Planning is well underway for the next edition of the Banff Forum. It promises to be one of the best ever! Now in its 13th year, the Banff Forum brings together Canada’s best and brightest minds actively involved in shaping the Canadian policy landscape for a weekend of discussion and debate. Past Banff Forums have featured an incredibly diverse range of speakers, attendees, and topics, ranging from Canada-U.S. relations to Canada’s innovation and productivity gap to leadership in a uniquely Canadian context (last year’s theme).
This year’s Banff Forum is taking place from September 11th-13th in Saskatoon and focuses on a critical and timely theme: Canadian Prosperity and the Economy of the Future. The challenges that we face are manifold: our population is ageing; our share of global trade is shrinking; our resource economy faces challenges both globally and in terms of its social licence to operate; and our society is increasingly polarized. Add to these global concerns such as widening income disparity, resource depletion, climate change and stubbornly high unemployment, and the future looks ever more insecure. The questions our participants will be considering include: How does Canada maintain its prosperity over the medium term? Can we just continue along the path that we have been upon for the past several decades? Or do we need a step change in our economy, in the social programmes that underlie it and in our attitudes to sustainability and the depletion of our natural capital?
Banff Forum XIII will draw on expertise from about how we can best position ourselves for future prosperity and how we can ensure that this prosperity is broadly shared. What are the biggest challenges we face, what are the policy priorities and how should we begin to reshape Canada for 21st Century resilience?
We are also excited to offer a limited number of Banff Forum participants a unique experiential learning day on Thursday, September 10 with a tour of Cameco’s McArthur River Uranium Mine, the world’s largest high-grade uranium mine. The visit will include a meeting with local First Nation and Métis leaders.
Keep visiting this blog for updates about the upcoming Banff Forum and discussions around the theme.
PS - We are actively looking for new Banff Forum participants to join our amazing community. If you know of an emerging Canadian leader who is passionate about public policy, please encourage them to go here where they can find the online application form. The deadline for applying is May 31st.