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Annual Futures Forum

Our annual President’s Futures Forum supports and builds on our work by synthesizing an institutional perspective and voice on current and future public-policy matters that relate to our academic, research and innovation activities as well as our sustainability as an institution. 

Linked directly to the strategic research and training priorities outlined in our Strategic Research Plan, our most recent event in 2019 focussed on the Future of Tech with a Conscience. Past topics include the Future of Advanced ManufacturingSmart CommunitiesCommunity Mental Health and Wellness, and Energy and the Environment.

Focused on augmenting and informing ongoing academic, innovation, external relations, administrative and institutional work rather than displacing it, the forum looked for opportunities to:

  • Identify, explore and share the university’s perspective on current and emerging public policy issues related to our status as an institution, and our fields of academic and research expertise and leadership.
  • Constructively voice an opinion on public-policy perspectives, where appropriate.
  • Work with regional and other partners to identify areas where we can effectively support the advancement of Ontario, Durham Region and Northumberland County.
  • Incorporate our ongoing work into institutional strategic planning, including informing and supporting university initiatives that relate to, contribute to, or are affected by public policy.