Meghan Hellstern

Meghan Hellstern

Education & Community Program Manager, Code for Canada

Meghan is dedicated to reimagining the relationship between organizations and their clients through the lens of collaboration, design and technology. Right now, she’s doing that by working with national civic tech non-profit Code for Canada ( as their Education and Community Program Manager as well as through a number of exciting freelance consulting projects. As a specialist in digital strategy, communications and human-centered design, she has more than eight years of experience helping organizations better understand, serve and collaborate with their stakeholders. In addition to co-founding Civic Tech Toronto ( and leading Canada’s first Civic Design Camp in Toronto, her professional experience includes working in a variety of roles with organizations like Veterans Affairs Canada, MaRS Solutions Lab, Ryerson University’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and Samara Canada.

How Code for Canada fellows are leading digital transformation

Breakout stage 1

Modelled after Code for America and Code for Australia, Code for Canada’s fellowship program embeds digital experts into government teams to deliver a digital product — and build digital capacity in government. In this session Code for Canada’s Gabe Sawhney and Meghan Hellstern will outline the fellowship process, introduce you to Code for Canada’s inaugural […]

50 months: Government as platform

Moving to Digital Government

Main stage

If code is law, then government is a computer. As a result, there are few industries more likely to be fundamentally disrupted by the digital revolution than government. In this all-day workshop, FWD50 founder and Harvard Lecturer Alistair Croll and New Zealand’s Government Service Integration Lead Pia Waugh lead a packed lineup of experts considering […]