With the completion of the Ottawa event, the Canada 150 / 2017 STARTS NOW conference series has officially concluded. But as Canada’s 150th anniversary nears, the impact of this investment in public engagement will continue to be felt. These events have helped to plant seeds across the country by starting a conversation about the meaning of Canada’s next major anniversary.

This 2017 STARTS NOW CONFERENCE SUMMARY is intended to capture the enthusiasm and energy that accompanied a recent cross-Canada tour that connected 90 prominent Canadians with more than 1200 local delegates representing community organizations and other important groups.

In addition to speaker highlights, and an overview of the questions discussed by conference delegates, the document also presents some of the common themes and most popular ideas that emerged from the conferences, which may be viewed as building blocks for future initiatives or further conversations that may inspire you or your organization.