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Horizons Talks

The Horizons Talks speaker series brings experts from Canada and around the world to share their foresight research and ideas with public servants.

  • Upcoming Talks
  • Previous Talks

  • Upcoming Talks

    Previous Talks

    Wales’ Well-being of Future Generations Act

    Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

    September 26, 2022

    Sophie Howe shares the progress and challenges in implementing Wales’ Well-being of Future Generations Act.

    The future of GDP and the future of work

    Armine Yalnizyan, Atkinson Foundation

    April 23, 2021

    Armine Yalnizyan explores the impact of digital technologies on the economy.

    Plural futures – A way forward

    Prateeksha Singh, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Regional Innovation Centre

    March 3, 2021

    Prateeksha Singh shares her thoughts on the importance of plurality and equity in foresight—a field that has fallen short—and why this matters.

    COVID-19 Foresight—Exploring policy-relevant uncertainties

    Kristel Van der Elst, Policy Horizons Canada

    February 24, 2021

    Kristel Van der Elst presents an overview of Policy Horizons’ COVID-19 foresight work—introducing some forces driving change and disruption, and highlighting medium-term shifts that challenge our policy assumptions and tools.

    Queering the Future

    Jason Tester, Institute for the Future

    February 10, 2021

    Jason Tester walks us through “queering the future”—scrutinizing, adapting, and transforming business as usual into a future that is radically open, human, and embraces chaos, with room and rights for everyone.

    The Science of Resilience

    Dr. Michael Ungar, Dalhousie University

    January 13, 2021

    Dr. Michael Ungar presents resilience as more than just our capacity to overcome adversity, but rather our ability to create opportunities for people to access resources for their wellbeing in meaningful ways.

    High impact pandemics: From crisis to preparedness

    Dr. Rudi Pauwels, Founder & President Praesens Foundation

    November 13, 2020

    Dr. Rudi Pauwels discusses the need to build resilient and sustainable systems to monitor, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats.

    Energy futures

    Dr. Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council

    November 5, 2020

    Dr. Angela Wilkinson shares the World Energy Council’s energy foresight work, and presents their foresight insights and tools.

    Indigenous futures

    Jason Edward Lewis, University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary at Concordia University

    September 30, 2020

    Jason Edward Lewis discusses his concept of the “future imaginary” and how it can help lead to better futures for Indigenous people in North America and the Pacific.

    Building back better: Trends and future possibilities in the post-COVID economy

    Margareta Drzeniek, Managing Partner at Horizon Group

    September 16, 2020

    Following her work on the UN’s Future Possibilities Report 2020, Margareta Drzeniek presents a practical approach for countries to reap opportunities from global transformations to achieve growth and societal objectives in the post-COVID economy.

    Infrastructure futures

    Monica Bennett, Director of Thought Leadership
    Stephanie Barker, Strategy and Operations Associate at the Global Infrastructure Hub

    August 25, 2020

    Monica Bennett and Stephanie Barker present insights on GI Hub’s Infrastructure Futures Report, delving into the three plausible future scenarios developed in response to 25 transformative trends that could reshape the infrastructure industry.

    Exploring sustainable futures in 2050

    Chris Luebkeman, Director for Strategic Foresight at ETH-Zürich

    June 25, 2020

    Chris Luebkeman presents insights on the 2050 scenarios work completed at Arup.

    e-Estonia and the future of e-governance in Estonia

    Marten Kaevats, National Digital Advisor at the Government Office of Estonia
    Meelis Kitsing, Head of Research of the Foresight Center at Estonian Business School

    May 28, 2020

    Marten Kaevats and Meelis Kitsing explore e-Estonia, the most ambitious global project of technological statecraft ever undertaken by a country.