OTTAWA, September 21, 2012 — On Friday, September 7th, 2012, the University of Ottawa’s Office of the Vice-President of Research hosted the Imagining Canada’s Future Colloquium. The event was the culmination of a series of regional activities that were organized in collaboration with the following eight institutions: Carleton University, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Queen’s University, Royal Military College of Canada, Saint-Paul University, Trent University; the University of Ottawa and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
The colloquium is related to the larger project framework of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council`s initiative entitled Imagining Canada’s Future. This project seeks to collectively imagine possible futures for Canada in the 21st century in view of anticipating the knowledge needs of Canadian society which will allow the country to face potential challenges. SSHRC proposes to accomplish these tasks by eliciting expert knowledge and perspectives on the potential key future challenge areas for Canada to which the social sciences and humanities research community could contribute its knowledge, talent, and expertise.
To contribute to this effort, the University of Ottawa’s one-day event featured four expert panels that generated dynamic discussions and exchanges on the following themes: peace and conflict; aboriginal knowledge; technology and society; government and research; and the role of arts and culture in the 21st century. The event attracted more than 100 participants, including students, academics and leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. The combined regional activities will form the basis of a report that will be posted for feedback on the University of Ottawa’s website that is currently being developed to this end.