As Canada approaches the 150th anniversary of its founding, its future is unclear and unsettled. The country has enormous strengths and potential. At the same time, it faces complex and daunting economic, social, political, cultural, and environmental challenges. It might succeed in addressing its challenges and realizing its potential, or it might fail and squander what it has and could have been.
What will it take for Canadians to succeed in creating a good future?
About Possible Canadas
Possible Canadas is a project created by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Reos Partners, and a diverse coalition of philanthropic and community organizations, including Community Foundations of Canada, the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, imagiNation 150, the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, Maytree, Mindset Social Innovation Foundation, the Rideau Hall Foundation, and Tides Canada.
The objective of the project is to provoke a systemic and creative public conversation about the strategies and approaches that Canada requires at this critical juncture in its history.
Reos, a company of strategists and facilitators that helps people move forward together on their most important and intractable issues, conducted broad-ranging, in-depth interviews with fifty-six insightful Canadians with diverse experiences and perspectives from across government, business, and civil society. They were asked ten questions to elicit their frank and considered views as to what it will take for the country to be able to address its challenges and realize its potential.
Six systemic challenges were addressed in these interviews:
- Using our natural resources wisely
- Renewing our democratic institutions
- Making our pluralism work
- Taking our proper place in the world
- Increasing the innovativeness of our economy
- Building healthy communities
Join the conversation
We hope these interviews will seed a valuable national dialogue. We want Canadians to talk through:
What Canadas are possible?
How will the ways we think and act affect the future we will have?
What is needed of us?
We invite you to join this conversation. Please read, comment on, and share these interviews by visiting the project’s website at www.possiblecanadas.ca.
Our media partner on this project, The Globe and Mail, is also publishing excerpts of the interviews in print and online.