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Humanity has transitioned through monumental disruptions in the past. Institutions in all sectors were put to the test: some failed, some adapted, and some innovated themselves into new existence.

The disruptions of our era are monumental as well. And events have shown that 21st-century problems cannot be addressed by 20th-century institutions. We are more interconnected than ever, yet our institutions seem incapable of bridging the solitudes, silos, and stovepipes that impede progress on issues like climate change, health system reform, and the future of the labour market in the face of information technology. The biggest challenges we face require a long-term perspective, but governments are more and more preoccupied with reacting to the 24-hour news cycle.

This year’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Conference is about the future: the future of new governance arrangements, of new civil society initiatives, of innovative technologies, of leadership. It is about institutions’ capacity to overcome their innate resistance to change in order to adapt in the face of disruption.

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Speakers

Erin Aylward

2015 Trudeau scholar and doctoral candidate in political science, University of Toronto

Erin Aylward is a practitioner and researcher of transnational advocacy, gender equality, and LGBTQ human rights.

In 2012, Erin created, funded, and filled the position of gender advisor to Engineers Without Borders Canada. In 2013, she joined Oxfam Canada as its youth and campus outreach officer. Under Erin's leadership, Oxfam hosted a global delegation of LGBTQ activists from Cuba, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe during WorldPride in Toronto. Erin is also a member of the Board Program Committee for the human rights NGO Equitas.

During her BA in political science and Spanish at Memorial University, Erin volunteered with the United Nations Populations Fund, Oxfam Canada, and several Latin American women’s rights organizations. As an MA student at the University of Ottawa, Erin investigated the experiences of Indigenous youth and women in becoming leaders and active citizens. Her thesis has since been converted into some of the only peer-reviewed publications in the world about leadership, citizenship, and Inuit youth.

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Caitlin Boros

Marketing and Communications Manager, Raising the Roof

She is responsible for all external communication, including digital media, marketing and advertising, public relations, and publications. In her first year at Raising the Roof, Caitlin was the primary staff member responsible for the development and implementation of ‘Humans for Humans’, a public education campaign that exposed some of the common myths and misconceptions about homelessness and asked audiences to “Change the conversation.” The campaign garnered international attention, with the primary video receiving 1.3 million views on YouTube. She also co-authored and edited the report Beyond Housing First: A Holistic Approach to Family Homelessness in Canada, which was released earlier this year. Through her work, Caitlin is proud to support the organization’s vision of a Canada where all members of society have a safe place to call home.

Previously, Caitlin has held positions in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and has volunteered for numerous organizations.

Caitlin completed her Master of Professional Communication degree at Ryerson University in 2014, where she focused on strategic communication in the non-profit sector. She previously attended Carleton University, obtaining a degree in Communication Studies in 2011. 

In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys travel, and writes about the subject frequently as both a Senior Editor and Contributor for Anew Traveller.

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François Bourque

2010 Trudeau Scholar and doctoral candidate in epidemiology and social psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

A certified psychiatrist since 2008, he has since then completed a two-year clinician-investigator fellowship in first episode of psychosis and cultural psychiatry at McGill University. In 2010, he was awarded a Master of Science degree for a thesis on the risk of psychosis among first- and second-generation immigrants.

Very engaged in the field of physician health and wellbeing, Dr. Bourque has long been involved in the Federation of Medical Residents of Quebec as Chair of the Resident Wellness Committee. In 2007, the Canadian Association of Interns and Residents granted him the Derek Puddester Award for his exceptional contribution to the wellbeing of his peers. He is currently a consultant psychiatrist with the Quebec Physician Health Program. He is presently involved in providing mental health services for the Cree and Inuit communities in Northern Quebec.

Dr. Bourque has a doctoral degree in medicine and a master's in piano performance from the Laval University, as well as an undergraduate diploma in music from the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec.

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Hon. Michael Chong, M.P.

Member of Parliament, Conservative Party of Canada

He was first elected to Parliament in 2004 and represents the riding of Wellington-Halton Hills. As cabinet minister, Michael served as President of the Queen’s Privy Council, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for Sport.

Prior to his election, Michael acted as Chief Information Officer for the National Hockey League Players’ Association and as a senior technology consultant to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority for the redevelopment of Pearson International Airport. He has also held information technology positions at Barclay’s Bank and Research Capital Corporation.

