David A. Wolfe

David A. Wolfe

Co-Director, Innovation and Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto (Toronto, ON)

April 22, 2013

David A. Wolfe is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He was the Royal Bank Chair in Public and Economic Policy from 2009 to 2014. His research interests include the political economy of technological change and the role of local and regional economic development, with special reference to Canada and Ontario. Since 2014, he has served as lead investigator on  the Creating Digital Opportunity Partnership (CDO) SSHRC-funded project to study how Canada can best respond to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing digital landscape, while benefiting from emerging opportunities to promote our economic prosperity. From 1999 to 2011 he was national coordinator of the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; and was principal investigator on two Major Collaborative Research Initiatives, the first on Innovation Systems and Economic Development: The Role of Local and Regional Clusters in Canada, followed by a six year study on the Social Dynamics of Economic Performance: Innovation and Creativity in City Regions, which ended in 2011. He is the editor or co-editor of 10 books and numerous scholarly articles.

He holds a BA and an MA in Political Science from Carleton University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. From October 1990 to August 1993 he served as Executive Coordinator for Economic and Labour Policy in the Cabinet Office of the Government of Ontario. Upon his return to the University of Toronto from 1993 until 1997, he was a research associate in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s Program on Law and the Determinants of Social Ordering. He has acted as an advisor to the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada, the Ontario Premier’s Council, the E-Business Opportunities Roundtable and the Electronic Commerce Task Force of Industry Canada, the National Research Council, the LEED Program of the OECD, the Ontario Panel on the Role of Government, the Ontario Research and Innovation Council, DG Region of the European Commission, and the Toronto Region Research Alliance. He was the CIBC Scholar-in-Residence for the Conference Board of Canada in 2008-2009 and published a book for the Conference Board, entitled 21st Century Cities in Canada: The Geography of Innovation.

Role: Panel Member; Panel Member; Panel Member
Report: Innovation Impacts: Measurement and Assessment (April 2013); Competing in a Global Innovation Economy: The Current State of R&D in Canada (April 2018); Choosing Canada's Automotive Future (March 2021)