Skills for an Innovation-Driven Economy

This work stream seeks to understand future skill demands across Canada, while helping companies and people gain the skills they need to thrive in an innovation-driven economy.
Future Skills
Peter Thomas Ryan / Brookfield Institute

About the Skills For An Innovation-Driven Economy Work Stream

We identify the skills that Canadians and innovative companies will need to remain competitive, and pilot programs that help them gain those skills – so that companies and workers alike can navigate and thrive in an innovation-driven economy.

An innovation economy needs a workforce with up-to-date skills. But as new technologies are introduced and the innovation economy grows, the skills sought by employers are continually shifting. It can be challenging for Canadians to know which skills they need to remain relevant throughout their careers. Employers themselves struggle to anticipate what their future needs might be.

Canadian businesses, educators, policy makers and others will need continuing and up-to-date insights on which skills are in high demand, in local labour markets and in different industries, as well as ideas on how to design effective training programs, ensure that Canadians can access them, and match talent to employer needs.

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Sep 20, 2021

BII+E alumni, Kamilah Ebrahim shares learnings from her summer internship at the Institute.
Qualitative Data: Real-time interviews are critical to well-rounded research

Sep 20, 2021

BII+E alumni, Kayla Zhu, shares some tips and tricks for interns looking to make the most out of their experience.
The Value of Intangibles: Building soft skills can ensure a successful internship

Jul 21, 2021

From virtual forest bathing to digital makerspaces — designing an effective virtual prototyping workshop takes creativity and flexibility. Here are the principles that guided us during the pandemic.
What we learned from pivoting to virtual prototyping workshops

Jun 22, 2021

Exploring what we know about digital technology's impact on labour and the economy — and how to best conceptualize and measure its impact in the future.
Just Out of Reach: The Elusive Quest to Measure the Digital Economy
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