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Canada’s platform for bold policies and better leaders.

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Our name means ‘raised platform.’

A dais (day-es) is a place that illuminates the people on it.
And it reminds us that real change only happens when we lift new voices and ideas.


As Canadian representatives gather with counterparts from around the world at the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), it is a significant moment to take stock of the attitudes of younger Canadians about their personal actions to address climate change. This brief presents the findings of a survey that was conducted three times between February 2022 and September 2023. 
The Dais at TMU is pleased to contribute this submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. The Dais is a public policy and leadership think tank at Toronto Metropolitan University, connecting people to ideas and power we need to build a more inclusive, innovative, prosperous Canada. This includes a focus on the responsible adoption and governance of new technology, which we have been engaged with for the past seven years.
This submission to the Standing Committee on Industry and Technology (INDU) highlights areas of concern and recommendations to make Canada’s proposed Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (AIDA) fit to purpose to responsibly govern AI and its risks. In October 2023, the Dais and the Centre for Media, Technology, and Democracy convened a roundtable with 30 participants from academia, civil society, and industry to address concerns about the proposed AIDA.

What we work on

Tackling the biggest challenges facing Canada.

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Innovation and Tech

Growing a more inclusive economy and lasting prosperity through innovation, while harnessing technology responsibly.

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Education and Skills

Ensuring that our education and training systems are equitably preparing Canadians to thrive in a changing world.

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Democracy and Trust

Better equipping a broader set of leaders to advance positive policy change and rebuild trust in public institutions.

All public purpose institutions must address both reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and the existential threat of climate change. For us, these cross-cutting topics influence everything we do.

What we do

Bold ideas + deliberate action = impact.

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Policy and research

Lead in-depth, applied policy research and analysis that informs and inspires action on the most urgent challenges facing Canada.

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Leadership development

Equip leaders, and aspiring leaders, with the knowledge and skills they need to make positive change in their organizations, institutions and communities.

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Community-building and convening

Connect people to thousands of others who are working together to build a more inclusive, innovative and prosperous Canada.