Ends on March 6, 2017

The Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize 

The Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize wants to elevate Ontario’s profile in our country and the world by recognizing you—our most creative thinkers. This is your opportunity to identify and address the challenges that Ontario will face over the next 50 years. 

What’s the Prize?

  • All submissions stand to inform the future of policy in Ontario.
  • Finalists will be able to showcase their abilities and ideas at events involving industry and political leaders in one of six cities—Thunder Bay, Kingston, Windsor, Waterloo, Brampton, and Toronto (all travel and accommodation costs will be covered).
  • Finalists will be recognized by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, at a Queen’s Park reception.
  • Winners and their ideas will be profiled—with photos and a full write-up—in The Walrus magazine alongside the Lieutenant Governor.

How will it work?

  • It’s easy: pick the category that best suits your idea (you can submit in all 6 categories if you have different ideas for each!).
Environmental Stewardship
Governance
Inclusive Prosperity
Reconciliation
Scientific and Technological Innovation
Social Cohesion

We’ve kept the categories broad intentionally—we want to hear your inspired interpretation! 

  • Submit an essay (max 800 words) OR a video (max 2 minutes) that communicates your visionary idea about the future of Ontario and a matter of important public policy. 
  • Six finalists will be selected in each of the six categories by head judge Piya Chattopadhyay based on how innovative, well articulated, and knowledgeable the submissions are. 
  • Finalists will present their idea in one of six Ontario cities in front of an audience of government, business, and innovation-sector heavyweights. Each city corresponds to one of the six categories (but remember: you don’t have to be from that city to apply!)
Thunder Bay—Reconciliation 
Kingston—Governance
Windsor—Inclusive Prosperity
Waterloo—Environmental Stewardship
Brampton—Social Cohesion
Toronto—Scientific and Technological Innovation
  • One winner will be declared on the night of each event—finalists will be judged by the head judge, the panel judge (e.g., Steve Paikin for Governance), and the audience. Again, they will be judged on how innovative, articulate, and knowledgeable they are, but the judges will also be looking for a great performance! 

Who is eligible to enter?

Any current or former resident of Ontario who is 18 years of age or older when the application is submitted

When is the deadline?

Applications close on March 6, 2017.

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