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Arts & Science Program

Prof. Vass Bednar

Master of Public Policy Program, L.R. Wilson Hall – 5021D
Office Hours:
Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Vass Bednar, who teaches the upper-level inquiry course ARTSSCI 4DS3 / Digital Society and Public Policy, is a public policy entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology and public policy. She is an interdisciplinary wonk focused on ensuring that we have the regulatory structures we need to embrace the future of work and new ways of living. As an enthusiastic and perpetual student of the policymaking process, she has held leadership roles at Delphia, Airbnb, Queen’s Park, the City of Toronto, and University of Toronto. Vass is recognized as a creative, data-driven thinker and was the Chair of the federal government’s Expert Panel on Youth Employment. A graduate of McMaster University’s Arts & Science Program (Hons. B.Arts Sc. 2008), Vass holds her Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Toronto, successfully completed Action Canada and Civic Action DiverseCity Fellowships, and is a Public Policy Forum Fellow. Passionate about public dialogue, she was also the co-host of “Detangled,” a weekly pop-culture and public policy radio show and podcast that ran from 2016-2018. She currently writes a newsletter about Canadian startups and public policy called “regs to riches” and has been recognized as an outstanding alum with a 2019 McMaster “Arch” award.