Asking Tomorrow’s Questions, Today

For Canada to be a successful 21st-century society, we need to anticipate the challenges ahead and keep our minds open to the potential futures facing us all. This is the inspiration behind SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative. The goal was to identify future challenge areas for Canada in an evolving global context that are likely to emerge in five, 10 and 20 years, and to which the social sciences and humanities research community could contribute its knowledge, talent and expertise. 

As part of its engagement on this initiative with the research community and multisectoral partners, SSHRC is hosting a series of presentations on the six future challenge areas at universities across the country.

SSHRC will present the six future challenge areas at a panel discussion on Wednesday, November 6, at CIGI, co-hosted by David Dewitt, Vice-President of Programs, CIGI, and Fred Kuntz, Vice-President of Public Affairs, CIGI. The following presentations will be included, followed by engagement with the audience on how SSHRC can best encourage and support work in these six areas:

  • John Baker, CEO, Desire2Learn and a SSHRC Council member
  • Abby Goodrum, Vice-President Research, Wilfrid Laurier University, and a SSHRC Leader
  • Steve Wilcox, a SSHRC Final Five Storyteller winner, University of Waterloo
  • Brent Herbert-Copley, SSHRC Vice-President Research Capacity

The event is open to the public and we invite you to forward this message to your colleagues and students, as well as to your multisectoral contacts. Coffee and muffins will be provided.

Over the past two years, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) conducted a cross-Canada and international consultation process, during which the Council reached out to more than 13,000 subject matter experts, members of the academic research community, and public and private sector leaders, to seek their insight. The result was the selection of SSHRC’s six future challenge areas. They represent lenses through which SSHRC—in collaboration with the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community—feels it can and should make a difference in the coming years. For more information, please see the video and Imagining Canada’s Future.

For further information, please contact
Thérèse De Groote, Senior Policy Advisor, SSHRC 
[email protected]