Bloc 1: Think Tank Sessions

Please choose between the following parallel sessions:

Can Canada Export the idea of ‘Pluralism’?

UVic, David Strong Building C116


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

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

First Nations Leadership and Governance

UVic, First Peoples House


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

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

Governing Refugees, Diversity and Inclusion in a Globalizing World

UVic, David Strong Building C108


  • Senator Jim Munson, Deputy Chair Fisheries and Oceans, Chair Human Rights and Member of the Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration Committees
  • Mr. Jean-Nicolas Beuze, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative of Canada (by video link)
  • Testimonies of refugees

Moderator: Dr. Oliver Schmidtke, Director, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria

Who tells the story about climate justice?

UVic, David Strong Building C113


  • Dr. Paul Kershaw, Associate Professor, School of Population and public Health, UBC, author of Generation Squeeze
  • Mike McKenzie, First Nations Youth, Secwepemc people

Moderator: Steve Cornish, CEO David Suzuki Foundation

Philanthropy and Sustainable Development

UVic, David Strong Building C112


  • Mr. Kevin McCort – CEO, Vancouver Foundation
  • Dr. June Webber – Director, Coady Institute, St Francis Xavier University
  • Mr. Robert Greenhill – Executive Chairman, Global Canada, Montreal

Moderator: Ms. 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, David Strong Building C122


  • Mr. 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, Principal 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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