Program

Below is an overview of the Victoria Forum program. To view a detailed Victoria Forum program, click on the image to the left.

Arrival and Check-In

6 hours

Coference Centre/Cristal Garden (Downtown), 720 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 3M7

General Public

Registration

5 hours 30 minutes

Victoria Conference Centre, Pre-Function Hall

General Public

Opening Ceremony

Program:

  • Ceremonial Welcome, Esquimalt Nation
  • Ceremonial Welcome, Songhees Nation
  • O' Canada
  • Youth Welcome Message, UVic Students
  • Victoria Forum Welcome Message, Victoria Forum
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Saul Klein, Chair, Victoria Forum, Dean of Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

30 minutes

Lecture Hall, Victoria Conference Center, 720 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 3M7

The next 150: Mindful of our past for a better future.

This prestigious panel will develop constructive ideas for a better future while recognising rights and wrongs of the past. More details will be published soon.

Keynote Speakers:

Moderator: Anna Maria Tremonti, Host, CBC Radio's The Current

1 hour 30 minutes

Victoria Conference Centre, Lecture Hall, 720 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 3M7

Gala Reception in Collaboration with Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific

Uniting Cultures & Countries through Diversity & Inclusion Welcome:

  • On behalf of the University of Victoria, Dr. Jamie Cassels, President
  • - On behalf of the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, Désirée McGraw, President


  • Promoting Diversity & Inclusion at Home & Abroad
  • On behalf of the City of Victoria, Mayor Lisa Helps
  • On behalf of Global Affairs Canada: Director General Shelley Whiting
  • 1 hour 15 minutes

    The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Palm Court and Ballroom

    Arrivals and Refreshments

    30 minutes

    University of Victoria, University Centre

    Defining ‘Nation to Nation’ Paradigm

    Welcome Address

    UVic Territory Acknowledgement

    Master of Ceremonies: Sebastien Beaulieu,Associate Co-Chair, Victoria Forum, Executive Director, Global Affairs Canada


    Keynote Speakers

  • DR. SOPHIE PIERRE, OC, OBC

    Moderators: Mr.  Miles Richardson, Director of National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development, University of Victoria

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    1 hour 5 minutes

    Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria, B115 Ring Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

  • Break and Networking

    Please continue the conversation and engage with the speakers and other participants in inclusive spaces specially curated for the event.

    40 minutes

    Exhibition Halls, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

    Canada’s Global and Inclusive Agenda

    Panelists:

    • LORD JOHN ALDERDICE , Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Harris Manchester College (University of Oxford) and Chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building (Belfast)
    • DR LORI BEAMAN, Canada Research Chair in Religious Diversity and Social Change  University of Ottawa
    • DR. EDE IJJASZ- VASQUEZ, Senior Director for the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural & Resilience Global Practices
    Moderators: DR. OLIVER SCHMIDTKE, Director, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria

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    1 hour

    University of Victoria, Farquhar Auditorium

    Break and Networking

    Please continue the conversation and engage with the speakers and other participants in inclusive spaces specially curated for the event.

    20 minutes

    Exhibition Halls, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

    Lunch and Plenary Session

    Are smart cities inclusive?

    More details to come

    Sponsored by: TELUS

    1 hour 30 minutes

    University of Victoria, Michele Pujol

    New Partnerships for Inclusion and Development

    Keynote Speakers

    • DR DONALD KABERUKA, Senior Advisor at TPG Capital, L.P., Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Centum Investment Company Limited, and currently the African Union High Representative for the Peace Fund, former President of the African Development Bank
    • DOUG HORSWILL, Retired Senior Vice President Sustainability, Teck Resources
    • DR ELISSAR SARROUH, Professor of Practice on Governance & Sustainability at the Institute for the Study of International Development
    Moderator: HILARY PEARSON, President, Philanthropic Foundations Canada

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    1 hour

    Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria, B115 Ring Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

    Break and Networking

    Please continue the conversation and engage with the speakers and other participants in inclusive spaces specially curated for the event.

    40 minutes

    Exhibition Halls, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

    Defining Climate Justice

    When considering diversity and inclusion in the context of climate change, the theme of “climate justice” arises. As the impacts of climate change accelerate, people of all current and future socio-economic conditions will feel the effects. What are some of the solutions needed to tackle issues such as generational and cultural inequities that arise from climate change; financial and social challenges for those people living in low-lying coastal areas who are subject to inundation; those who have livelihoods that are tied to stable and foreseeable climate regimes; and the plight of other species who are being impacted? This theme will look at three aspects of “climate justice”, posed through questions that will explore solutions to how we can and should begin to consider dealing with the challenges ahead. The consequences of not addressing this complex issue could be significantly destabilizing, and cause untold harm to large groups of people and other species around the globe.

