Imagining Canada's Future - Six Future Challenge Areas

Hosted by Marilyn Taylor, Director of the Institute for Values‑Based Leadership at Royal Roads University, the event will feature presentations by: Ted Hewitt, Executive Vice‑president, SSHRC; Daniel Hiebert, Professor at the Department of Geography, The University of British Columbia; Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director, One Earth; Greg d’Avignon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of British Columbia; Howard Grant, Executive Director, First Nations Summit. Over the past two years, SSHRC conducted a cross Canada and international consultation process. SSHRC reached out to more than 13,000 subject matter experts, members of the academic research community and public and private sector leaders to seek their insight. The goal of Imagining Canada’s Future was to identify future challenge areas for Canada in an evolving global context that are likely to emerge in five, 10 and 20 years and to which the social sciences and humanities research community could contribute its knowledge, talent and expertise. The result was the selection of SSHRC’s six future challenge areas. They represent lenses through which SSHRC—in collaboration with the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community—feels it can and should make a difference in the coming years.