Joel Blit

Joel Blit

Chair, Council on Innovation Policy

Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)


Dr. Joël Blit's main research interests are in the economics of innovation and innovation policy. He studies, among other things, the diffusion of disruptive technologies and their impact on productivity and jobs. Blit regularly advises policymakers on innovation policy. As part of an expert roundtable, he advised the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Canada’s optimal position on intellectual property for USMCA trade negotiations. On the topic of automation and the future of work, he has briefed the G7 Representatives and has been an invited speaker at a number of venues including the OECD Global Forum on Productivity. Prior to joining Waterloo, Blit was an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the George Washington University, and a business consultant to financial services firms in Asia, Australia, and North America. His consulting engagements included reorganizing the activities of a major bank and formulating the strategy for a $US 100M startup.

Speaker on

How to disrupt your industry using Generative AI

Conference Technology & Application
10/18/2023 | 14:20 - 14:50 | Expo Stage (Exhibition area)