Leadership
Key Goal
Over the course of each program cycle, Fellows and Mentors offer leadership training during the Institutes of Engaged Leadership (year one) and support Scholars in the development of an Impact Conference (year two) and a Creative Project (year three).

The Institutes of Engaged Leadership are designed to enrich and complement the academic experience by providing opportunities and training based on a leadership curriculum to broaden world views, knowledge, and abilities. By creating this gateway for Scholars, the Foundation is fostering a new generation of Engaged Leaders who are original, forward-looking thinkers and actors empowered with the potential to become inspired agents and catalysts for positive change in the world.
We need engaged leadership that is committed to connecting with diverse talent and communities, capable of thinking beyond tired clichés, adept at envisioning alternative possibilities, and able to design and advance strategies and policies for more equitable and sustainable futures.

Malinda Smith

2018 Fellow
Leadership curriculum

Leadership skills come through a combination of mentorship, training, and real-life experience. The Foundation’s leadership learning establishes objectives, offers experiences, and calls upon Scholars to seek action.

Leadership skills come through a combination of mentorship, training, and real-life experience. The Foundation’s leadership learning establishes objectives, offers experiences, and calls upon Scholars to seek action.

Six Concepts Anchoring our Leadership Curriculum:

  • Audacity & Resilience
  • Communication & Knowledge-Sharing
  • Art & Creativity
  • Diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Duty of Service

Scholars are offered opportunities to develop these core qualities emblematic of Engaged Leadership through our unique three-year program. Beginning with the Institutes of Engaged Leadership in the first year, Scholars come together to organize the year two Impact Conference which is open to the public. In the final year, a creative project brings scholars together around the development of a novel vehicle that democratizes the dissemination of knowledge.

Leadership development

The Foundation’s three-year program empowers Scholars to have meaningful impact in their communities and institutions. Our Fellows and Mentors provide leadership training and tools to share and apply research.

The Foundation’s three-year program empowers Scholars to have meaningful impact in their communities and institutions. Our Fellows and Mentors provide leadership training and tools to share and apply research.

By delivering our leadership curriculum at our Institutes of Engaged Leadership, Mentors and Fellows provide unique experiential learning opportunities which may not be available in a university setting.

The Institutes, which take place across Canada and around the world, are the setting for community building, enriching and complementing Scholars’ academic experience. By broadening world views, knowledge and practical abilities, we are fostering a new generation of Engaged Leaders who are original, forward-looking thinkers and actors empowered with the potential to become inspired agents for positive change.

2020 - 2023 cycle: Technology and Ethics

Technology is a fundamental feature of humanity. Its impact on our lives at the beginning of the 21st century seems greater than ever.

Technology is a fundamental feature of humanity. Its impact on our lives at the beginning of the 21st century seems greater than ever. Our entry into the digital age has brought rapid and profound changes and breakthroughs on many levels in our individual and collective lives. At the same time, major advances have been made over the past 30 years in the areas of biotechnology and the life sciences, including, for example, genetically modified organisms, cloning, artificial organs, assisted reproductive technology, and technologies for sequencing and editing the human genome. These developments bring new social challenges and confront us with ethical dilemmas. Technologies such as human genome editing, for example, have the potential to cure serious diseases or save lives, but could also lead to new forms of social inequality and may have unforeseen negative consequences for humanity in the long term. How can inventions such as these be managed to enable us to take advantage of the benefits they can bring while mitigating their risks? As technological advances seem to continually push back the boundaries of the possible, this type of question has become increasingly important in today’s societies.

2019 - 2022 cycle: Power and Knowledge

Knowledge is understanding who has authority and through which mechanisms and structures it manifests itself. Power and knowledge are interrelated. Knowledge is power.

Knowledge is understanding who has authority and through which mechanisms and structures it manifests itself. Power and knowledge are interrelated. Knowledge is power. Understanding this relationship and the roots of power imbalances allows for critical analysis, change, and altering the balance of power.

The general notion of “knowledge-power” is addressed according to three secondary themes that are interconnected: gender, the environment, and the status of individuals in the social space.

Connected, because these power relationships are intertwined, adding to and amplifying the effects of one another. Only by highlighting the issues inherent to these sub-themes can we examine how they intersect.

By immersing scholars in this critical environment, the mission of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is to train engaged leaders who are aware of the impact of their research on different communities, are aware of various forms of non-conventional knowledge, and are eager to translate their know-how into sustainable engagement in Canadian society. Furthermore, by sharing the knowledge of the Foundation’s scholars and mentors, the Institutes of Engaged Leadership may contribute to the democratization of knowledge and to social inclusion.

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