MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies

Authors: Policy Horizons Canada
Document Type: MetaScan
Published Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 5:00am
ISBN number: PH4-147/2014E-PDF, 978-1-100-23273-7

Emerging technologies are laying the groundwork for decades to come, with major impacts anticipated in every aspect of our lives. Canadians will have to work together to ensure that the right policies and institutions are in place to allow for a prosperous and resilient future. Policy Horizons Canada’s latest foresight study examines how digital, bio, nano and neuroscience technologies will shape the Canadian economy and society over the next 10 to 15 years.


This 2013 foresight study on emerging technologies is a collaborative effort that builds upon the 2012 report: MetaScan 2: Building Resilience in the Transition to a Digital Economy and a Networked Society. More than 90 experts from government, the private sector, civil society and academia were interviewed over the course of this study. We greatly appreciate their expertise and insights in the areas of biotechnology, nanotechnology and neuroscience. The full interviewee list can be found in the Consultations and Interviews section. Special thanks go to Jack Smith and to Karl Schroeder.

Horizons works as a matrix organization. Many people played leadership roles in the research and development of content for this report. The MetaScan 3 team was led by Peter Padbury and Steffen Christensen and included Greg Wilburn, Jean Kunz and Duncan Cass-Beggs. The Horizons staff members who led or participated in numerous interviews, workshops and sub-projects that shaped this study, included: Katherine Antal, Imran Arshad, Teresa Bellefontaine, Martin Berry, Stefanie Bowles, David Cavett-Goodwin, Colin Dobson, Alain Denhez, Pierre-Olivier DesMarchais, Nicola Gaye, Roxanne Hamel, Blaise Hébert, Eliza Lavoie, Andrew MacDonald, Marissa Martin, Peter Reinecke, Julie Saumure, Cara Vanayan, Jean-Philippe Veilleux and Nancy White. As well, Horizons' corporate staff – Wanda Baburek, Marie de Beaumont, Louis-Philippe Gascon, Kelly Ann Lambe and Claudia Meneses – helped in other ways. Special thanks to our Directors General Paul De Civita and Judy Watling for strategic oversight, Naomi Kühn for graphic design, layout and illustration, and to Martin Berry for the supplementary 3D illustrations.

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