WHO WE ARE

WHAT IS THE LONDON INSTITUTE?

The London Institute is a nonprofit think-and-do tank. We bring business, government and academia together to define problems, design partnerships and provide scalable solutions that address the issues cities face in the 21st century. We break down the barriers between stakeholders, decision makers and provide a neutral platform for collaboration, curating unique and diverse partnerships. The London Institute is free from partisan, ideological and commercial bias, and the integrity of our work stems from an enduring commitment to the public good.

The creation of the London Institute was driven by an understanding of the need to bring together multiple parties to research, develop and apply solutions to critical public policy, economic, academic and cultural challenges. We work to attract and retain the best and brightest, thus enhancing the London region as a destination for talent and technology.

London Institute delivers customized, timely, and reliable research and information. Our services include policymaking, knowledge transfer, environmental scans, market exploration, multidisciplinary research management, and data solutions. The quality of these services is assured by our Research Process, a dynamic framework that provides a reliable structure to the execution and control of our services. These services enable our clients to make informed decisions, identify and seize opportunities, and optimize their performance. We are dedicated to generating insights and ideas that drive client success and deliver unparalleled value.

MISSION

“To provide solutions
 to challenges London faces in the 21st century
 by connecting business,
 government, and academia.”

VISION

“To establish London
 as a self-empowering city
where every person advances
 constantly towards the future.”

CORE VALUES

"Forward-Thinking"

To be Forward-Thinking means to be future-oriented and not be slowed down by the ghosts of the past. Forward Thinking does not demand that we disregard the past, because history is our greatest source of wisdom. Rather, it demands courage when facing the most pertinent problems of our time. We recognize its importance in the stewardship of humankind, and thus we actively cultivate a Forward-Thinking culture by example.

"Technology Adoption"

Technology Adoption is a process in which new technology makes its way into our lifestyles. The adoption of new technologies holds the promise of dramatically increasing efficiencies in the way people live, work, and play. London Institute is constantly improving its technology infrastructure– applying and understanding the potential of Technology Adoption in improving the quality of our lives and the health of our economy.

"City Cohesion"

City Cohesion refers to the state in which citizens maintain a healthy relationship with their city, their tasks, with others, and with themselves. The group is said to be cohesive when a sense of unity is found with each other while working towards a shared vision. At London Institute, we want to live in a world where the same thing can be said about cities. By acknowledging that cohesion has great potential for meaningful impact, we hope that our cohesive culture will propagate throughout the city.


State of the City

Since the depth of the recession in 2008, London’s job growth in nearly every sub-sector was below regional, provincial and federal averages. Our economic decline has caused a significant portion of full-time employment to either disappear permanently or transform into part-time employment. The economic decline has been attributed to demographic changes and, more broadly, a structural economic shift.

London has seen a continued population increase of the older demographic. Population increase of the 65+ year old demographic (+27,200) is almost entirely due to population aging, not migration. However, a significant portion of London’s decline in 25-44 year old population (-8,400) can be attributed to migration patterns. Such demographic changes are sparking a range of debates, including employment strategy and young talent retention and attraction.

The London region can no longer compete with other global, national and provincial jurisdictions that are dependent on an industrial economy with a low-skilled labor force. As we move into the new economy we must have a connected education, government and business sector. These three sectors are in need of compelling research and data in order to move collectively into the emerging economy. As such, London Institute intends to facilitate the leadership to move us forward in that direction.

London was once designated by Lieutenant-Governor Sir Peregrine Maitland in 1826 as the administrative center of the entire Southwestern Peninsula. With today’s economic challenges and demographic shifts, London has a unique opportunity to demonstrate its regional leadership. This means working with Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford counties. When the region prospers, so does London.

 

The London Institute Team

  • Robert T. Anderson
    Robert T. AndersonBOARD PRESIDENT
  • Amir Farahi
    Amir FarahiEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • Arthur Gonzales
    Arthur GonzalesChief Research Officer
  • Moustafa Ezz
    Moustafa EzzChief Business Officer
  • Amr Hussein
    Amr HusseinChief Technology Officer
  • Mark Henshaw
    Mark HenshawAssociate Analyst
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