Vass Bednar


Listen to Vass’ latest work on three special episodes of Policy Speaking, highlighting the Brave New Work Project!

Vass Bednar is an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary wonk working at the intersection of technology and public policy.

Focussed on ensuring that we have the regulatory structures we need to embrace the future of work and new ways of living, Bednar is the founding Executive Director of McMaster University’s new Public Policy in Digital Society Program. 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, Vass holds her Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Toronto and successfully completed Action Canada and Civic Action DiverseCity Fellowships. 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 was recently recognized as an outstanding alum with a McMaster “Arch” award.