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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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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?

Mar 13, 2019

Et si nous savions quels emplois et quelles compétences seraient susceptibles d’être recherchés dans les 10 à 15 prochaines années?
Quel est l’avenir de l’emploi en 2030?

Mar 8, 2019

If you could see into the future, which types of skills and jobs would likely be in demand in the next 10–15 years? Learn about our project exploring employment in and around the year 2030.
Employment in 2030

Mar 7, 2019

Si vous pouviez prédire l’avenir, quels types de compétences et d’emplois seraient vraisemblablement recherchés dans les 10 à 15 prochaines années?
L’emploi en 2030
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