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Envision a Post-COVID Future

The University of Windsor and the City of Windsor are uniting to join the Windsor-Essex community in inspiring, learning, and imagining what is ahead for our region following the pandemic.

Beginning in June, a free, six-part virtual speaker series will feature nationally renowned guests with expertise in areas such as business, social justice, innovation, policy and technology.

The sessions are free to attend via Microsoft Teams. No login or special software required. RSVP today on the links below!

Click on the names to learn more about each speaker:

8:30 am, August 5 • Dwayne Matthews • “Imagining Learning, Post Pandemic”

Preparing students to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution is not an abstract thinking experiment with limited consequences. It is an urgent national and regional security issue that requires creativity and investment.

COVID-19 has been an extremely unpleasant global experience, however it provides an opportunity for us to reimagine the possibilities moving forward and seizing the opportunities to co create something even more extraordinary. A critical component of this is the transformation of education. Are we preparing students for 2019 or 2030? Register to attend.

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8:30 am, September 2 • Maya Roy • “Equitable Futures, Post Pandemic”

Women, two-Spirit and gender-diverse people are at the forefront of Canada’s pandemic response and women need to be centered in Canada’s economic recovery efforts going forward. Based on the policy recommendations of the Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada, this session will highlight how we can make our economy work for economic prosperity and enhancing community well-being for all, using a GBA+ lens. Register to attend.

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8:30 am, October 7 • Roseann O'Reilly Runte, CM • “COVID as Catalyst: Innovation and Discovery”

“Building back better” is a common refrain. “Building even better” should really be the goal. This talk will propose ways to take what we have learned from this pandemic to design with deliberation and care, innovative projects based on local and regional strengths, collaboration, the possibilities of science, and the knowledge that we live in a global community facing global challenges for which there are global solutions in which there is a role for local talent. Windsor is the gateway to the south. It must also be an important destination in itself, an economic hub and the best home possible for its citizens. Register to attend.

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8:30 am, November 4 • Angela Mondou • “Pandemic Disruption and Opportunity”

More to come. Register to attend.

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Mike Moffatt: “Ontarians on the Move,” July 8
Watch a recording of this session, hosted by Dr. Vincent Georgie, UWindsor Associate Vice-President External:


Irvin Studin: “After the Pandemic - The State and Future of Canada,” June 3
Watch a recording of this session, hosted by Dr. Cheryl Collier, incoming Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: