Canada Future Forward Summit

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 8:00 AM to Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM
Globe & Mail Centre, Toronto
Private Event: CIGI Sponsored
Jun 25

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

Darrell Bricker is a CIGI senior fellow. He specializes in polling, quantitative research methods and public opinion research.

In addition to his commitment to CIGI, Jim Balsillie is also the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Centre for Digital Rights, Arctic Research Foundation and co-founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators.

Karima Bawa is a CIGI senior fellow with expertise on the commercialization of university research and development and capacity building in intellectual property strategy for Canadian innovators. Prior to joining CIGI, she was the chief legal officer and general counsel for Research In Motion (BlackBerry).

Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Ruth Okediji is a CIGI senior fellow and an expert on international intellectual property, traditional knowledge and genetic resources.

Taylor Owen is a CIGI senior fellow and the host of Big Tech with Taylor Owen. He is an expert on the governance of emerging technologies, journalism and media studies, and on the international relations of digital technology.