Visionaries Prize

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We asked: What will the next 150 years in Ontario look like? And hundreds of visionary ideas came our way.  

Now our 36 finalists will publicly showcase and defend their proposed policy solutions in front of live audiences in 6 cities across Ontario.

Our audience will include policy makers, industry leaders, and a panel of expert judges. Audience members will play a crucial role: they’ll help choose the category winner through a round of live voting. At each event, a winner will be declared—all six category winners will receive $2,500, a spread in the pages of The Walrus magazine, and recognition from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Have your say in Ontario’s future—come out and vote for your favourite finalist at the Visionaries Prize event closest to you:

  • Reconciliation, on Wednesday, September 13, in Thunder Bay
  • Governance, on Tuesday, September 19, in Kingston
  • Inclusive Prosperity, on Thursday, September 21, in Windsor
  • Environmental Stewardship, on Tuesday, September 26, in Waterloo
  • Social Cohesion, on Thursday, September 28, in Brampton
  • Scientific and Technological Innovation, on Monday, October 2, in Toronto 

What is the Visionaries Prize?

Over the next 50 years, Ontario will be challenged to take innovative action on a variety of subjects—from evolving environmental pressures to forging greater social cohesion. Do you have a solution? Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, in partnership with the Walrus Foundation, want to hear from you.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize challenges Ontarians aged 18 and over to present their ideas in a short essay and/or brief video.  The 36 finalists in six categories will have a chance to publicly showcase and defend their proposed policy solutions before a live audience. The submission deadline is March 2017 and six winners will receive their prizes in October 2017.

The six categories are:

  • Reconciliation
  • Governance
  • Inclusive Prosperity
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Social Cohesion
  • Scientific and technological innovation

Read the Press Release

Complete information about the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize is available on The Walrus website


LG Visionaries Prize