This paper explores two DSIPs, which were designed to bridge these aims: North Carolina’s BioWork course and Finland’s Nokia Bridge program. Their purpose was to increase the resilience of mid-to-late career workers affected by technological innovation, while supporting regional economic growth. As such, these case studies hold relevant lessons for Ontario. They were shaped by strategic design and implementation that accounted for the economic realities of participants, target industries, and regions, to promote the development of inclusive innovation economies. In particular, they demonstrate that the existence of education and training supports, while important, is not sufficient to ensure inclusive outcomes.