Converge 2017

Bright Minds.
Bright Future.
February 6-7, 2017

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

Future innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and community leaders from Canada’s universities will join 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, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Program highlights

February 6, 2017

Opening keynote address

Reflection on  the opportunities and challenges facing Canada and what it will take to lead in the 21st century.

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?

Luncheon keynote address

Opportunities, challenges and pathways that lie ahead for nation-to-nation reconciliation and how best to empower Indigenous youth as we look ahead to 2067?

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

Open Doors, Open Canada
This session explores opportunities to build upon and share our successes in immigration and refugee resettlement – including welcoming student refugees.

Understanding diversity among Indigenous Peoples
This session looks at the role universities can play in fostering understanding and respect for this diversity as part of Canada’s efforts to advance reconciliation.

Removing barriers to inclusion
Leaders from the university community will share successes and challenges in removing barriers to inclusion – both on and off-campus.

Strengthening and celebrating pluralism through the arts
Discussion on artistic innovation and exploration on how the arts can be promoted and celebrated in higher education and throughout society to strengthen diversity and inclusivity.

February 7, 2017

10 minutes to 2067

A concurrent series of compelling talks by thought-leaders will explore how we can build a brighter future by addressing challenges in energy consumption, cyber security, migration and refugees, global health and technology, cultural identity, social design and climate change.

The 2067 town hall

This session will bring together young Canadians – both conference participants and others joining online – for a robust discussion of Canada’s next 50 years.
*To be livestreamed through Facebook Live.

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 sesquicentennial kick-off

A sneak preview of what’s happening at campuses across Canada during 2017.

Contact us

For information on the conference, please get in touch with us.

Karine Lacoste
Partnerships specialist
Universities Canada
Tel: 613 563-1236, ext. 254

With the support of

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Universities Canada