Making The Future Course

Learn about the most pressing challenges of our time — and develop the leadership skills you need to make an impact.

Join Karim Bardeesy, Co-Founder of the Ryerson Leadership Lab and Distinguished Visiting Professor, and weekly guest speakers for sessions that will draw on everything from music to entrepreneurship to politics to rocket science.

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Left to right: Karim Bardeesy, Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre and Former Deputy Premier of Ontario, and Paris Semansky, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, February 2018.

Left to right: Karim Bardeesy, Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre and Former Deputy Premier of Ontario, and Paris Semansky, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, February 2018.

Left to right: Kathleen Wynne, Former Premier of Ontario and Karim Bardeesy engaged, January 2019.

Left to right: Kathleen Wynne, Former Premier of Ontario and Karim Bardeesy engaged, January 2019.

From the students

SSH 505 equips students with the necessary skill sets to be effective leaders of today through its structure and external resources. The journey of experiencing a purposeful plenary, followed by a tutorial and subsequent quest caters to all learning personalities to further illustrate course concepts. The benefit of collaborating in small group settings in the presence of Karim’s assistance to develop our understanding of ideas, and to then have a unique way of applying that knowledge, has equipped me with strong habits that I take away in my personal leadership experiences. The opportunity to hear from avid leaders in our community as guest speakers each class, exposes us to a sense of reality in shaping a future that a traditional course cannot provide. In our very first lecture, where in light of the recent changes in government policy, we had former premier Kathleen Wynne available to discuss the disruption of her previous legislation and how she manoeuvred various trials as a politician of her caliber.” - Ejay Vidad, Winter 2019 Semester

"Karim's experimental course is a real gem. It challenges you to think critically in society and helps break down walls and barriers in class. Guest speakers, students sharing personal stories, and hot debates are all a part of this class. Karim guides it and seeks to develop your inner potential as a leader. Be engaged and you'll be satisfied." - Anonymous, RateMyProfessor

“SSH 505 is a unique course. It provides a platform for the hardworking, open minded individual to be a part of a community with a common interest in disrupting the default nature of what future brings, SSH 505 has been the optimal learning experience to uplift my toolbox in being a student leader. The emphasis in valuing respect and empathy for others by the students of the class is a direct result of the culture the course creates. Moving forward from this course I have confidence in myself and the other around me to be positive, effective vehicles in making the future.