Past Big Thinking seasons

Past Big Thinking lectures

2019-2020 Season

Promoting health for refugees in an era of forced migration
September 18, 2019

Global economic inequities, violence and war, and environmental catastrophes aggravated by climate change, ensure that the numbers of people seeking asylum will continue to increase in the years to come. CAHS Fellows and other researchers have a crucial role to play in bringing evidence to this urgent policy issue. Discussion will explore the interplay of human rights, social policy and clinical practice in refugee health, identify best practices and gaps in existing knowledge, and explore the implications of current research and emerging challenges to address the health needs of refugees in Canada.The goal ultimately is to identify best practices in Canada and specific strategies to improve the health outcomes of refugees seeking protection Canada. 

James Orbinski, Director, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University

Nadia Abu-Zahra, International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa (moderator)

2018-2019 Season

Public policy and knowledge dissemination in the digital age

March 21, 2019

Scholarly publications are at the core of the research process. They allow for the dissemination of knowledge and contribute to the visibility of researchers. This presentation outlines the way knowledge dissemination has evolved, with particular emphasis on the impact of digital technologies. The subjects of open access, the oligopoly of commercial publishers, and the question of how digital technology is changing both the knowledge ecosystem and fact-based decision-making will also be examined. Lastly, a discussion around the government’s role in disseminating research and the public policy features that expand access to knowledge will conclude the event. 

Vincent Larivière, Associate Professor, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information [School of Library and Information Sciences], Université de Montréal 

A call to action: Rethinking leadership in the global response to forced migration
February 28, 2019

What place should refugees and internally displaced persons have in the upcoming federal election? How can universities help inform public policy and the general public on the issue? In this presentation, Allan Rock provides a brief overview of the World Refugee Council’s (WRC) most recent report and recommendations. Together, Rock’s keynote and the WRC report are a clarion call for the creation of a Global Action Network for the Forcibly Displaced. Rock highlights the critical importance of the active involvement of the academy in the Network, and engages policy makers, scholars, the media and the general public in a conversation on how to promote and implement the report’s proposed changes. Rock’s presentation will be followed by a conversation with Heather Scoffield, and a Q&A with guests. 

Allan Rock, former Senior Advisor to the World Refugee Council, President Emeritus of the University of Ottawa, Professor in the uOttawa Faculty of Law, and former federal minister
Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Canadian Press (moderator)

The social implications of artificial intelligence
November 14, 2018

This Big Thinking event was held in partnership with Dalhousie University.
This panel explored the potential social impacts of artificial intelligence and the role humanities and social sciences will play in identifying the legal, ethical and policy issues we should start considering today.

Moderator: Howard Ramos, Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University

Panel: Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology, University of Ottawa
Teresa Heffernan, Professor of English, Saint Mary’s University
Duncan MacIntosh, Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy, Dalhousie University
Fuyuki Kurasawa, York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, York University

The social implications of emerging technologies: Are the most important questions the least studied?
November 7, 2018
Panel: Jaigris Hodson, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University
Eric Meslin, President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies
Dominic Martin, Professor of Ethics, École des sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal
Moderator: Peter Severinson, Policy Analyst, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Rapid development of transformative new technologies – such as social media, artificial intelligence, and new health technologies – is creating important opportunities and challenges for governments, businesses, the research community and society at large. Too often, however, the social implications of such developments are overlooked. In this session we will explore whether the Canadian policy and research community is doing enough to understand and address the social implications of new technologies. We will consider how multidisciplinary approaches can help us address multiple dimensions of technological change and better understand the roles of diverse actors, including the natural scientist, the philosopher, the engineer, the behavioural scientist, the historian and the policy maker.

Work in a warming world
Carla Lipsig-Mummé
, Professor, Work and Labour Studies, York University
October 3, 2018

Can Canadian work and labour help slow global warming? As its complexity, destructiveness and speed all increase, climate change has become an urgent social issue. Physical and social upheavals of climate change modify how we work, how we build, how products are transported, what we produce, where we produce it. While Canadian work is a major source of greenhouse gases, we are now identifying a role that adapting work can play. If we are serious about creating a low-carbon economy, bringing work, the workplace and labour unions “in” to the struggle is as crucial as it is timely.