Michael co-founded the Dominion Institute, now known as Historica Canada, an organization committed to raising Canadians’ awareness of history and civics and currently sits on its Board of Governors. He is also a former board member of the Elora Festival and the Elora Festival Singers, as well as a member of the Corporation of Trinity College, University of Toronto. Michael also attended Trinity College at the U of T where he obtained a degree in philosophy.

Born in 1971, Michael grew up just outside of Fergus in Wellington County, Ontario, where he still lives with his family. Michael is married to Carrie Davidson and they have three sons, William, Alistair and Cameron. 

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Amanda Clarke

2010 Trudeau Scholar and Assistant Professor, Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration

She teaches graduate courses in the Public Administration and Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership programs. Amanda researches digital government, public sector reform and new models of civic engagement enabled by digital technologies. Most recently she led a research project in collaboration with the Oxford Internet Institute, IBM and VoteSavvy, which focused on youth political engagement in the 2015 Canadian federal election. She is currently leading a SSHRC funded project on city-level civic technologies, and serves on the Mowat Centre’s Expert Advisory Panel on Civil Service Reform. From 2010-2014, Amanda was a Trudeau Scholar, an Oxford University Press Clarendon Scholar, and a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Amanda completed a doctorate in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at the University of Oxford in 2014.  Prior to doctoral studies, Amanda completed degrees in Humanities and International Affairs at Carleton University, and worked for the Library of Parliament’s research service.

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Marie Deschamps

Trudeau mentor 2015, Retired justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, legal expert & current adjunct professor, Faculties of Law, University of Sherbrooke and McGill University

Marie Deschamps was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court in 1990, to the Court of Appeal in 1992 and to the Supreme Court in 2002. She retired from the judiciary in August 2012 and re-joined the Quebec Bar in 2013. In 2014, the Government of Canada named Justice Deschamps to conduct an external review into sexual assault in the Canadian Forces. In 2015, she led a United Nations probe into child sex abuse allegations involving French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.

Marie Deschamps has been a member of the board of the Université de Montréal and a member of the board of directors of the Université de Montréal`s alumni association. She also sat on the 1986 advisory committee on reform of the Bankrupcy Act and on the Competition Tribunal advisory council.

The Université de Montreal and the Université de Sherbrooke awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2008 and 2014 respectively. She was inducted as a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2005. The Law School of McGill University bestowed the F.R. Scott award for distinguished service upon her in 2013, the same year she was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada. She received the distinction of lawyer emeritus from the Quebec Bar in 2014.

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Nadia Duguay

Cofounder and Co-CEO, Exeko

Social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow, Nadia co-founded Exeko, an organisation that she co-directs today and whose mission is "social inclusion through innovation in culture and education."

She has created more than 110 projects and is striving to define an approach based on the hybridization of practices of cultural and intellectual mediation as a force for social transformation approach. Nadia created a series of creative and friendly approaches to the principle of the presumption of equality of intelligences for the most marginalized and at risk of being Canada (prisons, homelessness, mental retardation, risk youth and indigenous). She is also a member of the Research Group in cultural mediation (GRMC), member of the Quebec Network for Social Innovation (RQIS) and member of the search committee intellectual mediation (CRMI) in Exeko.

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Hossam Elsharkawi

Director, Emergencies and Recovery, Canadian Red Cross

Hossam Elsharkawi is the director for International Emergencies and Recovery at the Canadian Red Cross in Ottawa. He oversees the society’s emergency response and recovery operations during catastrophic natural disasters and conflict. He also leads a team of disaster management and response specialists, and oversees the continuous development and upgrading of mobile field hospitals and trainings. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, where he lectures on disaster response and medical care in humanitarian crises. His involvement in the humanitarian field spans 28 years and over 30 countries in five continents.

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Al Etmanski

Author, social entrepreneur, and Co-Founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network

He has discovered that lasting social impact will not happen without the ongoing involvement of passionate amateurs. His new book: Impact: 6 Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation has become a Canadian bestseller. 

He is co-founder of Social innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact. As co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) he proposed and led the campaign to establish the world's first and only disability savings plan - the RDSP. There are now more than $2 Billion RDSP funds on deposit. He is an Ashoka fellow and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He is celebrating the 50th anniversary of catching a perfect game for the Hearst Lumberkings. Al blogs at www.aletmanski.com 

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Tim Evans

Senior Director for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank Group

Tim Evans is the Senior Director for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. Dr. Evans has been active in the international health arena for more than 20 years.

