An Extraordinary Future: A Strategic Vision for Western Canada
In early 2010 the Canada West Foundation conducted in-depth, in-person interviews with 50 extraordinary individuals drawn from community and thought leaders across the four western provinces. Participants were asked what should be done to ensure that western Canada remains a great place to live. Their insights into economic diversification, the role of the arts and postsecondary education, the contributions of Aboriginal peoples, the challenges and opportunities of the global economy, and a wide range of other topics underscored the need for a strategic vision, a pathway through the challenges we face.
Two publications have been created from this effort. In this publication, Canada West Foundation President and CEO Roger Gibbins attempts to give expression to that vision. The result, An Extraordinary Future: A Strategic Vision for Western Canada, simplifies the rich and diverse set of conversations to help guide our path toward a future that ensures economic sustainability and prosperity for the quality of life for western Canadians, and all of Canada.
For more detail on this initiative, please see the companion document An Extraordinary West: A Narrative Exploration of Western Canada’s Future by Sheila O’Brien and Shawna Ritchie.