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Launched in 2023, the Future Fellows Program is engaging seven future-thinkers from across the country who have the potential to make an impact on Canada’s future.   

These Future Fellows are embarking on creative independent projects that imagine, analyze or explore where Canada is headed, rather than where Canada is today.

Each project addresses one or more themes outlined by the Future of Canada Project Council: Climate change, rapid technological advancement, pandemic, challenge of reconciliation, and erosion of truth and trust while also considering the four key elements of our collective future as expressed by the Council: power, well-being, hope, and community.

Meet the 2023 Future Fellows

Get to know the 2023 cohort of Future Fellows and learn about their individual projects.

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Jayne Engle Read bio

7GenCities: imagining and building communities for the future that embed Truth & Reconciliation

7GenCities will bring people together to engage in transformative thinking and action towards future city and community building, as well as Earth stewardship.  

Thomas Granofsky Read bio

The future of Canada’s social safety net

This project will examine the current state of Canada’s social safety net, its connection to our sense of who we are as Canadians, and its role in facing the emerging challenges of the 21st Century. 

Julius Lindsay Read bio

Prismatic project  

The Prismatic Project seeks to centre Indigenous and Black perspectives through the lens of Indigenous futurist and Afrofuturist art, community engagement and futures games to shift the conversation about and composition of climate action in Canada. 

Samantha Matters Read bio

Indigenous futures

This project aims to address the gap between non-Indigenous Canadians’ understanding of reconciliation and the worldbuilding work being led by Indigenous communities today. It will do this by developing an online course that draws on the concept of ancestral accountability to support foresight practitioners in creating space to imagine brighter, equitable and distinctly Indigenous futures across what is currently known as Canada. 

Michael Morden Read bio

Democratic leadership that builds trust

This project will gather evidence on how leaders can be supported in fostering social and political trust, as well as feature discussion on enduring, emerging and foreseeable threats to political trust in the future. 

Madeleine Orr Read bio

Happily ever after: a hopeful view of Canada’s future from Gen Z and Gen Alpha

Happily Ever After intends to produce a counter-narrative to the dominant negative stories we’re told about the future. Through a nation-wide public scholarship project, which will visit all ten provinces and the Yukon, the project will ask young people what their future lives would look like if the current challenges we are facing were to improve.

Nick Vlahos Read bio

The potential of hyperlocal online spaces to rebuild trust, establish truth, and weather crises through collective problem-solving

Hyperlocal online communities are growing. This project explores how to build capacity for individuals and organizations to use hyperlocal online spaces more inclusively and to find ways to ensure that they are used to weave communities together and positively impact the future of civic life in Canada at a local level.