An autumn at high speed!
Here we are already with our last newsletter for this year of great achievements. The past few months have flown by so quickly that we have barely had time to stop and share these achievements with you. Our program, events, communications, special projects, outreach, and philanthropy teams have been busy with contagious enthusiasm and creativity!
Coming to a screen near you!
In August, we set ourselves the goal of finding new ways to showcase the Foundation and its community members. Undoubtedly, we saw that the use of videos would be the most lively, touching, and authentic way to communicate our messages. Willingly, many Scholars, Fellows and Mentors generously agreed to share their impressions, advice, and experiences, which will allow us to better communicate the Foundation's role, values, and programs.
We travelled to meet the community of the Foundation, first in Toronto, where we were welcomed by Massey College at the University of Toronto for two days of filming, in addition to a cocktail and a community dinner that brought together some twenty members of the community from various cohorts. Thank you to Nathalie Des Rosiers, 2020 Mentor, for the warm welcome at Massey College!
We then continued filming in Montreal in September, October, and November, as well as at a leadership gathering in Quebec City with our 2021 cohort. Some of our Scholars' videos have already appeared on our social media networks to support the 2022 Call for Scholarship applications.
Here are some of the latest videos that were released these last two weeks:
Did you miss the recent videos from other 2021 Scholars? You can view them by clicking on the links below:
- Étienne Cossette-Lefebvre, 2021 Scholar - cliquer ici pour regarder la vidéo
- Cristina Wood, 2021 Scholar- cliquer ici pour regarder la vidéo
- Bryon Maxey, 2021 Scholar - cliquer ici pour regarder la vidéo
- Prativa Baral, 2021 Scholar - cliquer ici pour regarder la vidéo
- Maria Juliana Angarita Bohorquez, 2021 Scholar - cliquer ici pour regarder la vidéo.
We are also preparing a video to explain the importance of diversity and the philosophy behind the creation of the Code of Community Engagement, which still raises questions that we want to answer. Thank you to Mary Anne Chambers, 2018 Mentor, and the other members of the Advisory Committee on Diversity for sharing their expertise and wisdom so generously!
Finally, as we approach the Foundation's 20th anniversary in 2022, we are preparing a special video honouring the Foundation's great achievements, remarkable community, and persons who have made the Foundation what it is today. This video will also be a wonderful form of support to the efforts of the Development Committee dedicated to philanthropy, which began its work a few months ago under the leadership of Hilary Pearson, Foundation Member and Chair of the Development Committee.
We would like to thank all the members of our community who spoke so eloquently on video: you were wonderful! Thank you to our Scholars, Fellows and Mentors, active and alumni:
- Sara Angel, 2012 Scholar and member of the Development Committee
- Françoise Bertrand, 2013 Mentor (Director since December 2021)
- Magaly Brodeur, 2009 Scholar and member of the Advisory Committee on Diversity
- Christopher Campbell-Duruflé, 2016 Scholar
- Mary Anne Chambers, 2018 Mentor et Co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Diversity
- Stéphanie Chouinard, 2020 Fellow
- Nathalie Des Rosiers, 2020 Mentor
- Rita Deverell, 2011 Mentor
- Alain-Désiré Nimubona, 2004 Scholar
- Valerie Pringle, 2017 Mentor and member of the Development Committee
- Poonam Puri, 2016 Fellow and member of the Advisory Committee on Diversity
- Darren Saunders, 2019 Scholar and member of the Advisory Committee on Diversity
- Charlie Wall-Andrews, 2020 Scholar and member of the Advisory Committee on Diversity
Thank you also to our Directors and Members, who have been at the helm of the Foundation’s governance for many years:
- Dyane Adam, 2008 Mentor and Vice-chair of the Board of Directors
- John English, Chair of the Members
- Martha Durdin, Director
- Ron Graham, Member
- Edward Johnson, Chair of the Board of Directors and Founding Member
- Marc Lalonde, Honorary and Founding Member
- Joe MacInnis, Honorary and Founding Member
- Bruce McNiven, Founding Member, Director and Treasurer
- Robert Murdoch, Founding Member
- Alexandre Trudeau, Founding Member
Brave Spaces: The Podcast expands to include two new topics
Stay tuned as two new podcast series of Brave Spaces: The Podcast will be released in the early months of 2022 on two of the Foundation's Six Key Concepts of leadership.
