The Intangible Shift: Changing gears to compete in the new economy
The drivers of value creation in our economy are shifting from tangible to intangible assets, such as data, intellectual property, and brands. Canada needs to adjust to this shift to develop a globally competitive economy. This report provides an introduction to intangibles, their significance, and the issues they raise for policymakers, business leaders, and other stakeholders.
The future is here, but is Canada ready to take advantage of it?
Opinion: Smart policy can unlock our country’s potential and ensure that we are poised to capture the highs, while mitigating the lows, of the innovation economy. This op-ed was originally published by The Hill Times
Six artifacts from the future
Inspired by BII+E’s research on employment in the year 2030, artifacts from the future explore how current environmental, social, and political trends may shape the goods and services available in the next 10 years and beyond


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.

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.
Building inclusion and equity into Canada’s innovation economy
Innovation and technology have tremendous potential to boost the economy and improve quality of life in Canada. However, the benefits are not accruing equally. This article series brings together leading thinkers to explore a variety of pressing topics related to inclusion and equity in Canada’s innovation economy, such as the digital divide, income inequality, and diversity in tech.
Levelling Up: The quest for digital literacy
This report maps the digital literacy education and training landscape in Canada. It highlights the types of digital skills that people in Canada are pursuing, sheds light on barriers to access, and identifies existing gaps and potential opportunities to improve the development and supply of digital literacy skills.