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Imagining a Future Canada: An Interdisciplinary Conference | March 2-4th, 2017

In an increasingly interconnected world, there is a growing recognition of our interdependence. The Visions for Canada, 2042 conference will explore the ways innovative collaboration among researchers and the community may be the most effective response to Canada’s future challenges.

Civil servants, non-governmental organizers, university faculty, graduate students and alumni from across the ‘civic’ disciplines participated in a three night, two day conference to discuss research and ideas that help imagine Canada’s future in 2042.

Following the model of the Faculty of Public Affairs’s most innovative and renowned academic units – such as the Institute of Political Economy, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and the Kroeger College of Public Affairs — this conference is founded on a commitment to the value of interdisciplinary research on Canada’s future. This conference provides an opportunity to take advantage of the expertise of the Faculty of Public Affairs in Canada’s Capital to connect with those in Ottawa engaged in policy-making and governance.


Videos of Some of the Events

Lunch and Special Lunchtime Event: A Debate on Reform of the Electoral System in Canada
Presenters: William Cross, David McGrane, and Stanley Winer

Closing Keynote Lecture: Reconciliation, Resurgence and Renewal: An Alternative Vision for Canada 2042
Dr. Kiera Ladner

Lunch and Special Lunchtime Event: The Future of Journalism in Canada
Presenters: Sherry Aske, Amanda Connolly, Emily Kennedy, Matthew Pearson, Chris Waddell


  • Film Screening and post-film panel discussion, ‘My Father’s Land’, by award-winning Inuk filmmaker Zacharius Kunuk, Mayfair Cinema.
  • Papers and panels by faculty and graduate students from the Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University on a diverse range of topics related to Canada’s future.
  • Informal dialogues and post-panel discussions.
  • Keynote Lecture by Kiera Ladner, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Politics and Governance.
  • Closing Gala Dinner, Shaw Centre, Ottawa, featuring The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and André Plourde, Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs

Conference Schedule

Conference presenters included current and former Faculty of Public Affairs faculty members and students, other academics and individuals from the business, not-for-profit, and government sectors, including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, EnviroEconomics, National Security and Strategic Foresight, the Conference Board of Canada, Policy Horizons Canada, the White Ribbon Project, and the National Art Gallery.

Download the conference program!

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