Policy Horizons Canada

Futures Week

May 31—June 3, 2021

Join us

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.

Policy Horizons Canada

Futures Week

May 31—June 3, 2021

Join us

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!

...

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.

Join us for this free virtual event!

Please use your canada.ca or gc.ca email to register.

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

    Opening and Welcome

    Speakers

    • Alexis Conrad, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Policy Horizons Canada
    • Kristel Van der Elst, Director General, Policy Horizons Canada
  • 9:30AM

    Significant disruptors on the horizon

    Speakers

    • 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
  • 10:30AM

    Break

  • 10:45AM

    Economic recovery: building resilience

    Speakers

    • Jeremy Bentham, Vice President Global Business Environment and Head of Shell Scenarios, Royal Dutch Shell
    • Neil Bouwer, Vice President, Innovation and Policy Services, Canada School of Public Service
    • Dr. Margareta Drzeniek, Managing Partner, Horizon Group
    • John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada
  • 12:15PM

    Networking and topic groups

  • 9:00AM

    Future of value

    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
    • Armine Yalnizyan, Economist and the Atkinson Foundation’s Fellow on the Future of Workers
  • 10:30AM

    Break

  • 10:45AM
     

    Future of social connection

    Speakers

    • Katherine Antal, Senior Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
    • 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
  • 12:15PM
     

    Networking and topic groups

  • 9:00AM
     

    Biodigital Convergence

    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
    • Evan Larmand, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
    • Michael Levin, Distinguished Professor, Tufts University
  • 10:30AM
     

    Break

  • 10:45AM
     

    Future of sense-making

    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
    • Chris Hagerman, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
    • Lindsay Noad, Director General, TMX Policy, Natural Resources Canada
    • Julie-Anne Turner, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
  • 12:15PM
     

    Networking and topic groups

  • 9:00AM
     

    How foresight helps inform decision makers

    Speakers

    • Maria Langan-Riekhof, Director of the Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council, United States
    • Jeanette Kwek, Head, Centre for Strategic Futures, Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
    • 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
  • 10:30AM
     

    Closing

    Speakers

    • 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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