This special Big Thinking event was offered by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in celebration of SSHRC’s 40th anniversary.

2017-2018 Season

Gender gaps in democratic participation: Policy insights from research
Melanee Thomas, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary
April 24, 2018

What is the future of women in politics in Canada? Why have they been chronically underrepresented in political life? Join a thought-provoking lecture exploring how: i. gender gaps in key predictors of political participation have not closed over time, potentially limiting the supply of women interested in political careers; ii. negative stereotypes about women and politics are pervasive in Canada, with powerful, negative effects on the demand for women in politics from parties, leaders and voters, as well as on evaluations of women’s political performance. The talk discussing such research evidence will close with recommendations for policy solutions to address these issues.

Arctic warming: Land and communities on the cusp of rapid change 
Susan Kutz, Professor, Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, University of Calgary
Jackie Dawson, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa
Moderated by Pitseolak Pfeifer, Inuit community advocate and M.A. Candidate in Northern Studies at Carleton University
March 20, 2018

Sciences and social sciences come together in a moderated discussion to examine the impacts of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and the way Inuit communities are adapting to the new reality in Nunangat. This interdisciplinary conversation focuses on the interconnection between wildlife and the social-economic dynamics in the region, with larger implications for Arctic governance, sustainable environmental management, food security and community development. It invites consideration of Inuit knowledge in the social and scientific explanation of current and future conditions, and urges a much-needed holistic perspective on Northern ecosystems, inclusive of climate, wildlife and communities.

This panel discussion was organized by The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Trade and human rights: What is Canada's role?
Susan Aaronson, Senior Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation, Research Professor of International Affairs & GWU Cross-Disciplinary Fellow, George Washington University
Patrick Leblond, Senior Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation, Associate Director and Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
February 8, 2018

What happens when the world’s largest economy no longer leads efforts to encourage economic growth through trade? Given significant uncertainty regarding U.S.-Canada trade relations and broader global trends of rising popular concerns about trade and citizens’ economic security, Canada is increasingly assuming a role in advancing a progressive trade agenda. Aaronson and Leblond examine this development, including a critical account of the NAFTA and China options, with an eye to implications for economic growth, human rights and foreign policy. The focus will be on unanticipated spillovers, such as the failure to empower citizens as opposed to governments, and on contingencies for the Canadian digital sector.  

The importance of Indigenous knowledge and spirituality for the future of academia
Blair Stonechild, 
Professor of Indigenous Studies, First Nations University of Canada
November 25, 2017

Indigenous knowledge and spirituality is an ancient and viable system that has persisted for tens of thousands of years. However, the rise of “civilization” along with its human-centered ideology and philosophy of rationalism have demonized and marginalized these ways of knowing and being. While some academics claim that Indigenous knowledge and spirituality are not suitable for inclusion in academic studies, Elders believe that dismissing the concept of spirit and failing to recognize the interconnectedness of all created beings has led to a contemporary world on the edge of self-destruction. Recognition of the legacy and potential of Indigenous knowledge is therefore vital for the future of scholarly endeavour and perhaps humanity itself. This is the academy’s challenge. This event is sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada.

The promise of reconciliation: Will this time be different?
Katherine Graham, Professor Emerita, Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University 
David Newhouse, Director and Professor of Indigenous Studies, Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies, Trent University
November 21, 2017

Canada embarked on an official journey of reconciliation with the Prime Minister’s commitment to implement the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Recent changes in federal institutions that acknowledge Indigenous-Inuit-Crown relationships give cause for optimism. While the frame of reconciliation is new, the idea of a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples has been a recurring theme in Canadian policy since the 1970s. This presentation asks the question: will this time be any different? 

Expertise in a post-truth era: How to be a trusted advisor in a low-trust world
Gabriel Miller, Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Lisa Kimmel, President and CEO, Edelman Canada
Mark Kingwell, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Rima Wilkes, President, Canadian Sociological Association
November 2, 2017

The apparent rise in populist, anti-intellectual sentiment around the world presents serious risks to the research community, public-policy practitioners and, indeed, the functioning of a democratic society. Widespread popular rejection of evidence-backed messages in areas such as the environment, public health and national security is contributing to destructive policies and behaviours, including inaction on climate change, declining vaccination rates and hostility to immigration. Researchers, business leaders, public servants and other subject-matter experts now face difficult questions: To what extent have they lost public trust? Why do so many reject the findings of experts? What are the consequences of a political discourse that is dismissive of facts? And how can researchers, public servants and other experts build and maintain public trust in the years ahead? This panel will explore these questions by examining the nature of the “post-truth” phenomenon; the social forces that underlie it; and practical steps researchers and public-policy practitioners can take to grow public trust.

