Iris Ko is currently a Professor at Georgian College, teaching postgraduates on research planning and project management skills. From 2005-2015, Ms. Ko was the Strategic Policy and Innovation Director at the Ontario Public Services. In this role, Ms. Ko led the development of the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive, and the innovation procurement strategy for Ontario to incentivize innovation development and adoption. She established funding programs to accelerate the culture shift to value-based procurement which was recognized by the Ontario Health Innovation Council, and launched the Operating Room Supply Chain pilot program. This program facilitated collaboration, developed leading practices, provided strategic directions and resources for pilot projects resulting in improved process efficiencies.
Ms. Ko has a proven track record in excellence and delivery, and is invited as a conference speaker on procurement, innovation and transformation strategies internationally. She received multiple awards for Leadership, Partnership, Quality Service and Innovation.