Policy Horizons Canada

Futures Week

May 31—June 3, 2021

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Welcome to our inaugural Futures Week!

This annual event allows public servants to explore the future, examine the changing policy landscape and the opportunities and challenges we might face, and learn about how foresight informs decision making. We are happy to welcome all our Government of Canada colleagues to this year’s virtual event!

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Who is Policy Horizons Canada?

We are a federal government organization that conducts foresight. Our mandate is to help the Government of Canada develop future-oriented policy and programs that are more robust and resilient in the face of disruptive change on the horizon.

Policy Horizons Canada

Futures Week

May 31—June 3, 2021

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Welcome to our inaugural Futures Week!

This annual event allows public servants to explore the future, examine the changing policy landscape and the opportunities and challenges we might face, and learn about how foresight has advanced policy making. We are happy to welcome all our Government of Canada colleagues to this year’s virtual event!

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Who is Policy Horizons Canada?

We are a federal government organization that conducts foresight. Our mandate is to help the Government of Canada develop future-oriented policy and programs that are more robust and resilient in the face of disruptive change on the horizon.

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Key topics

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Disruptors on the horizon:
key drivers that could shape our strategic landscape

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The future of value:
how emerging technology could radically change scarcity and transform core business models across sectors

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Biodigital convergence:
the merging of digital technologies and biological systems will affect the way we work, live, and even evolve as a species

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The future of social connection:
exploring how, why, when, and with whom we may connect socially in the future

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The future of sense-making:
examining changes to what Canadians think they know, how they make decisions, and how they behave

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How foresight helps inform decision makers:
international case studies on how foresight has informed planning and policies

Program

  • 9:00AM EDT

    Setting the stage including opening ceremony with Elder Dan Ross

    Introductory remarks to open Futures Week

    Speakers

    • Elder Dan Ross
    • Graham Flack, Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada
    • Alexis Conrad, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Policy Horizons Canada
    • Kristel Van der Elst, Director General, Policy Horizons Canada
  • 9:30AM EDT

    Significant disruptors on the horizon

    Key drivers that could shape our strategic policy landscape

    Speakers

    • Jeremy Bentham, Vice President Global Business Environment and Head of Shell Scenarios, Royal Dutch Shell plc
    • Siobhan Harty, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Priorities and Planning, Privy Council Office
    • John W. McArthur, Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution
    • Isabelle Mondou, Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage
    • Kristel Van der Elst, Director General, Policy Horizons Canada

    Description

    This session explores major areas of change and disruption in the medium to long-term, and related challenges and opportunities for Canada. It starts with a presentation, followed by a panel conversation to consider the questions and implications of interest to Canadian policy makers.

  • 10:30AM EDT

    Break

  • 10:45AM EDT

    Economic recovery: building resilience

    Speakers

    • Neil Bouwer, Vice President, Innovation and Policy Services, Canada School of Public Service
    • Dr. Margareta Drzeniek, Managing Partner, Horizon Group
    • Alicia Dubois, CEO, Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation
    • John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada
    • Jens Wandel, United Nations Secretary General's Designate COVID-19 Recover Better Fund & Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Reform

    Description

    COVID-19 has disrupted national, regional, and global economies in new and unexpected ways. This session brings together a wide range of perspectives to explore how we can build back better, for a resilient, inclusive and healthy economy and society.

  • 12:15PM EDT

    Open networking

    Attendees can choose to network one on one, or join group conversations on topics related to the themes of the day.

  • 9:00AM EDT

    The future of value in the next digital economy

    How emerging technology could radically change scarcity and transform core business models across sectors

    Speakers

    • Marcus Ballinger, Manager, Policy Horizons Canada
    • Catherine Beaudry, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Polytechnique Montréal
    • Janine Berg, Senior Economist, International Labour Organization
    • Steffen Christensen, Senior Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
    • Sunil Johal, Special Advisor, Deputy Minister's Office, Employment and Social Development Canada
    • Mike Moffatt, Senior Director, Smart Prosperity Institute
    • Mark Schaan, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategy and Innovation Policy Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
    • Rachel Wernick, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada
    • Armine Yalnizyan, Economist and the Atkinson Foundation’s Fellow on the Future of Workers

    Description

    In this talk show-style session, speakers will explore the way in which technologies are shifting value and disrupting the economy. As emerging technologies change scarcity and the character and allocation of human labour, speakers will consider which human activities will lose, gain, or maintain their value.

