Strategic Foresight

Imagine and navigate the future

Why take this course?

You should consider enrolling in this course if you wish to:

  • acquire new frameworks and skills that will help you make better sense of the changing world around us and where we might be headed.
  • identify and prepare for longer-range opportunities that would benefit your team, organization, or community.
  • detect longer-term risks that your team, organization or community should mitigate to better ensure sustainability.
  • help mobilize and navigate people and resources towards preferred future outcomes.

Course Overview

The future has never been more uncertain. Old industries are being swept aside by imaginative innovators. Millions of traditional jobs are being automated as millions of other new roles are being created for the first time. And all the while, environmental stresses like Covid-19 and climate change are driving the need to reimagine our relationship with our organizations, our communities, and the planet itself. Navigating the future won’t be easy. But it is vitally necessary.

Strategic foresight moves beyond the shorter-term focus of classic strategic management by embracing longer-range lenses through which to envision and prepare for realistic future scenarios. Working with the same types of tools used by Accenture, Microsoft, Toyota and other leading global organizations, this active learning course will provide you with the frameworks needed to scan for signs of change, imagine future scenarios for your team, organization, industry, or community, and develop skills needed to become a more resilient and adaptive leader for a disruptive and changing world.

The following four module schedule will give you the tools and skills you will need to undertake robust strategic foresight projects suited to your unique circumstances:

Day 1: Framing Your Future Canvas          Wednesday, May 11 (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Day 2: Scanning for Signals of Change      Thursday, May 12 (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Day 3: Imagining Future Scenarios           Wednesday May 25 (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Day 4: Getting Ready for the Future         Thursday, May 26 (9:00am – 12:00pm)


Course Outcomes

 After taking this course, you will:

  • develop a better understanding of key forces of change that are disrupting our world and rethink your intuitions about these disruptive forces.
  • gain insights into how other industries are thinking about the future while having an opportunity to test your own ideas with a group of peers.
  • become a more confident, creative and strategic thinker about opportunities and risks that the future may hold.
  • acquire a robust set of tools that will allow you to lead your team, organization, community members, or clients through structured strategic foresight projects.


Peter Padbury is one of Canada’s most experienced strategic foresight practitioners having most recently served as Chief Futurist at Policy Horizons Canada, the federal government’s futures thinking institute that he helped establish in 2008. Over his career, Peter has led hundreds of foresight projects that developed vision, policy and strategy on behalf of federal government departments, NGOs, businesses and UN agencies across a wide range of themes. He has also led extended work assignments in Costa Rica, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, Holland, New York and Geneva and has engaged in work-related travel in over 50 countries.

Peter has a MSc in Future Studies from the University of Houston (with a focus on participatory foresight methods). He has served on the board of directors for a number of organizations and is a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists.


Tom Gleave is the Program Lead for Learning and Executive Development at the Foresight Lab. He joined the DeGroote School of Business in 2016, first serving as Special Advisor to the Dean and then as Industry Professor before helping to establish the Lab. Tom has extensive experience designing and delivering leadership and management development programs on behalf of MBA students and executives in over 20 countries, having previously worked at such leading business schools as IMD, INSEAD and Ivey. He used this global experience at DeGroote to lead the design of the highly successful Blended Learning Part-Time MBA program at working professionals seeking to energize their careers. He is currently focused on helping McMaster students and executive identify and prepare for the forces of change that are reshaping the future of Canada and the world.

Tom holds an Honours BA in Public Policy from the University of Guelph, an MBA from Ivey Business School (Western University), and an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School (Tufts University). He has also completed the Strategic Foresight certificate programs at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto as well as the University of Houston. In his previous jet-setting life, Tom studied advanced Mandarin in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei.

  • Upcoming Sessions

    Spring 2022 Online Session:
    Day 1: Wednesday, May 11
    Day 2: Thursday, May 12
    Day 3: Wednesday, May 25
    Day 4: Thursday, May 26
    All days from 9:00am – 12:00pm EST


    Dates and Fees

  • Who Should Attend?

    Individuals or teams from all industry, government, non-profit or community organizations who wish to better understand the potential long-term impact that existing and emerging forces of change will have on their operations. Organizational and management consultants who wish to add to their core skills and service offerings will also benefit from this course.

  • The Setting

    This is an online course.

    If you’d like more information about our online format, please contact Lynn at

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