Each of the foregoing issues is systemic in scale and scope. Each will therefore require innovative responses that integrate across disciplines and competencies and that situate technological solutions, more than ever, in their social and cultural context. To that end, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) invited an informal working group of some 40 thought-leaders to identify potential developments over the next 10 to 15 years that would be significant for Canada. It is emphasized that this report is advisory to the NRC and represents the perspectives of the Working Group alone and not of the NRC or of the Government of Canada.
This report is a collaborative product of that Working Group. It is a horizon scan focused on the 2030-35 time period that seeks to frame strategic thinking at a relatively high level but with enough detail to convey a sense of realism.