22 September 2019

The final report on the Future Forums was officially released during a presentation at Harvard University. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation president Pascale Fournier opened the Canada Seminar lecture series on September 23, 2019, which is exploring the theme Beyond Binaries: Canadian Immigration and Diversity in the 21st Century, at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

The Future Forums were a listening and learning tour which visited communities in every province and territory in Canada between September 2018 and March 2019. The sessions attracted 450 participants from a broad range of backgrounds, including academic institutions, NGOs, and the private sector.

We need to look around the table and see who’s there and what voices are missing from the discussions.

Excellence is more than good grades. It also means commitment to community.

Canada has a responsibility to consider the knowledge that comes from those originally on this land. This would represent a form of democratization of knowledge.

Those who took part shared their insights through words and art. The Report on the Future Forums distilled those thoughts and ideas, drawing a range of conclusions which will help shape the Foundation’s direction going forward. Some of those conclusions include:

  • Great researchers must work to practice active listening, humility, self-awareness, courage and inclusiveness;
  • Emotional intelligence and lived experiences give meaning and depth to research in the humanities and social sciences;
  • Great research recognizes and values different knowledge sources such as oral traditions, hands-on knowledge and experiential learning approaches.

The Future Forums explored the concepts of Engaged Leadership and Inclusive Excellence, with the objective of being shared within the Foundation community and with the general public. The hope is that this collection of observations and conclusions may be helpful in encouraging new research to be responsive to new realities—whether intellectual, social, cultural, technological, environmental and economic—in communities across Canada and around the world.

Read the full report here.