• December 18, 2018
    Ending the year in a spirit of generosity   It is hard to believe the end of 2018 is already here! Before joining family and friends for seasonal festivities or enjoying a well-deserved rest, I wanted to take one final opportunity this year to share the latest news from the Foundation with you.   Launch of our 2019 programs  
  • December 10, 2018
    “A rising tide lifts all boats… as long as you have a boat” A popular seafarers’ analogy was a central theme as academics and community leaders met at Memorial University in St. John’s for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums. While an appropriate metaphor for the place, it was a particularly fitting observation in the discussion on Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership.
  • December 3, 2018
  • November 29, 2018
    Congratulations to our 2018 mentor Nathalie Bondil, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • November 22, 2018
    It has been a very busy month for the Foundation, and I am pleased to be writing to you with some great news. My team and I are back from a four-day stop in Halifax, where two Future Forums sessions were held, as well as a meeting of the Board of Directors and the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Foundation.  
  • November 21, 2018
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is proud to announce the election of Patrick Pichette as Chair of its Board of Directors.
  • November 16, 2018
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums teamed up with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
  • November 7, 2018
  • October 30, 2018
    In a cozy room in a recreation centre in Iqaluit, a group of people gathered for an engaging discussion on what it means to be a leader today. The participants were contributing to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums consultation, exploring the importance of Engaged Leadership and Inclusive Excellence in Canada today. In Northern communities, the question of inclusion is of particular importance.
  • October 25, 2018
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation takes to heart the well-being of its community. That's why we're introducing new, proactive, modern policies that will help ensure the well-being of all our members. Policy on the prevention of harassment and violence In order to ensure a safe and respectful environment for all members of the community, we are implementing a brand new zero tolerance policy regarding harassment and violence in the workplace and at activities organized by the Foundation.
  • October 11, 2018
    In the admirably unabashed way that characterized his work, the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, in a missive included in Letters: Summer 1926, his collected correspondence with fellow poets Marina Tsvetayeva and Boris Pasternak:
  • October 4, 2018
    The second of two Future Forums in Whitehorse included the participation of members of the Royal Society of Canada and the use of theatre arts to illustrate the two main themes of the consultations: Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership. The event took place at the MacBride Museum, surrounded by the Land and Light exhibit featuring the Yukon-inspired paintings of artist Ted Harrison.
  • October 2, 2018
    Impassioned discussions took place among participants who brought a wide range of experiences and knowledge to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Future Forums consultation in Whitehorse on Tuesday. One major theme which emerged from the discussions was knowledge inclusion, and how some forms of knowledge are systematically left on the sidelines both in the academic world, and in general society.
  • September 13, 2018
    Participants at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Future Forums in Calgary tackled the consultation’s two tough issues head-on. Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership were discussed in order to gather insights and opinions on how the Foundation can help foster better inclusiveness through leadership in Canada.
  • September 12, 2018
    The Future Forums touched down in Yellowknife for what turned into a rich, even moving set of discussions about the meaning of Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership in the context of the Canadian North. “So much love, inspiration & power coming from these strong female Indigenous leaders!” Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation CEO Pascale Fournier tweeted following the session.
  • September 10, 2018
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation officially began the Future Forums in Edmonton. It is the start of a series of consultations in every province and territory. The goal is to get feedback from a broad swath of Canadians – from Foundation community members to industry, to Indigenous communities, industry and activist groups. The feedback the Foundation gets will help innovate its mission supporting scholarly pursuits in key areas including human rights, the environment, and Canada’s place in the world.
  • August 20, 2018
    The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation is proud to announce the arrival of a talented and engaged member of our team. As Senior Director, Leadership Programs and Communications, Thomas Ledwell is actively involved in the development and implementation of the Foundation’s fellowship alumni network, scholarship and mentorship leadership programs. He also contributes to the general awareness of the Foundation through innovative and inclusive communication strategies. He operates under the responsibility of the President and Chief Executive Officer.  
  • August 15, 2018
    In his masterpiece The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison wrote: "I am an invisible man. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” The theme of invisibility, of flesh and bone, language ​​and knowledge, inhabits us all. From art and theatre, to professional opportunities, social advancement and equity, the common denominator of the contemporary public debate is legitimate visibility.
  • August 7, 2018
    The Foundation is going through some exciting new changes. Following the appointment of Ron Bergamin on August 6th, it welcomes Tim Duboyce in the position of Director of Communications, effective August 7th, 2018. He will plan, manage and oversee the Foundation’s information, communications, promotional and public relations activities.
  • July 25, 2018
    On July 12, 2018, Alain-G. Gagnon, 2010 Foundation fellow, received the insignia of the Ordre de la Pléiade (French only) from the President of the National Assembly of Quebec and President of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, Jacques Chagnon.
  • July 9, 2018
    MONTRÉAL, 9 July 2018 – The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation announces the appointment of Pascale Fournier, Ad.E., as President and Chief Executive Officer. Succeeding Morris Rosenberg, her five year mandate begins on July 9th, 2018.
  • June 29, 2018
    On 7 June 2018, 2018 Foundation scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt received the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut collection of poems, This Wound is a World, becoming the youngest winner in the prize’s history. Blending the codes of love song, elegy, prayer, and manifesto, Billy-Ray’s poetry evokes the intimacy and violence of Indigenous embodied experiences in Canada.