Economic inequality: Should Canada bring back inheritance taxes?
Patrick Turmel, Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Director of the social and economic ethics section of Université Laval’s Applied Ethics Institute
October 24, 2017

Most democratic societies, including Canada, are faced with growing inequality, and various policies to address this issue have been the subject of repeated debate. One of the main areas of concern is the return of “patrimonial capitalism”, in which inheritance becomes the main determining factor of one’s socio-economic position. In this context, many voices on the international stage have been speaking to the necessity of increased inheritance taxes as an essential tool for achieving a more just society. Canada is one of the few developed countries to have eliminated inheritance or estate taxes. Should we consider reinstating this fiscal tool? This talk will consider the main objections to inheritance taxes in order to reach a clearer understanding of this morally and emotionally-charged debate.

Diversity dividend: Canada’s global advantage
Bessma Momani, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance, University of Waterloo
Jillian Stirk, former ambassador and Assistant Deputy Minister, Trudeau Mentor
September 21, 2017

What is the relationship between diversity and economic prosperity? Join Bessma Momani and Jillian Stirk as they present the results and policy recommendations from a year-long research project that shows a positive correlation between workplace diversity, revenue and productivity in Canada. This finding has important implications for both federal policy and public discourse on issues of diversity, immigration, and the strength of the Canadian economy. How and why can diversity have a positive economic impact? What are areas for action, and what are the implications for Canada’s future in a competitive global economy? This event is sponsored by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Canada: A “nice hat for America?"
Stephen Toope, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences & Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
May 2, 2017

Canada's relative position in the world also has changed, and not for the better. Many states can aspire to Canada’s status of middling power, and not just the usual suspects. To be effective, our refreshed foreign policy will require two key components: tough-minded focus, and stronger and more diverse relationships. Being a nice guy, a toque on the head of America, won’t be nearly enough. Are we up for the challenge? We better be, or the world will suffer. And that’s not hubris or idealism; in today’s crazy world, it’s truth. Yes, truth – it still exists. And we need to shout it out.

Immigration, multiculturalism and populist backlash: Is Canada exceptional?
Keith Banting, Stauffer-Dunning Fellow in the School of Policy Studies and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University
March 21, 2017

There is growing international commentary that Canada is unusual in continuing to support global openness, immigration and multiculturalism while avoiding the populist backlash evident elsewhere. Many commentators attribute this Canadian exceptionalism to our national identity. Without denying the place of that identity, this Big Thinking presentation will highlight the role of our political institutions and public policies. Keith Banting will focus on immigration, refugees and multiculturalism to ask whether Canada really is different and, if so, why? Will Canada remain on the same trajectory in the future?

“Canadian-ness,” citizen engagement, and Canada 150: Using history to inform policy
Matthew Hayday, Associate Professor of History at the University of Guelph
February 21, 2017

As we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation throughout 2017, discussions about what it means to be Canadian will be front and centre in the media. Throughout Canada’s history, particularly during key anniversary years and on national holidays, governments, community groups, artists and citizens have planned diverse initiatives to try to shape what it means to be Canadian or to be a part of a particular community. Historian Matthew Hayday will discuss how national celebrations and commemorations – both official and citizen-led processes – have shaped our country’s sense of itself and offer suggestions to policy-makers of lessons that can be learned from these past efforts about what works, what does not, and how to foster citizen engagement in these events.

Building skills for citizenship: Educating our children for the common good
Joel Westheimer, University Research Chair in Democracy and Education, University of Ottawa
December 1, Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
At the Conference Board of Canada’s 4th Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit.

