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Canada is well known around the world for its vibrant cities and multicultural identity. Cities like Vancouver function as “gateways” to foreign countries, providing a cultural reference point for local-to-global engagements.

The key to optimizing Vancouver’s “locational advantage” as a global knowledge and innovation hub is developing a curator’s instinct for new sources of social and economic value as well as a strategist’s aptitude for combining different, but complementary perspectives, in an integrated manner.

Follow the conversation in Vancouver and learn more about VSIR’s growing contribution to the social, economic, and intellectual life of this exceptional city.

WHEN FACTS FAIL: MUNICIPAL POLICY IN THE DISINFORMATION AGE

Canada is facing important near-term decisions about the design, capability, and governance of its digital infrastructure and technology platforms. Supported by thoughtful planning around social and institutional resiliency, targeted technology investments could usher in another urban infrastructure “golden age.”

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MEDIA, MISINFORMATION, AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT

The proliferation of digital technology devices and platforms is transforming our engagement with the world along with our capacity for understanding the impacts. Intelligent solutions are needed to optimize the benefits and to mitigate the risks of the digital age.

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RETHINKING THE REGION 2019 – AN ALPHA-METRO VANCOUVER?

Vancouver’s municipal governance “model” enjoys widespread appeal despite its international status as a “beta” city. Global economic competition could force a major policy rethink, but the choice about whether to become an “alpha” city-region is not an either-or proposition.

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2019 BC TECH SUMMIT – THE REALITY REVOLUTION

High-impact technology investments are critical enablers of innovation, productivity, and Canada’s competitive advantage in the global economy. Ironically, the proliferation of these technologies may raise the value of experiential knowledge and inclusive foresight.

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JAPAN-CANADA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP FORUM IN VANCOUVER

While Vancouver continues to strengthen its global reputation as an innovation centre amidst a context of technological disruption and geopolitical uncertainty, Canada has much to learn from Japan about internationalizing its urban “soft power” advantage.

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Immigration 2.0: What Role Will Cities Play?

Canada’s global reputation for welcoming and integrating newcomers is unparalleled. But the world is changing and Canada’s immigration system will have to adapt accordingly. Meeting these challenges will require agility, risk-taking, and a new relationship with cities.

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