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 explored 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 and Global 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 was founded on a commitment to the value of interdisciplinary research on Canada’s future. This conference provided an opportunity to take advantage of the expertise of the Faculty of Public and Global Affairs in Canada’s Capital to connect with those in Ottawa engaged in policy-making and governance.

Contributors to the E-Proceedings


Aske, Sherry Sherry Aske is a News Editor, Presenter and Producer with CBC Ottawa. She is a graduate of the Carleton School of Journalism and Communication with a Masters degree in Communication Studies. Her research looked at the impact the digital transition is having on journalists, news consumers and the industry at large.
Bivens, Rena Rena Bivens completed her PhD with the Glasgow Media Group at the University of Glasgow, and is now Assistant Professor of Communication at Carleton University. She held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University and was a Banting Fellow in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton. Her research explores and interrogates normative design practices which are embedded in media technologies using a critical race and gender lens.
Bueckert, Michael Michael Bueckert is a PhD candidate in Sociology and Political Economy at Carleton University. He has extensive experience in the student movement at Carleton, having served as the President of the Graduate Students’ Association, the Graduate Caucus Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students–Ontario, and is currently a student representative on the university’s Board of Governors. He is also involved in the Palestinian solidarity movement.
Cockram, Louise Louise Cockram is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. She is currently the research lead on a project with the Springtide Collective. This project aims to promote democratic renewal in Nova Scotia by interviewing former MLAs to gain insight into the challenges and successes of being an MLA in the Nova Scotia Legislature.
Farrall, Joanne Joanne Farrall is currently a PhD student in Communications at the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University. She holds a Master of Arts from Queen’s University in Gender Studies. Her current research explores how personal narrative, visual autobiography, trauma, and identity building intersects with systemic cultures of violence in an online context. She recently won the prestigious Vanier Scholarship.
FitzGerald Murphy, Maggie Maggie FitzGerald Murphy is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University. Her research is centered on the ethics of care, governing norms, critical political theory, and feminism.
Ghandeharian, Sacha Sacha Ghandeharian is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. His research fields are international relations and political theory, and he is particularly interested in feminist post-structuralism and the ethics of care.
Gunn, Christopher M. Christopher M. Gunn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Carleton University. His research fields are macroeconomics, credit and banking, and technological change, with a particular focus on analyses of expectations-driven business cycles, real-financial linkages, and the effects and consequences of technological adoption on the economy.
Heidrich, Pablo Pablo Heidrich is an Assistant Professor for the Bachelor of Global and International Studies program at Carleton University. He specializes in the fields of international political economy, international trade policymaking (particularly in the contexts of financial crises), natural resources and development in Latin America, and comparative regionalism between East Asia and Latin America. He was previously a senior researcher at the North-South Institute, focusing on international trade and development.
Hoque, Anna Shah Anna Shah Hoque is a Master of Arts student in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. She is interested in exploring a range of topics in her research, including communications, identity, and hierarchies and normative discourses.
Irving, Dan Dan Irving, Associate Professor in the Human Rights and Sexuality Studies programs in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University, is known for his scholarship on masculinities and trans* individuals. His current project explores Eminem and affective dimensions of youth masculinities in times of socio-economic crisis, and he has recently concluded a study of trans* and two-spirit individuals’ experiences of un- and under- employment.
Kaliberda, Elena Elena Kaliberda is a PhD candidate in the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University. She is also the producer and host of the Russian Program Channel CHIN Radio Ottawa, and an independent media expert and consultant.

Conference Papers

Visions for Canada, 2042 – Final Program 

Dean’s Message – Plourde, A. (André)

Canada’s Standard of Living in 2042 : Will Policy Keep Pace with Technology? – Gunn, C. (Christopher M.) and Khan, H.U. (Hashmat)

Climate Policy in Canada: Drivers, Trends and Barriers – Papineau, M. (Maya)

Academics in the Media Landscape: The Role of the Scholar-Columnist-Bloggers  – Saideman, S.M. (Stephen M.)

In Defense of Majoritarianism  – Winer, S.L. (Stanley)

A Feminist Foreign Policy for Canada by 2042?: Prospects, Possibilities and Pitfalls – Robinson, F. (Fiona)

FPA Roundtable – Speaking Notes – Bivens, R. (Rena)

There’s an App for that? : Imagining a Canadian future free from sexual and racial violence through speculative design – Bivens, R. (Rena) , Hoque, Anna Shah , Farrall, Joanne and Rajani, Nasreen

There’s an App for That? : The Unicorns of Speculative Design – Farrall, Joanne

Speculative Design/Indigenous Futurisms  – Hoque, Anna Shah

Thinking with trans- masculinities in times of crises – Irving, D. (Dan)

Shaping Canada: Students as Activists – Bueckert, Michael , FitzGerald Murphy, Maggie , Khan, Ridhwan , Montgomery, Lauren , Orr, Steven and Przednowek, Anna

On the Record, Off-Script: Exit Interviews with Former MLAs in Nova Scotia – Cockram, Louise

Building the Parliament of 2042: Fostering cross-party cooperation – Thomas, Paul E.J.

Canada’s International Trade Policies in 2042: Balancing Resources, Sustainability and Employment – Heidrich, P. (Pablo)

The role of multilingual radio stations in the development of Canadian society – Kaliberda, Elena

The Future of Journalism in Canada  – Aske, Sherry

Reimagining Government with the Ethics of Care: A Department of Care – FitzGerald Murphy, Maggie

Intersectionality as a Politics of Caring Attention – Ghandeharian, Sacha

Mapping the Borderland of the Knowledge Society: International Portfolios and Global Partnerships of Universities in Transition – Szyszlo, Peter

Internationalization Strategies for the Global Knowledge Society – Szyszlo, Peter

Pathways : Managing the complexity and uncertainty of low-carbon transitions – Rosenbloom, Daniel



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

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