Beyond the Techlash:  Silicon Valley and structures of inequality
Silicon Valley was once seen as the harbinger of a new information economy, built on dynamism, innovation, and a meritocratic labour market. But there are structural features of an information economy that tend towards inequality and concentration of market power. Learn more via Dr. Chris Benner, in our ongoing series on creating a more inclusive innovation economy.
Digital literacy and digital justice
Digital technologies are full of promise and potential, but they are also entangled in troubling trends of exclusion that reproduce and intensify the inequalities of the offline world. Learn why social and digital justice should factor into the design of adult literacy education via Suzanne Smythe and Dionne Pelan, as part of our series on inclusion and equity in the innovation economy.
Want to plan for the “future of work”? Help independent workers now
From paying taxes to accessing benefits, learn about the issues facing independent workers in a world set up for full-time work. Find out why Jon Shell and Jack Graham think it’s time for Canada to start better supporting freelancers, as part of our series on building inclusion and equity into the innovation economy.


t the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E), we’re motivated by the potential of the innovation economy. We believe Canada can build prosperity that will be more widely shared than ever before. To achieve this future, Canada will need forward-looking insights and new thinking to advance actionable innovation policy.


Our multi-disciplinary teams focus on work streams which we believe are critical to Canada’s future economic success. They build collaborative relationships with our partners to generate rigorous research, propose unconventional approaches and pilot ideas to explore how Canada’s innovation economy can include people of different ages, incomes and backgrounds.

In collaboration with MaRS Data Catalyst and the Labour Market Information Council, and with support from JPMorgan Chase & Co, this project aims to develop a model for better understanding job transitions, so that workers with valuable skills can find new roles at companies that need them.
Despite its strong reputation in AI research, Canada’s ability to translate AI’s promise into economic impact at home continues to lag. This project seeks to uncover how Canadian firms identify, acquire, and access talent needed to successfully adopt AI.
This work stream seeks to understand future skill demands across Canada, while helping companies and people gain the skills they need to thrive in an innovation-driven economy.
Turn and Face the Strange: Changes impacting the future of employment in Canada
A look at the complex trends impacting the future of employment in Canada–and how these trends interact in not-so-obvious ways. While not a prediction tool or a deep analysis of any one trend, this report is designed to spark exploratory and imaginative thinking. It pushes leaders from all sectors to think beyond what they currently know about the future of work, to consider other possibilities.
How to design a workshop for the future of employment
For this next phase of our work on employment in 2030, we travelled to Alberta, Ontario, Yukon, British Columbia, Quebec, and Newfoundland Labrador to gather a diverse group of 120+ people to share their expertise in labour market trends. Learn more about the objectives and design of our cross-country workshops.