Trudeau Foundation Week

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s programs, and to feature the uniqueness and richness of the network that the foundation has built since 2003, the Foundation is organizing a week of events in conjunction with the Xth Annual Trudeau Foundation Conference. Here is the detailed list of the public interaction events that will be held from 15 to 23 November 2013 in Montréal.

Master Classes

The difference between a master class and a more traditional form of instruction lies principally in structure. In a master class, the teacher or master does not lecture the students. Rather, the teacher invites one student at a time to present his or her work publicly, before the class. Only those students who have indicated their desire to present their work, will be called upon during the class. The teacher then critiques the work while the class listens and learns. In other words, the master class functions as a laboratory in which students’ experiments receive personal attention from the expert in the topic. Three master classes will take place during Trudeau Foundation Week:

18 November 2013 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
By Ronald Rudin

21 November 2013 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
By Joseph Heath

21 November 2013 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
By Alain-G. Gagnon

To register to a master class

Group publication launch

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Society, Quebec section, is hosting a group publication launch in collaboration with Guy Berthiaume, Trudeau mentor and CEO of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, at the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal. The event will bring together around a dozen authors from the Trudeau Foundation community who will present a diverse and exceptional set of publications.

20 November 2013 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Organized by Dyane Adam, Catherine Bélair, Christine Brabant, and Jason Luckerhoff

For information

To register:
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List of presented books

Scholars' Workshops

Organized entirely by Trudeau scholars, these workshops will run from between one and three days each between Friday 15 November and Wednesday 20 November 2013. The workshops are open to the faculty and graduate students of Montréal universities: attendance is free, but registration is compulsory.

15 to 17 November 2013 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
By Libe Garcia Zarranz and Simon Harel – To register – Program Poster Abstracts and Bios

18 November 2013 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
By Leila Qashu and Tamil Kendall – To register

18 November 2013 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
By Mélanie Millette and Sébastien Jodoin – To register – Information

19 November 2013 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
By Nathan Bennett, Karina Benessaiah and Laure Waridel – To register

20 November 2013 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
By Kerri Froc, Michael Pal and Erin Tolley – To register

20 November 2013 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
By Matthew Gordner and Robert Huish – To register


For the tenth or the first time, join a stimulating group of thinkers, scholars, policymakers, and engaged citizens from across Canada and abroad at this flagship event designed to foster the generation and exchange of knowledge on public issues: Democracy in the 21st century.

In Montréal from 21 to 23 November 2013, the Xth Annual Trudeau Foundation Conference will be the venue for a national conversation on the great concerns of our time ― domains that the Trudeau Foundation considers critical to promoting and protecting democracy in the 21st century: international relations, the environment, human rights, and responsible citizenship.

With around 300 participants on average, the Annual Trudeau Foundation Conference is the Foundation’s largest and most public yearly event. It takes place over three days and features keynote addresses, panels, and exchanges.

Exceptionally this year, in advance of the annual conference, the Foundation is commissioning four national opinion polls in collaboration with Montréal’s four largest universities. The universities' foremost experts are identifying issues about which to consult Canadians on the Foundation's four themes. Concordia University will provide expertise on responsible citizenship, Université de Montréal on Canada in the world, Université du Québec à Montréal on people in their natural environment, and McGill University on human rights and dignity. The polls' findings will be announced in the days preceding the conference. 

In the 12 years since the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation was founded, our organization has spawned a network of individuals gripped by some of the most important issues of our time: the affirmation of human rights, the exercise of citizenship, the protection of the environment, the effects of globalization on society and culture. Over time, this network has transformed itself into a veritable community. A community of reflection, first of all, fed by the input of Canada’s best researchers in the humanities and the social sciences. But also a community of practice, buoyed by the experiences of individuals engaged in real-life social, economic, political, and cultural innovation. Among the members of the Foundation community, there is no great hiatus between ideas and practice; research is not divorced from application, and thought is never far from action.

Each year in November, this community gathers to think about a question of vital interest to Canada’s future. Annual Trudeau Foundation conferences are known internationally for the depth of their presentations, the originality of their speakers, and the energy and frankness with which their participants air and debate their ideas. Renowned experts from around the world take part in the discussion and join small break-out sessions in which everyone present can share their point of view. Numerous “national conversations” on subjects as varied as the environment and the economy, immigration, and the future of cities, have originated in an annual Trudeau Foundation conference.

Because in the end, no question is more vital than that of democracy. We know that democracy is threatened on all sides, whether by growing inequality, by environmental degradation, by governments’ dwindling capacity to manœuvre in a global economy, or by repeated damage to human rights and dignity. Like the negative of a photo, the flip side of the Foundation’s four main research areas reveals our principal sources of worry for the future. The Xth Annual Trudeau Foundation Conference is an opportunity to pause, to regroup, to make time for the important task of evaluating the risks at their true value and thinking about their root causes. But it is also a precious opportunity to consider the most promising solutions, to share ideas that have proven their worth, and to build bridges between different approaches and between the people who have inspired them.

All participants must register online prior to the event. There are no registration fees. The event is open to the public, but the Foundation gives priority to registrants on its guest list. 

