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The work catalyzed by the Future of Canada Project brings context and insight to questions about how Canada has evolved and the challenges we must address going forward.

As diverse as the projects are, they all contribute to an understanding of Canada and its potential futures. Projects include – and go beyond – traditional academic research. They are interdisciplinary in nature and thus able to tackle complex and nationally-relevant issues.

2022/2023 Projects

Bringing hope and well-being to community-dwelling older Ontarians in the pandemic world through creative writing and digital literacy learning

Principal Investigator: Victor Kuperman (Humanities) 

Co-Investigators: Brian Detlor (Business), James Gillett (Social Sciences), Ranil Sonnadara (Health Sciences/Science), Brenda Vrkljan (Health Sciences) 

The challenge of reconciliation: what we can learn from the stories of the Hamilton Mountain Sanitorium and the Mohawk Institute Residential School

Principal Investigator: Vanessa Watts (Sociology/Indigenous Studies/Social Sciences) 

Co-Investigators: Amber Dean (English and Cultural Studies/Humanities), Jackie Price (Scott Polar Research Institute/Department of Geography, University of Cambridge), Kara Granzow (Sociology/Faculty or Arts and Science, University of Lethbridge).  

COVID-19 in racialized communities in the Greater Toronto Area: experiences and conceptualizations of loss

Principal Investigators: Ingrid Waldron (Centre for Peace Studies; Department of History and Global Peace and Social Justice Program, Faculty of Humanities) and Chandrima Chakraborty (Centre for Peace Studies; Department of English and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities) 

Co-Investigators: Anthea Innes (Department of Health), Sonia Anand (Department of Medicine; Canada Research Chair in Ethnic Diversity and Cardiovascular Disease), Kassia Johnson (Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Health Sciences) 

Defying systemic racism and hate: building community solidarity for knowledge sharing, mutual aid and action for the future

Principal Investigator: Ameil J. Joseph (School of Social Work) 

Co-Investigators: Amber Dean (English and Cultural Studies), Rodrigo Narro Pérez (Faculty of Science) 

COVID-19 disinformation monitor

Principal Investigator: Clifton van der Linden (Political Science) 

Co-Investigators: Victor Kuperman (Linguistics), Roma Sehmi (Medicine), Deena Abul-Fottouh (Sociology)

Bringing the children home: making the uses and misuses of DNA for identification clear to those who need it most

Principal Investigator: Hendrik Poinar (Anthropology/Biochemistry) 

Co-Investigators: Stephanie Marciniak (Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University), Joslyn Jamieson (Forensic Science, Trent University), Jessica Hider (Anthropology) 

Diversity, social media framing and the personalized candidacy in Canadian elections: an experimental analysis

Principal Investigator: Karen Bird (Political Science) 

Co-Investigators: Joanna Everitt (Political Science, University of New Brunswick), Mireille Lalancette (Lettres et communication sociale, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières), Angelia Wagner (Political Science, University of Alberta) 

Reconciliation through community and curriculum-building in astronomy

Principal Investigator: Robert Cockcroft (Physics and Astronomy/Science) 

Co-Investigators: Rick Monture (Department of English and Cultural Studies and the Indigenous Studies Program/Social Sciences), Rhéanne Chartrand (Curator of Indigenous Art, McMaster Museum of Art), Sarah Symons (School of Interdisciplinary Sciences/Science), Katie Moisse (School of Interdisciplinary Sciences/Science)  

Echoes from this land: visioning truth and reconciliation

Principal investigator: Briana Palmer (SOTA, Humanities) 

Collaborators: Carmel Whittle (No Borders Art Festival), Patsea Griffin (Thunderbird Sisters Collective), Alejandro Arauz (Fine Art Program, Queen’s University), Darlene Kalynka (Faculty of Arts; Visual Arts, Thompson Rivers University), Robert Truszkowski (Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance, University of Regina), Tara Cooper (Fine Arts Department, University of Waterloo)  

2020/2021 Projects

Foresight Lab Learn More

What skills, methods and mindsets will best prepare our current and future leaders to understand and navigate our rapidly changing world?

Find out more about the Foresight Lab.

Themes: strategic foresight, long-term trend analysis, change management, leadership development

Canada’s Democracy: Informed Citizens, Brighter World Learn More

What lessons from the history of Canadian democracy can best inform our approaches to crises in the natural world?

Themes: history, democracy, pandemic, water, natural world

Canadian Capitals Hub: Public and Social Investment for a Flourishing Canada Learn More

How can a focus on these Canadian capitals and their interdependent impacts guide policy making and investment strategies to create a flourishing future for Canada and Canadians?

Themes: policy development, the economy, human capital, social capital, natural capital, digital capital, climate change

Strengthening health policy in Canada through leadership in public engagement Learn More

How can health policymakers respond to calls for more inclusive and transformative public engagement processes? How can public engagement be used to improve policy responsiveness, enhance democratic legitimacy, and build trust?

Find out more about the Public Engagement in Health Policy Project.

Themes: healthcare, health policy, public engagement, participatory democracy, pandemic

Wilson Leadership Scholar Award (WLSA) Learn More

What experiences and exposure to issues will ignite developing leaders’ commitment and ability to tackling Canada’s pressing challenges?

Themes: experiential learning, problem-based learning, student development, leadership development