FINAL REPORT

The Victoria Forum contributed to advancing the conversation on diversity and inclusion from different, but complementary, perspectives. We learned that to go forward we must acknowledge and address the past, but not be encumbered by it. We have prospered as a nation when we have embraced diversity and when we have opened our economy to trade, to migration and to foreign investment.

The Forum brought together business leaders, policymakers, academics, civil society and Indigenous communities to discuss diversity, inclusion and sustainable prosperity. It helped to craft a Canadian narrative that showcases how diversity is a strength and inclusiveness is a priority. Out of the conversations, we garnered 38 recommendations, which are discussed in detail in the Report of the Inaugural Victoria Forum.

2017 THEMES

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2017 Speakers

SPEAKERS

         The Victoria Forum brought together influential business leaders, visionaries, activists, politicians and cultural influencers to discuss diversity and inclusion in society and organizations

 

RIGHT HONOURABLE KIM CAMPBELL

Canada's 19th Prime Minister

Peter Lougheed Leadership College - University of Albertal.

LORD JOHN ALDERDICE

Professor, Lord and Commissioner

Commission on Freedom of Religion  in Common Wealth Countries.

RIGHT HONOURABLE PAUL MARTIN

Martin Family Initiative & Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship

PERRY BELLEGARDE

National Chief

Assembly of First Nations

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LISA HELPS

Mayor

City of Victoria

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JUAN JOSÉ DABOUB

Chairman and CEO

The Daboub Partnership™

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SOPHIE PIERRE

OC OBC

Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation

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HONOURABLE GEORGE HEYMAN

Minister

Environment and Climate Change Strategy

2017 SCHEDULE

DAY 1

SUNDAY
17 NOVEMBER 2019
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10:00 PM
University of Victoria
Exhibitions Open to the Public

Please take the time to visit the following exhibitions available during the three days of the forum:
North Korean Refugee Art
Crossing Boundaries
Understanding Past and Present: Perspectives on the Study of Islamic Art
Snapshots of UVic Co-op Students at Work
Art and Archaeology in the Islamic World
Together: An exhibition on global development
Exhibitions are open to the public for FREE. Please invite family and friends!

1:00 PM
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Registration

5 hours 30 minutes

Victoria Conference Centre, Pre-Function Hall

General Public

2:55 PM
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Opening Ceremony

Welcome
Emcee: Dr. Saul Klein, Chair, Victoria Forum, Dean of Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria Program:
Blessing: Mary Ann Thomas
Welcome on behalf of Esquimalt First Nation: Chief Andrew Thomas
Welcome on behalf of Songhees First Nation: Chief Ron Sam
Message from Her Honour, The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
Welcome on behalf of the youth: Ann-Bernice Thomas, UVic student
35 minutes

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

3:30 PM
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The next 150: Mindful of our past for a better future.

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. 

Distinguished Panelsits:

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

Click HERE for more information.

 1 hour 30 minutes

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

5:00 PM
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Gala Reception in Collaboration with Pearson College

Gala Reception in Collaboration with Pearson College
Celebrating Peace
Promoting Diversity at Home and Abroad
Welcomes:
Professor Jamie Cassels, QC, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Victoria
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of International Trade
Honourable Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services
Her Worship, Mayor Lisa Helps, City of Victoria
Ms. Désirée McGraw, President and Head of College, Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific
Senator Yuen Pau Woo, Senate of Canada, Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific alumnus
Cultural Presentation: Students and Educators of Pearson College Mix and Mingle


2 hours 15 minutes

The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Palm Court and Ballroom

DAY 2

MONDAY
18 NOVEMBER 2019
8:00 AM
First floor
Arrivals and Refreshments

30 minutes

University of Victoria, University Centre

8:25 AM
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Welcome

Welcome
Emcee: Mr. Sébastien Beaulieu, Associate Co-chair of the Victoria Forum, Canada’s Executive Coordinator for Syria, Government of Canada

UVic Territory Acknowledgement

Defining the Nation to Nation Paradigm

Defining the Nation to Nation Paradigm

 Keynote Speakers

  • DR. SOPHIE PIERRE, OC, OBC, Elder advisor to the Ktunaxa Nation, and Mentor, Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation
  • DR. JOHN BORROWS, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria

Moderator: MR. MILES RICHARDSON, Director of National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development, University of Victoria Click HERE for more information on this theme

 1 hour 5 minutes

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

9:30 AM
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Break and Networking

Break and Networking

Please continue the conversation and engage with the speakers and other participants in inclusive spaces specially curated for the event. Visit Exhibition Halls and the Together Mobile Exhibit in Parking Lot C.

 40 minutes

 Exhibition Halls & Parking Lot C, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

10:10 AM
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Towards a Global Inclusive Agenda: Domestic and International Perspectives

Towards a Global Inclusive Agenda: Domestic and International Perspectives

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
  • MS. GIULIANA NATALE, Director of the Inclusion and Religious Freedom Division within the Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion at Global Affairs Canada

Click HERE for more information on this theme

 1 hour

 University of Victoria, Farquhar Auditorium

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2017 PHOTOS