Canada at a new crossroads: 25 years later
We need new and courageous conversations
What we need are new and courageous conversations
—about the choices we face, and the trade-offs we must make, to give the country the best odds of a prosperous future from today forward.
This discussion paper is intended to spark just such conversations across the country, as part of Deloitte's new ambitious Canada at 175 program, leading up to our country’s 150th birthday.
Underpinning our use of scenarios is the central belief that we cannot, nor should we try, to predict the future. Instead, as a country, we need to consider, be prepared for, adapt, and make choices in the context of different possible futures.
Canada’s business community joins the conversation
Deloitte is hosting courageous conversations across the country with directors of boards, CEOs, and policy shapers and makers. Through discussions on the vexing questions we’ve proposed, we aimed to inspire the kind of long-term thinking and moral bravery required to ensure that we are more focused in the next 25 years than we were in the 25 previous.
At our CEO / Directors’ Symposium in mid-May, we engaged business leaders on the bold actions required to move our country forward. The event served as a catalyst for courageous conversation and to begin the hard work of creating impact together. Below are some comments from participants on the day and their commitment to boldness going forward.
Download the full report to learn more about Canada’s need of new and courageous conversations. Canada at a new crossroads: 25 years later is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF® format and on the Canada 175 mobile app.
Throughout the paper, we argue that if Canada is to truly lead in an uncertain world, Canadian executives, government leaders, and citizens must engage in constructive, courageous conversations about the future direction of our country. Our commitment is to ask those tough questions that will help to define our way forward:
Sustainable and inclusive growth
How will we harness advanced technologies and automation to create tomorrow’s jobs, securing ongoing wealth for our country that includes people from every economic level?
Supporting competitive advantage
Is Canada prepared to take deliberate and extraordinary action to support areas of true competitive advantage in our country? And if so, on what basis?
Country size, growth, and immigration
As labour grows less relevant in driving prosperity, what is the optimum size and composition of Canada’s labour force, and what is the best combination of skills to support long-term growth?
What must we do better to support sustained innovation in Canadian businesses, governments, and society?
Responsible, responsive and courageous leadership
What will it mean to be a responsible, responsive, and courageous business leader in the future in Canada?
Don't miss out on this opportunity
Ready to engage in courageous conversations in your organization and community? Download Canada at a new crossroads: 25 years later. The report is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF® format and on the Canada 175 mobile app.