Gillian Nycum

Director, Strategic Initiatives at Human Impact Lab

Gillian Nycum is Director, Strategic Initiatives at Human Impact Lab, a non-profit creative studio working in partnership with Concordia University. The Lab works at the intersection of art, technology and data and engages researchers, artists, designers, game developers and interactive programmers to reimagine how we tell the most important and urgent stories of our time; with a primary focus on climate change and the fourth industrial revolution.

Gillian graduated from McGill University Faculty of Law in 2007, having co-founded the McGill Journal of Law and Health in her time as a student. She then worked in health policy research at the World Health Organization in Geneva and at the Université de Montréal.

Between 2004 and 2014 Gillian built a business in music management, managing the business and career strategies, administration, and logistics for Montreal artists Plants and Animals, Little Scream, and Katie Moore.

In 2015, Gillian spent a year as Assistant Dean of Admissions at McGill Faculty of Law followed by a year as Senior Advisor to MP and Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade, David Lametti, before moving into her current role at Human impact Lab.

"We need to move the pendulum on climate action through policy, the economy; and the driver of these two: informed and engaged voters and consumers. I believe in the power of art to communicate complex sets of information in a single moment. I believe in the power of empathy to break through partisan barriers and bring us together to confront the challenges we face."