2016 Conference Program

THE CANADA PROJECT

Identity, Citizenship and Nationhood in a Changing World

August 5-7, 2016

The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON

 

Program Overview (subject to change)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016
11:00am

Board of Directors Meeting

 
12:30pm

Registration Open 

(box lunches available)

 
1:00pm-2:00pm

Millennial Meet-up

Millennial participants and scholarship recipients are invited to meet one another and get an overview of the conference and how they can get the most out of the discussions.
1:30pm-4:30pm

Orillia Museum of Art and History Display

The Orillia Museum of Art and History will showcase their “Spirit of Mariposa” which is a 15-month exhibit that celebrates Orillia and Canada’s 150th anniversary.
2:00pm-4:30pm

Afternoon Discussions

Andrea Nemtin & Inspirit Foundation Agents of Change

Senator Ratna Omidvar

Xiaoyi Yan

Moderator: Amanuel Melles

How The Canada Project is Changing: Lessons from refugees, newcomers and young Muslims

Join thought leaders Senator Ratna Omidvar, Andrea Nemtin, Xiaoyi Yan and Young Agents of Change from the Inspirit Foundation to explore where the Canada Project is now. This interactive session will explore what is changing with regards to belonging and identity in the Canada Project in the context of the experience of young Canadian Muslims, the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and the integration of newcomers to Canada.

5:00pm President’s Reception Join delegates and speakers at our President’s opening reception in the lounge before heading into dinner.
6:00pm Dinner  
6:30pm-9:30pm Manticore Book Sale Manticore Books will be onsite to provide a “Couchiching Book Store” which will focus in particular on titles that relate to this year’s topic and feature many of our speakers and members.
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Welcome and Keynote
Address

Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Chief Rodney Noganosh

Joseph Heath

Moderator:
Adam Redish

Canadian Exceptionalism: Immigration, diversity and the successful society.

While the Western world is undergoing a “populist backlash” against immigration, Canada stands alone, as the only country where increased immigration has led to increased public support for immigration. This has generated an international debate over the sources of “Canadian exceptionalism.” The keynote address will offer a Canadian perspective on this issue, trying to avoid the self-congratulatory tone that Canadians sometimes adopt and draw a broader lesson from this discussion, attempting to articulate a better understanding of our obligations toward potential migrants, and thus what ideals should guide our immigration policy in the future.
10:00pm Reception  
10:00pm Campfire  
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016
7:00am

Early Morning Paddle on Lake Couchiching

 
8:00am Breakfast  
9:00am-11:15am

Morning Panel Discussion

The Honourable John McCallum

Shaheen Azmi

Chief Isadore Day

Moderator: Ceta Ramkhalawansingh

Rights and Responsibilities: What does it mean to be a Canadian citizen?

Having citizenship is one of the most fundamental aspects of being a human in the 21st century. Yet being a citizen neither guarantees you a secure place in the world, nor equality in your own country. This panel will explore the values imbedded in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Under what terms should one be allowed to become a citizen or lose citizenship? Where do civil liberties end and collective responsibilities begin? Which rights and whose responsibilities matter?
10:30am-1:30pm Orillia Museum of Art and History Display The Orillia Museum of Art and History will showcase their “Spirit of Mariposa” which is a 15-month exhibit that celebrates Orillia and Canada’s 150th anniversary.
11:30am-4:15pm Manticore Book Sale Manticore Books will be onsite to provide a “Couchiching Book Store” which will focus in particular on titles that relate to this year’s topic and feature many of our speakers and members.
11:45am-1:15pm

Lunch and Luncheon Address

Keith Neuman, Environics Institute

Moderator: Anita Bromberg

The Canada Project: What the people have to say.

Our politicians, intellectuals, artists and activists are all articulating their ideas about what our country is about, and where it might go from here. What about the perspectives of everyone else, the Canadian people as a whole as well as marginalized minorities whose voices are not often heard? This lunch time talk will address this question through findings and insights drawn from survey research projects conducted over the past few years, covering such topics as identity, citizenship, diversity, and Canada’s role in the world.
1:30pm-3:15pm

Early Afternoon Panel Discussion

Desmond Cole

Ingrid Mattson

Sara  Özoǧul

Moderator:
Emilie Nicolas

Commonality and Diversity: Has Canadian identity changed?

Canada is home to people of virtually every ethnic, religious and cultural background. The balance between recognizing and respecting distinct identities and promoting universal participation and cast nation-building as a collective project; or create tensions and polarize the pursuit of common objectives. When do identity politics promote greater inclusion and when do they contribute to greater division and recrimination? Has identity politics become more, or less, important to a younger generation? What would it take to encourage fuller participation of all groups in the public sphere?
4:15pm-6:00pm

Late Afternoon Panel Discussion

The Honourable Michelle Rempel

Fay Faraday

Doug Saunders

Moderator:
Armine Yalnizyan

Immigration and Migration: Who will build tomorrow’s Canada?

Canada is viewed as a nation built by immigration. But in recent years more people are entering and exiting our borders as temporary foreign workers than as economic immigrants. As the growth in number of global migrants continues to break new records every year, as borders become more porous because of trade and talent, and as population aging diminishes labour force growth, a new question arises: Does Canada have the right mix of permanent and temporary entrants to the country? How is the project of building a nation changing as a growing share of the population lives in a community temporarily, by desire or design?
6:00pm Reception  
6:30pm Dinner  
7:30pm-8:00pm Members Meeting Members of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs only. The meeting will highlight the affairs of the Institute, vote on bylaw revisions and elect the 2016-2017 Board of Directors. 

7:30pm-to who knows when!

Saturday Evening Reception, Special Event and Campfire

Doug Gibson

Jordon Veira

Facilitator: Heather Keachie

Experience the Couchiching trademark and enjoy something a little different that addresses the “Canada Project” in a more relaxed and entertaining way.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2016
7:30am        
Early Morning Paddle on Lake Couchiching
8:30am Breakfast
9:30am

Morning Panel Discussion

Deanna Jamieson

Eric Reguly

Simon Tremblay-Pepin

Moderator:
William Macdonald

The Future of the Nation State: Will the world put up more borders, or take more down?

The nation state was the organizing principle of global politics throughout the 20th century. Will it remain the fundamental social and economic building block in the 21st century? This panel will look at how Quebec's sovereignty project is evolving; whether the EU experiment will survive pressures from refugees and its relationship with Britain; and if multinational businesses and internet "natives" -- young people born into a constantly connected, global reality -- are nudging the world towards borderlessness. The world is changing, and with it our attitudes about nationhood and global citizenship.

11:00am Bedroom Check-out  
11:30am-2:30pm Manticore Book Sale Manticore Books will be onsite to provide a “Couchiching Book Store” which will focus in particular on titles that relate to this year’s topic and feature many of our speakers and members.
12:00pm Lunch
12:15pm-2:00pm

Closing Keynote

Nahlah Ayed

John McArthur

Moderator:
Helen Tewolde

The Canada Project in the 21st Century

Canada's place in the world - and indeed its very definition - is a function of the evolving global context, and our own democracy. How could the Canada Project change in the 21st century? How should it change?
2:00pm Conference Concludes

 

Want to do some reading before the conference?  Take a look at some of our suggestions.

  

2016 Summer Conference

The Canada Project

Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World

August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON

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