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  • September 22, 2019
    The final report on the Future Forums was officially released during a presentation at Harvard University. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation president Pascale Fournier opened the Canada Seminar lecture series on September 23, 2019, which is exploring the theme Beyond Binaries: Canadian Immigration and Diversity in the 21st Century, at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
  • May 22, 2019
    Making a difference.
  • April 26, 2019
  • March 27, 2019
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums wrapped up in Victoria, BC on March 21 at Government House with discussions around leadership qualities and responsibilities. Words from the participants “You need wide-open eyes and binoculars to see into communities we might not otherwise be aware of.” “Good leaders find people who want to follow, and then help lift them up.”
  • March 20, 2019
    The Future Forums workshop on Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership in Vancouver brought forth valuable observations about what constitutes excellence, knowledge, and effective leadership.     “The most important thing we learn is humility in leadership. You can’t have engagement without humility.”   “Be like bamboo to be an inclusive leader: Bamboo is resilient because it is flexible. It can bend without breaking.”
  • March 4, 2019
    “What helps you get to the door and who decides who’s opening it?” The Social Enterprise Centre, an innovative space devoted to social justice and collective mobilization, hosted the Foundation’s Future Forums in Winnipeg. Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership – the two central themes of the Future Forums – were discussed as participants also reflected on the issues of access and opportunity.
  • February 28, 2019
    The Future Forums in Regina sparked conversations around access and inclusion. Drawing inspiration from a popular reggae song, the courage it takes to lead towards change for the better.   Words from the participants "Leadership is often about fighting the status quo and sustaining yourself in such battles requires tremendous energy."
  • February 14, 2019
    Overheard at Québec City's Future Forums  “This brought me out of my comfort zone.” “There are many kinds of exclusion which block certain types of knowledge, including economic prejudice and racism.” "Empathy and humanism are essential to engaged leadership.”
  • February 11, 2019
    Foundation President & CEO Pascale Fournier was accompanied by 2018 Mentor Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) for the Future Forums workshop in Val-d'Or on February 5. The session took place at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s Pavillon des Premiers-Peuples.
  • February 6, 2019
    Overheard at Montreal’s Future Forums  “Engagement is a two-way street. It is like dancing. Both parties need to be engaged if it is going to work.”  “Embracing diversity is not innate, it needs to be learned.” “You have to go looking for it. You need to be proactive to find diversity.”
  • January 22, 2019
    “Engaged leaders accommodate different styles and different needs, and need to be committed to raising other people up.” “People in power need to understand and acknowledge the anger of people who don’t have power in marginalized communities.”  
  • January 17, 2019
    The Future Forums received some unique perspectives on the themes of Engaged Leadership and Inclusive Excellence during a workshop hosted by the Royal Military College of Canada with participants from Queen’s University and community groups also in attendance. Daniel Last is a professor at RMC. He observed that how inclusiveness and diversity are defined tends to focus on a small number of criteria.
  • January 16, 2019
    The challenge of tackling institutional change took centre stage during the Future Forums workshops at the University of Toronto and York University. Cheryl Thompson, who teaches in the Communications department at Ryerson University, was among the participants. She said the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s desire to make Engaged Leadership and Inclusive Excellence central themes in its programs is a bold and positive step. “It’s great to work toward inclusion and diversity. But it means things are going to be challenged.”
  • December 18, 2018
    Ending the year in a spirit of generosity   It is hard to believe the end of 2018 is already here! Before joining family and friends for seasonal festivities or enjoying a well-deserved rest, I wanted to take one final opportunity this year to share the latest news from the Foundation with you.   Launch of our 2019 programs  
  • December 10, 2018
    “A rising tide lifts all boats… as long as you have a boat” A popular seafarers’ analogy was a central theme as academics and community leaders met at Memorial University in St. John’s for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums. While an appropriate metaphor for the place, it was a particularly fitting observation in the discussion on Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership.
  • December 6, 2018
    In communities big and small across Canada, local leaders are making a meaningful difference in their communities. Yet, ensuring leaders get recognized and their work celebrated on the regional or national stage can be easier said than done. In Charlottetown, dozens of leaders from a variety of organizations and sectors gathered for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums to consider the themes of Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership.
  • December 5, 2018
    In Canada’s only officially bilingual province, Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership - the central themes of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums - sometimes speak to questions involving both language and identity.
  • November 26, 2018
    Have you been wondering what the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Future Forums
  • November 22, 2018
    It has been a very busy month for the Foundation, and I am pleased to be writing to you with some great news. My team and I are back from a four-day stop in Halifax, where two Future Forums sessions were held, as well as a meeting of the Board of Directors and the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Foundation.  
  • November 16, 2018
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums teamed up with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
  • October 30, 2018
    In a cozy room in a recreation centre in Iqaluit, a group of people gathered for an engaging discussion on what it means to be a leader today. The participants were contributing to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums consultation, exploring the importance of Engaged Leadership and Inclusive Excellence in Canada today. In Northern communities, the question of inclusion is of particular importance.
  • October 11, 2018
    In the admirably unabashed way that characterized his work, the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, in a missive included in Letters: Summer 1926, his collected correspondence with fellow poets Marina Tsvetayeva and Boris Pasternak:
  • October 4, 2018
    The second of two Future Forums in Whitehorse included the participation of members of the Royal Society of Canada and the use of theatre arts to illustrate the two main themes of the consultations: Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership. The event took place at the MacBride Museum, surrounded by the Land and Light exhibit featuring the Yukon-inspired paintings of artist Ted Harrison.
  • October 2, 2018
    Impassioned discussions took place among participants who brought a wide range of experiences and knowledge to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums consultation in Whitehorse on Tuesday. One major theme which emerged from the discussions was knowledge inclusion, and how some forms of knowledge are systematically left on the sidelines both in the academic world, and in general society.
  • September 13, 2018
    Participants at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Future Forums in Calgary tackled the consultation’s two tough issues head-on. Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership were discussed in order to gather insights and opinions on how the Foundation can help foster better inclusiveness through leadership in Canada.
  • September 12, 2018
    The Future Forums touched down in Yellowknife for what turned into a rich, even moving set of discussions about the meaning of Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership in the context of the Canadian North. “So much love, inspiration & power coming from these strong female Indigenous leaders!” Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation CEO Pascale Fournier tweeted following the session.
  • September 10, 2018
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation officially began the Future Forums in Edmonton. It is the start of a series of consultations in every province and territory. The goal is to get feedback from a broad swath of Canadians – from Foundation community members to industry, to Indigenous communities, industry and activist groups. The feedback the Foundation gets will help innovate its mission supporting scholarly pursuits in key areas including human rights, the environment, and Canada’s place in the world.
  • September 6, 2018
    The words of Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine dance through time: "I eat blueberries and apricots. I must speak for the beginning. A cry rises in me and transfigures me. The world is waiting for the woman to come back as she was born: woman standing, woman power, woman resurgence.” (my translation from original French language text)
  • August 15, 2018
    In his masterpiece The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison wrote: "I am an invisible man. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” The theme of invisibility, of flesh and bone, language ​​and knowledge, inhabits us all. From art and theatre, to professional opportunities, social advancement and equity, the common denominator of the contemporary public debate is legitimate visibility.