Converge 2017

Bright Minds.
Bright Future.
February 6-7, 2017
Shaw Convention Centre, Ottawa

What kind of Canada do we want in the next 50 years?

Future innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and community leaders from Canada’s universities joined thought leaders from across the country in Ottawa February 6-7, 2017 to explore what Canada can become in the next 50 years. #Converge2017

Universities Canada presents

The PepTides

Music entertainment by the Ottawa-based The PepTides, a nine-member band with a distinctive larger-than-life pop sound that draws on funk, electronic and disco influences.

February 6, 2017, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Program highlights

February 6, 2017

Opening keynote address

Small country, big impact

How does Canada build a path to prosperity in the face of huge economic and demographic shifts? Speaker will discuss the bold moves we can make to drive innovation and be a model for other nations during turbulent times.

The Road to 2067 – panel discussion

How do we build a future that embraces discovery and innovation, advances reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, drives prosperity and champions inclusion?

The next 50 years

A Q&A with special guest

Our youth have the talent, drive and ideas needed to shape the innovative, prosperous and inclusive Canada of tomorrow. Converge 2017 youth delegates will share questions and ideas about how they envision Canada’s future.

Luncheon keynote address

The path to Canada’s future: Education and reconciliation.

As we look ahead to 2067, what are the roads to reconciliation? How does education empower Canada’s Indigenous youth and help them achieve their tremendous potential?

Pluralism, equity and inclusivity and the role of universities – Concurrent sessions

Open doors, open Canada: Canada in an age of global migration
Amid growing geopolitical uncertainty, mass migration and refugee resettlement continue to be hot-button issues. How can we support new Canadians to succeed as valued members of an open, pluralistic and inclusive Canadian society?

Resetting the relationship: Advancing reconciliation within the university and beyond
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 calls to action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. What can the academic community do to effect deep and transformative change?

Breaking down barriers: Fostering a more inclusive Canada
Drawing from personal and professional perspectives, speakers will reflect on what it takes to create a more equitable and inclusive Canada.

The power of art: Strengthening and celebrating pluralism through the arts
Art, in its many forms, provides us with tools to express and celebrate identity. How do the arts contribute to strengthening and promoting diversity throughout Canadian society?

February 7, 2017

10 minutes to 2067

Thought-leaders from a range of disciplines give short talks about how to build a brighter future by addressing the major challenges of the 21st century.

The Blanket Exercise

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an experiential teaching tool that builds awareness and understanding of our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Participants walk through situations that include pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance.

By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise educates participants about Indigenous rights and history in Canada while increasing empathy and contributing to reconciliation through education across the country

Mobilizing Generation 2017

How can Canada unlock the talent potential of our next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders to achieve our country’s potential for 2067?

The possibility of Canada: A call to action

Closing address

Bright minds. Bright Future.


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Converge 2017
Bright Minds. Bright Future.

Carrefour 2017
De l’esprit de l’avenir.

What kind of Canada do we want in the next 50 years?
Quel avenir souhaitons-nous pour le Canada d’ici 50 ans?

February 6-7, 2017
6 et 7 février 2017

Future innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and community leaders
De futurs innovateurs, créateurs, entrepreneurs et dirigeants communautaires

will join university and thought leaders from across the country
se joindront aux universités et à des leaders d’opinion de l’ensemble du pays

to share ideas on building an innovative, prosperous and inclusive Canada.
afin d’échanger sur la manière de bâtir un Canada novateur, prospère et inclusif.

How can we strengthen our pluralism?
Comment renforcer notre pluralisme?

How do we advance reconciliation?
Comment faire progresser la réconciliation?

How do we grow as a nation of innovators?
Comment devenir une nation d’innovateurs?

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February 6-7, 2017
6 et 7 février 2017

#Carrefour2017  @univcan

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With the support of

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Universities Canada