Drawing directly from conversations with tech leaders, Breaking Into Tech provides a complete picture of the talent and skills needs of tech companies, as well as the different routes that workers travel to gain entry into the tech sector in Waterloo region.
Pathways to Inclusive Innovation explores promising approaches to driving inclusive economic growth through innovation policies. At the core of this case study based research is the idea that policies designed to foster innovation should aim for a more equitable distribution of benefits with special attention paid to those delivered to workers who are at risk of being disrupted or disadvantaged by technological change.
Levelling Up: The Quest for Digital Literacy 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.
Budget Talks: Then, Now, Next examines one specific public policy innovation intended to integrate citizen input into the budget-making process in Ontario: Budget Talks. This report looks at the evolution of Budget Talks, analyzes impacts to date and highlights recommendations and guiding design principles for future iterations of the initiative.
Exploring Policy Innovation: Tools, Techniques + Approaches provides a sketch of the policy innovation landscape in Canada, identifying the challenges and opportunities that lie before public sector innovators and point to future areas of research.
The Anti-Racism Directorate Youth Engagement Session report details insights from developing and hosting a policy innovation engagement. The engagement, through a partnership between the Anti-Racism Directorate and BII+E, sought to co-develop a foundational narrative for a public awareness campaign on systemic racism; engage community partners and build relationships; and ensure participants have a positive experience at the engagement.
Better, Faster, Stronger: Maximizing the benefits of automation for Ontario’s firms and people explores the risks and rewards automation poses for industries and workers in Ontario by examining trends in the economy as a whole, gathering local insights from across the province, and conducting an in-depth analysis of two key sectors in Ontario that are broadly representative of these trends — manufacturing and finance and insurance.
The AI Shift: Implications for policymakers provides a summary of insights from guest speakers and facilitated participant discussions during BII+E’s one-day conference, AI + Public Policy: Understanding the shift, hosted in partnership with the Ontario Government’s Policy Innovation Hub.
On September 7, 2017, BII+E hosted a Toronto regional consultation on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth to help inform the development of an Ontario Scale-Up Strategy. This report synthesizes the insights and perspectives participants shared during the consultation.
The Brookfield Institute is pleased to collaborate with one of Canada's leading thinkers on innovation policy, Professor David Wolfe (co-lead of the Innovation Policy Lab at University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, Creating Digital Opportunities research network) on this timely overview of the opportunities for Canadian policymakers as they navigate the digital economy.
Understanding the Talent Gap: Lessons + Opportunities for Canada captures insights from a series of roundtables held with fast-growing tech companies to better understand their talent needs and the barriers they face in attracting and retaining workers.