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The Big Thinking series is held throughout Congress and brings together leading scholars and public figures who present forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time. The series is open to all Congress registered attendees and to members of the general public registering with a community pass.

Big Thinking at Congress is the key opportunity at the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences for academics, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to share ideas and solutions for a more innovative, progressive, and inclusive society.

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Who can attend Big Thinking? 

The Big Thinking lectures are open events. The lectures are open to all registered conference attendees, as well as members of the public with a valid community pass. 

Thursday, June 13 - 17:15 to 18:15

As artificial intelligence grows in scale and prominence, how can we ensure a more responsible and equitable usage of this technology? Our esteemed panel will tackle this subject and more as they discuss AI law and regulation, the ethics of AI and AI algorithms, and the impact of AI on human rights, equity, and social justice from a global perspective. 


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Dr. Jocelyn Maclure

Jocelyn Maclure, FRSC, is Full Professor of philosophy and Jarislowsky Chair in Human Nature and Technology. First known for his work in moral, political and legal philosophy, he now focuses mainly on the speculative and practical philosophical questions raised by advances in artificial intelligence. His recent publications appeared in journals such as Minds and Machines, AI & Ethics, and AI & Society. In 2023, he was Mercator Visiting Professor for AI in the Human Context at the University of Bonn. Outside academia, he chaired the Ethics in Science and Technology Commission—an advisory body of the Quebec government—from 2017 to 2024, served on the scientific committee of the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of AI, and contributed to the 2024 Conseil de l’innovation Report Prêt pour l’IA: Répondre au défi du développement et du déploiement responsables de l’IA au Québec. 


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Céline Castets-Renard

Céline Castets-Renard is the Research Chairholder Accountable AI in a Global Context. She also holds a research chair in Law, Accountability and Social Trust in AI at ANITI (Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute) in France. She is a member expert at the European Commission, Observatory Online Platform Economy.  She is a former junior member at the "Institut Universitaire de France" and Fellow at the Internet Society Project, Law Faculty, Yale University.  Her research generally focuses on the law and regulation of digital technologies and artificial intelligence in a comparative perspective (Canadian, European and American law), especially the protection of personal data and privacy, policing technologies, online platforms and cybersecurity. She also studies the impact of technologies on human rights, equity and social justice in a global perspective, particularly in North-South relationships. 

Sunday, June 16 - 12:15 to 13:15

What can be done to sustainably preserve and revitalize Indigenous languages and cultures today and for generations to come? Uncover the innovative approaches used in Indigenous language learning and the pivotal role of linguistic archive-based research in this insightful panel discussion. Explore the significance of adult immersion and language learning in advancing Kanien’kéha revitalization, and delve into the language reclamation efforts to support the revitalization of Anishinaabemowin.



Dr. Janine Elizabeth Metallic

Dr. Janine Elizabeth Metallic, a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation, holds a PhD in Educational Studies and is trilingual, speaking Mi'gmaw (her first language), English, and French. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor (Indigenous Education) in the Department of Integrated Studies at McGill University.  

Dr. Metallic values the language lessons she has learned from her parents, family members, and community, which serve as the foundation for her work. With a background as a language consultant and educator spanning several years, Dr. Metallic has significantly contributed to the field. In her teaching of Indigenous research methodologies, she emphasizes cultural continuity, resurgence, and has a keen interest in language learning in general, including the application of methodologies based on kinship and relationality.  

Dedicated to mentorship, she guides three Indigenous PhD students in Indigenous-led and community-based research. Demonstrating her commitment to language revitalization, she is currently learning Kanien'kéha. At Congress 2024, Dr. Metallic will discuss her language learning experiences and research journey in Indigenous language revitalization, providing insights into the challenges and triumphs of language preservation efforts with humility and a practical perspective. 


