Work Stream Manager, Entrepreneurship Policy

We’re seeking a Work Stream Manager, Entrepreneurship Policy to lead the Institute’s work mapping entrepreneurship, start-up and scale-up activity across Canada.
May 12, 2020
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The Opportunity

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) is looking for a Work Stream Manager, Entrepreneurship Policy to lead our work mapping entrepreneurship, start-up and scale-up activity across Canada to better understand the areas of growth and opportunity.

You will help inform thoughtful public policies that will enable Canadian entrepreneurs and their firms—from different sizes, regions, and sectors—to harness opportunities, better understand barriers, and tools and resources they need to succeed.

As a Work Stream Manager, you will oversee the Brookfield Institute’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Work Stream in consultation with the Director of Policy and Research, designing and executing a work stream strategy. You will develop, engage and maintain strategic local, national and international partnerships, and develop networks with government, industry and community partners to explore, secure and deliver new projects and collaboratively advance work stream impact goals. You will also represent BII+E at key events, conferences and media.

You are an extraordinary project manager and people manager, and will oversee and monitor a portfolio of high-profile Brookfield Institute projects, from project scoping to implementation anddelivery.  Your contribution and expertise will range from research, data analysis, and writing for some projects within the work stream, and communication of project findings to external audiences (e.g., through opinion editorials and conference presentations). As a people manager, you will mentor your team while conducting post-project reviews, and identifying opportunities for learning and continuous improvement.

This position reports directly to the Director of Policy and Research, and oversees a portfolio of projects for their work stream, including playing the role of internal advisor and reviewer to support project team members delivering the projects. This position, in collaboration with the Director of People and Culture, will coordinate the resourcing of project delivery staff on major projects.

You will be responsible for the short and long-range strategic planning of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Work Stream, developing research questions, impact goals, a stakeholder engagement plan, a portfolio of projects, and the articulation of potential client-facing service offerings for a specific work stream. You will skillfully implement the work stream strategy, with minimal supervision, looking ahead to identify emerging opportunities, and making recommendations on strategic alignment, product quality, team capacity building, risk management, fiscal implications and issues resolution to ensure the successful planning and execution of key projects.

You will work hand in hand with our Business Development team, to develop, manage and maintain ongoing partnerships, relationships and communication with key work stream stakeholders, and obtain project-based funding.

If you are interested, please apply directly through Ryerson’s website, with a resume, cover letter and items in your portfolio you wish to share (public articles, media appearances, etc..). 

The deadline to submit your application will be June 8, 2020.


About BII+E

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) is an independent and nonpartisan policy institute, housed within Ryerson University, that is dedicated to building a prosperous Canada where everyone has the opportunity to thrive in an inclusive, resilient economy. BII+E generates forward-looking insights and stimulates new thinking to advance actionable innovation policy in Canada. 

To learn more about BII+E and why you should work with us, visit: and follow us on Twitter @BrookfieldIIE.  

Our Values

At the Brookfield Institute, we expect all team members to demonstrate our six values.

  • We’re problem solvers. We focus on topics that are critical to Canada’s future. We offer insights that are relevant, actionable, and solutions-oriented.
  • We’re forward thinking. We think about Canada’s long-term future and tap the shoulders of the best expertise to envision a future where Canada thrives.
  • We’re always curious. We ask a lot of questions so that we can fill gaps, test assumptions and develop new thinking on topics that matter.
  • We strive for excellence. Our work is non-partisan and reviewed by experts in the ecosystem so that we can deliver high-quality projects with impact.
  • We’re about people. Our work considers the impacts of trends and issues on people, communities, and organizations.
  • We’re stronger, together. Our multidisciplinary team draws upon the collective expertise and experiences of each other and a diverse network of advisors, collaborators, and fellows. 


To help us learn more about you, please provide a cover letter and resume outlining how you meet the following specific qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a university degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 6 to 8 years experience, including experience in strategic planning and business development.
  • Experience in managing strategic partnerships and relationship building with government, community and industry partners.
  • Experience planning and managing applied research.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience with delivering high-quality client service.
  • Fluency in both French and English will be considered an asset.
  • Strong knowledge translation and presentation skills, with the ability to deliver engaging and informative written content and presentations that clearly explain technical information to non-technical audiences and clients.
  • Strong leadership, management and facilitation skills, with the ability to build and motivate teams, and inspire members to innovate while performing on budget and on schedule.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members and external partners, and to work with a high degree of independence.
  • Subject matter expertise and understanding of current thinking related to entrepreneurship, start-up and scale-up policy.
  • Ability to translate policy questions into proposed projects, including approach and methodology. 
  • Research proposal writing and management; ability to draft budget proposals and forecast expenses is a plus. 
  • Project management skills. 
  • Strategic planning and execution.
  • Effective oral communications, project reporting and writing skills.
  • Strong partnership and negotiation skills.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and complexity.