24 June 2016

How to attract diversity beyond larger Canadian urban centres? How can social diversity be harnessed for greater economic advantage? And is Canada making the most of social diversity in its cities and towns?

These are some of the questions that were addressed at the first roundtable of a series of roundtables organized across major Canadian cities by the pluralism project. In an article published in OpenCanada, 2015 scholar Tahnee Prior draws up the report of the discussions that took place in April with Kitchener-Waterloo business leaders, industry associations and university administrators. In a nutshell, participants argued that infrastructure and immigration policy are key for the Silicon Valley of the North.

The pluralism project is co-led by 2015 Trudeau fellow Bessma Momani, of the University of Waterloo, and 2015 Trudeau mentor Jillian Stirk, of the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue. This project is one of several that the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is supporting in the area of diversity, pluralism, and the future of citizenship.

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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

Jillian Stirk

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

2015 Mentors

Tahnee Prior

Tahnee Prior (global governance, University of Waterloo) hopes to define a new governance framework that will address the emerging and complex issues caused by climate change, resource extraction, migration, and potential inter-state conflict in the Arctic.

2015 Scholars