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  • December 10, 2018
    “A rising tide lifts all boats… as long as you have a boat” A popular seafarers’ analogy was a central theme as academics and community leaders met at Memorial University in St. John’s for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums. While an appropriate metaphor for the place, it was a particularly fitting observation in the discussion on Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership.
  • December 6, 2018
    In communities big and small across Canada, local leaders are making a meaningful difference in their communities. Yet, ensuring leaders get recognized and their work celebrated on the regional or national stage can be easier said than done. In Charlottetown, dozens of leaders from a variety of organizations and sectors gathered for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums to consider the themes of Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership.
  • December 5, 2018
    In Canada’s only officially bilingual province, Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership - the central themes of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums - sometimes speak to questions involving both language and identity.
  • November 26, 2018
    Have you been wondering what the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Future Forums
  • November 22, 2018
    It has been a very busy month for the Foundation, and I am pleased to be writing to you with some great news. My team and I are back from a four-day stop in Halifax, where two Future Forums sessions were held, as well as a meeting of the Board of Directors and the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Foundation.  
  • November 16, 2018
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums teamed up with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
  • October 30, 2018
    In a cozy room in a recreation centre in Iqaluit, a group of people gathered for an engaging discussion on what it means to be a leader today. The participants were contributing to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums consultation, exploring the importance of Engaged Leadership and Inclusive Excellence in Canada today. In Northern communities, the question of inclusion is of particular importance.
  • October 11, 2018
    In the admirably unabashed way that characterized his work, the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, in a missive included in Letters: Summer 1926, his collected correspondence with fellow poets Marina Tsvetayeva and Boris Pasternak:
  • October 4, 2018
    The second of two Future Forums in Whitehorse included the participation of members of the Royal Society of Canada and the use of theatre arts to illustrate the two main themes of the consultations: Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership. The event took place at the MacBride Museum, surrounded by the Land and Light exhibit featuring the Yukon-inspired paintings of artist Ted Harrison.
  • October 2, 2018
    Impassioned discussions took place among participants who brought a wide range of experiences and knowledge to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums consultation in Whitehorse on Tuesday. One major theme which emerged from the discussions was knowledge inclusion, and how some forms of knowledge are systematically left on the sidelines both in the academic world, and in general society.
  • September 13, 2018
    Participants at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Future Forums in Calgary tackled the consultation’s two tough issues head-on. Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership were discussed in order to gather insights and opinions on how the Foundation can help foster better inclusiveness through leadership in Canada.
  • September 12, 2018
    The Future Forums touched down in Yellowknife for what turned into a rich, even moving set of discussions about the meaning of Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership in the context of the Canadian North. “So much love, inspiration & power coming from these strong female Indigenous leaders!” Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation CEO Pascale Fournier tweeted following the session.
  • September 10, 2018
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation officially began the Future Forums in Edmonton. It is the start of a series of consultations in every province and territory. The goal is to get feedback from a broad swath of Canadians – from Foundation community members to industry, to Indigenous communities, industry and activist groups. The feedback the Foundation gets will help innovate its mission supporting scholarly pursuits in key areas including human rights, the environment, and Canada’s place in the world.
  • September 6, 2018
    The words of Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine dance through time: "I eat blueberries and apricots. I must speak for the beginning. A cry rises in me and transfigures me. The world is waiting for the woman to come back as she was born: woman standing, woman power, woman resurgence.” (my translation from original French language text)
  • August 15, 2018
    In his masterpiece The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison wrote: "I am an invisible man. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” The theme of invisibility, of flesh and bone, language ​​and knowledge, inhabits us all. From art and theatre, to professional opportunities, social advancement and equity, the common denominator of the contemporary public debate is legitimate visibility.