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Queen's University

2014 Queen's Policy Forum - Global Shifts: Opportunities and Risks for Canada

Friday, April 25, 2014

Queen's University, Biosciences Complex, 116 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON  
Biosciences Lecture Theatre 1103 

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Ninety years ago, Sen. Raoul Dandurand famously characterized Canada as a “fireproof house”. Today, many Canadians still assume that their country is largely insulated from the currents of the global political economy. The 2014 Policy Forum seeks to question this assumption by examining the ways in which global shifts affect Canadians and Canadian policy-makers at both the federal and provincial levels. The Forum will examine three major trends: 

First, global economic power is shifting south and east; international commerce is increasingly driven by global value chains; and major shifts are under way in energy and resource markets. The Forum looks at the implications for Canadian firms, workers, regions and policy-makers.

Second, today foreign policy and security concerns increasingly originate not between countries, but within countries, usually at the nexus of poverty, oppression and insecurity, with effects spilling over to regions and geopolitics. The Forum asks about the implications for international security and development policy, and military and civilian responses.

Finally, the world is witnessing increasingly complex and protracted humanitarian crises that not only have implications for stability and economic development within countries but inexorably trigger waves of international migration. The Forum will examine the challenges for Canadian public policy at home and abroad.  


2014 Donald Gow Memorial Lecture

The day will conclude with our annual Donald Gow Memorial Lecture . This year we are pleased to announce that the Gow Lecture will be delivered by The Hon. Thomas Mulcair, MP for Outremont and Leader of the Official Opposition.

"Canada in the 21st Century: A Vision for Peace, Prosperity and Global Leadership"

Please note:  Registration is only required if you are attending the Policy Forum.  The Donald Gow Memorial Lecture is open to the public and is free of charge.


School of Policy Studies, Robert Sutherland Hall
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