Ask people of any nation if they think youth and young adults should learn how to be good citizens and most will say "of course" (likely even more so following the U.S. presidential election). Ask them if teaching young people to get involved – locally, nationally, and globally – is a good idea, and, again, most will agree. But beyond the clichés, when colleges, universities and K-12 educators wrestle with the nitty-gritty details of what will actually be taught and what students will actually do, the consensus starts to fray. That’s where the real work of building skills for citizenship begins.

Do we need to rethink sexual assault law?

Elaine Craig, Associate Professor at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
Carissima Mathen, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa
November 29, 2016

After a year that has featured dramatic sexual assault trials, including that of former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, what are the issues that continue to plague the justice system in relation to sexualized violence? Join two legal experts as they explore this complex question, which touches on the presumption of innocence, the role of the courts, law enforcement and lawyers, and the cultural context of sexualized violence. How do we move forward and what must we do to ensure justice for all? 

“There’s an App for that?” Addressing the policy challenges of digital inclusion
Catherine Middleton, Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, and Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies in the Information Society
November 19, Delta Waterfront Hotel, Kingston, ON

We are often told, “There’s an app for that” when trying to do something. But for many, the “app for that” is inaccessible, too expensive, unusable, or simply beyond our experience. Yet businesses, governments and even our friends and relatives frequently assume we all have some capacity to use the digital technologies that have become pervasive in society – smartphones, apps, social networking, the cloud – capacity that allows us to be included in today’s society. This Big Thinking lecture challenges assumptions about digital literacy across all segments of the population and outlines policy actions needed to advance digital inclusion for all.

Just sustainabilities in cities: Re-imagining e/quality, living within limits
Julian Agyeman, Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University
November 9, Hart House University of Toronto

Social justice and environmental sustainability are often seen as being at odds, especially in cities. Through his innovative concept of ‘just sustainabilities’ interdisciplinary scholar Julian Agyeman of Tufts University will argue that integrating social needs and welfare offers us a more ‘just,’ rounded and equity-focused definition of sustainability. This does not, however, negate the very real environmental threats we face. Agyeman’s wide-ranging lecture will explore examples of just sustainabilities, focusing on ideas about 'fair shares' resource distribution globally, planning for intercultural cities, achieving wellbeing and happiness, and  the concept of 'spatial justice.’ He will conclude with a consideration of roles for the humanities and social sciences in creating just sustainabilities in urban centres.

The 2016 US Election: How did it come to this, and where is it going?
Richard Johnston, Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation at the University of British Columbia
October 25, 2016

The battle for the Republican nomination defied prediction and challenged much of what we thought we knew about parties in the United States. Many believed that Donald Trump was a creature of the media, doomed to obscurity once they lost interest. Instead, he activated potential Republican constituencies that had long been dormant. Something of the same happened on the Democratic side with the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Is 2016 an historical accident, leaving no permanent impact, or has the electoral landscape been fundamentally transformed? What impact will this have on Canada?

Is incremental equality for First Nations Children compatible with reconciliation?
Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Director, Equity and Diversity, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
September 27, 2016

A Canadian Human Rights Tribunal landmark ruling released on January 26, 2016 found that the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children and their families by providing flawed and inequitable child welfare services and failing to ensure equitable access to government services. When governments know better they should do better for kids, and this talk will discuss the history of the Canadian Government’s relationship with First Nations children and highlight the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling in the context of this value. What are the implications of this case, and how can we engage in meaningful reconciliation?

2015-2016 Season

Canada's origin story
Kathleen Mahoney, Professor of Law, University of Calgary
May 10, 2016 

Since Confederation in 1867, Canada has identified and conducted itself as a country of two founding nations, the British and the French, while subordinating the status of Indigenous peoples. A new project is seeking to alter that narrative through official recognition, on the 150th anniversary of the 1867 confederation, of the foundational contributions of Indigenous peoples to the formation of Canada, in addition to the British and the French. By resetting Canada's origin story, future generations will better understand the true nature of the country's origins, and we will improve the context for discussion and action on commitments already made to reconciliation, building nation-to-nation relationships and rights to self-determination. This event is organized in partnership with the Royal Society of Canada

The evolving Middle East: Implications for Canadian strategy
Janice Stein, Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
April 19, 2016 

The Middle East is experiencing the systematic collapse of a political order put in place one hundred years ago. This breakdown is creating ripples far beyond the region, pushing refugees up against an increasingly tightly wound Europe and exporting ideologies and ideologues that promote violence around the world. The breakdown of order can be remarkably quick, but the construction of a new order is painfully slow. How then should Canada deal with a part of the world that is likely to remain turbulent and violent for the foreseeable future yet is important to the world and to Canadians? 

