The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation reveals the Fellows and Mentors who will support tomorrow’s leaders

The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation is proud to announce today the identities of the Fellows and Mentors who will support the Scholars for the 2024-2027 cohort and encourage them to get involved in issues and debates that go beyond the scope of their doctoral training.

After a rigorous process, the Foundation has selected four exceptional intellectuals for their research excellence, their leadership as engaged educators and their solid skills in academic teaching and mentoring. These top researchers in their respective fields will provide an intellectual framework to Scholars and ensure that they are exposed to a multitude of perspectives. 


Our Distinguished Fellows for 2024-2027

Fellows 2024


  • Hoi Kong – Professor and holder of The Right Honourable Beverly McLachlin, P.C., Peter Allard School of Law, UBC Professorship in Constitutional Law.
  • Sean Mills – Professor and Canada Research Chair of Canadian and Transnational History, University of Toronto.
  • Malcolm Thorburn – Law Professor and Chair, Legal, Ethical and Cultural Impacts of Technological Innovation, University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
  • Stéfanie von Hlatky – Canada Research Chair in Gender, Security and the Armed Forces, Professor of Political Studies at Queen’s University and Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy.

Since 2020, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Fulbright Canada have created a Research Chair in contemporary public policy for American scholars who wish to work alongside their Canadian colleagues. 

We are delighted to announce that Melissa (Lisa) Redford, Professor and Head of the Linguistics Department at Oregon University has been nominated the 2024 Fellow for Fulbright Canada—Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.


Our Exceptional Mentors for 2024-2027

The Foundation is equally happy to announce the Mentors selected for their remarkable achievements in various domains.

Mentors 2024


  • Taiwo Afolabi – Artist and researcher with African roots, Afolabi is also an Associate Professor at the University of Regina.
  • Sam Baardman – Artist, singer-songwriter and cultural leader
  • Nancy Cleman – Lawyer and head of the intellectual property group at the Montreal firm, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, LLP.
  • Michael Linklater – Cree from Thunderchild First Nation, Sohkisiwin Solutions cofounder, and founder of the campaign “Boys with Braids”.
  • Sophie Montreuil – Executive Director of ACFAS, the Association francophones pour le savoir .

Together, Fellow and Mentors will support Scholars in their paths to becoming engaged, bold and forward-thinking leaders, who are apt in addressing challenges of their time and creating a positive impact in their organizations and communities, both in Canada and abroad. 


About the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister. In 2002, with the support of the House of Commons, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with the Advanced Research in the Humanities and Human Sciences Fund. By granting doctoral Scholarships, awarding Fellowships, appointing Mentors and holding public events, the Foundation encourages critical reflection and action in four areas important to Canadians: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada’s role in the world, and people and their natural environment.