24 April 2017

2015 fellow Bessma Momani and 2015 mentor Jillian Stirk’s information gathering stage for the Pluralism Project, which investigates the economic benefits of diversity, has come to an end, and they are now working hard to share their findings. This week the pair published an op-ed in The Globe and Mail discussing the implications of rise of populism on business. Their research findings clearly show that diversity is good for business, so anti-immigration sentiments will likely have a negative economic impact in those countries where they have gained ground. Momani and Stirk believe that, “Canada has arrived at one of the most opportune moments to make the economic case for how diversity pays dividends, and simply put, it can and should do so.”

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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