Printer icon Print Page

Strategic Foresight Training Workshop

May 16, 2017 • Simon Fraser University • Vancouver, BC

Imagine being able to derive plausible scenarios for the future and using that knowledge to help you make decisions today that can influence the future you want for your organization, your industry and even your country.

Models exist that can help you do just that and at this workshop you will learn about tools and methods you can use to help you identify future scenarios, analyze the impacts of those futures, and better enable you to prepare and make appropriate decisions today.

On May 16, 2017, the Conference Board of Canada will be offering a one-day training workshop in Vancouver. Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan, Director of National Security and Strategic Foresight at the Conference Board, will facilitate this in-depth look at strategic foresight, based on the United Kingdom’s government Foresight Program.

Photo of business people meeting around a table

About the Facilitator

Photo of Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan
Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight
The Conference Board of Canada

Dr. Kabilan was the Head of Strategic Futures at the Home Office, within the United Kingdom government. He was a leader of two cross-government foresight groups covering a range of issues, and has provided strategic foresight expertise to various law enforcement agencies, security and intelligence services and other government departments. Dr. Kabilan was one of the authors of Energy Futures for Canada, the Conference Board’s major foresight project in 2013 and has been working with a number of organizations in Canada to develop their strategic foresight capabilities. He is a qualified trainer for a range of foresight techniques and has been involved in developing and refining new techniques for use in this field.

At this workshop you will:

  • Explore the field of Strategic Foresight.
  • Learn the methods most commonly used to facilitate this process.
  • Gain knowledge of the major practitioners and published works in the field today.
  • Develop skills in Systems thinking, analyzing and explaining change.
  • Learn how to forecast long-term futures and develop scenarios.
  • Learn how to identify implications and strategic issues.

A balanced approach of presentations, discussions and the practical application of Strategic Foresight methods will be used throughout the workshop.

Continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided during the workshop.

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

Arrow pointing right inside a circle Register Now



By April 7, 2017 $1,095

After April 7, 2017 $1,295

Conference Board of Canada Executive Network Members $849

Registration is limited!

This event is limited to 20 people to maintain an intimate forum for learning and discussion.

What is Strategic Foresight?

Strategic foresight arises from the premise that the future is not predictable nor pre-determined and that future outcomes can be influenced by our choices in the present. Its goal is to create plausible scenarios that can be used to help you make decisions today that aim to steer you, your organization, your country towards a preferred future.

Questions? Contact:

Deborah Fleck
Senior Manager, Executive Networks