Before joining the World Bank he was the Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health of BRAC University in Bangladesh. Previously he served as Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization, heading the Evidence, Information, Research and Policy Clusters, where he oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. Dr. Evans has been a leader in advancing global health equity and health systems performance throughout his career, notably through his work with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health and with his contributions to the development of innovative partnerships, including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization, INDEPTH and Health Metrics networks, the Global Health Workforce Alliance and the World Alliance for Patient Safety.

Dr. Evans earned his DPhil in agricultural economics at Oxford, and pursued medical and postgraduate studies at McMaster and Harvard Universities.

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Jesse Flowers

Research Analyst, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Jesse Flowers (Inuit) is a research analyst at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Inuit Organization representing close to 60,000 Canadian Inuit from coast to coast to coast, primarily in the 53 communities in Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit Arctic Homeland. His expertise is in the fields of data interpretation, policy analysis, technology, and the Canadian Inuit and Circumpolar Inuit context. As Manager of Land Administration with the Nunatsiavut Government in 2013, Jesse was responsible for liaising with aboriginal community members and for ensuring the day-to-day operations of the administration of Labrador Inuit Lands in accordance with the Labrador Inuit Lands Act and Regulations and the Labrador Inuit Land Claim Agreement.

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John Fraser

2015 Trudeau mentor and President and CEO, National Newsmedia Council

He is a Canadian journalist, author, and academic who was elected the fourth master of Massey College at the University of Toronto in 1995. He is the founding patron of its innovative Quadrangle Society, as well as president of the newly-founded Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada.

As a journalist, John Fraser has received multiple national and international awards. A former columnist at the Toronto Star and the National Post, his work has also been published in many leading international newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, and New Republic.

From 1972 to 1987, Mr. Fraser served at different times as the dance and theatre critic, China correspondent, Ottawa bureau chief, national columnist, national editor, and London correspondent at The Globe and Mail. Until mid-2008, Mr. Fraser was the chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. He is the author of twelve works of non-fiction and fiction, as well as an editor of three anthologies. A recipient of four honorary degrees, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2001.

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Laurie Garrett

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

She is the only writer to have been awarded all three of the big “Ps” of journalism: the Peabody, the Polk, and the Pulitzer. Garrett is also the best-selling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. Her third book, I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks, received the 2011 E-Literature Award for best science writing, and her most recent book Ebola: Story of An Outbreak is based on her experience reporting from Ebola epidemics in 1995 in Kikwit, Zaire and in 2014 in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Garrett is an expert on global health with a particular focus on newly emerging and re-emerging diseases, bioterrorism, public health, and its effects on foreign policy and national security. Over the course of her career, she has been in over thirty different epidemics.

A member of the National Association of Science Writers, Garrett also served as the organization’s president in the mid-1990s. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, and is a principal member of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). She chaired the Scientific Advisory Panel to the United Nations High Level Commission on HIV Prevention in collaboration with UNAIDS.

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Steven J. Hoffman

2012 Trudeau Scholar; Associate Professor of Law and Director, Global Strategy Lab, University of Ottawa

He holds appointments as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University, Adjunct Faculty with the McMaster Health Forum, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University.

He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges. Past studies have focused on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, development assistance, health misinformation, health systems, maternal health, pandemics, technological innovation and tobacco. Currently he is co-principal investigator of a large $4.6 million CAD research consortium on “Strengthening International Collaboration for Capitalizing on Cost-Effective and Life-Saving Commodities (i4C)” with John-Arne Røttingen at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He is a regular columnist with Vox and writes the Burden of Proof column with journalist Julia Belluz.

Steven recently advised the World Health Organization on development of a global strategy for health systems research and was lead author on the background paper that provided the strategy's conceptual underpinnings. For three years he convened an academic advisory committee on science reporting for Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.

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Mark D. Jarvis

Practice Lead, Government Transformation, Mowat Centre, University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance

Mark D. Jarvis is co-author of Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government, the recipient of the 2011 Donner Prize for the best public policy book by a Canadian and the 2012 Donald Smiley prize for best book relating to the study of government and politics in Canada.

Mark joined the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance in November 2014 to lead research for the Centre on public service reform. Prior to joining Mowat, Mark worked for more than a decade in the federal civil service, most recently as a Senior Policy and Evaluation Analyst at Health Canada. He has also worked in research and policy roles with the Canada School of Public Service and the former Human Resources Development Canada.

