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How can we spread the benefits of innovation more equally to ensure everyone prospers? Join Fellows in CIFAR’s Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity program Dan Breznitz (University of Toronto) and Woody Powell (Stanford University) as they explore the inclusive innovation policies that will help us build back better.


Dan Breznitz is the co-director of CIFAR’s Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity program and a professor at the University of Toronto. He is known worldwide as an expert on rapid-innovation-based industries and their globalization, as well as for his pioneering research on the distributional impact of innovation policies. He is the Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab in Toronto, a centre for cutting-edge thinking, teaching and advising society about innovation broadly defined. In an earlier life he founded and served as a CEO of a small software company.

Woody Powell is an advisor in CIFAR’s Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity program and Jacks Family Professor of Education, and Professor of Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, and Communication at Stanford University. He is also a faculty fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. His interests focus on the processes through which ideas and practices are transferred across organizations, and the role of networks in facilitating or hindering innovation.

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