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Laurier's VP Research part of panel discussing SSHRC's Future Challenge Areas

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Nov 5/13

WATERLOO – What challenges face Canada as the 21st century unfolds and how can research in the social sciences and humanities address those challenges? Abby Goodrum, Laurier’s Vice-President: Research, will be part of a panel attempting to answer that question at a panel discussion Wednesday, Nov. 6, presented by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

SSHRC’s presentation, “Imagining Canada’s Future: Six Future Challenge Areas,” is meant to bring back to the research community conclusions about essential elements that grew out of a two-year cross-Canada public consultation process.

Panel members, moderated by SSHRC Vice-President Research Capacity Brent Herbert-Copley, include Goodrum; John Baker, CEO of Desire2Learn and SSHRC Council member; and Steve Wilcox, a SSHRC Final Five Storyteller winner from the University of Waterloo.

Goodrum will address how the six future challenges will affect the research community, particularly focusing on building a shared future and demonstrating the impact of research globally. “I am particularly interested in the benefits of connections we can make with the community through our research,” said Goodrum, “using the goals of knowledge mobilization that have become part of all SSHRC programs.”

SSHRC is doing a series of these events across Canada, presenting the process they went through to identify the areas of future challenge.  The “Imagining Canada’s Future” website includes complete information on the consultation process and the six challenges that have been endorsed by SSHRC’s governing council.

The Waterloo event will be held Wednesday, November 6, from 8-9:30am at CIGI, 67 Erb St. W, Waterloo and includes coffee and muffins.  A live webcast and live chat will be available at the same time at for the event is still open at


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