International Women’s Day: Pascale Fournier

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

"My grandmother played a significant role in my life and enabled me to have a voice. Grand-maman Lamothe, the feminist, the friend, the confidant, the mentor. She was a compassionate leader whose journey was to bring meaningful impact to the world.”

-Pascale Fournier: in an excerpt from Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision, by Janice McDonald.

Pascale Fournier, Ad.E., is an innovative, trailblazing leader whose style and objectives are intimately inspired by the Foundation’s values of Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership. She is the first woman to be President & CEO of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Since beginning her mandate in July 2018, Dr. Fournier has taken bold steps to modernize and innovate the Foundation’s programs, while cultivating meaningful new partnerships with peer organizations, sponsors, and community leaders from a wide range of horizons. The Foundation recently unveiled its new 2019-2024  Strategic Plan, the culmination of more than a year of reflection and consultation, notably through the Future Forums listening and learning tour.

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

You can read the full report here.

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Pascale Fournier

  • Scholar 2003
  • Alumni
2003 Scholar, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation (2018 to 2023)