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Senior Economist

Senior Economist

Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship Toronto Closing: 12/08/2022
20 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON

The Opportunity

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) is seeking up to 2 Senior Economists (salary Grade 13: $76,273 – $96,621) to lead applied policy research projects that advance our mandate. This position is a quantitative-methods focused counterpart of the Senior Policy Analyst posting.

The Senior Economist will lead project delivery including research design, analysis and knowledge dissemination to generate far sighted insights and stimulate new thinking related to innovation policy. The Senior Economists will be expected to work on projects in the following areas of focus:

  • Jobs, Skills, and Technology Change: How are jobs and skills in Canada being impacted by technological change? How can Canada’s labour market adapt? What digital skills do Canadian workers need to be prosperous?
  • Scale-ups: How do scale ups contribute to Canada’s economic prosperity? How can we better support scale-ups? Who benefits from scale up growth?
  • Understanding Canada’s Innovation Economy: How innovative is Canada’s economy? How is it changing? How does it contribute to our shared prosperity?
  • Technology, Technological Adoption, and R&D: How can we harness emerging technologies for Canada’s prosperity? How can we track the emergence of new technologies and understand their importance for Canada?

This position is a quantitative-methods focused counterpart of the Senior Policy Analyst posting.

Salary range: $76,273 – $96,621

About BII+E

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) is an independent, non-partisan policy institute, housed at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). We transform bold ideas into real-world solutions designed to help Canada navigate the complex forces and astounding possibilities of the innovation economy. We envision a future that is prosperous, resilient and equitable.

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

If you are interested, please apply directly through Toronto Metropolitan University’s website (job id: 367410). Deadline to apply is August 12, 2022.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leads complex projects, from project planning to project close, with review and support from the Manager, Economic Research.
  • Designs the overall research approach to achieve project objectives, with support from the Manager, Economic Research.
  • Conducts quantitative research analysis to achieve project objectives.
  • Develops clear and accessible communication materials for different stakeholder audiences.
  • Supports the execution of projects in collaboration with the project team.
  • Supports business development and process improvements.
  • Communicate research findings to external audiences, including through media interviews, political briefings, academic conference presentations, and speeches.


Policy and Economic Research

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree in Economics or related quantitative social sciences and other relevant disciplines.
  • Requires at least 4 years of relevant work experience, including at least 3 years of immersed experience in one or more crafts, e.g. policy + government, AI policy, entrepreneurship policy, skills policy, social policy, quantitative research, economics, data science.
  • Knowledge of key issues relating to innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada and an understanding of the Institute’s mission.
  • Experience leading applied research and delivering high quality client service.
  • Proven ability to gather, synthesize and analyze complex information from a variety of sources, to identify trends in data and research, and to develop specific recommendations.
  • Knowledge of quantitative research methods, such as econometrics, statistics, formal modeling, machine learning, network analysis.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis languages and softwares, especially (but not limited to) R.
  • Strong logical reasoning and intellectual curiosity.

Project management

  • Strong project management and facilitation skills.
  • Strong financial management skills, with ability to track a project budget.
  • Ability to build and motivate teams, and inspire members to innovate.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members and external partners, and to work with a high degree of independence.
  • Resilience and flexibility, comfort with ambiguity and complexity.

Communications and Stakeholder engagement

  • Exceptional writing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex issues, and make research accessible to maximize the impact of the Institute’s work.
  • Experience with relationship building with key stakeholders, government, community and industry partners.

Additional Details

Only applications submitted through the Toronto Metropolitan University career portal will be accepted.
Brookfield Institute operates in a hybrid and flexible manner. Team members are expected to be able to show up to our physical office in Yonge & Dundas in Toronto on average twice a week.
Equivalent combination of education beyond the minimum qualification and experience will be considered (e.g. 1 year masters program and 3 years of experience will be considered as 4 years of experience)

We encourage all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at 416-979-5000, ext. 554705 or, for support during the selection process.
If you have restrictions that need to be accommodated to fully participate in any phase of the recruitment process, please contact All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity + Inclusion
The Brookfield Institute’s research examines issues that impact those in Canada who have been excluded from gains of the innovation economy. Consequently we value those with demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and help us ensure our institute and our research is inclusive in the broadest sense. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

Employment Benefits & Conditions:
This position is a unionized role, paid at Grade 13 ($76,273.96 – $96,621.56), with a 1 year renewable contract.
We provide comprehensive extended health insurance, including vision and dental, as well as travel insurance. (60% benefit coverage after 4-month probationary period, and 100% benefit coverage after 12 months of employment)
Generous sick leave, three personal time-off days per year, vacation days (10 days in first year of employment, and 15 days thereafter), and 2 weeks university closure at the end of December and January. Detailed leave policy is available in the collective agreement
Paid parental leave, for both the primary and secondary caregiver (see details)
Toronto Metropolitan University provides matched contribution defined benefits pension plan (after 12 months of employment)
Tuition waiver for all TMU courses, including for partners and dependants

Application Instructions

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