4 February 2014

Denise Bombardier

A journalist, writer, and commentator of Quebec and Francophile culture and politics whose renowned talent for polemics will add a non-conformist perspective to the Trudeau Foundation network

2014 Mentors

Louise Charron

She brings a genuine desire to share a wealth of experience drawn from her outstanding career in law spent in private practice and judgeship in Ontario, Nunavut, and at the Supreme Court of Canada

2014 Mentors

Pierre Marc Johnson

A man of vast interests and culture exemplified by his background as a lawyer and physician, he shares his experience in international arbitration and environmental and health law

2014 Mentors

Avrim Lazar

A former public servant who has held senior policy positions in federal ministries of justice, agriculture, environment, and human resource development, he has first-hand knowledge of public policy at work

2014 Mentors

Clarence Louie

As chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band, he has consistently emphasized economic development as a means to improve his people’s standard of living. He will put this entrepreneurial perspective to the service of Trudeau doctoral students

2014 Mentors

Marie-Lucie Morin

She has a vast network in international affairs cultivated at the highest levels of public service, including deputy minister of international trade and foreign affairs, national security advisor to the prime minister of Canada, associate secretary for the Cabinet, and senior executive at the World Bank

2014 Mentors

David Schindler

He is an expert in environmental policies well-known for his work on the impact of industry on freshwater and aquatic ecosystems, both in Canada and on international scientific committees

2014 Mentors

Mary Simon

A champion of the social, economic, and human rights of Canadian Inuit people, she shares with the Trudeau Foundation community the experience she acquired in senior leadership positions in various land claims organizations 

2014 Mentors

Glenda Yeates

She brings an extensive experience in policy-making supported by evidence, acquired during a stellar career in the public service as deputy minister of Health Canada, in Saskatchewan’s departments of Health and Finance, and at the helm of the Canadian Institute for Health Information

2014 Mentors

TRUDEAU FOUNDATION APPOINTS NEW MENTORS

Inuit education advocate Mary Simon and former Supreme Court Justice Louise Charron among diverse group of accomplished Canadians selected to mentor Trudeau scholars

Montreal, QC, 4 February 2014 — The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation announced today the appointment of nine accomplished Canadians from diverse walks of life who will personally mentor the Trudeau scholars, promising doctoral students from Canada and abroad. In addition to sharing their extensive knowledge and experience, the Trudeau mentors will help accelerate the careers of the Trudeau scholars by introducing them to valuable professional and social networks. This year’s Trudeau mentors have had distinguished careers in media, law, international trade, public service, world finance, indigenous affairs, healthcare, and the environment.

“The doctoral students supported by the Foundation are well-equipped scientifically to tackle complex questions of public interest. By connecting the Trudeau scholars with highly accomplished Trudeau mentors who have extensive networks and vast real-life experience, our objective is to contribute to their search for actionable solutions to issues of major importance to Canadians,” said Tim Brodhead, interim president of the Foundation.

The 2014 Trudeau mentors are:

  • Denise Bombardier, QC: Ms. Bombardier is a journalist, writer, and commentator of Quebec and Francophile culture and politics whose renowned talent for polemics will add a non-conformist perspective to the Trudeau Foundation network.
  • Louise Charron, ON: Ms. Charron brings a genuine desire to share a wealth of experience drawn from her outstanding career in law spent in private practice and judgeship in Ontario, Nunavut, and at the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Pierre Marc Johnson, QC: A former premier of Quebec, and a man of vast interests and culture exemplified by his background as a lawyer and physician, Mr. Johnson will share his experience in international arbitration and environmental and health law.
  • Avrim Lazar, ON: A former public servant who has held senior policy positions in federal ministries of justice, agriculture, environment, and human resource development, Mr. Lazar has first-hand knowledge of public policy at work.
  • Clarence Louie, B.C.: As chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band, Mr. Louie has consistently emphasized economic development as a means to improve his people’s standard of living. He will put this entrepreneurial perspective to the service of the doctoral students.
  • Marie-Lucie Morin, ON: Ms. Morin has a vast network in international affairs cultivated at the highest levels of public service, including deputy minister of international trade and foreign affairs, national security advisor to the prime minister of Canada, associate secretary for the Cabinet, and senior executive at the World Bank.
  • David Schindler, AB: Mr. Schindler is an expert in environmental policies well-known for his work on the impact of industry on freshwater and aquatic ecosystems, both in Canada and on international scientific committees. 
  • Mary Simon, MB: A champion of the social, economic, and human rights of Canadian Inuit people, Ms. Simon will share the experience she acquired in senior leadership positions in various land claims organizations with the Trudeau Foundation community. 
  • Glenda Yeates, ON: Ms. Yeates will share her extensive experience in policy-making supported by evidence, acquired during a stellar career in the public service as deputy minister of Health Canada, in Saskatchewan’s departments of Health and Finance, and at the helm of the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

The first meeting between the new mentors and their scholars is taking place in Québec City this week at a session also attended by current and past mentors and scholars.

Additional biographical information, photos, and the list of Trudeau scholar-mentor pairings are available on request.

About Trudeau Mentorships

The Foundation appoints mentors to interact with the scholars and participate in Foundation activities. Trudeau mentors are selected from eminent Canadian practitioners in all sectors of public life, from the creative arts to business, and from public service to social activism. For their 24-month term, Trudeau mentors are offered an honorarium of $20,000. A further $15,000 is available to cover the cost of participating in program activities. Trudeau mentors are nominated by the members of an extensive nomination network, after which an independent peer-review panel screens the applications and suggests a list of mentors to the Foundation’s board of directors for approval. To date, the Foundation has named 97 Trudeau mentors.

About the Foundation

A Canadian institution with a national purpose, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity. It was established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. In 2002, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with a donation of $125 million with the unanimous support of the House of Commons. In addition, the Foundation benefits from private sector donations in support of specific initiatives. Through its Scholarship, Fellowship, Mentorship, and Public Interaction Programs, the Foundation supports outstanding individuals who make meaningful contributions to critical social issues.

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Source:
Élise Comtois
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
514-938-0001, ext. 224