In order to provide space for delegates to imagine and explore deeply aspirational futures of Canada, and avoid focusing on the inherent challenges that come with transitional periods, this Forum is focusing on a longer time horizon than many future exercises undertake.
A focus on 2080 will enable participants to dream about a new possible Canada, looking generations ahead, providing enough time to enact the deep and complex change needed to get there.
Not only does the time horizon of 2080 make this Forum a unique experience where participants will be challenged to think far into Canada’s future, this Forum is unique in its multi-disciplinary approach.
Through gathering folks from a large variety of professional, personal and geographic backgrounds we hope to create the space to spark conversations and collaborations that may not otherwise happen.
While there is a lot of excellent futures-focused work that is happening across the country, there has yet to be an event like this one that brings people from different areas of interest and expertise together to focus on long time horizon like 2080. To inspire aspirational thinking, the Forum will deliver unique programming including field trips to the future, new voices and visions for Canada, artifacts from the future and hands-on workshops defining new visions while outlining action plans to get there.
In order to have meaningful conversations about potential futures for Canada in 2080, a diversity of delegates is key. Having a diversity of race, gender, age, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, political views, professional backgrounds and regional perspectives present at the Forum will create an environment that will stretch our collective imaginations about Canada’s future.
To ensure the Forum is truly representative of a variety of perspectives from coast to coast to coast, we are selecting delegates through an application process.
Strategic foresight is about exploring different plausible futures that could arise, and the opportunities and challenges they could present.
To learn more about strategic foresight, you may want to visit the websites of the Institute for the Future or the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)—two leaders in this approach.
There is a $250 registration fee to attend the Forum as a delegate. If this fee is a barrier to a delegate’s attendance, there is financial support available.
To ensure consideration, we recommend submitting your delegate application by June 23, 2023. However, we will be considering applications on a rolling basis if space allows, so please feel free to submit an application after that date.
Yes, once selected delegates have confirmed their attendance, we will be publishing their names on our website in advance of the Forum. We will be in touch with everyone who applied to let them know whether their application was successful or not as well as if they have been added to the waitlist.
Future of Canada Project researchers and Future Fellows will receive automatic invitations to become delegates as part of their involvement with the Project and do not need to complete an application. You will receive direct communication from the FCP team with more information.
Yes, a light breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided on Day 2 and 3.
Yes! We will be posting great accommodation options as well as a list of exciting things to explore if you are visiting from out of town. Please watch this page for more details.