Dr. Chitra Anand, 2022 Linkages Conference
From Grant Nemeth
INTRAPRENEURSHIP TECH ADVISOR TO HIGH-GROWTH COMPANIES, FORMER HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR MICROSOFT CANADA Dr. Chitra Anand is at the forefront of an important new movement in the workplace: intrapreneurship. Intrapreneurs are the people within your organization who possess an entrepreneurial spirit — driving innovation, creative thinking, and new ideas. Her engaging talks reveal how to foster that spirit, and how to stay on the cutting edge of market trends, technology, and consumer behaviour. In 2022 Chitra Anand was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Top 50 ‘Changemakers’ – an annual list of emerging leaders changing business today. Dr. Anand is an award-winning communications & marketing executive passionate about innovation and intrapreneurship. With over 20 years in the technology industry her roles have included head of Communications for Microsoft Canada, Director of Marketing at TELUS Corporation and Director of Operations at Open Text. Dr. Chitra Anand is Managing Director, Clariti Strategic Advisors, where she focuses on advisory mandates in the Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and Social Impact arenas, with particular emphasis on the Technology and Healthcare verticals. In 2020, she was named by the Forbes School of Business & Technology (FSBT) a member of their new Masters of Business Administration (MBA) advisory committee and her book The Greenhouse Approach, How to Cultivate Deliberate Innovation in Organizations became a required read for students in the Forbes School of Business & Technology’s MBA program. She was involved in the launch as a founding member of Maverix Private Equity, a growth private equity firm dedicated to transforming industries focused on tech-enabled disruption. She helped shape the brand and marketing strategy through overseeing all digital marketing, branding, research, insights and thought leadership functions. She is pioneering a community of disruptors, focused on building a dynamic partnership of entrepreneurs to create transformative and sustaining impact. She is currently a Professor at Centennial College in the Communications and Media Program focusing on marketing, communications and public relations with The Story Arts Centre. Her writing has been continuously featured in the Globe and Mail, the Huffington Post. Dr. Anand has been named as a “bridge builder” for women in tech by the A-list; a yearly publication that features 50 prominent Indo-Canadians who through various career and community efforts have helped foster relations between Canada and India. She has an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management and earned her PhD at Bradford University in the UK and her Associates Degree in Organizational Leadership at Harvard.