Jessica Thornton

Senior Projects Designer

Jessica is a creative problem solver who uses human-centred design, strategic foresight, and design research methods to advance innovation policy at BII+E. Currently, she is responsible for leading several major projects, including Employment in 2030 and Digitally Lit. Previously, Jessica led user research as part of the Impact of Tech on Ontario’s Workforce Project, as well as BII+E’s engagement in various education related projects such as Basecamp, SHAD at Ryerson, ZerotoStartup, and YRDSB Climate Hack2Action.

Before BII+E, Jessica spent nearly a decade in the not-for-profit sector, in a range of roles, tackling issues such as housing affordability, transportation accessibility, and sustainable food system development.

Jessica holds an Honours BA in Anthropology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto, a certificate in food security from Ryerson University, and a diploma in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from George Brown College. Jessica recently completed a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University, exploring the futures of public engagement.

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Apr 9, 2019

What does the future hold for employment in Canada? Using strategic foresight research methods, this report explores a broad range of trends with the potential to impact Canada's labour market.
Turn and Face the Strange: Changes impacting the future of employment in Canada

Apr 9, 2019

Since we’re not (yet) able to predict the future, find out how we used strategic foresight research methods to explore employment in Canada over the next 10–15 years.
Strange ideas about the future of employment

Apr 9, 2019

Un nouveau rapport se penche sur les tendances complexes susceptibles de transformer le marché du travail canadien au cours des 10 à 15 prochaines années
C’est le début d’un temps nouveau: Changements ayant une incidence sur l’avenir de l’emploi au Canada

Mar 13, 2019

What if we knew which types of jobs and skills would likely be in demand in the next 10–15 years? Upcoming research aims to help us plan better for the future of work.
What is the future of employment in 2030?
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