Director, Strategic Initiatives
Kiri Bird (she/her) is a passionate, strategic and experienced social impact leader, who identifies as a white settler of European ancestry. Kiri is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Ecosystem Relations at the First Nations Technology Council where she champions and oversees digital equity and innovation initiatives and nurtures academic, philanthropic, and technology sector partnerships. Originally from Toronto, Kiri is honoured to be living on the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh unceded territories and to be working in service of First Nations communities in BC at the intersection of technological advancement and Indigenous sovereignty.
Kiri brings over a decade of social enterprise, innovation design, and systems change experience to the Technology Council. Kiri previously worked at Vancouver Foundation where she managed social finance and investment readiness funding programs, and at RADIUS SFU, where she developed and led the organization’s social innovation lab and systems change portfolio for over five years towards a vision of economic transformation. Kiri is adept at relational leadership, network development and capacity building. She brings to her work an entrepreneurial approach, commitment to equity and justice, and accountability to colleagues, partners, and communities.
Kiri writes and speaks publicly on social innovation and the social impact sector both locally and internationally. She advises a number of social enterprises and social innovation labs and sits on the board of the global social innovation network, Social Innovation Exchange. Kiri holds a Master’s Degree in Resource and Environmental Planning from Simon Fraser University, and an undergraduate in Communications and Political Science from Concordia University.