2000 was an initiative of the National Research Council
of Canada, the National Arts Centre and the Canada Council
for the Arts. As part of the NRC Millennium Creativity
Conferences, a day-long conference was held in the theatre
of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Katherine Watson
programmed and produced the event, which included engaging
conversations between Nobel laureates and cultural leaders
— such as Sir Harry Kroto in a conversation with architect
Douglas Cardinal, moderated by filmmaker Don McKellar.
In addition, broadband connectivity ensured that real
time conversations could be held with Arthur C. Clarke
(from Sri Lanka) and Benoit Mandelbrot (from the USA),
and that Pinchus Zukerman could demonstrate distance teaching
with students located in New York. The event was opened
by the Governor General of Canada, Madame Adrienne Clarkson.