The Practical Certificate in Strategic Foresight

NPSIA-PT&D is pleased to announce our pilot offering of this unique, 2-day workshop in Strategic Foresight.  Foresight is used increasingly to inform public policy, guide economic and national security intelligence efforts, road-map strategic planning initiatives and manage global risk.

The objective of this workshop is to introduce and train participants in various methods and approaches used to explore, assess, and contemplate emerging and future trends.

Registration: registration is now open.  Please download the registration form here.

Dates: Thursday October 25 & Friday October 26, 2018
Training Location: Richcraft Hall, Carleton University
Time: 9:00 AM – 4 PM, daily
Program Fee: $800.00 + HST until September 28, 2018.  Thereafter $ 900.00 + HST
Carleton, NPSIA, NPSIA-PT&D Alumni and Ottawa Diplomatic Association members: $ 750.00 + HST


About this workshop:

Strategic foresight is not used to predict the future. Rather, it provides a set of tools that allow us to better appreciate a range of possible and plausible future scenarios and environments. Strategic foresight allows decision-makers to systematically contemplate future challenges and opportunities while improving their appreciation for how complex political and strategic issues might evolve.


Learning objectives of the workshop:

    • introduction to Foresight, literacy and vocabulary
    • introduction and practice in Foresight tools and methods for analysis and planning
    • a broadened understanding of several strategic foresight techniques, including:
      • horizons scanning,
      • influence diagram and cascades,
      • futures wheel,
      • system and domain mapping,
      • scenario planning, and
      • assumptions testing


Who should attend:

This workshop is ideal for professionals at all levels of government, institutions and / or parties involved in the development and management of public policy or those interested in learning more about foresight and how it is used to inform public policy.

Featuring Dr. Alex Wilner 

Dr. Alex S. Wilner is an Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University, Ottawa. Prof Wilner’s academic research focuses on the application of deterrence theory to contemporary security issues, like terrorism, radicalization, organized crime, cyber threats, and proliferation. Prior to joining NPSIA, Alex worked at Horizons, the Government of Canada’s foresight centre, where he gained invaluable experience applying foresight to public policy. He was one of the principle authors of Horizons’ “Geostrategic Cluster Findings – The Future of Asia”, and contributed to MetaScan 4: The Future of Asia, a Horizons flagship publication.  In November 2017, with support from DND, Horizons, and CSIS, he organized The Ottawa Workshop on Strategic Foresight: Charting the Future of Technology and National Security and Defence Priorities, which explored the utility of using strategic foresight in intelligence, national security and foreign policy planning in Canada.