Deputy Leader, BC Green Party
Matt Toner is a serial entrepreneur, digital media producer, visiting professor, and politico working hard in Vancouver’s innovation industry. With previous stops in New York and Toronto, he has built his career in Vancouver, receiving the city’s Award of Excellence for business innovation in 2014.
Matt brought this disruptive approach to provincial politics, becoming a Deputy Leader of the BC Green party in the run-up to their historic electoral breakthrough in 2017. Following the confirmation of British Columbia’s minority government, he carved out and negotiated the specifications for two signature vehicles for innovation: the Emerging Economy Task Force and the Innovation Commission, announced in the government’s first Throne Speech.
Prior to his career in digital media, Matt served as an economist at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa and as a diplomat at the Canadian Consulate General in Manhattan, New York.
Change is hard. Many claim that when it comes to government, it’s downright impossible: More restrictions, fewer resources, and greater demands. But there are plenty of examples of government innovation to point to around the world. In this no-holds-barred Oxford-style debate, two teams take opposing sides to debate the statement: “Government can’t innovate.” It’s a […]
The Emerging Economy Task Force is an entirely new model for the public service, one that is agile, nimble and designed to extract the best insights from our ever-changing economy. Rather than another white-haired panel of experts adding to the stack of seldom-read white papers that are strewn across our government ministries, the EETF is […]