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Strategic Foresight Training Workshop

August 28, 2018 • The Conference Board of Canada • 255 Smyth Road • Ottawa, ON

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.

Arrows on a chalkboard, one drawn pointing in a different direction

During this workshop you will:

  • Explore the field of strategic foresight.
  • Learn the methods most commonly used to facilitate this process.
  • Gain knowledge of the basic techniques for analyzing the future.
  • Develop skills in building robust strategies and policies.
  • Learn how to develop basic scenarios.

A balanced approach of presentations, discussions and the practical application of strategic foresight methods will be used throughout the workshop. The practical application will be based on examining a current topic of major public interest to show how strategic foresight can be used to develop insights about the future.

About the Facilitator

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

Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan was the Head of Strategic Futures at the Home Office, within United Kingdom government. He was a leader of two cross-government foresight groups covering a range of issues. He 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.

What Participants are saying about Strategic Foresight

“As we were reminded in the workshop, one can’t safely drive a car using only the rear view mirror. In a business environment that feels like it is evolving at warp speed, it’s so important to look out for what may be ahead. As I don’t have the luxury of a crystal ball, it was fantastic to learn a simple yet effective approach to gaining a broader view of the future. I highly recommend this program to anyone who has to either make or support decisions about the future.”

—Catherine Taylor, Kinross Gold Corporation

“The Strategic Foresight Workshop blended the best of theory and experiential training for risk professionals. Even though the methods used in the workshop are quite common, it is how they are combined together that gives you the best results.”

—Christine Maligec, Covenant Health

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


Before Jul. 31, 2018 $1,095/person

After Jul. 31, 2018

Conference Board
Network Members

Cancellation fee after August 1, 2018 is 50% of the registration fee.

Please note:
This event is limited to 32 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