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Canada's Big Data Consortium

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In 2014, Ryerson University launched Canada’s Big Data Consortium to bring industry, government, and academia together to collaborate on key issues related to big data and analytics. The Consortium’s founding partners include:

Canada's Big Data Consortium

For its inaugural project, the Consortium led the first national, multi-sector study on Canada’s Big Data and Analytics Talent Gap. Our objectives were to better understand the breadth and depth of the talent gap, as well as to develop strategies to help close the gap so that Canada can continue to innovate, compete, and grow its economy.

Phase One: Online Survey and Labour Market Research

From October 2014 to January 2015, a national online survey was conducted. The survey was open to Canadian public and private sector organizations of all sizes, regions, sectors, and industries. A total of 332 survey submissions were received, including 124 completed and 208 partially completed submissions. The findings from the online survey will be published in a subsequent paper.

From February to July 2015, labour market research was conducted, involving an analysis of over 1,700 big data and analytics related jobs posted in 2013 and 2014 from Magnet (, and over 330 jobs posted in July 2015 from LinkedIn® Jobs (

Phase Two: Canada’s Big Data Talent Gap Summit

On April 15, 2015, Canada’s Big Data Talent Gap Summit was held. Hosted at Deloitte’s Greenhouse in Toronto, the Consortium brought together 30 senior information technology and information management executive participants from leading industry, government, and academic organizations across Canada. Our objectives were to discuss the current state of the talent gap, to share strategies and best practices in recruitment and retention, and to collaborate on the development of strategies for closing the talent gap.

The paper, “Closing Canada’s Big Data Talent Gap,” presents the outcomes of our study.

Next Steps

Ryerson will continue to work with the Consortium to establish a framework of ongoing collaboration on key issues related to big data and analytics, including Canada’s Big Data Talent Gap.  Ryerson will continue to facilitate and grow the Consortium, and strategically build out working groups, particularly around the talent gap strategies presented in the paper.

We invite interested participants to join us in our efforts to help ensure that Canada continues to innovate and grow economically.

Project Contact

For more information regarding Canada’s Big Data Consortium and the Big Data Talent Gap Study, please contact:

Abidin Akkok
Project Director, Canada's Big Data Consortium
Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic
Ryerson University