The pandemic, climate change and global events are reshaping Canada and its outlook for the future. As we weather the crisis of COVID-19, long-standing priorities including housing, Indigenous reconciliation and economic growth continue to build in urgency. Though the challenges are significant, so are the opportunities. The Globe and Mail hosted the third event in a series called the Future of Canada on November 17 to bring national voices together to chart a new roadmap for Canada in a changing world.
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Canadian writer and inventor, Andini Makosinski, joined us for an opening keynote interview with B.C. bureau chief, Wendy Cox. She shared her views on how Canada’s education system needs to change to create more opportunities for students.
Next, Jessica Shoubridge, principal at Thrive Consulting and Marilyn Slett, chief of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council joined Wendy Cox for a conversation on how B.C. and the nation as a whole is planning, preparing and responding to extreme weather events.
The day’s discussion continued with a conversation focused on housing. Globe and Mail Contributor, Daina Lawrence interviewed Marla Zucht, general manager of the Whistler Housing Authority, Luke Harrison, president of Catalyst Community Developments and Djaka Blais, executive director of Hogan’s Alley Society on what bold ideas, partnerships, financing models and policy supports are proving to be most effective for providing housing solutions.
Next on the program were two panels, hosted by David Ebner, national correspondent in The Globe and Mail’s Vancouver Bureau, looking at the future of work and growth opportunities in the new economy. For the conversation on work and skills, David was joined by Ujwal Kayande, dean of the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and Iona Santos-Fresnoza, program manager of FAST at the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. They shared insights on the changing labour market and the shifting nature of work.
For David’s second panel, Eric Johnson, partner at IBM Consulting, Elizabeth Thorsen, vice president of operations, at Foresight Canada and Wal van Lierop, executive chairman and founding partner of Chrysalix Venture Capital, shared insights on how Canada might create an ecosystem of innovation.
Globe and Mail National Correspondent, Wendy Stueck, opened the afternoon’s program with a panel on Indigenous reconciliation and forging the right path forward. Khelsilem, council chairperson for Squamish Nation, Kim Baird, chancellor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and David Flood, general manager of Wahkohtowin Development shared their insights on what policies and practices will bring about change, and how Indigenous economic participation, business partnerships and engagement strategies can lead to meaningful results.
Globe and Mail staff reporter, Andrea Woo, hosted the day’s final panel, looking at the overdose crisis. Benjamin Perrin, professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC and Dr. Patricia Daly, vice president, public health & chief medical health officer at Vancouver Coastal Health shared their insights on next steps and possible solutions.
Thomas Homer-Dixon, founder and executive director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University delivered a closing keynote speech examining what steps Canada needs to take to become more united and resilient.
The Globe and Mail presented the event with sponsor support from Simon Fraser University and IBM. The event included a representative from Simon Fraser University and IBM.
Event summary produced by The Globe and Mail Events team. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.