    Keynote Speakers

    • JUDITH SAYERS, Adjunct Professor, UVic, School of Environmental Studies
    • DR. MICHAEL BYERS, Professor in Global Practices & International Law, UBC


    Moderators: DAVID MILLER, President and CEO of World Wildlife, former Mayor of Toronto and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

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    1 hour

    University of Victoria, Farquhar Auditorium

    Engaged

    Break and Networking

    Please continue the conversation and engage with the speakers and other participants in inclusive spaces specially curated for the event.

    30 minutes

    Exhibition Halls, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

    Global Trade and Promotion of Inclusive Economies

    This session will elaborates on the benefits and challenges of international trade and global economic integration, including aspects of diversity and inclusion which highlight ongoing challenges and opportunities for improving local communities, social empowerment and environmental sustainability, and the need for enhancing international competencies.

    Panel Members:

    • SENATOR YUEN PAU WOO, Senate of Canada
    • JALOUL AYED, President of MED Confederation and Vice President of Euromed Capital Forum and former Minister of Finance of Tunisia
    • DR JUAN-JOSÉ DABOUB, CEO of The Daboub Partnership, Vice-Chairman of Dorado Group, and Founding CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute, former Managing Director at the World Bank and former Minister of Finance of El Salvador
    • DR EVA BUSZA, VP Research and Programs, Asia Pacific Foundation (and an APF Youth Council representative)
    • MR. DAVID USHER, Director General, Trade Negotiations at Global Affairs Canada
    Moderator: DR DANIEL MUZYKA, President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, and Professor of Management at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business

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    1 hour

    Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria, B115 Ring Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

    Wrap-up of Day 1

    Master of Ceremonies: Sebastien Beaulieu, Associate co-chair of the Victoria Forum, Executive Director at Global Affairs Canada

    35 minutes

    Arrivals and Refreshments

    30 minutes

    University of Victoria, University Centre

    Inclusive Socio-Economic Progress

    Opening
    Master of Ceremony: Dr. Adel Guitouni, Associate co-chair of the Victoria Forum, Associate Professor, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

    Keynote Speakers

    • DR KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE, Associate Professor of Journalism Ryerson University
    • DR BESSMA MOMANI, Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation
    • RITA PARIKH, Director, Vancity Board of Directors
    Moderators: to be announced soon.

    Sponsored by: Vancity

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    1 hour 5 minutes

    University of Victoria, Farquhar Auditorium

    Break and Networking

    Please continue the conversation and engage with the speakers and other participants in inclusive spaces specially curated for the event.

    30 minutes

    Exhibition Halls, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

    Bloc 1: Think Tank Sessions

    Think tank sessions are designed to stimulate constructive and evidence based conversations leading to actionable recommendations (novel ideas, call for actions or new challenges). You are encouraged to engage with the discussants and the moderators and contribute to the conversations.


    “Can Canada Export the idea of ‘Pluralism’?”

    UVic, Cornett B135

    Discussants:

    • Jillian Stirk, Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation mentor, a Dialogue Associate at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue
    • Mark Tschirgi, Global Centre for Pluralism
    • Erin Aylward, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar


    Moderator: Geoffrey Cameron, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar

    “First Nations Leadership and Governance”

    UVic, First People’s House

    Discussants: 
    • Dr. Tim Raybould, Professor of Practice at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
    • Brian MacDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Government of Yukon
    • Lee Francoeur, Lawyer, Eagle Law Group


    Moderators: Ms. Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Aboriginal Initiatives and Partnerships, BCIT

    “Governing migration and refugees in a globalizing world”

    UVic, Cornett A125

    This session will discuss how liberal democracies have addressed the challenge of global migration/ refugee flows. What kind of effective and morally valid responses have countries in the Western world come up with given their political and legal commitment to protecting the right to political asylum and human rights? This response speaks to both dimensions of governing migration: first, efforts of the international community in protecting migrants/ refugees and, second, domestic goals to build welcoming communities and to withstand anti-immigrant, nativist ideologies.

    Discussants: David Lau, Executive Director, Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society

    Moderators: Professor Olive Schmidtke

    “Who tells the story about climate justice?”

    UVic, Cornett A120

    Who Tells the Story about Climate Justice: who tells the story can shape the actions that we take to address climate change. What are the perspectives around climate justice, for example, of youth who will be faced with increasing impacts of climate change throughout their lives? How do different cultural values (e.g. First Nations) change solution pathways? What are some solutions to address climate change that can address multiple perspectives?

    Discussants:
    • Dr. Paul Kershaw, Associate Professor, School of Population and public Health, UBC, author of Generation Squeeze
    • Mike McKenzie, First Nations Youth, Swepmec Territory


    Moderator: Steve Cornish, CEO David Suzuki Foundation

    “Philanthropy and Sustainable Development”

    UVic, Cornett A121

    This session will take a closer look at the opportunities and challenges for philanthropy and civil society actors engaged in the work of inclusive and sustainable development, both at the global and the local level. We will discuss the linkages and the partnerships between private funders, INGOs and international organizations and governments, using the lens of community development and the inclusion of communities in directing their own development.

