Tara Vinodrai is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) and the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, where she is also Director of the Local Economic Development graduate program. Her research interests and expertise relate to innovation and technological change; economic development; creative and cultural industries; and local labour market dynamics. Her current projects examine the role of anchor firms and institutions in the digital economy; labour market dynamics in entrepreneurial eco-systems, and the emerging maker economy at the intersections of art, design, technology and manufacturing. She has provided advice to both large cities and smaller communities related to innovation, economic development and the creative economy. She is a Research Fellow at the Innovation Policy Lab (IPL) at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.