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Strategic Foresight Workshop

Tuesday May 21 - Thursday May 23 2019 The Conference Board of Canada Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Imagine being able to derive plausible scenarios for the future and using that knowledge to help you make decisions today that can influence the future you want for your organization, your industry and even your country.

Models exist that can help you do just that and at this workshop you will learn about tools and methods you can use to help you identify future scenarios, analyze the impacts of those futures, and better enable you to prepare and make appropriate decisions today.

On May 21–23, 2019, The Conference Board of Canada will be offering a three-day Strategic Foresight Training workshop in Ottawa. Dr. Peter Bishop, former director of the master’s degree in foresight at the University of Houston, will be leading the workshop, which is based on the certificate in strategic foresight that the university offers.

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During this workshop you will:

  • Explore the field of strategic foresight.
  • Learn the methods most commonly used to facilitate this process.
  • Gain knowledge of the basic techniques for analyzing the future.
  • Develop skills in building robust strategies and policies.
  • Learn how to develop basic scenarios.

A balanced approach of presentations, discussions and the practical application of strategic foresight methods will be used throughout the workshop. The practical application will be based on examining a current topic of major public interest to show how strategic foresight can be used to develop insights about the future.

About the Facilitator

Dr. Bishop is a distinguished foresight professional with extensive experience in teaching and consulting in the field. He has run a number of versions of this program for several sections of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, as well as Health Canada and Policy Horizons Canada. Together with Dr. Andy Hines, Dr. Bishop has recently published a textbook on the field, Teaching About the Future: The Basics of Foresight Education.

What Participants are saying about Strategic Foresight

“As we were reminded in the workshop, one can’t safely drive a car using only the rear view mirror. In a business environment that feels like it is evolving at warp speed, it’s so important to look out for what may be ahead. As I don’t have the luxury of a crystal ball, it was fantastic to learn a simple yet effective approach to gaining a broader view of the future. I highly recommend this program to anyone who has to either make or support decisions about the future.”

—Catherine Taylor, Kinross Gold Corporation

“The Strategic Foresight Workshop blended the best of theory and experiential training for risk professionals. Even though the methods used in the workshop are quite common, it is how they are combined together that gives you the best results.”

—Christine Maligec, Covenant Health

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

What is Strategic Foresight?

Strategic foresight arises from the premise that the future is not predictable nor pre-determined and that future outcomes can be influenced by our choices in the present. Its goal is to create plausible scenarios that can be used to help you make decisions today that aim to steer you, your organization, and your country toward a preferred future.


Before March 31, 2019

Before April 30, 2019

After April 30,  2019

Cancellation fee prior to April 21 is $500; after April 21, it is 50% of registration fee.

Questions? Contact:

Deborah Fleck
Senior Manager, Executive Networks