Reforming Canada’s voting system: What would proportional representation change?
André Blais, Professor of Political Science, Université de Montréal
March 22, 2016

The 2015 federal election campaign brought new urgency to a fundamental issue in Canadian democracy: Should we change our voting system? Discussion has focused on the merits of a “proportional” versus a “majoritarian” system. Three questions are key: Does proportional representation foster a higher participation rate? Are voters’ preferences better represented in a proportional system? And are citizens more satisfied under a proportional system?

Thinking out loud: Talking liberal arts with Joseph Boyden
Joseph Boyden, novelist and short story writer
Big Thinking on the road at Concordia University
March 7, 2016

What does a liberal arts education mean and why is it important? Join novelist and short story writer Joseph Boyden and Concordia's Rebecca Duclos (Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts) and Jill Didur (Associate Professor, Department of English) in conversation on the future and challenges to the liberal arts. This event was made possible through a collaboration with Concordia University's Thinking Out Loud initiative.

The future of assisted death in Canada
Jocelyn Downie, Trudeau Fellow, Professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine, Dalhousie University
February 23, 2016

Canada is rapidly moving into a new reality for end-of-life care. From an all-out ban, Canada is on course to adopt some of the most progressive assisted death legislation in the world. In the last year, Quebec has implemented permissive assisted death legislation and the Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the Criminal Code prohibitions on assisted death. Canadian legislators are under pressure to resolve a host of thorny issues by June 2016. Who qualifies for assisted death? How are interests of patients and health care providers reconciled? What oversight system is appropriate? This event was sponsored by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Canada's origin story
Kathleen Mahoney, FRSC, Professor of Law at the University of Calgary and Legal Advisor at the Assembly of First Nations
November 27, 2015

This Big Thinking lecture was held at the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Society of Canada, and sponsored by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Calgary.

Reconciliation and the Academy
Wab Kinew, Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs, University of Winnipeg
November 17, 2015

2014-2015 Season

Austerity for prosperity? How women and men are faring in the Canadian economy
Dr. Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Economist, Professor of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University
April 28, 2015

Three game-changing Ontario discoveries at Ontario and Canada Research Chairs Symposium in Toronto
Michael Geist, Ron Deibert and Gerald McMaster
April 1, 2015
This event was organized in partnership with the Council of Ontario Universities

Extreme weather and climate: Measured response?
Ronald Stewart, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, and Professor in the Department of Environment and Geography, University of Manitoba
Daniel Scott, University Research Chair in Climate and Society, Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3), and Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo
March 26, 2015
This event was organized in partnership with PAGSE and sponsored by Engineers Canada

Judicial activism and the role of courts in providing remedies
Kent Roach, Trudeau Fellow, Professor of Law, and Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law
February 5, 2015
This event was sponsored by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Mythes et science: The ideology of “standard” language
Shana Poplack, Canada Research Chair in Linguistics, Distinguished Professor at the University of Ottawa and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
November 21, 2014
This event was sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada

The Impact of "Big Data" on our health care system: What to expect?
Bartha Knoppers, Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine
October 30, 2014
This event was sponsored by Genome Canada.

Bringing Quebec Back In
Guy Laforest, professor in Université Laval’s political science department
October 9, 2014

Why Don’t We Get Along?
Jim Miller, Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations and a Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan
September 18, 2014



2013-2014 Season

From trolley cars to rapid transit: The future of urban transportation
Jeff Casello, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Planning, University of Waterloo
Zachary Patterson, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Land Use Linkages for Regional Sustainability, Concordia University
John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Maclean's
May 1, 2014
This event was hosted with The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering.

The secret to our success: Immigration policy in Canada
Irene Bloemraad, Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies and CIFAR Senior Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
April 3, 2014
This event was organized in partnership with CIFAR, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Why do some Canadians become terrorists?
Lorne Dawson, Professor and Department Chair, Departement of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo
March 4, 2014

Reason versus passion in politics
Joseph Heath, Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto and Professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance and the Department of Philosophy
February 11, 2014
This event was organized in partnership with the Trudeau Foundation.

