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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.


Connecting, celebrating and equipping people who are taking action to strengthen democracy and civil society. Join us at OCAD University and TMU in Toronto this April as we take on today’s most urgent civic issues.
Today, the federal government announced a major set of investments in Canada’s Artificial Intelligence sector. The announcement commits $2 billion to increase Canada’s AI computing capacity; and supports for other programmes to promote the adoption and good governance of AI …
In this report, we envisioned different policy scenarios, if the public policy objective was about Canada needing to expand access to AIC to close the AI Compute gap, retain AI firms and talent, and promote greater AI development and adoption.

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.