Studio Y Fellowship Placement - MaRS Data Catalyst (Talent)

Studio Y

Close Date
June 28th, 2017


Want to join the Studio Y Fellowship and a Studio Y Placement at MaRS?

Studio Y Placements are opportunities for Fellows to work full-time with a business unit at MaRS over the course of the Studio Y Fellowship program. The Studio Y model focuses on work-integrated learning that encourages participants to apply the skills and tools they develop during the Fellowship program in their work. Placements are a full-time commitment over the 8 months of the program: September 15th – May 28th. Placement Fellows will be a full member of a MaRS business unit and will be accountable for their deliverables to both the Fellowship and the unit. Fellows will report directly to their MaRS team manager. Please carefully read the job posting and the fellowship description for an understanding of this dual role.

You can learn more about the Fellowship here:

About MaRS

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is the one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS supports promising young ventures tackling key societal challenges in the Health, Energy & Environment, Work & Learning and Finance & Commerce sectors. In addition to helping startups launch, grow and scale their businesses, the MaRS community is dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration, system transformation to increase innovation adoption, and driving ideas to impact.

About Studio Y

Studio Y is a platform that supports young people in becoming top-performing systems leaders. Housed within MaRS Discovery District, Studio Y convenes young leaders, top thinkers, entrepreneurs, researchers, non-profit professionals and public bodies to tackle the complex economic and social challenges that Canada is facing today. In 2014, Studio Y established a fully funded fellowship to equip high-performing young leaders with the skills they need to accelerate their impact and tackle complex problems. Through flexible programming and experiential learning, the Studio Y Fellows harness the principles of entrepreneurship and social innovation to develop interventions aimed at influencing systems change in their area of focus.

Leveraging the MaRS ecosystem, the Fellows work within four cluster sectors—the future of energy and the environment; the future of health; the future of work and learning; and the future of finance and commerce —each with a focus on social innovation and systems change. This uniquely positions the Fellows to dive deep into issues within their given sector, while also uncovering cross-sectoral links

About Data Catalyst

Data Catalyst believes that seamless access to high-value data and insights can make the world a better place to live, work, and learn. We’re working to solve complex and important problems by acting as a trusted and neutral third party that connects people and data. We are tracking the innovation economy by tracking Ontario companies, investors, talent and markets over time, sector and location. We help companies to scale and the ecosystem to grow. We help to accelerate innovation in energy and health by removing barriers and creating systems for consumers to access and share data. This creates new marketplaces for innovative solutions.

Who are we looking for?

MaRS Studio Y Fellows possess a positive outlook and are smart, curious, energetic and engaged in the world around them. They are young people who have demonstrated leadership and engagement in one of our key cluster areas, are keen to develop professionally as Systems Leaders and are at the right stage to benefit from the program and the placement opportunity.  Beyond this, there are specific knowledge and skill requirements for each placement role, as detailed below.


Studio Y Placement Fellow, Data Catalyst

  • The Studio Y fellow will lead a project on research and insights into a systems change approach to skills and talent gaps and employment for young Canadians. The fellow will be enabled to accomplish a variety of tasks, from goal-setting, research and development, analysis and reporting.
  • With the support of the Data Catalyst analytics team, apply advanced algorithmic techniques to reveal a variety of insights, from both a current and predictive standpoint.
  • Conduct background research and a literature review on the traditional system, what is working and what is not, and review related research to find ways to adapt it for the Canadian context.
  • Identify the scale and scope of the program by building an advisory team of project stakeholders and team members to develop the scope the project, define the business question, develop timelines, and finalize project goals.
  • Determine resources that can be harnessed to intervene in the system by gathering data from available online job advertisements that is representative of the skills employers request.
  • Analyze the patterns contained in online job advertisements, look at the technical and enterprise skills that employers request, and use a clustering algorithm to group the occupations based on whether employers demanded similar skills from applicants.
  • Look at the demand for skills to develop transformative technologies (innovation supply) vs skills to adopt and apply in industrial sectors and application areas (innovation demand) to improve productivity and competitiveness of the Canadian economy.
  • Report writing: Determine what the intervention could be to build the industry, government and technology partnerships to track this critical part of the labour force. The report will focus on whether or not we can develop a new way to gauge the actual skills sought by high growth and emergent sectors of the economy vs the supply of the population.
  • Lead the report release strategy.
  • Work with the Data Catalyst team to assist on other projects, as required and time permitting.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge and experience in economic and statistical analysis, specifically in the area of startups.
  • Demonstrated experience in collecting, collating, aggregating, analyzing, and communicating data-backed insights with appropriate context and detail for the intended audience.
  • Project management experience.
  • Clustering or other advanced analysis experience.
  • Ability to communicate technical ideas or implications to others, able to identify technical implications of new ideas.
  • Highly attentive to detail.
  • Exceptional planning, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Strong communications and organizational skills – oral, written, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, comfortable working in a fast-paced, high energy environment.
  • Maturity and high level of personal integrity.
  • Self motivated- able to work independently with personal accountability and commitment to achieving and exceeding goals and objectives

Preferred skills or experience

  • Knowledge and experience with a range of research, analysis, and authoring tools and technologies, including Excel, Tableau, Illustrator, InDesign.
  • Programming skills, such as Python or R and knowledge of/experience with semantic text analysis.
  • Knowledge and experience of startup venture lifecycles.
  • Background in Business Economics.

The fine print

You must be eligible for the Studio Y Fellowship program to be eligible for the Studio Y Placements. You can find more information here:  You must be available for the duration of the program: September 15th, 2017 – May 28th ,2018. 

What it’s like to work at MaRS

MaRS Centre is a vibrant, architecturally inspiring innovation hub with 1.5 million square feet of laboratory, collaboration, and office space connected directly to the Queens Parks subway stop at College and University. MaRS employees enjoy many perks such as:

  • Access to a wide array of fascinating conferences and lectures hosted by MaRS.
  • A very active social committee that organizes potlucks, “serendipity coffee” dates, the annual MaRS Summer Games, team building outings, and summer golf day.
  • The MaRS softball team, yoga at noon, and discounted gym membership
  • Indoor bike parking and showers

Our mission-driven organization is filled with passionate, smart people who are finding and turning the levers that will move the economic needle of Canada’s technology-based future.

For more about what it’s like to work at MaRS and why you might want to be a part of something bigger than yourself, check out our profile on B Meaningful. 

Working conditions

General office environment with operating business hours of 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Applications are due by 11:59am Eastern Time on June 28th, 2017.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Ontario.

MaRS Discovery District is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including aboriginal persons, francophones, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.