Cohabitation: an alternative or substitute for marriage?
Céline Le Bourdais, professor at McGill University, Canada Research Chair in Social Statistics and Family Change and academic director of the McGill QICSS Branch
December 10, 2013
This event was organized in partnership with the Canadian Research Data Centre Network.

After Snowden: What now for an open and free Internet?
Ron Deibert, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs' Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto
November 21, 2013
This event was sponsored by Google Canada.

Whither innovation? Moving beyond the buzzword
Richard Hawkins, Professor at the University of Calgary and Fellow of the Institute for Science Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa
October 3, 2013
This event was organized in partnership with the Institute for Science Society and Policy (ISSP) at the University of Ottawa.


2012-2013 Season

Jobs first: Rethinking development around the globe
Gordon Betcherman from the University of Ottawa
April 25, 2013

When psychotherapy meets virtual reality
Stephane Bouchard, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada Research Chair in clinical cyberpsychology
March 21, 2013

Searching for answers: Addressing bullying and children's health
Wendy Craig, Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University and Scientific Co-Director at PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network)
February 14, 2013

Behavioural economics and its implications for financial literacy and public policy
Dilip Soman, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
November 29, 2012
This event was organized in collaboration with Credit Union Central of Canada and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, and sponsored by TD Bank Group.

Stem cells and medical tourism: The challenge for health and science policy
Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy
October 23, 2012
This event was organized in partnership with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Inclusive Innovation: what is the role of rural and remote regions in the knowledge economy?
Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation
September 18, 2012
This event was organized in partnership with the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

2011-2012 Season

Who cares? Aging boomers and caregiving policy in Canada

Janice Keefe, Mount Saint Vincent University
April 26, 2012

Big Thinking Apr 26 2012: Who cares? Aging boomers and caregiving policy in Canada from Fedcan on Vimeo.


"Who's driving the story? Question period, social media, and changing political communications"

Alexandre Sévigny, McMaster University
March 8, 2012

"Innovation? What innovation? Re-thinking progress and how we measure it"

Jeremy de Beer, University of Ottawa
January 31, 2012

"Building resilient communities: The economic impact of Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires in Canada"

Lou Hammond Ketilson
December 8, 2011

"The World Economic Outlook: Implications for Canadian fiscal policy"

Jack Mintz
November 17, 2011

"Generation Next: Social mobility of the children of immigrants"

Philip Kelly
October 20, 2011

"Food for thought: Addressing the global food crisis"

Evan Fraser
September 28, 2011


2010-2011 Season

"On What Terms Can We Speak? Aboriginal-Canadian relations as an educational priority"
Dwayne Donald [10/03/11]

"Helping the most vulnerable? Exploring gender, poverty and social policy in Canada"
Lori Curtis [09/02/11]

"Between Militarization and Litigiousness: Canada's policy choices in the fight against cybecrime"
Benoit Dupont [9/12/10]

"The Greying of Canada's Population - two policy challenges for the next generation"
Christopher Ragan [3/11/10]

"From Canada 2.0 to a Digital Nation"
Catherine Middleton [7/10/10]


2009-2010 Season

"Pension Reform: How Canada can lead?"
Keith Ambachtsheer [12/05/10]

"Achieving a Low-carbon, High-octane Economy: How federal fiscal and policy reform can lead the way"
Stewart Elgie [01/04/10]

"Contested Sovereignty: Who Owns the Arctic"
Michael Byers [03/12/09]

"Afghanistan: Canada's Vietnam?"
Reeta Tremblay [05/11/09]


1996 to 2009

"...and the truth shall set you free", Jane Dickson-Gilmore [14/05/09]

"Does Leadership Matter?", Mark Kingwell [23/04/09]

"Political Minefields: Religion in post-secular society", Paul Bramadat [12/03/09]

"Response to the recession: Rescue the economy. Protect the people. Plan for the future", Marjorie Griffin Cohen [10/02/09]

"The Forgotten Promise: French in Alberta", Edmund A. Aunger [04/12/08] (presented in french)

"Oh, the Humanities", Smaro Kamboureli [01/05/08]

