Senior Behavioural Insights Advisor

Full-time @Ontario Securities Commission in Information Technology
  • Post Date : July 20, 2022
  • Apply Before : August 2, 2022
  • Salary: $106.73 - $133.41 / Yearly
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  • Job ID 14931

Job Description

Investor Office

Full-time Permanent

($106,725 – $133,405)

File #22-38      

Grow your career and make a difference working at the OSC!

Who we are

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is the statutory body responsible for regulating Ontario’s capital markets in accordance with the mandate established in the provincial Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act. The mandate of the OSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair, efficient and competitive capital markets and confidence in the capital markets, to foster capital formation, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk. This mandate is performed through policy, operational, adjudication and enforcement work. The OSC also contributes to national and global securities regulation development.

We offer a diverse, fair and flexible work environment and take pride in our challenging and rewarding work.

Investor Office staff strive for excellence in everything we do. The Investor Office ( is a regulatory operations branch of the OSC created in 2015. The Investor Office sets the strategic direction and leads the OSC’s efforts in investor engagement, education, outreach and research. The Investor Office also has a policy function, plays a key role in the oversight of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI), and provides leadership in the area of behavioural insights at the OSC.


Reporting to the Manager, Investor Research and Behavioural Insights, the Senior Behavioural Insights Advisor will contribute to thought leadership and applied research in behavioural insights at the OSC. The Senior Advisor will play a key role in designing and executing testing, experimentation, and evaluation using behavioural science methods (intersection of economics and psychology). The Senior Advisor will help advance the OSC’s efforts to enhance capacity and understanding of the benefits of the application of behavioural insights at the OSC and beyond.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Behavioural Insights Research Program Leadership

  • Make recommendations to the Manager on potential BI projects for consideration.
  • Lead behavioural insights research projects, including procurement, vendor relations, and dissemination of results to ensure maximum impact and reach.
  • Provide advice to the Manager on the development, prioritization and implementation of the behavioural insights research portfolio aligned with OSC and Investor Office objectives.
  • Design and implement experiments, including randomized control trials in field and online environments.
  • Provide behavioural insights support and advice on regulatory policy initiatives to other members of the Investor Office team.
  • Make internal behavioural insights presentations to the Commission, Executive Director, directors of branches, and other OSC staff with the Manager, Director, or other Investor Office staff.
  • Provide advice and support on other investor research projects.

Liaison and Thought Leadership

  • Develop position and research papers for public and internal audiences.
  • Present results from behavioural insights research at conferences/events.
  • Work with the Manager to liaise with key staff within the OSC, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and external stakeholders to formulate and provide behavioural insights advice on regulatory policy and operational processes and other strategic issues.

Capacity and Capability Building within the OSC

  • Develop and execute an outreach plan for continued engagement with OSC staff to educate and engage key personnel in understanding, participating in, and supporting the incorporation of behavioural insights into their work.

Who you are    

  • Passionate about exploring human behaviour in the context of capital markets and identifying how we might use behavioural insights to address the challenges facing retail investors.
  • Relevant experience applying behavioural insights and leading complex research projects.
  • Significant knowledge of behavioural science research methods and data analysis capabilities, including behavioural economics and psychology.
  • Experience analyzing experimental data using econometrics and other advanced statistical techniques in R, Stata, Excel or similar.
  • Superior communications skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work well with individuals at all levels and across sectors and jurisdictions.
  • Commitment to capacity and capability-building across groups with varying levels of knowledge and awareness of behavioural insights.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate behavioural insights applications, concepts and empirical evidence in a clear and meaningful way across diverse audiences (public policy, financial, academic, public interest).
  • Knowledge of policy development and financial markets is an asset.

Apply online at by Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Ontario Securities Commission. We will contact those selected for an interview.

Inclusion and Diversity at the OSC

The OSC is committed to diversity and providing an inclusive workplace. It is our priority to ensure employment opportunities are visible and barrier-free to all under-represented groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black and racialized groups, people with disabilities, women and people from the LGBTQ2S community, to achieve an employee demographic profile reflective of the demographic profile of Ontarians.

The OSC is a proud partner with the following organizations: BlackNorth Initiative >, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion >, and Pride at Work Canada >.


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Visit Accessibility at the OSC >to review the OSC’s policies on accessibility and accommodation in the workplace.

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