Conference looks at Canada's future

Published on August 29, 2014

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Following a national call for delegates, 100 Canadians, ages 19 to 24, will meet Sunday, Aug. 31, to take part in a three-day conference examining Canada’s future and defining a public agenda for the next 50 years.

The New Canada Conference is a flagship initiative of the celebrations commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference.

The delegates were selected from among 811 applicants from every province and territory, and represent the breadth of interests and exceptional diversity of a new generation of Canadians.

“The New Canada Conference is about the future. It’s an exercise in public imagination.” says P.E.I. 2014 executive director Penny Walsh McGuire.

“The vision of Confederation was first articulated in Prince Edward Island. Now a new generation of Canadians is coming to Charlottetown to help write the next chapter in the Canadian story.”

The delegates will hear from leading experts in eight broad subject areas and will then work in bilingual teams to produce a 50-year public agenda listing the issues and ideas that Canada needs to address between now and the bicentennial of the Charlottetown Conference in 2064.

Delegates will present their ‘Ideabook for Canada’s Future’ to local dignitaries and the public at the Confederation Centre of the Arts at the conclusion of the conference on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

The New Canada Conference is part of P.E.I. 2014’s Founders Week, Aug. 28 to Sept. 7, which coincides with the week in 1864 when the Fathers of Confederation participated in the historic Charlottetown Conference.

Further information on the New Canada Conference can be found at