In addition to his professional experience, Mark is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Victoria in Public Administration. His dissertation research focuses on accountability practices relevant to holding individual civil servants to account for their day-to-day work within national-level bureaucracies. The study is international in scope, comparing Canada, the Netherlands and Australia. This research builds off work Mark completed with co-author Peter Aucoin for their 2005 book Modernizing Government Accountability: A Framework for Reform. He has written a number of articles on democratic reform, governance and accountability issues in both print media and academic publications. His most recent publication was “Hierarchy”, which appeared in the Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability, published in 2014.

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Indy Johar

Senior Innovation Associate, Young Foundation

He is a co-founder of Dark Matter Laboratories, an organization whose goal is to apply complex systems science to value chain liabilities management and relationships in order to turn what is generally perceived as a threat of our time – spill-over effects across borders, boundaries, and silos - into a resource to solve the main challenges society faced in the 21st century. Focused on societal innovation, Dark Matter Laboratories applies the experimental method typical of a fieldwork scientific laboratory. It runs active research and prototypes a set of ideas and practice to verify their validity and application on the ground, and it is committed to the open sourcing of all its research, tools and techniques in order to maximise impact.

As part of 00, Indy Johar co-founded multiple social ventures, from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the HubLaunchpad.net - Open Venture Accelerator. In addition, he has co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy while supporting 00 explorations/experiments such as wikihouse.cc and opendesk.cc. Indy is an advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a director of WikiHouse Foundation and Civic Systems Laboratory.

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Leah Levac

2007 Trudeau Scholar and Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph

Leah Levac received her PhD at the University of New Brunswick in 2011, supported by a Trudeau Scholarship (2007-2011) and a CIHR Doctoral Research Award (2007-2010). She used participatory research to engage young mothers in provincial social policy development. She also worked with the Government of New Brunswick in their development and implementation of a bi-partisan public engagement initiative to develop a provincial poverty-reduction strategy. As a community-based researcher, Leah has worked with provincial and municipal government departments, the private sector, community organizations, and schools to build collaborative partnerships and research projects focused on the engagement of marginalized publics in public policy development and community decision-making. Her particular interests are women’s engagement in policy development, and strategies and institutions/governance structures that facilitate (young) women’s engagement and opportunities for leadership.

Leah served on Fredericton City Council from 2012 – 2013, and is an honourary research associate with the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) and the University of New Brunswick.

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Tiina Likki

Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team

Tiina Likki is an advisor at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), a London, UK-based social purpose company that applies behavioural science to public policy. Tiina is a passionate advocate for evidence-based policy, with a focus in the areas of employment and health. At BIT, she is looking at ways to help people pursue goals and increase their overall well-being.

Tiina holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Lausanne, where she taught public opinion research and the psychology of social justice in French. Tiina also holds a MSocSc and BSocSc from the University of Helsinki. Prior to joining BIT, her research focused on public attitudes towards the welfare state in Europe, as well as on protest movements and the integration of immigrant populations. She also helped set up a think tank in Finland that introduced behavioural economics to Finnish public policy. Tiina’s research has been published in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Political Psychology, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, and Contemporary Social Science.

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Kit Lykketoft

 Deputy Director, MindLab

Kit Lykketoft has been part of MindLab, a cross-governmental innovation unit in Denmark, for the past eight years. She previously worked in the Danish Ministry of Employment where she also began her career. MindLab is the longest living public sector innovation lab. MindLab runs design-led projects to create policies and services that deliver better outcomes for people and society. Through the use of ethnography and design methods, like rapid prototyping and testing, MindLab involves citizens in the development of new public sector solutions, and brings an out-side-in perspective to organizations. MindLab is applying these methods to still more complex processes like reform-making and implementation.

As an experienced change leader with deep practical knowledge of policy-making, service-design and organizational development, Kit has served as advisor on innovative capacity-building, trainer, facilitator and presenter to numerous organizations and institutions in both Denmark and around the Globe. Kit has assisted in setting up public sector labs in several countries and worked with larger international organizations.

Kit holds an Executive M.Sc. from Oxford/ HEC, Paris (2014) and an MA from Copenhagen University (1999).  She lives and works in Copenhagen, however July 2015 –July 2016 she is based in NYC as a visiting scholar to Parsons the New School for Design.

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Peter MacLeod

Principal, MASS LBP

 

Peter MacLeod is one of Canada's leading experts in public engagement and deliberative democracy. 

He is the co-founder and principal of MASS LBP, an innovative firm based in Toronto which works with forward-thinking governments and corporations to deepen and improve public consultation and engagement. Since 2007, MASS has led some of Canada's most original and ambitious efforts to engage citizens in tackling tough policy options while pioneering the use of Civic Lotteries and Citizen Reference Panels on behalf of a wide array of clients. 

