Recent Awards

  • First Place, Graduate Individual, Association of Professional Futurists (APF) 2016 Student Recognition Program

  • OCAD University Strategic Foresight + Innovation Graduate Medal Winner, 2015

  • First Place, Graduate Team; APF 2015 Student Recognition Program

Laura Dempsey is a designer, strategist, and systems thinker who works at the intersection of disciplines. She collaborates with anthropologists, engineers, and fellow designers to discover uncommon, unexpected and unnoticed opportunities.

Laura currently consults as a senior strategist at Idea Couture. Past clients have included the Ontario Science Centre, Sidewalk Labs, PepsiCo, and Johnson & Johnson. She thinks about the future from a human-centred perspective, and is motivated by the deep belief that we are as equipped to innovate—and shape our collective future—by thinking and understanding, as we are by designing.

She holds a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight + Innovation from OCAD University, a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.