7 March 2018

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation announces its 2018 mentors

Ten Canadian leaders will guide doctoral students on their path as committed citizens, ready to acquire the skills they need to apply knowledge and research to the world of practice.

Montréal, Quebec, 7 March 2018 – The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is proud to announce that ten new mentors are joining its community. These highly accomplished Canadians in the public, private, cultural, and not-for-profit sectors will contribute their expertise in public policy, business, law, philanthropy, and the arts to activities and projects taking place around the country and will open their networks to Foundation scholars in the social sciences and humanities. They are looking forward to linking forces with a vibrant community with whom they will tackle tomorrow's challenges.

The Foundation’s 2018 mentors:


Nathalie Bondil – Montréal, Quebec – As the director and chief curator of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Nathalie Bondil steers curative practices towards innovation and multidisciplinarity, generating dialogue in and about art in the city.


Mary Anne Chambers – Toronto, Ontario – Rich in experience in private enterprise and the public service, Mary Anne Chambers’s work in community-building and on behalf of youth has benefited hundreds of students in Ontario.


Denise Chong – Calgary, Alberta – Straddling the worlds of writing and public policy, Denise Chong was a trailblazer for diversity and inclusiveness in the public service before raising Canada’s social consciousness in acclaimed works of nonfiction.


Graham Fraser – Ottawa, Ontario – The commissioner of official languages for Canada from 2006 to 2016 and a former renowned journalist, Graham Fraser contributes a granular and historic analysis of Canadian public policy at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.


Andrea Goertz – Calgary, Alberta – A champion of the triple bottom line approach to the economy, society, and the environment, Andrea Goertz is a leading figure in sustainable management and infrastructure investment in Canada.


Stephen Kakfwi – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – A former premier of the Northwest Territories and president of the Dene Nation who is a survivor of residential schools, Stephen Kakfwi breathes meaning into reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.


Judith Marcuse – Vancouver, British Columbia – By weaving acclaimed dance and choreographing techniques with community outreach activities on youth suicide, violence, and social justice, Judith Marcuse has become a pioneer in integrated approaches to social change.


André Picard – Montréal, Quebec – Thirty years of observation and fearless commentary on public health policy have earned André Picard respect as a defender of consumers’ interests, rights, and health.


Neil Yeates – Ottawa, Ontario – After a 32-year career in federal and provincial public service in Ottawa and Regina, Neil Yeates applied his expertise in public policy and management to several areas, including the development of human capital.


Lynn Zimmer – Peterborough, Ontario – From journalism to community engagement, Lynn Zimmer works to prevent violence against women and promote equity in Peterborough, Ontario.

About the mentors

Over their three-year term, the 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation mentors will work with an engaged and inspiring community of scholars, fellows, and other mentors. In addition to a $20,000 honorarium, mentorship includes a $15,000 travel allowance to organize and participate in research initiatives, conferences, and Foundation events.

About the Foundation

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent and nonpartisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister. In 2002, with the support of the House of Commons, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with the Advanced Research in the Humanities and Human Sciences Fund. The Foundation also benefits from private donations. By granting doctoral scholarships, awarding fellowships, appointing mentors, and holding public events, the Foundation encourages critical reflection and action in four areas important to Canadians: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada’s role in the world, and people and their natural environment.

For more information, visit www.trudeaufoundation.ca.

Stay tuned for our mentor-scholar pairings' announcement on March 20! Follow us on Twitter @F_Trudeau_F, #PETFmentors, Facebook and LinkedIn.


Sarah Saublet, Mentorship & Fellowship, The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, 514-938-0001 ext. 228, ssaublet@trudeaufoundation.ca 

Sarah Saublet

Program Director, Fellowships and Mentorships

2017 Team