Dan Breznitz co-director of CIFAR Innovation, Equity, & The Future program

Innovation can promote economic growth and social and cultural well-being. : However, innovation is often conceived and implemented in a way that leads to unequal distribution of its benefits. The CIFAR Innovation, Equity, & The Future program takes a multidisciplinary and cross-national look at how, why, and when the benefits of innovation aren’t always broadly shared.

Read more about this program and Dan Breznitz’s role there as co-director.

April 8, 2019

Shiri Breznitz delivers keynote presentation at Triple Helix Conference in Manchester

Shiri Breznitz was a presenter at the Triple Helix 2018 conference in Manchester, England. The conference took place September 5 to 8, 2018. Breznitz delivered a keynote talk called “Investing in the Future: Students and economic growth.” View photos from the conference below.

September 13, 2018

Shiri Breznitz in Issues in Science and Technology: Slouching toward the Downton Abbey university system

Shiri Breznitz, along with Martin Kenney, wrote about how lack of funding puts the US research university system under stress and ultimately impacts social mobility. Read the article in the Issues in Science and Technology journal.

April 17, 2018

Associate Professor Shiri Breznitz co-led the University of Toronto’s first-ever Alumni Impact Survey

Associate Professor Shiri Breznitz co-led the University of Toronto’s first-ever Alumni Impact Survey. The survey found U of T graduates generate US$368 billion a year – on par with the GDP of Norway – through the 190,000 private sector companies and non-profit organizations they’ve created.

Read more about this research in U of T News. 

February 15, 2018

IPL members present results from the CDO project at the GeoInnov 2018 conference in Barcelona

IPL members present results from the CDO project at the GeoInnov 2018 conference in Barcelona. Pictured, from left to right: David Wolfe, Shiri Breznitz, Shauna Brail.

February 1, 2018

Event – Understanding Smarter Cities: What happens next?

This panel discussion will showcase U of T expertise and perspectives on smart cities. Questions to be raised at the event include: What are smart or smarter cities or what should they be? How can cities get there?

The intended audience includes local and regional stakeholders, government and industry partners that are developing smart cities strategies, researchers and community members. Panelists will highlight previous smart cities work and research including a recent workshop led by U of T on The Future of Smart Cities in India and also connect to the Canadian federal government’s upcoming $300M Smart Cities Challenge.

  • Thursday, November 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto ON
  • Registration is required | Please complete the form below

Moderator: Janice Stein, Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs


  • David Wolfe, Co-Director, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs
  • Enid Slack, Director, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance
  • Judy Farvolden, Program Director, Transportation Research Institute
  • Patricia O’Campo, Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Robert Wright, Director of the Centre for Landscape Research, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design; Dean, Faculty of Forestry

Hosted by the Centre for Social Services Engineering, Daniels Faculty of Architecture & Landscape Design, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute and the Urban Studies Program.

October 5, 2017

Event: Unlocking the federal budget for innovation

On April 12, David Wolfe will present at “Un-locking the Federal Budget for Innovation”, hosted by the Canadian Science Policy Centre. Click to register. 

March 31, 2017

Innovation Policy in International Perspective

Innovation Policy in International Perspective

From left to right: Vivek Goel, Mark Zachary Taylor, Dan Breznitz, Daniel Munro, Sagi Dagan and David Wolfe.


The Innovation Policy Lab hosted a panel discussion on Canada’s innovation within the global landscape on March 21 at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Panellists included Mark Zachary Taylor, professor and author of The Politics of Innovation: Why Some Countries Are Better Than Others at Science and Technology?; Dr. Daniel Munro, director of Public Policy at the Conference Board of Canada and Sagi Dagan, head of Growth Financing in Israel’s Innovation Authority.  The panel was moderated by Dan Breznitz, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab.

March 22, 2017

How Technology Is Changing Toronto Employment: David Wolfe contributes to a new report by TechToronto

While technology companies are often hailed as the future of the economy, that future may have already arrived in Toronto. David Wolfe, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab, collaborated on a new report whose findings show that over 400,000 jobs in 2016 were related to technology. “How Technology Is Changing Toronto Employment” is a report from TechToronto, an organization supporting the city’s technology community, produced in collaboration with PwC, the IPL at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and CareerBuilder.

October 17, 2016