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Ryan DeCaire

Ryan DeCaire is Kanien’kehá:ka and was born and raised in Wáhta Mohawk Territory, Ontario. Ryan is a Kanien’kéha (Mohawk language) revitalization practitioner, teacher, and learner and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto as well as an instructor and curriculum developer at Onkwawenna Kentyohwa adult immersion in Ohswé:ken (Six Nations, Ontario). His work focuses on adult language acquisition and use in Indigenous language revitalization, and specifically on adult immersion programming in the development of advanced speaking adults of Kanien’kéha. Ryan received his Phd from Ka Haka ʻUla  Keʻelikōlani, the College of Hawaiian Language, in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

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Mskwaankwad Rice

Mskwaankwad Rice is from Waasaaksing First Nation and is a Linguistics PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota. As an L2 learner of his heritage language, he is interested in all things Ojibwe (endonymically known as Nishnaabemwin in his home dialect) and it is his work in language reclamation that has led him to study linguistics formally. He is interested in syntax and semantics for their import as tools for demystifying complex Ojibwe grammar as this can help learners pick up the language. Outside of academia, his language work includes running a Nishnaabemwin immersion program called Eshki-nishnaabemjig, which he co-founded with two fellow learners. He also co-hosts a podcast called The Language, where he and his colleague Miigwanaabiikwe discuss anything and everything related to reclamation and the L2 experience. He has also worked for the local radio station on his home reserve; CHRZ Rez91, and in that capacity created numerous short, daily Nishnaabemwin language lessons augmented by instructional videos. 

Monday, June 17 - 12:15 to 13:15

How can we jointly confront the immense challenges posed by climate change and combat environmental injustice? Join expert panelists as they discuss the intersection of environmental racism, disability rights, and climate change inequities in Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities, as well as those living with disabilities and mental illness across Canada. Through this panel, you’ll discover disability-inclusive approaches to tackling the climate crisis and envision alternative sustainable futures rooted in environmental justice and Indigenous climate leadership. 


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Dr. Ingrid Waldron

Dr. Ingrid Waldron is Professor and HOPE Chair in Peace and Health in the Global Peace and Social Justice Program in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University. Her research focuses on environmental and climate justice in Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities, mental illness and dementia in Black communities, and COVID-19 in Black and South Asian communities. Ingrid is the author of the book There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities, which was turned into a 2020 Netflix documentary of the same name and was co-produced by Waldron, actor Elliot Page, and Ian Daniel. She is the founder and Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project) and helped develop the federal private members bill a National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice (Bill C-226). Bill C-226 is now at Senate, where it could become the first environmental racism legislation in Canada. Dr. Waldron is currently writing her next book entitled From the Enlightenment to Black Lives Matter: The Impact of Racial Trauma on Mental Health in Black Communities, which will trace experiences of racial trauma in Black communities in North America and the UK from the colonial era to the present. 


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Dr. Sébastien Jodoin

Dr. Sébastien Jodoin, Director of the Disability Inclusive Climate Action Research Programme. Drawing on his lived experience with multiple sclerosis, Dr. Jodoin co-founded and directs the Disability-Inclusive Climate Action Research Programme, a pioneering initiative to generate, co-produce, and translate knowledge at the intersections of disability and climate justice. His work in this area has been cited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and has been covered by media outlets around the world, including the Associated Press, the CBC, the BBC, and The Guardian. 

Wednesday, June 19 - 12:15 to 13:15

In the face of rising threats to democracy, what can be done to promote sustainable political community? Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on political polarization, social injustice, and the spread of disinformation in Canada led by prominent scholars, journalists and civic engagement advocates to uncover what must be done to counter these challenges and foster a more just, inclusive society. 


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Omayra Issa

Omayra Issa is an award-winning journalist and part of CPAC’s on-air team connecting Canadians to their democracy. As a former national reporter for CBC News, Issa was a correspondenton flagship shows The National and World at Six. She also co-created and co-produced the groundbreaking and innovative series Black on the Prairies, which received international recognition and reached an audience of one million people. Issa’s work led to impactful changes in education policies in Saskatchewan and the initiative garnered several RTDNA Canada and Digital Publishing Awards. As a result, Issa became the first Black woman journalist to present the prestigious Kesterton Lecture in Journalism at Carleton University. Issa began her career at Radio-Canada in Saskatoon and anchored Le Téléjournal Saskatchewan. As a seasoned reporter, she has produced compelling content on television, radio and digital platforms in English and French. Issa was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Black Women to Watch and nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. She is a former board member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and continues to mentor early-career journalists. With her refreshing outlook, Issa’s voice is helping guide national conversations around inclusion and diversity in newsrooms. With stories and action, she is pushing forward improvements that speak to the foundations of journalism in Canada.


