Nisa is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, where she leads research on innovation economies and inclusive growth. She brings a social policy and social services lens to the team, having worked on employment and training, poverty reduction, entrepreneurship, and other issues for the federal and municipal governments and the nonprofit sector.

In her work, she seeks to build communities and forums that create space for collaboration across sectors, disciplines, and jurisdictions. She was part of the team that founded the Privy Council Office’s Innovation Hub, a policy lab at the heart of the federal government, and a former member of the Deputy Ministers’ Committee on Policy Innovation. In 2016-2017 she was a City of Toronto Urban Fellow, working on skills training and job-readiness programs for social assistance recipients and improving access to housing. Prior to joining the public service, she ran digital literacy courses for seniors, newcomers, and job seekers. She has been an invited speaker on public sector innovation in Canada and abroad and was a program advisor for the Banff Leadership Centre’s Alt/Now Economic Inequality incubator.

Nisa holds an MA in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa, where she researched how open government is redefining and digitizing civic virtue and citizen engagement, and a BFA in Writing from the University of Victoria. Most recently, she attended a Banff Centre Emerging Writers Residency.

Articles by this Author

May 30, 2018

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship is excited to join the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library in celebrating Digital Literacy Day (May 31, 2018). This event will …

This article was originally published in Policy Options. Across the country, libraries, community organizations and social programs are helping people apply for jobs online, open social media accounts and learn …

May 8, 2018

This article was first published by the NewCities Foundation. For techno-optimists, artificial intelligence (AI) is the future of cities; needed to build and operate efficient, networked, modern skyspires that effectively …

April 27, 2018

This summary distills key insights from our Empowering Women in Entrepreneurship + Social Enterprise Design Workshop, which we hosted to inform the design of a Call for Proposals to be announced in the coming weeks.