Economist – The Brookfield Institute for Innovation


Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Posted: January 25, 2019
Vacancy Type: Temporary Vacancy Notice
End: 1 year from start date
Department: The Brookfield Instit. for Inn
Position: 20002205
Grade: OPSEU – 10 ($58,815.27 – $70,228.52)
Hours of work: 36.25 hours per week
Reporting to: Director of Policy & Research
Return to Home: Guaranteed return to home

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E)

At the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, we’re motivated by the potential of the innovation economy. We believe Canada can build prosperity that will be more widely shared than ever before. To achieve this future, Canada will need far sighted insights and new thinking to advance actionable innovation policy.

Our multi-disciplinary teams focus on work streams which we believe are critical to Canada’s future economic success. They build collaborative relationships with our partners to generate rigorous research, propose unconventional approaches and pilot ideas to explore how Canada’s innovation economy can include people of different ages, incomes and backgrounds

The Opportunity:

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking an Economist to produce quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and written products to help support building a robust, data driven and user experience driven picture of Canada’s innovation and entrepreneurship policy landscape and of how Canadians from different communities interacts with this landscape. The Economist will work with the Director and the broader team to develop actionable policy recommendations and to inform the design of pilots, programs and other initiatives related to innovation and entrepreneurship.


  1. Conducts qualitative and quantitative research and analysis
  • Gathering qualitative and quantitative information of local, national and international scope, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions from this analysis.
  • Employing appropriate qualitative methods and tools, e.g., jurisdictional scans, literature reviews, expert interviews, policy analysis, and ethnography.
  • Working with the Institute’s Economists and Senior Economists as needed, to support the cleaning and analysis of quantitative data, and creation of graphical visualizations of data.
  • Working closely with other Institute staff to share best practices and research results.
  1. Communicates information for different stakeholder audiences in a clear and accessible manner
  • Writing and editing literature reviews, reports, articles, blog posts, and other written products, and developing approaches to the visual presentation of research results.
  • Contributing to stakeholder communications and to effectively engaging partners, stakeholders and/or advisors as appropriate on specific projects.
  1. Supports the execution of projects under the direction of the Director, Research and Policy and/or Senior Policy Analysts and/or Senior Economists
  • Ensuring a high standard of quality; efficient use of time; and achievement of project milestones within prescribed timelines.
  • Contributing new project and/or process ideas that will help to advance the Institute’s mission.


  • Successful completion of a post-secondary degree program in Economics or relevant field of study required.
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional work experience, which should include
    • Making a major contribution to designing and conducting quantitative research, analysis and writing in a full-time role
    • Directly or indirectly supporting the communication of research results to external audiences
    • Working in a fast-paced environment with multiple and overlapping deadlines
    • Experience working with large datasets
    • Using statistical software, such as Stata, SPSS, Python, R, or other open source equivalents
  • Experience working with large data sets and using statistical software such as Stata, SPSS, Python, or other open source equivalents
  • 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; strong logical reasoning and intellectual curiosity
  • Ability to apply sophisticated statistical, mathematical and computational methods to clean and analyze quantitative data
  • Excellent time management, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Strong understanding of the policy process, and of government players, processes and programs
  • Ability to work professionally with a wide range of stakeholders, including government officials, business leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and others
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex issues, and make research accessible to maximize the impact of the Institute’s work
  • Knowledge of key issues relating to innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada and an understanding of the Institute’s mission
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply the principles of macro and microeconomics
  • Advanced statistical and econometrics knowledge
  • Knowledge of available Canadian economic data including its strengths and limitations
  • Computer proficiency, including the use of the Microsoft Office Suite of products.


  • Candidates will be asked to demonstrate qualifications through an occupational test.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated record of dependability/reliability and a commitment to maintain confidentiality.
  • Only applications submitted through Ryerson University’s Career portal will be accepted.