Over the past ten years he has worked with leading organizations in North America and Europe, including Fast Company magazine, Vancouver's Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Britain's Demos think tank and the Kaospilots, a Danish school for business design and social innovation. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Queen's University, he writes and speaks frequently about the citizen's experience of the state, the importance of public imagination and the future of responsible government. He is an Action Canada fellow (2003), the 2008 recipient of the Public Policy Forum's Emerging Leaders Award, and a director of Toronto's Wellesley Institute for Urban Health, TIDES Canada, and GenSqueeze. In 2013, he launched Wagemark, the first international wage certification standard aimed at reducing work place pay disparities while promoting corporate competitiveness.

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Gina Metallic

Circle of Care Coordinator, The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health hosts a program called Circle of Care. Circle of Care is an Aboriginal alternative dispute resolution program that helps Indigenous families involved with child welfare agencies. 

Gina Metallic, MSW, is a Mi’gmaq woman from Listuguj, Quebec. She now lives in Ottawa. Metallic has a master's of social work from McGill University, where she focused on community development in the areas of Indigenous child welfare and two-spirit issues. 

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Aaron Mills

2014 Trudeau Scholar and doctoral candidate in Law and Society, University of Victoria

Aaron Mills (Waabishki Ma’iingan, Baatwetang) is a Bear Clan Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nation, Treaty 3 Territory and from North Bay, Ontario, Robinson-Huron Treaty territory. A former Fulbright Scholar, he holds a LLM from Yale Law School and a JD from the University of Toronto, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Indigenous Law Journal. Aaron is currently a doctoral candidate at UVic Law. He holds a Vanier Canada scholarship and is a 2014 Trudeau Scholar. His doctoral research examines Anishinaabe constitutionalism and is motivated by the belief that the revitalization of Indigenous legal orders today stands to benefit all Canadians. 

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Michael Pal

2012 Trudeau Scholar and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

He specializes in the law of democracy, election law, constitutional law, and administrative law. He was recently invited to appear as an expert witness before the House of Commons and Senate Committees studying the Fair Representation Act, which added more seats to the House of Commons. He has worked with Elections Canada to assist the 2012 federal electoral boundary commissioners tasked with redrawing the federal electoral map.

Pal has published in the McGill Law Journal, IRPP's Choices, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review. He co-authored a research report for the Mowat Centre's Employment Insurance Task Force, among others.

Pal holds law degrees from the University of Toronto (JD) and New York University’s Law School (LLM- legal theory). He is called to the Bar of Ontario and is a fellow at the Mowat Centre for Public Policy in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.

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Sara Pavan

2013 Trudeau Scholar and doctoral candidate in political studies, Queen’s University

Sara Pavan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University and a Visiting Student Researcher with the Canadian Studies Program of the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a 2013 Trudeau Scholar and recipient of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Sara’s research focuses on the democratic policies of North America: Canada and the United States. While immigration has transformed and enriched these two countries, making their population ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse; the Canadian and American political spheres have not changed accordingly. With her study, Sara aims to understand the conditions under which immigrant minorities can become adequately represented in the political systems of their adopted countries.  

Born in Southern Europe with cosmopolitan aspirations, Sara developed her interest in immigration studies while reading for her Master’s in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2013, she received the Mandelbaum Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association. Prior to starting her doctorate, Sara gained professional experience in human rights and development work. Sara is trained in, and passionate about, cross-cultural communication.

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Ann M. Ravel

Chair, U.S. Federal Election Commission for 2015

Ms. Ravel joined the Commission in October 2013 after her appointment by President Barack Obama and the unanimous consent of the Senate.  She served as the Commission’s Vice Chair for 2014.

Ms. Ravel served as Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) from March 2011 to October 2013 where she oversaw the regulation of campaign finance, ethics, and conflicts of interest. During her tenure at the FPPC, Ms. Ravel was instrumental in the creation of the States’ Unified Network (SUN) Center, a web-based center for sharing information on campaign finance.

Ms. Ravel also served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice from 2009 to 2011 and as Santa Clara County Counsel from 1998 to 2009.

Ms. Ravel received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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Melissa Scavuzzo

 Featured Speaker, Raising the Roof's "Humans for Humans" Campaign

A survivor of violence and abuse from her earliest days, Melissa Scavuzzo experienced foster homes, group homes, and ten years of homelessness before becoming a mother 2½ years ago. She is now a student at George Brown College, an employee of an interior design firm, and a peer mentor in a community youth organization. She and her son are featured in Raising The Roof’s “Humans for Humans” campaign.

