Data Points: From report cards to promotions
From classroom assignments to promotions at work, what role does data play? This is the fourth article in our Into the Dataverse series exploring personal data collection practices Canada. Each week we will be releasing an article focusing how these practices intersect with different domains of an individual’s life.
To the Non-Linear Future and Beyond: An Interview with Charlie Jane Anders
We caught up with author and podcast host, Charlie Jane Anders, at Can*Con to talk about climate change and the need to shift policy attention to long-term challenges and their impacts, the role of science fiction in imagining alternative systems and non-linear futures, and the ways in which our current personal technology creates human connection and interaction through conflict.
A playbook to connect people looking for jobs with employers looking for people
To cut straight to the heart of our research, we’ve created a playbook for policymakers, workforce developers, employers, and service providers to explore how our model for identifying ideal transitions from declining to growing jobs could be applied. The result is a tool we think will be a valuable jumping-off point for designing retraining programs, digital tools, and support services.


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.

As part of an upcoming report, we're looking to profile individuals working in occupations that use hybrid skill sets
How is personal data currently being generated, collected, and used in Canada? This project will serve as a foundation for a more informed discussion about data ownership, data sharing, privacy and trust in Canada. The findings will allow policymakers to better understand the public appetite for policies being considered.
Science fiction can be a window into the future, offering us entire galaxies of possibility models, as well as alternate pasts and worlds that exist entirely unconnected to our own timeline. In this series, we interview leading science fiction writers about socio-economic worldbuilding, and what the future of work and the economy could look like.
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.
This work stream examines the distribution of risks and benefits in Canada's innovation economy and explores how to improve equity and broaden participation.
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.
From Bottom to Top: How Amazon Mechanical Turk disrupts employment as a whole
On platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk (mTurk), workers earn an hourly wage far below the federal minimum wage in many countries, including the US and Canada. Find out how crowd work is changing employment as we know it via Kristy Milland, as part of our ongoing series on building inclusion and equity into the innovation economy.