30 January 2018

As Canadians prepare to mark the first anniversary of the Quebec mosque attack, there is a crucial and pressing need for an alternative narrative highlighting the benefits of diversity, openness and inclusiveness in 21st century Canada. The inaugural Victoria Forum, held on 17-19 November 2017 under the theme “Canada@150: Promoting Diversity & Inclusion,” gathered global and national policy-makers, business leaders, academics, and civil society representatives to discuss national successes and challenges on diversity and inclusion.

By supporting the Forum, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation was an essential partner of the event’s organizers – the University of Victoria and Global Affairs Canada. 2015 fellow Bessma Momani  designed one of the forum’s six tracks, while 2015 scholar Erin Aylward and 2014 scholar Geoffrey Cameron led two of the discussions. 2015 mentor Jillian Stirk spoke on a panel on inclusive socio-economic progress.

Bessma Momani

Professor Bessma Momani is an expert on global economic governance issues, Canadian foreign policy, Arab Spring, Arab Canadians and Arab youth.

2018 Directors

Erin Aylward

Erin Aylward (political science, University of Toronto) is analyzing the influence of advocacy and international diplomacy on public opinion and political action in Sub-Saharan Africa.

2015 Scholars

Geoffrey Cameron

Geoffrey is studying the influence of religious communities on the development of international refugee policies in North America.

2014 Scholars

Jillian Stirk

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

2015 Mentors