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US Election Results – Implications

Please find the FSN Discussion Group paper resulting from the January 29th meeting on the US Presidential Election here: FSN Post-US Election Sessions – Final

Thank you all for great discussion, here are the slides:Présentation 29.01.21v.ff

FSN ZOOM DISCUSSION of the US Election Results – implications

29 January 2021, 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Hosted by Peter MacKinnon, moderated by Guy Stanley. Bios attached


This FSN discussion is a follow-up to the FSN session of November 26th regarding the then state of the US Presidential Election and gazing into the near-term future post Inauguration.  Thus, the time for the second discussion has arrived.  Here is the  Moderator’s discussion Paper from the November session (US Election FSN Moderator’s report 26.11.20 session). It will be used to set the stage for the ensuing discussion against the themes of the paper and the latest events as they happen up until the meeting date

Two questions that were used to guide the initial discussion can be found below.  They are still relevant in slightly modified form to guide the next conversation:

  • What and when might we see a New Normal, given post US election and post COVID-19?
  • What are the key drivers, trends, wild cards & indicators that will shape and characterize the “New Normal and when?

For this session, the aim is to collect and collate ideas on points in the discussion paper and on questions (a) and (b) above.  The overall objective being to glean a view or views on where the next US Administration is heading, especially with respect to the Trump Administration.


Guy Stanley has been active with the Foresight Synergy Network for many years. Born in Toronto, he holds an MA and Ph.D. in international history (LSE 1974) and a BA (History & Pol. Sci.) from the University of Victoria (1967).  His career combined consulting with Fortune 500 multinational firms and international organizations with university teaching and research in Geneva, New York, Montréal and Ottawa. Guy was Director of the IMBA program at the University of Ottawa (2000-3) and Director of Technology & Innovation at the Conference Board of Canada. (2004-7) He taught international commerce at McGill and HEC, Montréal 1991-2007 and worked with l’Ecole polytechnique de Montréal (2007-8). His latest book, Rebuilding Liberalism, Dundurn Press, was published in July 2019. He lives in Beaconsfield, QC.

Peter MacKinnon has a background as a scientist, business manager, entrepreneur, domestic and international bureaucrat, executive, diplomat, management advisor, and academic; including affiliation with both Telfer and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa.  He is a pioneer in the commercialization of AI and today is actively involved in ethical and policy issues related to AI.  He has an extensive background on the forefront of scientific and technological breakthroughs around disruptive technologies and their impacts on society such as Smart Cities.  In late 2020 Peter was appointed a member of one of the world’s major artificial intelligence advisory bodies in the form of the American Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (


The Zoom link will be sent out the night before the meeting. Should you wish to join this seminar and have not done so through the Foresight Network, please contact the host, Peter MacKinnon at “mackinnon.peter” <> before 17:00 on January 28th.

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