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Zoe Todd

2011 Trudeau Scholar and doctoral candidate in social anthropology, University of Aberdeen

Zoe Todd (Métis) is from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) in the Treaty Six Area of Alberta. She is a 2011 Trudeau Scholar and a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. Her research examines people’s relationships to the environment in northern Canada, with a focus on the discourse and practice of fishing in the past and present in the Western Canadian Arctic. Zoe is also interested in the articulation of Indigenous people’s history and rights in relation to municipal development in Canada — specifically how indigeneity is expressed through architecture, urban planning and story-telling. Over the past ten years, she has been involved in diverse community, advocacy, academic and arts endeavours, including resource development policy and action workshops and mentor youth programs across Canada.

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Caitlin Tolley

Algonquin Anishinabe, Juris Doctor Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Caitlin Tolley is an Algonquin leader and a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation in Quebec. Caitlin holds a bachelor of social science degree and is currently a juris doctor candidate 2017 in the Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions Program at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa. As official spokesperson for the First Nations Youth Network, she sat on the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council. In 2012, she became the youngest member of her community to be elected to Chief and Council.

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Philippe Tousignant

Director, Social Justice Connection’s Educonnexion

As the director of Educonnexion, the education division of Social Justice Connection, Philippe Tousigant oversees the work of close to one hundred volunteers on projects in corporate social responsibility, youth mentorship, pedagogical development, education in human rights, and research on global issues, development, community participation, and human rights. Each year, Tousignant presents and facilitates 40 to 80 workshops, conferences, and training sessions for universities, colleges, high schools, over 25 civil society organizations. The topics covered by these events span law and human rights, food sovereignty, citizen advocacy and social change strategies, program development, volunteer management, international trade, and responsible global citizenship.

Tousignant holds a BA in international relations and international law and a LLM master’s in international law (Chinese law specialization). He is deputy head editor at Quebec’s Journal of International Law, co-director and editor of the first French version of the Code of International Law on International Organizations, and co-chair of the of the Youth & Innovation Team of the Civil Society Committee for the International Day of Peace at the United Nations.

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Luc Turgeon

Associate Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and a BA and MA from McGill University.  His recent work focuses mostly on public opinion toward immigration and ethno-cultural diversity, the bureaucratic representation of linguistic and ethnic minorities, as well as federalism and nationalism.  His most recent work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Political ScienceCanadian Public AdministrationRegional and Federal Studies, Journal of Canadian Studies and Nations and Nationalism. He published two edited books in 2014:  Segmented Cities: How Urban Contexts Shape Ethnic and Nationalist Politics (UBC Press, with Kristin Good and Phil Triadafilopoulos) and Comparing Canada: Methods and Perspectives on Canadian Politics (UBC Press, with Martin Papillon, Jennifer Wallner and Stephen White). 

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Lilia Yumagulova

2008 Trudeau Scholar and Partnership Development and Research Co-Director, Crisis Resilience Alliance

Her current work focuses on building resilience in cities and regions through effective risk communication and management. Lilia has worked in media, government agencies, and NGOs in Europe and North America in the fields of disaster risk reduction, community resilience, and climate change adaptation. She is a director for the Canadian Risks and Hazards Network and the editor of HazNet, a journal that brings together the latest in research and practice to enhance resilience in Canada. She is currently a Bullitt Foundation Fellow at the School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia.

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Program

Thursday 12 November 2015

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Registration

French Corridor, Ground Floor

5:30 – 6:15 pm

Opening Reception

Photo exhibit by the Foundation community

French Corridor, Ground Floor

6:15 – 6:30 pm

Welcoming Remarks

Morris Rosenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Ballroom, Ground Floor

6:50 – 7:20 pm

The Challenge of Massive Change: From Silos to Systems (Keynote Address)

One of the greatest contributions of the Enlightenment was its development of the concept of scientific study – the idea of dealing with an infinite world by isolating parts of it. Nowadays, however, climate change, peak oil, and growing structural inequality are among thousands of phenomena that force us to acknowledge the interdependency and inter-relatedness of our reality. We can no longer treat wicked problems as if they were no more than a sum of their parts: to create a sustainable future, we need a more helpful lens.