    Discussants:
    • Kevin McCort – CEO, Vancouver Foundation
    • June Webber – Director, Coady Institute, St Francis Xavier University
    • Robert Greenhill – Executive Chairman, Global Canada, Montreal
    • Dr. Donald Kaberuka – former president of the African Development Bank


    Moderator: Hilary Pearson, President, Philanthropic Foundations Canada

    “Global Trade and Economic Growth: TPP, CETA, NAFTA and the backlash against globalisation; How to address trade differently”

    UVic, Cornett B112

    Discussants:
    • Brent Bergeron, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Goldcorp
    • Professor James Brander, Asia Pacific Professor in International Business and Public Policy at University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business
    • Ms. Jacqueline Palladini, Senior Economist, Global Commerce Centre, The Conference Board of Canada
    Moderator: Dr. Daniel Muzyka, President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, and the Professor of Management at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business
    Please visit themes description and speakers pages for more information.

    1 hour 30 minutes

    University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

    Lunch and Plenary Session: Are Smart Cities Inclusive?

    Our lunch panel will engage on this topic from perspectives of social, economic, technology & communications, sustainability and social innovation. The panel will address the following questions: What makes cities to be smart? Are smart cities better places to live? Are smart cities more inclusive? How do new technology and the power of networking help eliminate the multiple divides in cities? Are smart cities more sustainable? and promote preservation? What makes Victoria to become a smart leader for Canada and the world?

    Panelists:



      Panelists:
    • Mayor Lisa Helps, On Victoria’s evolving Smart City Strategy
    • MR. JACQUES VAN CAMPEN, Director at South Island Prosperity Project
    • MR. DAN PONTEFRACT, TELUS, Speaker, Thinker and Chief Envisioner, TELUS
    • MR. JOHN LONGBOTTOM, Canadian Smarter Cities Strategy Leader at IBM Canada Ltd.
    • MR. ERIC SWANSON, Executive Director, Generation
    Moderator: DR. DANIEL MUZYKA, President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, and Professor of Management at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business

    45 minutes

    University of Victoria, Mystic Market

    Bloc 2: Think Tank Sessions

    Think tank sessions are designed to stimulate constructive and evidence based conversations leading to actionable recommendations (novel ideas, call for actions or new challenges). You are encouraged to engage with the discussants and the moderators and contribute to the conversations.


    “Is Canadian diversity a myth or reality?”

    UVic, Cornett B135

    Discussants:
    • Geoffrey Cameron, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar
    • Kamal Al-Solaylee, Associate Professor of Journalism at Ryerson University
    • Dr. Bessma Momani, Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation
    Moderator: Erin Aylward, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar

    “Defining ‘Nation to Nation’ relationships.”

    UVic, First People’s House

    Discussants: To be announced soon

    Moderators: To be announced soon


    “Multicultural Canada – past legacies and future prospects”

    UVic, Cornett A125

    This session will focus on Canada’s legacy of endorsing immigration and cultural diversity under the auspices of multiculturalism. How have practices of social inclusion/exclusion shaped the fate of immigrants, refugees and minorities in Canada? What can we learn from Canada’s past of treating immigrants and minorities with a view to current challenges (most importantly the global refugee crisis)? To what degree is multiculturalism as a state policy and social practice still the most effective strategy for governing diversity and fostering inclusion?

    Discussants:To be announced soon

    Moderators: To be announced soon


    “Just solutions for communities threatened by less predictable environments.”

    UVic, Cornett A120

    Just Solutions for Communities Threatened by Less Predictable Environments: In a developed country such as Canada, many of our businesses are directly linked to stable climate regimes to remain viable. This includes forestry, fishing, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and tourism to name just a few. What are some socially just solutions for dealing with these changes? Who should take responsibility for dealing with the economic and social impacts of climate change where it seriously threatens livelihoods?

    Discussants: 
  • Hon. George Heyman BC Government, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
  • Dr. Jocelyn Stacey, Assistant Professor, UBC Peter Allard School of Law
  • Moderator: Dr Sybil Seitzinger, Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), and Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria

    “Philanthropy & Social Innovation”

    UVic, Cornett A121

    Discussants:
    • Robin McLay – Executive Director of Social Innovation, Government of BC
    • Peter Elson – Adjunct Assistant Professor UVic and Mount Royal
    • James Stauch – Director, Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University (formerly with Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation)
    • Sandra Hucaluk – Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Investment at Alberta Treasury Branches
    Moderator: Dr. Roy Suddaby, Professor; Francis G. Winspear Chair; Director, Research; Associate Dean Research & Faculty Renewal Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

    “Local Economics of Diversity and Inclusion”

    UVic, Cornett B112

    Highlighting strategies of cities and regions which are benefiting from diversity and inclusion, especially in the knowledge economy; Voices from other regions facing challenges in response to changing global economic circumstances.

