Tricia Williams brings a strong background across anthropology, sociology and economics disciplines to her role as Future Skills Centre’s Director of Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Mobilization. She has particular expertise in the future of work including digital economies, skills development, migration and gender.  

At the FSC, Tricia leads a pan-Canadian research strategy focused on advancing the FSC’s strategic goals. She also collaborates closely with our partners on the broader evidence agenda, ensuring that knowledge is both generated and mobilized effectively for uptake and usage.

Prior to joining FSC, Tricia spent seven years with the Mastercard Foundation, leading research, evaluation and knowledge mobilization initiatives related to youth employment and digital economy across Africa and with Indigenous communities in Canada. She has authored and overseen numerous reports, events and research programs to generate evidence and action around inclusive employment and development.

Tricia previously worked for the federal government in evaluation and policy functions, which she joined through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program. She also spent several years supporting immigrant rights organizations in the United States and community organizations in Haiti, where she lived for several years. 

We have a tremendous opportunity to create a more inclusive future that benefits diverse groups and people across Canada. I’m excited to join the Future Skills Centre and its partners in addressing the critical challenge before us. Through strategic inquiry into our ecosystem’s needs and priorities, robust evidence and concerted learning and dialogue, I believe we can create a more inclusive and prosperous economy that reflects our boldest hopes and visions of Canada.

In addition to an undergraduate degree, Tricia holds a Master’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of Guelph, and Master’s and PhD degrees in Sociology & Anthropology from Florida International University in Miami.

Tricia is available for interviews with members of the media. She is an expert in:

  • Future of work
  • Skills development
  • Employment & labour markets
  • International development
  • Research and knowledge mobilization
  • Public policy
  • Program evaluation
  • Economic development