Our Story


Most organizations feel that public policy is something that happens to them.

They don’t feel it’s something they can build or impact.

Businesses, non-profits, and other groups have a stake in public policy. It can change their landscape. It can make or break their success. But many don’t have the time or capacity to engage, leaving them vulnerable.

That’s where we come in.

At Springboard we know how to rigorously research and develop policies that work, and that catch the eye of government.

We started Springboard to improve public policy by bringing more voices and ideas to the table.

Our guiding principle:

When more organizations have the power to share their thinking, experience and expertise, we all get better public policy.


Our Team


We have designed and delivered policies big and small, in and out of government. And we have worked closely with businesses and non-profits to understand their needs and challenges. Meet our team.

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Noah Zon

Noah has spent his career working on a wide range of policy issues with governments at all levels in Canada. Before co-founding Springboard, Noah was the Director of Policy and Research at the Maytree Foundation in Toronto where he led the development and implementation of the organization’s policy strategy, leading to concrete policy changes to reduce poverty in Canada. At the Mowat Centre, a public policy think tank at the University of Toronto, he led the Centre’s largest research stream, developing policy agendas around technology, economic development, fiscal policy and the social safety net. As a public servant, Noah worked in the Cabinet Office for the Ontario government, where he worked on climate change policy and intergovernmental relations. Noah holds an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA (Joint Hons). in Political Science and International Development from McGill University.


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Adrienne Lipsey

Before co-founding Springboard, Adrienne worked in leadership positions in public policy, supporting decision makers and advocating for change from inside and outside of government. Adrienne was a Chief of Staff to Ministers in the provincial government, providing high level strategic and policy advice, and managing all aspects of communications, policy development and stakeholder relations. She led the development of complex programs, frameworks, and strategies, helping implement impactful policies and substantial capital and program investments. Her work has focused on social services, economic development, labour policy, gender policy. A lawyer, Adrienne has experience in government and on Bay St. She held early career positions at Ontario’s Human Rights Legal Support Centre and the United Nations Development Programme. Adrienne received her JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, her MA in Political Studies from Queen’s University and her Hon. BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto.