Imagining Canada's Future: 2017 Knowledge Summit
Start date: 13 November, 2017
End date: 17 November, 2017
Imagining Canada’s Future Knowledge Summit – A look to the next 150 years As Canada celebrates and recognizes the many achievements in our country over its 150th history, in 2017 the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, will be organizing an Imagining Canada’s Future Knowledge Summit as a forward-looking legacy to address how best to sustain a resilient and prosperous future for Canada over the next 150 years.
Leveraging virtual platforms and a unique in-person gathering, the Summit will convene youth, notably postsecondary students, and scholars, as well as stakeholders across communities, businesses and government sectors, to share their expertise and diverse ideas on key issues related to what knowledge is needed for Canada to thrive in an increased globalized society.
The Knowledge Summit, tentatively scheduled for November 2017, will feature:
- Release of knowledge synthesis research reports that highlight Canada’s research strengths and needs on key related issues, such as diversity, citizenship, culture, and migration, among others;
- A showcase of top scholars (including Vanier Scholars, Banting PostDoctoral Fellows and Canada Research Chairs) and research partnerships to position Canada’s global leadership on key domestic and international matters;
- Forum discussions among key stakeholders to promote knowledge mobilization and connections that may inform decision-making and policy development;
- SSHRC Impact Awards to recognize the highest achievements in social sciences and humanities research, knowledge mobilization and scholarship at Canadian post-secondary institutions; and
- Top winners of SSHRC’s national student Storytellers contest.
Through the Imagining Canada’s Future (ICF) initiative (www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/imagining), SSHRC is building a national dialogue with the academic, public, private and community sectors to collectively address and prepare for the complex challenges facing Canada over the coming decades.
Six future challenge areas have been identified to which the social sciences and humanities research can contribute its expertise:
- new ways of learning and teaching to meet evolving societal and labour market needs;
- the quest for natural resources and energy;
- the experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal peoples;
- the impact of emerging technologies;
- implications of global peak population; and
- the need for knowledge in an increasingly globalized society.
Four themes are integrated through the six current future challenge areas:
- sustainable, resilient communities;
- creativity, innovation and prosperity;
- values, cultures, inclusion and diversity; and
- governance and institutions.
By asking tomorrow’s questions today we will fuel the minds and creativity of our talented researchers and students, connecting them to the complex issues that will affect Canadians and the country in the coming decades. The Summit will also mark a key opportunity to engage Canadians in renewing the future challenge areas that will be released in 2018, and to generate sustained and collective efforts for research and knowledge sharing.
Nature of the Project Reach
Research knowledge in the social sciences and humanities disciplines being mobilized for use in Canada and abroad; for example, of interest to Canadians, policy-makers, researchers, students, as well as organizations in the public, academic, not-for-profit and private sectors.
Through the ICF initiative we aim to:
• Build research preparedness by gaining insights into future challenge areas;
• Inform decision-making across the public, private and community sectors by mobilizing research knowledge; and
• Expand cross-sector collaboration and partnerships while leveraging additional funding for research and training.
In-kind contributions and funding partnerships with organizations from diverse sectors around the Imagining Canada's Future initiative's activities: For researchers: Knowledge Synthesis Grants competitions For organizations: Various roles related to the Imagining Canada's Future Knowledge Summit, Knowledge Synthesis Grants competitions and related workshop, symposia and forums.