kristy o'leary

I am a true interdisciplinary thinker having worked in political policy, fine art, and advertising. I grew up in a family business that was destroyed by big boxes, declared a major in American foreign policy mere days before 9/11 and completed a two-year ethnographic study of centenarians observations of climate change on Nova Scotian’s south shore. I consider myself more artist than consultant and have been I have uncanny intuition. I am an impatient futurist.  

Working with organizations to vision new models, methods and means by which to align business success and social impact is my passion. I deeply believe we will see a dramatic global shift in our lifetime and must build strategies to ride the wave, rather than be consumed by it. To be clear, we live in exciting times and I can get lost for hours in my projects, visioning unpredictable solutions to complex problems.  

I bring a disruptive perspective to all of my projects because I believe every problem presents us with the opportunity to create something completely new.  There is no getting around our problems, but we can design through them. We must design like the future depends on it.  


kristy'S BEST FIT

I am best suited to engage with teams and problems that create space for unbridled creativity and innovation. I excel in visioning impactful projects, products and services that speak to the new economy. I am a passionate advocate for using business as a force for good and catalyzing social, environmental and economic impact for organizations. Every corporation, non-profit and hybrid has the opportunity to align business success with meaningful social impact. 


awards and accomplishments

THNK School of Creative Leadership: Class 2 Vancouver 2016 

UNB Pond Deshpande Centre for Social Innovation, B4Change Social Enterprise Accelerator 2014 

Banff Centre: User Friendly is not Enough 2007 

NSCAD University: BFA Media Arts 2006 

Carleton University Political Science 2003 


Kristy’s extensive network of thought leaders, commitment to sustainable development and community engagement coupled with her personable and caring approach is a welcome addition to any effort that is rooted in building positive change. Her commitment to the global BCorp movement is indicative of her support for sustainable development and building a better world.
— Shane Borthwick | Founder Impact Wealth Management

Kristy's Specializations

Design Thinking, Innovation consulting, BCorp & Impact Measurement, Social License development, CSR & Corporate Transparency, Alternative Funding & Social Capital Pool Development, Ethnographic Market Research

kristy's location & Contact



Natural Forces Wind Inc., Snow Island Salmon, Pond Deshpande Centre, Romeo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative, Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, Dadavan Systems, Nova Sun Power, CarshareHFX, Impact Wealth Management, Tatamagouche Centre, Saint Mary’s University