The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) is a new institute based at Ryerson University. Situated at the intersection of the academic, public, private, and non-profit sectors, it works with partners to unpack complex policy challenges in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship.

BII+E doesn't expect to have all the answers, and thus believe strongly in an open and collaborative approach to problem solving. It is deliberately building opportunities to engage external experts early on in our research process.

BII+E is seeking collaborators to support its ongoing research and policy agenda, with a focus on the following themes:

  • Innovation and inclusive growth: What trends associated with innovation-driven economic growth are likely to exacerbate inequality? How are the risks and expected benefits associated with these trends distributed across the Canadian population? What policy solutions should Canada consider to address the tensions between innovation-driven growth and inclusive growth?
  • 21st-Century skills and the future of work: How are the trends associated with innovation-driven economic growth, such as automation, reshaping the nature of work? What skills will be required for 21st-Century work, across sectors? What changes might be needed to education and training to prepare Canada’s workforce for this future?
  • Tracking the health of Canada’s innovation ecosystem: How is Canada’s innovation ecosystem changing? What opportunities are emerging? What policy barriers are hindering the success of innovators and entrepreneurs?

Collaborators will offer fresh perspectives and expertise to help advance existing research projects and to recommend new lines of inquiry.

We are seeking collaborators from the fields of economics (e.g. microeconomics, public finance, labour economics, industrial organization, business economics), political science or related fields, with an interest in the dynamics of innovation-driven economic growth, technology trends, labour market trends or other areas relevant to our research and policy agenda.

Ideal collaborators include professors, current doctoral or postdoctoral students, recent graduates, public policy professionals or industry experts who are keen to inform policies and programs focused on unlocking Canada’s innovation and entrepreneurship potential.

Please note: this call for collaborators is not limited to Ryerson University faculty or students.

If you are interested in exploring a collaboration with BII+E, please contact Sarah Doyle, Director of Policy and Research, at [email protected].