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Dr. Colette Brin

Colette Brin is Professor in the Department of Information and Communication at Université Laval and Director of the Centre d'études sur les médias. In her research career spanning almost 30 years, she has studied a range of contemporary media issues, from newsroom convergence and declining journalistic staffing levels to online public information practices and misinformation. Her most recent book is a collection of studies on AI, culture and media at Presses de l'Université Laval, co-edited with Véronique Guèvremont. 


Sabreena Delhon

Sabreena Delhon

Sabreena Delhon is the CEO of the Samara Centre for Democracy, a non-partisan registered charity with a mission to realize a resilient democracy with an engaged public and responsive institutions. For over a decade she has directed multi-stakeholder research and outreach initiatives that have made an impact across justice, academic, and non-profit sectors. Sabreena has appeared as an expert witness before Parliamentary committees on matters relating to political participation and frequently provides commentary about democratic engagement for various media outlets such as the Globe & Mail, CBC Radio and the Toronto Star. She is the host of Humans of the House, a podcast that explores the lived experience of former Members of Parliament.  

Sabreena previously held senior roles at the Law Society of Ontario and advised non-profit leaders on how to increase engagement with target audiences. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Alberta, an MA in Sociology from Dalhousie University and is a Senior Fellow at Massey College. Sabreena is on the board of the Provocation Ideas Festival.  

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Career Corner is a professional development workshop series where everyone from graduate students to established faculty members can learn how to publish and market their research, improve their lesson planning and teaching skills and find out about careers outside of academia.

Everyone from graduate students to established scholars can benefit from attending Career Corner, our professional development workshop series. Led by industry experts, these workshops include a range of topics, from publishing and communicating research, to advancing academic careers and discovering career options outside of academia. 

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Who can attend Career Corner? 

Career Corner workshops are open events. The workshops are open to all registered conference attendees, as well as members of the public with a valid community pass. 

Featured programming

Featured programming at Congress is a series of high-profile interdisciplinary events hosted in close collaboration with partner organizations. As open events at Congress, all Congress attendees and members of the public registering with a community pass are able to attend.  Explore this year’s exciting lineup:

June 13, 2024 | 13:00 - 14:30 ET

Each year, the Parliamentary Internship Programme (PIP) brings 12 recent university graduates to Ottawa for a non-partisan work-study experience with both government and opposition MPs. This panel will feature a selection of innovative papers from the 2023-24 Parliamentary Interns, which will employ a diverse set of methods - including surveys, interviews, legal analysis, and the quantitative study of parliamentary debates - to explore a range of pressing subjects. Learn more.

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Presented in partnership with the Parliamentary Internship Programme.

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June 19, 2024 | 13:30 - 19:00 ET

The Canadian Symposium of Scholarly Journals is a community event that aims to gather journal team members from across Canada to share their experiences and challenges in the current, fast-changing environment. The goal will be to foster empowerment in the Canadian journal community through structured discussions addressing shared issues and geared toward possible action. Learn more.

Once you have registered for Congress, you are requested to indicate which parts of the Symposium you plan to attend via this Google Form.

Presented in partnership with Coalition Publica.

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June 13, 2024 | 12:15 - 13:30 ET

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion featuring three remarkable innovators showcased in the new book, Canadians Who Innovate: The Trailblazers and Ideas That Are Changing the World by Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and a former President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The panelists will share their inspiring journeys and offer insights into the challenges they have overcome and the breakthroughs they have achieved. Learn more.

Presented in partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Innovation

June 20, 2024 | 12:15 - 13:15 ET

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is the only federal agency in the United States dedicated to funding the humanities. Now, as the United States grapples with existential threats to its democracy, with persistent systemic racism, and with its changing climate, the humanities are more vital than ever. Under the leadership of Chair Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo), the first Native American to lead the agency, NEH is working with partners to leverage the humanities to strengthen the nation’s democracy, advance equity and access for all, and address its changing climate. Learn more.

Presented in partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the National Endowment in the Humanities.