Participation in this event is by invitation only

This year we are marking the 175th anniversary of a new talk way of talking about Canada and its future. In 1844, George Brown created a conversational forum for his bold nation building vision by launching the national media outlet that would become The Globe and Mail. This anniversary is an opportunity to renew his vision of a growing, independent, diverse, internationally connected Canada supported by strong public and private institutions. 

The Globe and Mail, in partnership with McKinsey and CIGI, will host a two day forum to illuminate Canada’s strengths, risks and calls to action. The event will include perspectives and insight from some of the leading thinkers on Canada and our place in the world. 

CIGI at Canada Future Forward Summit

  • Opening Keynote - Canada's Prosperity in the 21st Century: Our Economic Promise and Potential
    Keynote presentation by Jim Balsillie, Founder and Chair, CIGI
  • No More Middle Power: What Will Be Canada's New Global Role?
    Panel discussion moderated by Rohinton Medhora, President, CIGI
  • State of Surveillance: How Should We Face Emerging Threats to Data and Security?
    Moderated Q&A featuring CIGI senior fellows Ruth Okediji and Taylor Owen
  • Education Equation: Are We Putting Our Degrees to Good Use? 
    Panel discussing featuring Karima Bawa, Senior Fellow, CIGI
  • What will Canada Look Like a Generation from Now? 
    Panel discussion featuring Darrel Bricker, Senior Fellow, CIGI


Event Speakers

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Darrell Bricker

CIGI Senior Fellow

Darrell Bricker joined CIGI as a senior fellow in January 2016. He specializes in polling, quantitative research methods and public opinion research.

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Jim Balsillie

CIGI founder and Chair of the CIGI Board of Directors

In addition to his commitment to CIGI, Jim Balsillie is also the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and was founding chair of the Canadian International Council. In 2013, Canada’s Ministry of Natural Resources appointed Jim as the chair of the board of directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. In 2010, Jim was appointed to the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability.

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Karima Bawa

CIGI Senior Fellow

CIGI Senior Fellow Karima Bawa is currently leading a project on optimizing university-developed intellectual property in Canada. Prior to her role at CIGI, she was the chief legal officer and general counsel for Research In Motion (BlackBerry).

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Rohinton P. Medhora


Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), joining in 2012. He served on CIGI's former International Board of Governors from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre.

Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji

CIGI Senior Fellow

Ruth Okediji is a CIGI senior fellow and chair of the expert working group on international intellectual property, traditional knowledge and genetic resources. She is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and serves as co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. 

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Taylor Owen

Senior Fellow

Taylor Owen is a CIGI senior fellow. He is an expert on the governance of emerging technologies, journalism and media studies, and on the international relations of digital technology. As part of his work at CIGI, Taylor will be working on issues of international digital governance, as well as launching a podcast on the digital economy.

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