One of these podcast series will be on the topic of Diversity and is being created in collaboration with members of the Advisory Committee on Diversity. We are delighted that Margarida Garcia, 2004 Scholar, will be hosting this special series in English and French.
The other series, created in collaboration with the Foundation's Alumni Network, will address Communication and Sharing Knowledge, one of the Foundation’s Six Key Concepts of leadership. It will be hosted by the Co-presidents of the Alumni Network Executive Committee, Robert Leckey, 2003 Scholar, in English, and Sophie Thériault, 2003 Scholar, in French.
In the meantime, we encourage you to listen and share the links to the podcasts produced earlier this year:
- Audacity and Resilience, one of the Foundation’s Six Key Concepts of Leadership;
- Special series on the Impacts of COVID-19. Thank you to our sponsors, the Université de Montréal and McGill University for making this series possible!
Thank you to the COVID-19 Impact Committee!
A mention of the special podcast series on the impacts of the COVID-19 would not be complete without fully thanking the members of the COVID-19 Impact Committee that was created in April 2020 and that completed their term in April 2021.
The Committee came together, in the first months of the pandemic, at a great moment of uncertainty in Canada and the world, with the objective of sharing their knowledge, expertise and voice with Canadians across the country. The Committee is a shining example of thought leadership and the democratization of knowledge that is central to the work of the Foundation.
The Committee’s work and impact speaks for itself through:
- Publications and articles by members of the COVID-19 Impact Committee in the Toronto Star and La Presse, and that were later compiled into a Compendium on the Impacts of COVID-19.
- Commitment to Action Declaration, that builds on publications and articles of the Committee, and that sets a path towards rebuilding a stronger and more equal, post-pandemic society.
- Public presentation of the Declaration in April 2021, during a conference of the International Women’s Forum - Canada, by Vardit Ravitsky, 2020 Fellow, the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, 2020 Mentor, and Pascale Fournier, President and CEO.
- Special podcast series on the Impacts of COVID-19 hosted in English and French by Vardit Ravitsky, 2020 Fellow :
- Access to Justice During the Pandemic, with the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, 2020 Mentor - listen here.
- Bioethics During the Pandemic, with Eric Meslin, 2020 Mentor - listen here.
- Neglected No More: The Impact of the Pandemic on Seniors, with André Picard, 2018 Mentor - listen here.
- Misinformation and Myth During the Pandemic, with Tim Caulfield, 2013 Fellow - listen here.
- Social Inequality During the Pandemic, with Cindy Blackstock, 2012 Mentor - listen here.
- Public Health Measures During a Pandemic, with Steven Hoffman, 2012 Scholar - listen here.
- Human Rights During the Pandemic, with Bernard Duhaime, Fellow 2017 - listen here.
- Knowledge Sharing in the Fight Against the Pandemic, with Pascale Fournier, President and CEO - listen here.
- Brave Spaces: The Commitment to Action Declaration, with the Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin, 2020 Mentor, Eric Meslin, 2020 Mentor, Vardit Ravitsky, 2020 Fellow, hosted by Valerie Pringle, mentore 2017 - listen here.
Thank you to all members of the COVID-19 Impact Committee, and a special thank you to the Chair of the Committee, Vardit Ravitsky, 2020 Fellow, for her infectious energy and unrelenting commitment to the Committee and the public.
Nomination period closed!
We are delighted to announce that we have received close to 500 applications for our 2022 Call for Scholarship Applications process. This is a credit to our community. Our team at the Foundation and the Application and Nomination Review Committee (ANRC) will have their work cut out for them over the coming months!
Our Alumni Network Executive Committee has been renewed!
We are pleased to announce that Senator Patti Laboucane-Benson, 2004 Scholar, Milad Parpouchi 2017 Scholar, and Alain-G. Gagnon, 2010 Fellow, are joining the Foundation's Alumni Network Executive Committee.
In addition, Sophie Thériault is taking over from Lisa Helps as Co-chair of the Alumni Network Executive Committee. Congratulations Sophie!
Our Advisory Committee on Diversity is growing!
We are pleased to announce that Lydie C. Belporo, 2021 Scholar, is joining the Advisory Committee on Diversity for a one-year renewable term.
Thank you to Roméo Saganash for serving as Co-chair since the inception of the Advisory Committee in 2020.