Registration is closed as of 6 November 2013; info:

Democracy in the 21st Century - Program...>

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The Conference Themes

From the beginning, the Foundation decided to centre our actions on four major themes that reflect central questions in the life and work of Pierre Elliott Trudeau: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada in the world, and people and their natural environment. These questions encompass several issues of critical importance to people from here and abroad, and the Trudeau Foundation Community is committed to exploring them by openly acquiring, transferring and exchanging knowledge. The Foundation stays abreast of current research and ideas, and our themes are frequently revisited to ensure that they maintain their relevance in the context of an ever-evolving academic and intellectual environment. Read more about the Foundation’s four themes.

  1. Human rights and dignity
  2. Responsible citizenship
  3. Canada in the world
  4. People and their natural environment


The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation thanks its partners for their generous contribution to the success of this event. The Foundation pays special tribute to BMO Financial Group, our principal partner, for having supported the annual conference since 2009.


Principal Partner

Keynote Theme Presenter

Program Sponsor

Poll Partners





Accommodation and transport


All sessions for the main conference will take place at the Westin Montréal Hotel.

A block of rooms for conference participants has been reserved at a negotiated rate at the Westin Montréal Hotel. The room rate is $169 per night, single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes. To benefit from this rate, book on or before 11 November 2013. If you book by telephone, ask for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation rate or mention the code FPK21A. You may also book online.  

The number of rooms in the block is limited; we suggest that you book as soon you can. Please note that after 19 October 2013, the group rate will no longer apply, and rooms may no longer be available.

The Westin Montréal
270 Saint-Antoine Street West
Montréal, QC H2Y 0A3
T. 1-866-837-4262
F. 514-380-3323 

Transport to the hotel

To reach the Westin Hotel from Montréal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, you may take a taxi at a flat rate of $40 per trip. Simply collect your bags and follow the signs.

Public transportation is also available through the 747 Montréal-Trudeau Airport-downtown shuttle. This shuttle runs 24 hours a day between the airport and Montréal's central bus station downtown. The shuttle costs $9 per trip and takes from 45-60 minutes. The shuttle stop is located on the international arrivals level: simply follow the signs. 

Air Canada is the official carrier of the Trudeau Foundation Week. To benefit from the event's preferred rates, please email to learn about the promotional code. 


To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the annual conference on public policy of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the Foundation, in collaboration with scientific advisors from Montreal’s four universities, has commissioned four national public opinion surveys from Environics Institute to assess Canadian's attitudes towards the Foundation’s four themes. Our partners are: Concordia University on responsible citizenship, Université de Montréal on Canada in the world, Université du Québec à Montréal on people and their natural environment, and McGill University on human rights and dignity. The conference participants will discuss the exclusive findings of the four polls at the event. 

Release dates:

Monday 18 November 2013: Canada in the World
Poll backgrounder and info graphics
Article in Forum
Article in Le Devoir [in French]

Tuesday 19 November 2013: Responsible Citizenship
Poll backgrounder and info graphics 
Media release

Wednesday 20 November 2013: People and their Natural Environment
Poll backgrounder and info graphics
Media release and articles in Metro, La Presse and Huffington Post Québec [in French]

Thursday 21 November 2013: Human Rights and Dignity
Poll backgrounder and info graphics 
Media release 

Saturday 23 November 2013: Plenary discussion on the four surveys
Slide deck

Original data: Data banners 


Dyane Adam
20 Nov - 17:00
Louise Arbour
22 Nov - 15:30
Catherine Bélair
20 Nov - 17:00
Guy Berthiaume
20 Nov - 17:00
Christine Brabant
20 Nov - 17:00
Tim Brodhead
21 Nov - 18:15
Sujit Choudhry
22 Nov - 15:30
Amanda Clarke
22 Nov - 15:30
Simon Collard-Wexler
22 Nov - 15:30
Margarida Garcia
23 Nov - 08:00
Libe Garcia Zarranz
15 Nov - 09:00
Arthur John Hanson
22 Nov - 11:00
Joseph Heath
21 Nov - 09:00
Paule Leduc
22 Nov - 08:00
Jason Luckerhoff
20 Nov - 17:00
Keith Neuman
23 Nov - 08:00
Samantha Nutt
23 Nov - 09:00
Patrick Pichette
22 Nov - 08:00
Ronald Rudin
18 Nov - 14:00
Rosemary Thompson
23 Nov - 09:00
Stephen J. Toope
23 Nov - 09:00



Libe Garcia Zarranz
15 Nov - 09:00


Leila Qashu
18 Nov - 09:00
Ronald Rudin
18 Nov - 14:00
Mélanie Millette
18 Nov - 18:00


Nathan Bennett
19 Nov - 09:00


Kerri Froc
20 Nov - 08:30
Matthew Gordner
20 Nov - 10:00
Guy Berthiaume
20 Nov - 17:00


Joseph Heath
21 Nov - 09:00
Alain-G. Gagnon
21 Nov - 14:00
Tim Brodhead
21 Nov - 18:15
Shawn Atleo
21 Nov - 18:30


Patrick Pichette
22 Nov - 08:00
Cleo Paskal
22 Nov - 09:30
William E. Rees
22 Nov - 11:00
May Telmissany
22 Nov - 13:45
Louise Arbour
22 Nov - 15:30
Roy L. Heenan
22 Nov - 18:00


Keith Neuman
23 Nov - 08:00
Samantha Nutt
23 Nov - 09:00
John Authers
23 Nov - 11:00
Frédéric Mérand
23 Nov - 13:30



The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
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Montréal, Québec H3H 1E8

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Speakers and VIPs

Ms. Stéphane Dubois

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Media accreditation

Ms. Elise Comtois

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