10 March 2017

Eleven highly accomplished Canadians will share their knowledge with doctoral students in the social sciences and humanities

Montréal, QC, 10 March 2017 – The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is proud to announce that eleven new mentors will join its community. These highly accomplished Canadians – active in the public and private sectors, the arts, and not-for-profit organizations – will build a special relationship with the 2015 scholars, helping them connect to networks in the realms of public policy, law, philanthropy, or culture. In addition, mentors’ experience, advice, and ideas will help other members of the Foundation community, and the Foundation itself, build bridges between research and the public arena, foster a better understanding of critical issues for Canada, and work toward sustainable solutions. The cohort joins a multidisciplinary network of almost 400 researchers, outstanding intellectuals, and seasoned decision-makers committed to applying their knowledge and skills to pressing social issues.

The 2017 mentors:

Manon Barbeau, Montréal, Quebec
Documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur Manon Barbeau has engaged with Indigenous youth using video and music creation to give voice to more than 40 communities in Canada and South America.
Andréanne LeBrun’s mentor



Tim Brodhead, Metcalfe, Ontario
Throughout his career in the non-governmental sector, Tim Brodhead played a leadership role to support justice and social change initiatives in Canada and the Global South.
Jennifer Peirce and
Anelyse Weiler’s mentor



Mel Cappe, Toronto, Ontario
Professor at the University of Toronto, former clerk of the Privy Council, secretary to Cabinet, deputy minister, and former president of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Mel Cappe provided strategic advice on a wide range of financial, environmental, and human resource development issues.
Avram Denburg and Ben Verboom’s mentor


Thomas Cromwell, Ottawa, Ontario
As a former academic and retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Thomas Cromwell has worked to improve access to justice. He currently serves as chair of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters and is counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais.
Benjamin Perryman’s mentor


Pauline d'Amboise, Lévis, Québec
For more than 30 years, Pauline D’Amboise has spearheaded initiatives on corporate social responsibility, good governance, and ethics at Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada. She is now secretary general and vice-president of governance and sustainable development at Desjardins.
Marie-France Fortin's mentor


Barbara Doran, St.-John's, Newfoudland and Labrador
Filmmaker, activist, and businesswoman, Barbara Doran is a pioneer in filmmaking in Newfoundland and Labrador. During her career, she covered a wide range of social issues, from violence against women to AIDS in South Africa.
Samara Brock and Tahnee Prior's mentor


Hiromi Goto, Vancouver, British Columbia
Through her creative work, author, editor, and teacher Hiromi Goto bridges cultures and experiences, and brings to the fore the importance of listening to historically marginalized voices.
Rebeccah Nelems's mentor



Sophie Pierre, Cranbrook, British Columbia
Former chief of ʔAq̓am, St. Mary’s Indian Band and former chief commissioner of the British Columbia
Treaty Commission, Sophie Pierre
is an accomplished Indigenous leader, distinguished for her commitment to First Nations’ economic development.
Meaghan Thumath’s mentor


Valerie Pringle, Toronto, Ontario
Following a 35-year career as a prominent broadcast journalist with CBC, CTV, and Discovery Channel
Canada, Valerie Pringle now works as a volunteer board member and fundraiser for the Trans Canada Trail and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
Erin Aylward’s mentor


Lynn Smith, Vancouver, British Columbia
Former British Columbia Supreme Court judge and executive director of the National Judicial Institute, the Honourable Lynn Smith has been distinguished for the rigour of her judgments, one of which found the prohibition against physician-assisted dying to be constitutionally inoperative, a decision later upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada.
William Hébert and
Caroline Lieffers's mentor

Bruce Walsh, Regina, Saskatchewan
Publisher Bruce Walsh is founding director of University of Regina Press, which has rewritten the script for academic and regional publishing and is recognized for award-winning books on Indigenous scholarship, languages, and culture.
Bailey Gerrits and
Jennifer Jones's mentor


About the mentors
Over their two- or three-year term, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s mentors 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. Today, the Foundation counts 106 alumni mentors. The 2018 mentorship competition will open in July 2017.

About the Foundation
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. 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 and the world, and people and their natural environment.