A. WOLFE - SHORT BIOGRAPHY
A. Wolfe is Professor of Political Science at the University
of Toronto in Mississauga. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in
Political Science from Carleton University and a Ph.D. from
the University of Toronto. He has participated actively in
a wide range of community and public policy organizations.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Political
Science Association and conducted research for the Royal Commission
on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada
on "The Politics of the Deficit".
research has examined the implications of technological change
for skills, occupational requirements, education and training
on behalf of the Labour Council of Metro Toronto, the Social
Planning Council of Metro Toronto and the Council of Regents
for the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario.
In 1990, he co-authored part of the report of the Ontario
Premier's Council Report on People and Skills in the New
Global Economy. From October, 1990 to August, 1993 he
served as the Executive Coordinator for Economic and Labour
Policy in the Cabinet Office of the Government of Ontario.
In this capacity he acted as Secretary to the Cabinet Committee
on Economic Development, reporting directly to the Deputy
Secretary to Cabinet.
played an active role in key policy initiatives, such as the creation
of the Ontario Training and Adjustment Board and the Ontario Lead
Investment Fund, as well as in the design and implementation of
the Sector Partnership Fund.
his return to the University of Toronto in 1993, until 1997, he
was a research associate in the Canadian Institute for Advanced
Research's Program in Law and the Determinants of Social Ordering
and was involved with the program's initiative on Institutions of
the New Economy. He has edited a volume on Innovation and Social
Learning, resulting from this initiative. Since 1995 he has served
as a member of the Advisory Committee on Science and Technology
Statistics for the Science and Technology Redesign Project at Statistics
Canada. In 1997, he co-authored a report on "The Socio-Economic
Importance of Scientific Research to Canada" for the Partnership
Group for Science and Engineering, based in Ottawa and funded by
Industry Canada. In 1997, he co-founded the Program on Globalization
and Regional Innovation Systems (PROGRIS) at the Centre for International
Studies. PROGRIS was recently named as the node for one of five
subnetworks of the new Innovation Systems Research Network, funded
jointly by SSHRC, NSERC and the National Research Council. PROGRIS
also acts as the national secretariat for the ISRN. He recently
completed a report on Government Support for E-business: Comparative
Experiences for the Canadian E-business Opportunities Roundtable
and the Electronic Commerce Task Force of Industry Canada. A complete
list of his current publications can be found at the ISRN web site