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Strategic Foresight Training Workshop: Scanning

August 29, 2018 • The Conference Board of Canada • 255 Smyth Road • Ottawa, ON

Registration is closed, this workshop has reached full capacity.
Space is available for our October 30-November 1 Strategic Foresight Training 

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 one of the methods you can use to help you scan for and identify disruptive change, challenge underlying assumptions about the future and make more informed strategic decisions.

On August 29, 2018, the Conference Board of Canada will be offering a one-day Strategic Foresight Training workshop in Ottawa on scanning, a key tool which is regularly used at the start of the foresight process. Thoughtful scanning is the foundation of effective foresight. The goal of scanning is to systematically identify peripheral insights that could fundamentally change or disrupt organizations in unexpected ways. Scanning helps individuals and organizations better understand their assumptions about the future and avoid being blinded to change by their assumptions.

People collaborating at a table

At this workshop you will:

  • Explore the concept of scanning within Strategic Foresight.
  • Learn how to use scanning as a tool to deal with disruption and uncertainty.
  • Gain knowledge of scanning techniques for analyzing the future.
  • Develop skills in building robust long-term strategies and policies.
  • Learn how to develop basic scenarios based on scanning.

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

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

About the Facilitator

MacKenzie Thorne MacKenzie Thorne
Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

MacKenzie Thorne is responsible for the design and delivery of workshops and training sessions for the Conference Board's strategic foresight practice. He also provides research support to Board's National Security and Public Safety team. MacKenzie has worked in multiple research areas, from education and innovation policy, to business model and policy design. He has managed multi-stakeholder research and education initiatives at the Conference Board, and assisted with the launch of an executive education and service design studio at OCAD University. MacKenzie holds an MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University, and a BA in Environmental Studies at Carleton University.

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


As this is the first time that the scanning workshop is being run, it is being made available at a heavily discounted price.

One-day workshop $595/person

Bundled with August 28 workshop $395/person plus
August 28 workshop fee

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

Please note:
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