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On Canada’s 150th anniversary, the University of Victoria and Global Affairs Canada have joined forces to organize the inaugural Victoria Forum under the theme of Canada@150: Promoting Diversity & Inclusion. Join global and national policy makers, business leaders, academics and civil society representatives to take stock of Canada’s successes and challenges in these areas, and to chart a way forward.

Pour marquer le 150ème anniversaire du Canada, l’Université de Victoria en collaboration avec Affaires mondiales Canada organisent le premier Forum de Victoria sous le thème Canada @ 150: Promouvoir diversité et inclusion. Joignez des experts canadiens et internationaux, des leaders politiques, des dirigeants d’entreprises, des universitaires et acteurs de la société civile pour examiner les succès et défis du Canada et discuter des perspectives d’avenir.

With the emergence of populist agendas, in the face of declining trust in our key institutions, there has been a trend towards increasing protectionism and anxiety about migration worldwide.The need to present an alternative narrative highlighting the benefits of diversity, openness and inclusiveness has become of vital importance. Prominent Canadian and international visionaries, activists, cultural icons, influencers, and politicians will gather in Victoria, British Columbia on November 17-19 to discuss Canada’s successes and challenges in the area of diversity and inclusion in the 21st century. Speakers and participants will discuss everything from the powerful narrative of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to the ongoing efforts to resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees across Canada. The Victoria Forum is designed to facilitate constructive dialogue and forward thinking by focusing on results and building bridges between different groups.

2017 Forum Visionaries

The Victoria Forum brought together influential business leaders, visionaries, activists, politicians and cultural influencers to discuss diversity and inclusion in society and organizations. Click here to see the full list of Forum speakers.

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RIGHT HONOURABLE KIM CAMPBELL

Peter Lougheed Leadership College - University of Alberta

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LORD JOHN ALDERDICE

Commission on Freedom of Religion and Belief in Common Wealth Countries

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RIGHT HONOURABLE PAUL MARTIN

Martin Family Initiative & Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship

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PERRY BELLEGARDE

Assembly of First Nations

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LISA HELPS

City of Victoria

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JUAN JOSÉ DABOUB

The Daboub Partnership™

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SOPHIE PIERRE

Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation

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HONOURABLE GEORGE HEYMAN

Environment and Climate Change Strategy

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JALOUL AYED

MED Confederation, Euromed Capital Forum

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HILARY PEARSON

Philanthropic Foundations Canada

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ROBERTA JAMIESON

Indspire

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ANNA MARIA TREMONTI

CBC Radio

Victoria Forum Themes

The structure of the 2017 Victoria Forum revolves around six thematic streams (tracks) that are designed to integrate different perspectives, promote inclusiveness and generate ideas for a better world for all, based on a triple bottom line perspective (economic, social and environmental):

Diversity and Economics
2C Geo Politics

The Next 150: Mindful of our Past for a Better Future

Don’t miss the chance to watch this inspiring & provocative opening panel develop constructive ideas for a better future while recognising rights and wrongs of the past. Panel comprised of former Prime Ministers Kim Campbell and Paul Martin; Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde; Roberta Jamieson, renowned indigenous visionary and thought leader, and moderated by CBC host Anna Maria Tremonti. 

2017 Video & Audio Recordings

Whether you missed the opportunity to attend the Forum or if you would like to review the material, video recordings of the Plenary Sessions and audio recordings of the Think Tank Sessions are now available.

University of Victoria
Global Affairs Canada

In Partnership With

Proudly Sponsored By

Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
University Of Victoria
Telus
VanCity
Pratt & Whitney Canada
Times Colonist
Corporate Knights
Victoria Conference Centre
Flight Centre
Engineers Without Borders
Peter B. Gustavson School of Business - Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation

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