Nora Spinks

Chief Executive Officer, Vanier Institute of the Family


As Chief Executive Officer at the Vanier Institute, Nora works with individuals and organizations that study, serve and support families to mobilize knowledge and enhance our understanding of families in Canada. Nora has dedicated her career to creating innovative policies and programs focusing on health and well-being, caregiving, workplace flexibility and work–life harmony, having served as an advisor and consultant to leaders in business, law, labour, government and community. An internationally recognized international as a leader in families and work, Nora is a recipient of many awards celebrating her contribution to workplaces and communities across Canada. Nora is an active member on the National Seniors Council and the Expert Panel on Early Learning and Child Care Data and Research, and serves on the Ministerial Advisory group on families for Veterans Affairs Canada.


Evaluating Bold Policy Proposals - Children and psychosocial skills
May 14, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:50 PM
Panel presentations and live discussion with wellbeing research, policy and practice leaders to propose and assess the feasibility of specific bold, cost-effective, evidence-based and impactful policies for wellbeing.
Sarah Flèche
Assistant Professor at Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Research Associate at the Well-Being Observatory (CEPREMAP) and LSE Centre for Economic Performance
Shelley Phipps
Professor of Economics, Dalhousie University
Prof Lord Richard Layard
Member of the House of Lords, Professor and Founder-Director of LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance and Co-director of the Centre’s program on Community Wellbeing
Nora Spinks
Chief Executive Officer, Vanier Institute of the Family
Lisa Wolff
Director, Policy and Research / Directrice des politiques et de l’éducation, UNICEF Canada