    Discussants:
    • Emilie de Rosenroll, Executive Director, South Island Prosperity Project
    • Joan Elangovan, Director, Asia Pacific Center, Vancouver Economic Commission
    Moderator: Dr. Andrew Marton, Professor at University of Victoria
    Please visit themes description and speakers pages for more information.

    1 hour 15 minutes

    University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

    Break and Networking

    Please continue the conversation and engage with the speakers and other participants in inclusive spaces specially curated for the event.

    15 mintues

    Exhibition Halls, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

    Bloc 3: Think Tank Sessions

    Think tank sessions are designed to stimulate constructive and evidence based conversations leading to actionable recommendations (novel ideas, call for actions or new challenges). You are encouraged to engage with the discussants and the moderators and contribute to the conversations.


    “How can we make Canada a more welcoming place?”

    UVic, Cornett B135

    Discussants:
    • Wyle Baoween, CEO at HRx Technology Inc.
    • Erin Aylward, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar
    • Geoffrey Cameron, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar
    • Moderator: Mark Tschirgi, Global Centre for Pluralism

      “Action initiatives: entrepreneurship, first nations law, and economy of affection” 

      UVic, First People’s House

      Discussants:
      • Ms. Estella Charleson, JFK Law
      • Dr. Brent Mainprize, Teaching Professor
      • Dr. Dara Kelly, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
      Moderators: Dr. John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria

      “Building an inclusive and welcoming society – a grass root perspective”

      UVic, Cornett A125

      This session looks at how Canada’s promise to be inclusive and  respectful of diversity shapes practices in the communities. The vast majority of immigrants and refugees in Canada settle in the country’s urban centres. How have communities reacted to the massive influx of newcomers, what practices have contributed to making these communities welcoming and inclusive and how are conflicts addressed? The focus in this session is on civil society: How can its practices drive the agenda for deepening respect for diversity and  inclusiveness of Canadian society.

      Discussants: To be announced soon

      Moderators: To be announced soon

      “Climate justice for ecosystems”

      UVic, Cornett A120

      Climate Justice for Ecosystems: Most of the discourse on climate change focuses on the impacts on people. In this context, climate justice looks at those who lose their livelihoods, become impoverished, or are forced to relocate. But this is a highly anthropocentric view, and one that ignores other species. Should climate justice be expanded to include other species and ecosystems? Should we consider other species when we make our decisions about how to mitigate and adapt to future climate regimes? And if we do include all life on the planet, how does this shift the debate about climate justice to include all life on the planet?

      Discussants:
      • Dr. David Boyd – Associate Professor of Law, Policy and Sustainability, UBC; leading expert environmental law and policy
      • Linda Sheehan - Executive Director of Planet Pledge, Center for Humans and Nature
      • Emily Giles, Senior Specialist, Species Conservation, WWF Canada
      Moderator: Dr. Peter Robinson, Retired Chief Executive Officer of the David Suzuki Foundation
      “Philanthropy, Diversity & Inclusion.” UVic, Cornett A121

      This session will look at innovative work both within institutions and in the public realm that has addressed social and educational challenges, significantly shifting the dialogue and promoting social change. Philanthropic foundations have been a key force behind this work.

      Discussants:
      • Paul Lacerte - CEO and Co-Founder, Moose Hide Campaign Development Society
      • Sandra Richardson – CEO, Victoria Foundation
      • Brittany Harker-Martin – Associate Director Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Education
      • Dr. Ralph Nilson, Vancouver Island University
      Moderator: Mary Rozsa de Coquet C.M., LLD (Hon)

      “Capacity Building for Diversity and Inclusion”

      UVic, Cornett B112

      A particular focus on education, training and human resource development for Canadian international engagement – especially with Asia.

      Discussants:
      • Eva Busza, Asia Pacific Foundation
      • Additional discussants will be announced soon
      Moderator: Erin Williams, Program Manager, Skills and Competencies, Asia Pacific Foundation
      Please visit themes description and speakers pages for more information.

      1 hour 15 minutes

      University of Victoria

    Transfers to Downtown

    45 minutes

    Closing Reception at Government House

    Her Honour Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, is hosting the Victoria Forum Closing Reception at the Government House. Program:

    • Syntheses of the main recommendations, Victoria Forum
    • Her Honour, Judith Guichon
    • Keynote address, to be announced
    • Closing remarks, Victoria Forum Chair
    Snacks and beverages will be served.

    1 hour 30 minutes

    Government House, 1401 Rockland Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 1V9

    General Public