Date: February 19-21, 2020
Time: Please refer to the program agenda below 
Location: Toronto

What should participants expect?

An intense and enriching educational experience, through which participants will meet and collaborate with a highly diverse network of colleagues similarly motivated to bring their skills to bear on complex societal challenges.

In addition to a Certificate of Completion recognizing the skills and knowledge they have acquired, participants will also develop an action plan (supported by an enabling network) for immediately applying their learning to their careers and communities.

Program at a Glance

Three full days of learning and engagement.

Kick Off | 17:00 - 20:00
Participants will dive into the program with introductions to both their teams and the program process. 

Intensive Design Studio | 08:00 - 17:00
Working in their diverse teams, participants will be guided by internationally experienced teaching staff through an intensive Design Studio focus on a ‘wicked’ societal Challenge that is grounded in one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Beginning from the unique collection of expertise and interests assembled in each diverse team, participants will scope a specific aspect of the broad Challenge their team will uniquely tackle. Throughout the day, teams will hone and refine their thinking through interactions with both external Challenge Experts and other teams.

The day culminates with teams to brainstorm ideas for addressing the specific problem they have chosen to focus on within the Challenge.

Evening Reception | 17:30- 20:00
In the evening, there will be a program that will feature keynote speakers, panel sessions and networking reception. 


Intensive Design Studio | 08:00 - 15:00

Picking up where they left off on Day 2, participant teams spend the morning honing and refining their idea(s) for addressing their chosen problem through interactions with both external Innovation Experts and other teams.

By the end of the morning, teams solidify the idea(s) they intend to present and shift focus to preparing for the Showcase. Time is also set aside for reflection on how participants’ can integrate their learning from the program into their careers and communities.

Showcase, Awards Ceremony & Closing Reception | 15:30 - 20:00

Starting late afternoon, participant teams will present the ideas they have devised to Judges and invited guests circulating throughout the Showcase.

Upon conclusion of the Judging, a short Awards Ceremony hosted by dignitaries and key partners will acknowledge the best ideas and presentations of the program.

Following the Awards Ceremony, a closing reception will continue, enabling participants to network with guests from partner organizations and with each other.