In the opening keynote to the Annual Trudeau Foundation Conference, Indy Johar will argue that given the limits to sustainability that now surround us, we must invest in re-imaging our institutional future. In the 15th to 19th centuries, the Western world evolved an ecosystem of institutional infrastructures that ranged from intellectual property to the limited liability company, accounting norms, and a host of regulations. Our systems and a prosperous future now require us to reconstruct this Dark Matter of society: not by investing in shiny new objects, products, services, and platforms, and not by redefining or reducing red tape. Rather, we must radically re-imagine the role of the nation-state and shift our institutional architecture of change from silos to systems. 

Keynote Presenter:

  • Indy Johar, Senior Innovation Associate, Young Foundation
Ballroom, Ground Floor

7:50 – 8:05 pm

Indigenous Rapporteur

  • Caitlin Tolley, Algonquin Anishinabe, Juris Doctor Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Ballroom, Ground Floor

8:05 – 8:35 pm

Q&A with Indy Johar

Modérateur:
Lilia Yumagulova , 2008 Trudeau Scholar and Partnership Development and Research Co-Director, Crisis Resilience Alliance
  • Indy Johar, Senior Innovation Associate, Young Foundation
Ballroom, Ground Floor
Friday 13 November 2015

7:30 – 8:30 am

Breakfast

Drawing Room, Ground Floor

9:00 – 10:30 am

Local Innovations, Global Footprints (Plenary)

Local-level innovation is driving a new wave of initiatives aimed at delivering social benefit by tackling cultural dimensions of change. How contagious is this new approach? What can agile, local organizations teach larger groups struggling to adapt, innovate, and stay relevant in an era of unprecedented change? And what barriers do local initiatives face in their drive to spread?  This session features reflections by innovators in three important areas on how their programs develop new ideas and tools for social change. 

Modérateur:
Al Etmanski, Author, social entrepreneur, and Co-Founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
Ballroom, Ground Floor

10:45 – 11:45 am

Homelessness, Empathy, and the Ethics of Campaigning (Break-Out Session)

In this part of the session, conference participants are invited to join the speaker of their choice in one of three break-out groups. In each group, the speaker will be joined by a second expert and the audience will be invited to weigh in on the thornier aspects of the isssue.

  • Erin Aylward, 2015 Trudeau Scholar and doctoral candidate in political science, University of Toronto
  • Caitlin Boros, Marketing and Communications Manager, Raising the Roof
  • Melissa Scavuzzo, Featured Speaker, Raising the Roof's "Humans for Humans" Campaign
MacDonald Room, Mezzanine

Inuit/Non-Inuit Ways of Knowing: Stories from the Front Lines (Break-Out Session)

In this part of the session, conference participants are invited to join the speaker of their choice in one of three break-out groups. In each group, the speaker will be joined by a second expert and the audience will be invited to weigh in on the thornier aspects of the isssue.

  • François Bourque, 2010 Trudeau Scholar and doctoral candidate in epidemiology and social psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Nadia Duguay, Cofounder and Co-CEO, Exeko
Salle de bal, rez-de-chaussée

The Power of Technology (Break-Out Session)

In this part of the session, conference participants are invited to join the speaker of their choice in one of three break-out groups. In each group, the speaker will be joined by a second expert and the audience will be invited to weigh in on the thornier aspects of the isssue.

  • Leah Levac, 2007 Trudeau Scholar and Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph
  • Philippe Tousignant, Director, Social Justice Connection’s Educonnexion
Renaissance Room, Mezzanine

12:00 – 1:15 pm

Lunch

Drawing Room, Ground Floor

1:30 – 1:40 pm

Indigenous Rapporteur

Ballroom, Ground Floor

1:45 – 3:15 pm

The Shifting Landscape of Democratic Participation (Plenary)

The institution of democracy is under considerable strain, even in established democracies such as Canada and the United States. How can today’s democratic institutions live up to citizens’ evolving expectations? This panel will consider the influence of money in politics, changing patterns of citizen engagement, and innovative models of democratic participation.

Modérateur:
Michael Pal, 2012 Trudeau Scholar and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Ballroom, Ground Floor

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Constitutional Conventions in the Face of a Hung Parliament (Break-Out Session)

In this part of the session, conference participants are invited to join the speaker of their choice in one of three break-out groups. In each group, the speaker will be joined by a second expert and the audience will be invited to weigh in on the thornier aspects of the isssue.

Renaissance Room, Mezzanine

Cross-Border Takes on Money in Politics (Break-Out Session)

In this part of the session, conference participants are invited to join the speaker of their choice in one of three break-out groups. In each group, the speaker will be joined by a second expert and the audience will be invited to weigh in on the thornier aspects of the isssue.

