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Senior Economist, Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Work Stream Lead

We are seeking an Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Work Stream Lead, responsible for leading development, execution and ongoing iteration of a clearly scoped work stream content strategy
December 21, 2018
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At the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, 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 far-sighted insights and new thinking to advance actionable innovation policy.

As the Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Work Stream Lead, this person will be responsible for leading development, execution and ongoing iteration of a clearly scoped work stream content strategy that supports the Institute’s impact, reputation, partnership and financial sustainability goals, in close collaboration with the Director, Policy + Research and other Work Stream Leads. This will involve identifying project opportunities that align with this strategy; working with the Institute’s communications team to identify and pursue media and stakeholder engagement opportunities; leading efforts to build and manage partnerships with leading experts and organizations in the field, from government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia; identifying and pursuing funding opportunities; overseeing projects and project teams under the work stream; and maintaining awareness of major developments in Canada and around the world with respect to the work stream (e.g., related to start-up and scale-up trends, entrepreneurship participation rates for different demographic groups, and success factors and barriers impacting Canada’s entrepreneurs)


  • Leads complex research projects
  • Provides expertise in the conduct of complex qualitative and quantitative research and analysis
  • Leads stakeholder engagement
  • Advises on research priorities, partnership opportunities and strategy


  • Successful completion of a post-secondary degree program in Economics or relevant field and a minimum of 4 years of relevant professional work experience in leading the design and execution of quantitative research, and analysis and writing, and leading projects from start to finish, including defining project milestones, managing timelines and developing strategies to adapt to unexpected challenges; an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Experience using statistical software such as Stata, SPSS, Python, R or other open source equivalents
  • Proven ability to gather, synthesize and analyze complex information from a variety of sources, to identify trends in data and research, and to develop specific recommendations; strong logical reasoning and intellectual curiosity
  • Proven ability to design, execute, and troubleshoot approaches to quantitative data cleaning and analysis, using sophisticated statistical, mathematical and computational methods
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to: steward collaborative projects under tight timelines; self-direct; work effectively on a team; manage partner relationships; problem solve; and ensure that deliverables meet a high standard of excellence
  • Ability to work professionally with a wide range of stakeholders, including government officials, business leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and others
  • Knowledge of key issues relating to innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada and an understanding of the Institute’s mission
  • Strong understanding of the policy process, and of government players, processes and programs

If you are interested, please apply here.


December 21, 2018
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