About Us


The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) is dedicated to making Canada the best country in the world to be an innovator or an entrepreneur.

We believe that supporting the work of innovators and entrepreneurs across the country is integral to Canada’s future productivity, economic prosperity and social well-being.

We aspire to be a platform that pulls together the best ideas, programs, experts, knowledge and analysis to advance innovation and entrepreneurship across Canada.




Our vision is to make Canada the best place in the world to be an innovator or an entrepreneur.


Our mission is to study, strengthen and grow Canada’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Core Beliefs

These six core beliefs help guide the work of the Institute:

1. Innovation and entrepreneurship are key drivers of Canada’s economic prosperity and social well-being.

2.Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs are the key actors in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship – the backbone of our current and future successes.

3. However, conditions and environment also matter:  fostering an ecosystem where innovators and entrepreneurs have the highest chance of succeeding requires getting underlying policies right.

4. Innovation and entrepreneurship are powerful forces of disruption:  excellent policy involves not resisting changes in the status quo, but, at the same time, also understanding potential adverse effects.

5. Innovation and entrepreneurship are inextricably linked:  only by understanding how these forces work in concert, can we unlock their true potential.

6.Excellent policy must focus on the how and not just the what.  Too much time has been spent diagnosing our challenges, instead of focusing on tangible solutions.

Relationship to Ryerson University

The Brookfield Institute is housed within Ryerson University, one of Canada’s most prominent universities and a national leader in integrating innovation and entrepreneurship into its core educational mandate.

The Institute’s mandate is external-facing and national in scope. To achieve this mission, we intend to work with all parties – academics, students, entrepreneurs, business executives and public sector leaders – across all organizations without limitations or restrictions.

The Institute is governed by an independent Advisory Board, which provides strategic direction and oversees the Institute’s leadership team.

The Brookfield Institute and Ryerson University are strong partners, but with separate voices. We are immensely proud of this relationship and believe it will mutually benefit both partners – and Canada – for many years to come.

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