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About Us

Our Vision

A prosperous Canada where everyone has the opportunity to thrive due to an inclusive resilient economy.

Our Mission

We generate far-sighted insights and stimulate new thinking to advance actionable innovation policy in Canada.

Our Story

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he Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) was made possible by the vision of two prominent Canadian leaders: Sheldon Levy and Jack Cockwell.

As a former President of Ryerson University, Sheldon had overseen an explosion of innovation and entrepreneurial talent within the university. He saw the need to continue translating these successes to a larger, national stage. The Insititute is inspired by best-in-class examples like Nesta in the United Kingdom and the Kauffman Foundation in the United States.

As a long-time collaborator of Sheldon and a strong supporter of Ryerson, Jack Cockwell, along with the Brookfield Partners Foundation, helped turn this vision into reality by providing a generous $16 million donation to seed the institute.

The new Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship was announced in early 2015. Since then, executive director Sean Mullin and the leadership team have been building a multi-disciplinary roster of economists, researchers, policy professionals, communicators, program managers and administrative staff to activate BII+E’s mission and build upon Sheldon and Jack’s vision for the institute. In June 2016, BII+E released a first-of-its-kind report measuring the impact that automation is likely to have on Canadian jobs, which garnered national media attention and influenced government policy. In July, the inaugural State of Canada’s Tech Sector report measured the size and economic impact of technology companies and technology related jobs. Since then, a steady stream of ground-breaking BII+E research has informed the innovation policy debate in Canada.

Acting on Sheldon and Jack’s shared commitment to helping young people succeed, BII+E has also partnered with government and community groups to explore ways of promoting and disseminating digital literacy across Ontario, with a focus on underserved communities to support broad-based inclusion in the innovation economy. While the institute focuses on all aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship, it endeavours to provide special attention to youth-focused opportunities, educational partnerships, programs and initiatives.

BII+E is continuing to partner and collaborate with various levels of government, community organizations, private-sector enterprises, Indigenous groups and a wide network of researchers and experts who share an interest in the institute’s work.

Our Approach

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship tests assumptions with credible research to ensure Canadian governments and businesses are focusing on the most relevant issues and opportunities for Canada.

Our multi-disciplinary teams focus on forward-looking 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.

Skills for an Innovation-Driven Economy

We seek to understand future skill demands across Canada to help companies and people gain the skills they need to thrive in an innovation-driven economy.

AI + Society

We explore the impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI), demystify core AI capabilities and identify new ways of using advances in AI to improve government and promote public interest.

An Innovative + Inclusive Economy

We examine the distribution of risks and benefits in Canada’s innovation economy and explore how to improve equity and broaden participation.

Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

We study, monitor and evaluate the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem across Canada to better understand the areas of growth and opportunity.

 

Our Team

Leadership

Sean Mullin
Executive Director
Mark Hazelden
Senior Director
Coralie D’Souza
Director of Communications, Events + Community Relations
Sarah Doyle
Director of Policy + Research
Heather Russek
Acting Director, Policy Innovation Platform
Alex Conliffe
Director, Policy Innovation Platform

Staff

Andrew Do
Policy Analyst
Annalise Huynh
Policy Analyst + Designer
Creig Lamb
Senior Policy Analyst
Diana Rivera
Economist
Erin Warner
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Jesse Darling
Manager, Policy Innovation Platform
Jessica Thomson
Jessica Thomson
Digital Content + Marketing Coordinator
Jessica Thornton
Senior Projects Designer
Laura C Dan
Manager, Operations
Meghan Hellstern
Senior Projects Officer
Michelle Park
Projects Officer
Nisa Malli
Senior Policy Analyst
Sean Zohar
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Simona Ramkisson
Senior Projects Officer​
Viet Vu
Economist
Yasmin Rajabi
Projects Officer
​Sarah Villeneuve
Policy Assistant

Collaborators

At BII+E, we believe strongly in an open and collaborative approach to problem-solving. We are deliberately building opportunities to engage external experts early in our research process. If you are interested in exploring a collaboration with BII+E, please contact Sarah Doyle, Director of Policy and Research, at sarah.doyle@ryerson.ca.

AJ Tibando
Project Lead
Co-Founder and Former CEO, SoJo
Amos Zehavi
Research Fellow
Asher Zafar
Project Lead, Data Science
Dan Breznitz
Research Fellow
Daniel Munro
Research Advisor
David Rubinger
Data Scientist, Polar
Emma Loewen
Research Assistant
Jon Medow
Project Advisor
Tara O’Neil
Futures Researcher
Tea Hadziristic
Research Assistant

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is comprised of thought leaders, prominent academics, distinguished business leaders, philanthropists and senior public leaders—all with a connection to the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship. Members of the Advisory Board provide guidance on the Institute’s overall direction and strategy.

Janice Fukakusa
Janice Fukakusa
Chair, Canada Infrastructure Bank
Nadir Mohamed
Nadir Mohamed
Former CEO and President, Rogers Communications
Sachin Shah
Sachin Shah
CEO, Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP
Sheldon Levy
Sheldon Levy
Honorary Chair, BII+E
CEO Next Canada

Fellows

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship’s Senior Fellows and Fellows are prominent individuals selected from the business, academic, and public sector worlds for their leadership in and commitment to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. Senior Fellows and Fellows participate in the activities of the Institute, including seminars and events, projects, research streams and other relevant Institute activities.

Adam Kahan
Adam Kahan
President, ABK Associates Inc.
AJ Tibando
Co-Founder and Former CEO, SoJo
Arvind Gupta
Arvind Gupta
Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Toronto
Assaf Weisz
Assaf Weisz
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Purpose Capital
Ben Scott
Ben Scott
Senior Advisor, New America (Washington, D.C.) Senior Advisor, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (Berlin)
Bilal Khan
Bilal Khan
Managing Director, OneEleven
Dave Henderson
Dave Henderson
Managing Director, XPV Water Partners
Drew Fagan
Drew Fagan
Former Deputy Minister, Government of Ontario
Gabe Sawhney
Gabe Sawhney
Co-Founder, Civic Tech Toronto Executive Director, Urban+Digital
Iain Klugman
Iain Klugman
CEO, Communitech
Jean-Francois Gauthier
Jean-Francois Gauthier
COO, Compass
Josie Fung
Josie Fung
Director, I-Think Initiative
Kevin Mako
Kevin Mako
CEO, Mako Invent
Mark Goh
Mark Goh
CEO, ChargeSpot
Matthew King
Matthew King
Former Deputy Minister, Government of Canada
Nithum Thain
Nithum Thain
Jigsaw Fellow, Google Ideas
Paul Genest
Paul Genest
Senior Vice-President, Power Corporation of Canada
Rachel Pulfer
Rachel Pulfer
Executive Director, Journalists for Human Rights
Reva Seth
Reva Seth
Founder, The Optimal Living Lab
Stan Shapson
Stan Shapson
University Professor, Faculty of Education, York University
Valerie Fox
Valerie Fox
President and CEO, The Pivotal Point
Zahra Ebrahim
Zahra Ebrahim
Co-Lead, Doblin Canada

Careers

Looking to make a difference in the lives of Canadian youth? Check out this opportunity.
We're seeking policy-oriented economists or data scientists to support our quantitative research on a part-time, project basis. These roles will contribute to the Institute’s efforts to build a robust, data-driven picture of innovation and entrepreneurship trends in Canada, and to inform thoughtful public policies.
This internship role will contribute to the Institute’s efforts to build a robust, data-driven picture of innovation and entrepreneurship trends in Canada, and to inform thoughtful public policies that enable Canadians – from different regions, sectors and backgrounds – to seize the opportunities and prepare for the risks in the shift to an innovation-driven economy.

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20 Dundas St W.
Toronto, ON M5G 2C2

Entrance: Atrium on Bay, just west of Yonge Street on Dundas West. Just west of Dundas subway station.

Media Inquiries

Contact Coralie D’Souza, or call 647-390-3178 to arrange an interview with one of our leaders, Fellows or staff, or for additional information on our events, publications or other related material.

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 focus is external-facing and national in scope. To achieve our 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.