Jenna Evans

Healthcare, Girl Guides of Canada volunteer

Topics: Woman to Watch special feature
Interview Date: April 2014
Extraordinary Insights: "I don’t have a five- or ten-year plan, or a dream job title. I focus on the present, do what feels right, and give 110% to every commitment I make. This approach keeps me results-oriented and open to unexpected opportunities."

Jenna Evans is featured in Shannon Skinner's regular "Woman to Watch" segment on Extraordinary Women TV. Here's why: Jenna Evans is a researcher at the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto, where she recently completed her PhD in Health Services Research. Jenna’s research focuses on improving collaboration among professionals and organizations in the healthcare system so that patients receive high quality, coordinated care. Through her research, Jenna has worked with organizations such as Cancer Care Ontario, Women’s College Hospital and the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre. She also taught quality improvement for two years at the School of Health Policy and Management at York University. For her academic excellence, leadership skills, volunteerism, and research, Jenna has garnered the Ted Goldberg Award for Promise in Health Services Research and the Gordon Cressy Leadership Award from the University of Toronto, a Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management, and a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Government of Canada. Jenna has a strong passion for community service. She developed and taught a free course on healthcare to low-income individuals in Toronto through the “University in the Community” program, and she is a dedicated volunteer with the Girl Guides of Canada (GGC). Through her work with the GGC, Jenna served as a Project Mentor for the Girls for Safer Communities program, participated in the 2013 Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia, and currently leads a Ranger unit for adolescent girls. Jenna is also an avid writer, publishing not only academic papers, but also popular interest articles on topics such as violence against women, women’s leadership, stress management, personal identity, and social exclusion in outlets like Canadian Guider, Sisters Magazine, and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group’s Action Speaks Louder newsletter. Her writing is often driven by her personal experiences and observations as a woman and person of mixed heritage. LinkedIn: Twitter: