Bloc 2: Think Tank Sessions

Please choose between the following parallel sessions:

Is Canadian diversity a myth or reality?

(Combined Session: Diversity and economic prosperity & Geopolitics of diversity)

UVic, David Strong Building C116


  • Mr. Geoffrey Cameron, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar
  • Dr. Stacey Fitzsimmons, Associate Professor, University of Victoria
  • 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: Ms. Erin Aylward, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar

Defining the Nation to Nation relationship

UVic, First Peoples House


  • Mr. Mohan Denetto, Director General, Economic and Business Opportunities, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Ms. Carol Anne Hilton, CEO Transformation, and Senior Advisor to the Federal Finance Minister
  • Mr. Ovide Mercredi, former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations

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

Just solutions for communities threatened by less predictable environments

UVic, David Strong Building C113


  • 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, David Strong Building C112


  • Mr. Paul Lacerte – CEO and Co-Founder, Moose Hide Campaign Development Society
  • Ms. Sandra Richardson – CEO, Victoria Foundation
  • Ms. Brittany Harker Martin – Assistant Professor, Leadership, Policy & Governance and Former Director, Werklund Youth Leadership Centre, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Ralph Nilson, Vancouver Island University

Moderator: Ms. Mary Rozsa de Coquet, Chairman of the Rozsa Foundation


Local Economics of Diversity and Inclusion

UVic, David Strong Building C122


  • Ms. Emilie de Rosenroll, Chief Executive Officer, South Island Prosperity Project
  • Joan Elangovan, Director, Asia Pacific Center, Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Dr. Ming Zhang, Urban Practice Manager, Economist, World Bank

Moderator: Dr. Andrew Marton, Professor, Department of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria

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