"Eliminating poverty: what governments can do", Alain Noël [17/04/08] (presented in French)

"MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL: Are any elected bodies representative at all?", Caroline Andrew [28/02/08]

"The Politics of Canada's Floating Exchange Rate", Eric Helleiner [11/12/07]

"Camels in the Arctic?", Franklyn Griffiths [22/11/07]

"Shacked Up ", Zheng Wu [23/10/07]

"Whose dignity is it anyway?", William Sweet [10/5/07]

"Immigration in Canada’s regions: is political will enough?", Michèle Vatz Laaroussi [27/03/07]

"2010: Governance for Sustainable Development… As if it Mattered", Ann Dale [8/02/07]

"Fitting in: A place for immigrant teens in Canadian society", John W. Berry [23/11/06]

"Afghanistan: Have we reached our national tipping point?", Michael Byers [05/10/06]

"D.I.Y. Society: Community support beyond government support", Ian MacPherson, Rupert Downing and Jean-Marc Fontan [21/09/06]

"Policing the "Usual Suspects": Evidence, Consequences and Policy Implications of Racial Profile in Canada", Scot Wortley [08/06/06]

"Naming, Blaming and Shaming: Improving government accountability in light of Gomery", Peter Aucoin, [11/05/06]

"Uncovering the Coverage: Gender Biases in Canadian Political Reporting", Joanna Everitt [17/11/05]

"What happens when law protects the technologies that protect copyright? Bill C-60, Copyright Reform & the Public Interest" , Ian Kerr [24/10/05]

"The Foreigner and the Right to Justice in the Aftermath of September 11th", François Crépeau [12/05/05]

"The Place of Churches in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate: A few things you might not have heard", Pamela Dickey Young [21/04/05]

"Cluster development: Location, location, location?", David A. Wolfe [17/02/05]

"Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence: What we know, don't know and can't know", James Fergusson [04/11/04]

"Three Myths about Aboriginals in Cities", Evelyn Peters [25/03/04]

"Sustaining Canada's Multicultural Cities - Learning from the Local", Leonie Sandercock [24/02/04]

"Who Makes the Laws? The Struggle for Legislative Supremacy in Canada", James B. Kelly [02/10/03]

"How are Women Faring in the Entrepreneurial Economy?", Karen D. Hughes [01/05/03]

"Disarmament versus "Managed Proliferation"", Jennifer Allen Simons [20/02/03]

"Is public health care politically sustainable?", Antonia Maioni [5/12/02]

"A Professional Ethics for Politicians?", Daniel Weinstock [31/10/02]

"The Role (or Non-Role) of Women in Religion", Morny Joy [25/04/02]

"Healthcare in Canada: Understanding the Numbers", Robert G. Evans [21/02/02]

"Islam in History, the Modern Context", Farhang Rajaee [6/12/01]

"Pluripotent Stem Cell Research: The Ethical Issues", Françoise Baylis [18/10/01]

"Women, Taxes and Social Programs", Lisa Philipps [26/04/01]

"New Realities in the Middle East", Janice Stein [29/03/01]

"The Contribution of Religious Studies to Ethics and Public Policy", Harold Coward [03/01/01]:

"Taxation and Citizenship", Neil Brooks [5/10/00]

"Information, the Internet and International Politics", Michael Dartnell [4/4/00]

"Preventing long-term social problems and costs through early support and intervention programs for young children, their mothers and their neighbourhoods: The role of social science research", Ray DeV. Peters, Ph.D. [9/12/99]

"The WTO, NAFTA and the Future of the Auto Pact", Maureen Molot [28/10/99]

"Will the Social Union Divide Canadians?", A. Noël [18/03/99]

"The Impact of Health Care Reform on Women: A Cautionary Tale", Pat Armstrong [11/02/99]

"The Theory and Practice of Canadian Multiculturalism", Will Kymlicka [23/11/98]

"Sustainability of Communities of Fish and Fishers in Canada", Rosemary E. Ommer [26/03/98]

"Workplace Literacy Issues in Canada", Harvey Krahn [12/02/98]

"Why Invest in Early Child Development", Richard Tremblay [4/12/97]

"Perspectives on Canadian Cultural Policies", Rosemary Sullivan [20/03/97]