Big Thinking

Upcoming Big Thinking lectures

Big Thinking will be back in the fall!

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2014-2015 Season

Austerity for prosperity? How women and men are faring in the Canadian economy
Dr. Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Economist, Professor of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University
April 28, 2021

Three game-changing Ontario discoveries at Ontario and Canada Research Chairs Symposium in Toronto
Michael Geist, Ron Deibert and Gerald McMaster
April 1, 2021
This event was organized in partnership with the Council of Ontario Universities

Extreme weather and climate: Measured response?
Ronald Stewart, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, and Professor in the Department of Environment and Geography, University of Manitoba
Daniel Scott, University Research Chair in Climate and Society, Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3), and Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo
March 26, 2021
This event was organized in partnership with PAGSE and sponsored by Engineers Canada

Judicial activism and the role of courts in providing remedies
Kent Roach, Trudeau Fellow, Professor of Law, and Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law
February 5, 2021
This event was sponsored by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Mythes et science: The ideology of “standard” language
Shana Poplack, Canada Research Chair in Linguistics, Distinguished Professor at the University of Ottawa and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
November 21, 2020
This event was sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada

The Impact of "Big Data" on our health care system: What to expect?
Bartha Knoppers, Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine
October 30, 2020
This event was sponsored by Genome Canada.

Bringing Quebec Back In
Guy Laforest, professor in Université Laval’s political science department
October 9, 2020

Why Don’t We Get Along?
Jim Miller, Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations and a Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan
September 18, 2020


See past Big Thinking lectures

Big Thinking

How big is big? Formerly known as Breakfast on the Hill, the Federation Big Thinking lecture series lets leading researchers offer fresh ideas to Canada’s parliamentarians—and the results are often as big as the thinking. Perhaps more than any other program or lecture series, this one demonstrates the critical link between publicly funded research and policy development. Read more about Big Thinking.

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