  • 10:30AM EDT

    Break

  • 10:45AM EDT
     

    The future of social connection

    Exploring how, why, when, and with whom we connect socially in the future

    Speakers

    • Jayne Engle, Program Director, McConnell Foundation
    • Roselyn Mavungu, Executive Director, Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence
    • Blair McMurren, Director General of Strategic Policy and International Affairs, Canadian Heritage
    • Kurt Richardson, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
    • Simon Robertson, Manager, Policy Horizons Canada
    • Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer, Vanier Institute of the Family
    • Danielle White, Assistant Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada

    Description

    COVID-19 has significantly disrupted how, where and with whom humans connect. This session will examine how connections between individuals, groups, and societies may be affected by new technologies, as well as the key implications for decision-makers.

  • 12:15PM EDT
     

    Open networking

    Attendees can choose to network one on one, or join group conversations on topics related to the themes of the day.

  • 9:00AM EDT
     

    Biodigital convergence

    How the merging of digital technology and biological systems could impact the Canadian policy landscape

    Speakers

    • François Coallier, Full Professor, Department of Software and IT Engineering, École de technologie supérieure
    • Cynthia Collins, Program Director, Organism Engineering of Ginkgo Bioworks
    • Pierre-Olivier DesMarchais, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
    • Avalyne Diotte, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
    • Ursula Gobel, Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement and Advancement of Society, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
    • Evan Larmand, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
    • David K. Lee, Chief Regulatory Officer, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada
    • Michael Levin, Distinguished Professor, Tufts University
    • Jennifer Miller, Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch, Strategy and Innovation Policy Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
    • Vincent Sewalt, Head of Regulatory Science & Advocacy, International Flavours & Fragrances

    Description

    Biological systems and digital technologies are merging in new and unexpected ways, creating a new domain called the Biodigital. This session will outline three game changers, look at what is happening in innovative industries, and explore future policy implications that may reshape society, sectors, and science.

  • 10:30AM EDT
     

    Break

  • 10:45AM EDT
     

    The future of sense-making

    Examining changes to what Canadians think they know, how they make decisions, and how they behave

    Speakers

    • Amy Awad, Director, Trade Negotiations and Investments, Canadian Heritage
    • Chris Beall, Policy Lead, Platform Governance, Centre for International Governance Innovation
    • John Beasy, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
    • Jennifer Ditchburn, President & CEO, Institute for Research on Public Policy
    • Chris Hagerman, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
    • Lindsay Noad, Director General, TMX Policy, Natural Resources Canada
    • Seema Gail Parkash, Deputy Head, Centre for Strategic Futures, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
    • Julie-Anne Turner, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
    • Eric Ward, Senior Director, Policy Horizons Canada

    Description

    We all “make sense” on a daily basis. It’s how we find information and turn it into decisions and actions. Join us for a game show-style session that will look at some important changes in sense-making, where they could go in the future, and what that might mean for decision makers.

  • 12:15PM EDT
     

    Open networking

    Attendees can choose to network one on one, or join group conversations on topics related to the themes of the day.

  • 9:00AM EDT
     

    How foresight helps inform decision making

    Speakers

    • Philip Jennings, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Plans and Consultations, Privy Council Office
    • Jeanette Kwek, Head, Centre for Strategic Futures, Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
    • Maria Langan-Riekhof, Director of the Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council, United States
    • Dimitri Lorenzani, Cabinet of Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Inter-institutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission
    • Jaana Tapanainen-Thiess, Secretary General, Government Report on the Future, Government Foresight Group and Ministerial Foresight Panel, Prime Minister’s Office, Strategy Department, Finland

    Description

    Join international foresight leaders for an engaging conversation where they will share how foresight is used to inform policy and planning, drawing upon examples from their respective countries. They will demonstrate several ways in which foresight can enable decision making that is founded on future-oriented thinking and analysis.

  • 10:30AM EDT
     

    Final remarks followed by closing ceremony with Elder Dan Ross

    Speakers

    • Elder Dan Ross
    • Alexis Conrad, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Policy Horizons Canada
    • Kristel Van der Elst, Director General, Policy Horizons Canada

Professional benefits

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Take part in an engaging and eye-opening experience with national and international speakers, interactive sessions, and activities

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Explore potential disruptions on the horizon and how they might be opportunities for Canada

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Learn about our work on biodigital convergence, the future of sense-making, the future of connections, and the future of value

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Learn about foresight and how it has informed strategic planning and policy development

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Network and examine the future with multidisciplinary stakeholders

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