibromas, and on building underwater robots, adjustable high-heeled shoes, operating systems for Blackberries, and energy models.
More recently, she has worked on developing new methods for driving social innovation. She is an author on the leading manual for Social Innovation Labs, a new process for driving change in complex systems and is currently finishing a PhD in Engineering on methods for measuring resilience in agent based models of social innovation.
She has a talent for identifying opportunities and finding lasting solutions. As a student, she built Canada’s first student think tank, The Forum for Independent Thought (FIT), to engage students in finding solutions to complex challenges. FIT which curated policy conversations, and engaged over 500 of the senior engineering students, at Waterloo, in maximizing the social impact of their fourth year design projects. Just after graduating, she the initiated the project to build Canada’s first new school of architecture in 40 years in Sudbury, to expand the design capacity of northern Ontario and revitalize it’s downtown. She also produced the founding documents to begin The Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI) which is now celebrating its tenth year and has made Waterloo an international leader in the study of applied complex systems.
Kirsten is running, in the 2019 Federal election, because she believes that ‘made in Waterloo solutions’ can save the world. She believes climate change is now urgent enough that we should all be out speaking in churches and schools. She believes that we need to build understanding, and come together; but she also believes that this is an opportunity to improve every aspect of our lives and build a foundation for lasting prosperity and choice. As a global leader in innovation, with a tradition of barn raising and solving hard problems, Waterloo can lead this transformation.
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