Job Posting 86408

Senior Economist
Toronto Metropolitan University
Work From Home - Toronto Metro area
closing today (Fri, 12 Aug)
full time - temporary / contract  •  $76,273.96 - $96,621.56

About Toronto Metropolitan

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.


We welcome those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, 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+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


In April 2022, the university announced our new name of Toronto Metropolitan University, which will be implemented in a phased approach. Learn more about our next chapter.

The team
The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) is an independent, non-partisan policy institute, housed at Toronto Metropolitan University.  We seek to influence economic policy by relentlessly examining the question: How does innovation contribute to economic growth and prosperity in Canada? 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. 

The Opportunity

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 Economist will lead and support the execution of specific projects across the following areas of focus at the Brookfield Institute:

  • 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? 


  • 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.

To help us learn more about you, please provide a cover letter and resume describing how you meet the following required qualifications:

  • 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, qualitative research, futures, human centered design.
  • Experience leading applied research and delivering high quality client service.
  • Experience with relationship building with key stakeholders, government, community and industry partners.
  • Strong project management and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to build and motivate teams, and inspire members to innovate. 
  • Strong financial management skills, with ability to track a project budget.
  • Exceptional writing and oral communication skills.
  • Strong logical reasoning and intellectual curiosity.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members and external partners, and to work with a high degree of independence.
  • Strong time management, organizational, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex issues, and make research accessible to maximize the impact of the Institute’s work.
  • Knowledge of qualitative research tools, e.g., jurisdictional scans, case study research, literature reviews, and expert interviews.
  • Knowledge of key issues relating to innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada and an understanding of the Institute’s mission.
  • Resilience and flexibility, comfort with ambiguity and complexity.
  • Computer proficiency, including the use of the Microsoft Office and Google Suite of products.

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