4 March 2016

Issues around social cohesion, the mass movement of people, and belonging are among the most complex and divisive questions facing many countries today. As part of its mission to support critical thinking and engagement on issues important to our collective future, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation organized a series of events at London, United Kingdom, at the end of February and beginning of March 2016. These events brought together some 200 people from civil society, the private sector, academia, policymakers, and politics, as well as the Foundation’s community of scholars, fellows, and mentors.

Roundtable on the economic benefits of pluralism

On Monday 29 February, the High Commission of Canada hosted members of the Canadian diaspora at a working breakfast to discuss the economic benefits of diversity with 2015 fellow Bessma Momani, 2016 mentor John Stackhouse, and 2015 mentor Jillian Stirk. The first public consultation on Momani and Stirk’s Pluralism Project – work funded under the Foundation’s targeted-area-of-inquiry initiative – this meeting explored how Canadian expatriates keep connected to their country of origin, what other countries do to make the most of their citizens abroad, and the extent to which Canada is leveraging its international expertise.

Borders and Belonging: Citizenship in an Age of Transition Conference

Monday 29 February evening marked the beginning of the conference “Borders and Belonging: Citizenship in an Age of Transition.” Organized in collaboration with Goodenough College, the conference opened with a session that revealed international admiration for Canada’s private sponsorship program, and highlighted the challenges faced by European legislators struggling to reconcile the provision of hospitality toward refugees with the legacy of austerity at home. Tuesday 1 March drew on such speakers as the head of Google Inc.’s international staff recruitment, journalists renowned for their coverage of the migrant crisis, the minister in charge of India’s three-million-person diaspora in the United Kingdom, and some of Europe’s premier experts on international refugee law, in a day-long series of intense discussions on the international crisis of displacement, the future of diversity in an evolving world, and the economic and social implications of transnationalism.

Workshop on counter-violent extremism

On Wednesday 2 March, 2013 fellow Kent Roach convened some of London’s top thinkers on counter-violent extremism and national security laws for a detailed discussion of British, Canadian, and other trends in anti-terrorism legislation, risks to civil liberties, and consequences for social cohesion.

Bessma Momani

Professor Bessma Momani is an expert on global economic governance issues, Canadian foreign policy, Arab Spring, Arab Canadians and Arab youth.

2015 Fellows

Kent Roach

A specialist in constitutional law and human rights advocate, Professor Roach has made his mark through work on security certificates in the wake of the war on terrorism and redress for the abuses of the residential schooling system.

2013 Fellows

John Stackhouse

An award-winning journalist and the former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, John Stackhouse, now a senior vice-president of the Royal Bank of Canada, advises the bank on public policy and on economic, political, and social affairs.  

2016 Mentors

Jillian Stirk

Retired after 30 years of service in the foreign service, she brings strategic expertise in foreign policy and multilateral negotiations.

2015 Mentors