New Directors and Members of the Foundation
Directors manage and oversee the management of the business and affairs of the Foundation. They are elected by the Members of the Foundation for a renewable term of two years.
We would also like to announce the appointment of Mr. John Fraser, 2015 Mentor, and Ms. Danielle Ferron, Associate Lawyer at Langlois Avocats, as Members of the Foundation. Ms. Ferron was also elected Secretary of the Foundation. Welcome and congratulations
The Members of the Foundation are individuals interested in promoting and protecting the mission of the Foundation, and do so for a renewable five-year term. Members elect the Directors of the Board of Directors, approve amendments to the by-laws and appoint the external auditor.
News from the Community
More knowledge sharing from the community
- Our 2020 Scholar, Christina Goldhar, wrote an article with colleagues, ‘Return to normal’ travel and research may bring hazards to northern, Indigenous communities, which appears in the Conversation, and which explains that the return to normal travel and research could pose a threat to northern Indigenous communities.
- The research of Jake Pyne, 2014 Scholar, Patricia Bérubé, 2019 Scholar, Myriam Denov, 2014 Fellow, Alain-G. Gagnon, 2010 Fellow, and Malinda Smith, 2018 Fellow, are celebrated in the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences' report, Think Big: How the social sciences and humanities are building a better Canada.
- Listen to Taylor Owen, 2006 Scholar, and Nathalie Des Rosiers, 2020 Mentor, in conversation with Ed Greenspoon et Peter MacLeod on the role of social media in public life, in the podcast: Putting up Guardrails on the Internet of the Public Policy Forum.
Recent book launches
René Provost, 2015 Fellow, launched his book Rebel Courts: the Administration of Justice by Armed Insurgents, which was his fellowship project during his time at the Foundation
Environmental philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore and Bob Haverluck, 2020 Mentor and artist, share twenty-two life-inspired essays and drawings in their book: Take Heart: Encouragement for Earth's Weary Lovers. Moore and Haverluck encourage us to join or continue Earth's work, with deep, honest reasons that remind us that the struggle matters.
Prizes and Nominations
Congratulations to Christine Brabant, 2006 Scholar, recipeint of the Louise-Dandurand du Fonds de recherche – Society and culture award!
Congratulations to Stéphanie Roy, 2017 Scholar, and Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly, 2020 Scholar, for their nomination as finalists for the Pro Bono and Social Involvement Award at the 2021 Gala of the Jeune Barreau du Québec!
Congratulations to Rita Shelton Deverell, 2011 Mentor, on her appointment as the 10th Chancellor of Lakehead University.
Congratulations to Steven Hoffman, 2012 Scholar and member of our former COVID-19 Impact Committee, on his appointment as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences!
Congratulations to Alain-G. Gagnon, 2010 Fellow and member of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Network, for being elected President of the Royal Society of Canada for a three-year term that will officially begin in November 2022.
Congratulations to membres de notre communauté qui ont été reconnus par la Société royale du Canada cet automne :
- Poonam Puri, 2016 Fellow, recipient of the Yvan Allaire Medal, for her distinguished contribution in the field of corporate governance of private and public companies;
- Catherine Potvin, 2016 Fellow, recipient of the Sir John William Dawson Medal for her distinguished contribution to several fields of knowledge;
- Will Kymlick, 2005 Fellow, for receiving the Pierre Chauveau Medal for outstanding contributions to the humanities and social sciences;
- Jason Lewis, 2014 Fellow, and Catherine Dauvergne, 2012 Fellow, for being elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.
Members of the community in the news!
- Stanford University profiled 2019 Scholar, Jarita Greyeyes, as part of Native Heritage Month in November 2021 ;
- Quebec Science magazine featured 2021 Scholar, Maria Juliana Angarita, as a featured researcher in its December 2021 edition.
- Article on 2021 Scholars that was featured in Global Heroes: Emerging Global Heroes on the Path to Engaged Leadership and Inclusive Excellence.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Finally, the Foundation's team would like to wish you all happy holidays and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you again in 2022!
The Foundation is on a bold path to create new opportunities for learning, knowledge-sharing, and community building; meanwhile, the heart of the Foundation’s mission remains the same: providing Scholars with the tools and support to promote their research and become Engaged Leaders in inclusive public debates that shape our collective future.
Are you a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, Fellow, Mentor, or member of the Alumni community with a publication or news to share?
We want to hear from you!