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(Background of space with stars over which the image of a man, Colin, appears and begins to speak..)

To me it's just really important,
if there's any organization in Canada that should have a group
looking into the mid to long term future it would
be the federal government.

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Certainly this is not a place that thrives on repetition.

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It's not your typical department.
They really take things and push the envelope.

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We have to start caring about the future because
our future is changing.

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Since we work collaboratively, we're able to stay at the
forefront of what's being done and what's being developed.

(Image of Blaise disappears and a moving graphic with the word “.horizons” appears then fades to black. A short time-lapse of a boardroom with businesspeople entering fades in then cuts to the image of a man who begins to speak. On the left side the name of the man is displayed, PAUL DE CIVITA, Policy Horizons Canada.)

Policy Horizons Canada is a scanning and foresight
organization for the federal public service.

(Image of Paul de Civita talking cuts to a close-up of him speaking to someone off-camera. Scene cuts to close-up of another man, Peter, who looks over then cuts to a scene of Peter interacting with a woman at the office. Image cuts to Peter as he speaks and on the left side his name is displayed, PETER PADBURY, Horizons..)

Basically, foresight is a step before planning.
To do good planning you have to understand the system;
you have to understand the challenges.

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I guess foresight, I'd like to go back
in the most general terms, it's something everybody does.
It's just looking into the future,
taking everything into account and being honest about the wide
range of possibilities that the future might take.

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We're not trying to predict the future,
what we're trying to understand is how a system might evolve,
what's the range of futures that are possible,
what are some of the challenges and opportunities
that lie in that range of futures.

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I'm lucky to be working at Horizons.
I can work closely with others, be creative, and imaginative.

(Scene of a man looking at a tablet with his colleagues is shown. Once again we see the image of Jodi and she begins to speak with her name appearing on the left side, JODI LEBLANC, Veterans Affairs Canada..)

The Policy Horizons employees were incredible to deal with
they had so much energy, enthusiasm, it was contagious.
I learned so much from them.
It really sparked my enthusiasm for foresight tools and using
them in policy analysis in my workplace and it has made me
want to work for the government of Canada for my whole career.

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We work with government employees as well as people
from the outside, including internationally.
Horizons adds value to government because
it embraces innovation.
It's an organization that's dynamic, open and creative.

(Julie appears on screen as she continues to speak and on the right side appears her name, JULIE SAUMURE, Horizons. Julie then appears in a scene interacting with a colleague as she points to a screen then back to a close up of her face as she finishes speaking. Julie is once again shown gesturing at the screen. Paul appears on screen and speaks..)

The value of our products and services to the deputy
minister's community is that it allows them to anticipate some
potential disruptions in the future and to have them
incorporate it in their existing plan so that their policy
development is more resilient.

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No one knows the future and our job is to get people
thinking about it.

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Policy Horizons Canada, also referred to as Horizons, is an organization within the federal public service that conducts strategic foresight on cross-cutting issues that informs public servants today about the possible public policy implications over the next 10-15 years.

Horizons' mandate is to identify emerging policy issues and explore policy challenges and opportunities for Canada, as well as to help build foresight literacy and capacity across the Government of Canada. Horizons’ experienced futurists provide expert advice on emerging issues, foresight and scanning through one-on-one discussions, interdepartmental meetings, and facilitated workshops. All engagement requests are discussed collaboratively at the Horizons’ senior management table on a weekly basis. To engage with Horizons, please submit your request to questions@horizons.gc.ca.

Policy Horizons Canada is governed by the Deputy Ministers' Steering Committee.

Vision: To promote a high and sustainable quality of life within a globally competitive Canada, through the co-creation and advancement of knowledge that informs and structures policy choices for the Government of Canada by way of an integrated and longer-term perspective.

Mission: To provide timely and integrated perspectives on emerging policy issues for the Deputy Minister community by: bridging people, ideas, data, issues and evidence in an open and constructive environment; co-creating knowledge for understanding complex Canadian policy challenges; and experimenting with new tools and methods.