  • Marie Deschamps, Trudeau mentor 2015, Retired justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Ann M. Ravel, Chair, U.S. Federal Election Commission for 2015
MacDonald Room, Mezzanine

Unequal Participation: Democracy for Minorities (Break-Out Session)

In this part of the session, conference participants are invited to join the speaker of their choice in one of three break-out groups. In each group, the speaker will be joined by a second expert and the audience will be invited to weigh in on the thornier aspects of the isssue.

  • Sara Pavan, 2013 Trudeau Scholar and doctoral candidate in political studies, Queen’s University
  • Luc Turgeon, Associate Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
Ballroom, Ground Floor

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Trudeau Foundation Society Collective Book Launch

In conjonction with the Foundation conference, this launch will be an opportunity to discuss the issues of interest to the authors and editors in the Foundation community. The authors - past and current scholars, mentors and fellows - will present their work during a discussion led by mentors Marie-Lucie Morin and John Sims. The discussions will focus on eight themes: immigration, health, ethnicity, memory, security, belonging, sexuality, and environment. Program and registration

7:15 – 10:00 pm

Thematic Dinners

Please join us! Held in the private rooms of restaurants or institutions, each dinner will feature a speaker from our conference or another expert on a topic related to the conference. Each dinner will further the discussion among a group of 15-20 individuals particularly interested in the subject. Because seating is limited, the dinners are “first registered, first served”. You may choose from nine topics:

1. Exploring Canada’s social innovation terroir
2. The HUB Movement: Civic institutions for cross-sector exchange, learning, and collaboration  
3. Fail, Adapt, Innovate - Improving Corrections
4. Creating Community through Creative Leadership
5. Deep Dive on Mindlab
6. Doing democracy differently
7. Reimagining the Institutional Infrastructure of Change
8. The future of Canadian drug policy
9. The science and ethics of health journalism

Around Town
Saturday 14 November 2015

7:30 – 8:30 am

Breakfast

Drawing Room, Ground Floor

9:00 – 9:10 am

Indigenous Rapporteur

  • Zoe Todd, 2011 Trudeau Scholar and doctoral candidate in social anthropology, University of Aberdeen
Adam Room, Ground Floor

9:10 – 10:40 am

The Innovation Challenge: Modernizing the Public Service (Plenary)

Governments are experimenting with open, collaborative, and agile approaches to public service delivery and policymaking through innovation labs, citizen engagement strategies, and partnerships with the tech sector. But is innovation really possible in an institution designed as a hierarchy, whose failures are public and whose activities are shaped by partisan agendas? And what does enthusiasm for public sector innovation mean for the traditional values of the public service? This panel considers the unique features of the “innovation challenge” in the public service, an institution steeped in a culture that is often—and sometimes rightfully—incompatible with change.  

Modérateur:
Amanda Clarke, 2010 Trudeau Scholar and Assistant Professor, Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Mark D. Jarvis , Practice Lead, Government Transformation, Mowat Centre, University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance
  • Tiina Likki, Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team
  • Kit Lykketoft , Deputy Director, MindLab, Denmark
Adam Room, Ground Floor

10:40 – 11:00 am

Coffee and Snacks

Adam Room Foyer, Ground Floor

11:00 – 11:10 am

Remarks

John McCall MacBain, Chair of the Board of Directors, The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Adam Room, Ground Floor

11:10 – 12:20 pm

Failure and Innovation in Global Institutions (Case Study)

Thousands of Africans died of Ebola in 2014 and 2015 as global institutions struggled to respond. That particular crisis is now contained, but experts agree that urbanization, more global travel, and continued inequities in health spending make conditions ripe for epidemics at a much larger scale. What will it take to achieve a global system that is capable of effective and timely responses to the greatest health threats of the 21st century?

Modérateur:
Steven J. Hoffman, 2012 Trudeau Scholar, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Global Strategy Lab, University of Ottawa
  • Hossam Elsharkawi, Director, Emergencies and Recovery, Canadian Red Cross
  • Tim Evans, Senior Director for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank Group
  • Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
Adam Room, Ground Floor

12:20 – 12:30 pm

Indigenous Rapporteur

  • Aaron Mills, 2014 Trudeau Scholar and doctoral candidate in Law and Society, University of Victoria
Adam Room, Ground Floor

12:30 – 12:45 pm

Closing Remarks

Morris Rosenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Adam Room, Ground Floor

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