Meghan Hellstern

Education and Community Program Manager, Code for Canada

I am dedicated to reimagining the relationship between organizations and their clients through the lens of collaboration, design and technology. Right now, I’m doing that by working with national civic tech non-profit Code for Canada as their Education and Community Program Manager as well as through a number of exciting independent consulting projects. As a specialist in digital strategy, communications and human-centered design, I have more than eight years of experience helping organizations better understand, serve and collaborate with their stakeholders.
In addition to co-founding Civic Tech Toronto and leading Canada’s first Civic Design Camp in Toronto, my professional experience includes working in a variety of roles with organizations like Veterans Affairs Canada, MaRS Solutions Lab, Ryerson University’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and Samara Canada.

My Sessions

Opening Plenary: What is citizenship in a digital environment?

Room 112 Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa

This opening plenary session is an opportunity to set the tone for the day and help generate a shared understanding of what digital citizenship is (or isn’t).   Discussants: Dr. Nathan Matias, Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University’s Centre for Information Technology Policy Meghan Hellstern, Education and Community Program Manager at Code for Canada Dr. Michael Geist, […]


Government Service Design: Building Empathy for the User

Room 112 Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa

People rely on digital services like online banking, healthcare information, and government programs on a daily basis. The internet creates opportunities for people to engage in online economies and communities, but those opportunities may be systematically skewed towards the already advantaged. A more holistic conception of communities, and the long list of use cases that […]

Government Service Design

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This Canada 150: Conneted Canada conference was supported by a Canada 150 Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


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