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
- 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
- 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?
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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