  • June 26, 2018
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation appoints four new fellows The 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellowships: Audacious projects that are shaping the future of Canada and the world
  • June 21, 2018
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation appoints fifteen doctoral scholars across the country Outstanding students in the social sciences and humanities see their careers taking off.
  • June 14, 2018
    Congratulations to 2011 Foundation scholar Laure Waridel, who joined forces with class action firm Trudel Johnston & Lespérance on 14 June 2018. As special advisor in social justice and environmental matters, Laure will contribute her expertise and experiences to making Canada a fairer and more environmentally sustainable society.
  • June 1, 2018
    What are the challenges of legal research in the 21st century? To answer this question, the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law organized the first Autumn School on the Methodology of Research in Law. Three members of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation community contributed to the discussion.
  • May 30, 2018
    Congratulations to 2014 Foundation scholar Wendell Adjetey, whose doctoral dissertation, “From the North Star to the Black Star: African North Americans and the Search for a Land of Promise, 1919-1984” has received no less than four awards. In addition to receiving Yale University’s Willard Brittain, Jr. Leadership Award, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences bestowed three honors on Adjetey’s dissertation: the Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize for African American history, the Edwin W.
  • May 25, 2018
    Congratulations to Board director Farah Mohamed for making the Apolitical 2018 Gender Equality Top 100! Mohamed’s work as the Malala Fund CEO has channeled resources and policy change towards girls’ education in Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and countries hosting Syrian refugees.
  • May 2, 2018
    For the ninth consecutive year, Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers will reward people who influence the laws, justice system, and legal profession in Canada and abroad today. Members of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s community have been nominated in four of the five categories.
  • May 1, 2018
    Congratulations to 2011 Foundation mentor Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who has joined the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia as a professor. As UBC President Santa J. Ono declared, Turpel-Lafond’s tireless advocacy for vulnerable children and for Indigenous rights in the legal system makes her an “exemplary addition” to the Allard School of Law.
  • April 30, 2018
    Congratulations to 2017 Foundation scholar Benjamin Gagnon Chainey, who won the 2017 Mœbius Public’s Prize for “Full Moon”  (French only). Benjamin was first announced as one of the five finalists in January 2018.
  • April 18, 2018
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Professor Pascale Fournier, Ad.E., as President and Chief Executive Officer Montreal, April 18th, 2018 Dear members of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation community,
  • April 15, 2018
    In 2015, Foundation director Patrick Pichette retired as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Google Inc. and went on a three-year travel sabbatical, sparking a larger conversation about work-life balance. In a CNBC article published on 15 April 2018, Pichette announced he would be joining the Canadian venture capital firm iNovia as a general partner.
  • April 9, 2018
    Congratulations to 2010 Foundation scholar Lisa Kelly on receiving the 2017-2018 Stanley M. Corbett Award for Excellence in Teaching! Kelly and fellow professor Dharman Kissoun were recognized by Queen’s University Faculty of Law and the Law Students’ Society, which established the award as a joint initiative to honour teaching excellence by law instructors. It is worth mentioning that Kelly was particularly distinguished with this award in her second year of teaching only!
  • April 6, 2018
    Do you work for the defense of human rights in Canada? Within the framework of his fellowship project at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, “Opening up to the Americas in order to protect human rights and committing to reconciliation,” 2017 fellow Bernard Duhaime invites you to participate in a consultation phase by answering this online questionnaire.
  • April 3, 2018
    Congratulations to 2006 Foundation fellow Jennifer Welsh, named Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security! Focusing on the changing character and regulation of armed conflicts, Welsh and her team will analyze the impact of human rights norms – such as criminal accountability and the responsibility to protect – on the causes and conduct of war.
  • March 12, 2018
    2012 Foundation scholar Kerrie Thornhill was appointed assistant professor in gender violence in the department of Global Health and Development, within the Faculty of Public Health and Policy of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Congratulations, Kerrie!
  • March 12, 2018
    Congratulations to 2010 Foundation fellow Alain-G. Gagnon, who will head the Centre d’analyse politique sur la constitution et le fédéralisme (CAP-CF) (information in French only) created on 12 March 2018 at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The first of its kind in Canada, the creation of the CAP-CF is part of Gagnon's third term (2017-2024) as Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies.
  • March 7, 2018
    On 6 March 2018, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) named 2011 Foundation mentor Rita Deverell the 2018 ACTRA National Woman of the Year. Just two days ahead of International Women’s Day, this nomination rewards Deverell’s numerous artistic and advocacy achievements as well as her decades-long passion for supporting women and the under-represented in the Canadian audiovisual industry.
  • February 22, 2018
    From the Teslin Tlingit Peacemaker Court in Yukon to the Akwesasne Mohawk Court in Ontario-Quebec-New York, Indigenous communities are increasingly formalizing their own judicial practices and institutions. Despite the diversity among Indigenous legal norms across Canada, there are commonalities in the values and approaches they embody as well as a shared aspiration towards self-governance.
  • February 21, 2018
    Congratulations to 2012 Foundation scholar Carla Suarez, who joins 2013 scholar Sara Pavan as one of five 2017 Killam postdoctoral fellows. Carla joined the University of British Columbia’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs in January 2018 and examines the role of social ties in influencing combatants to demobilize and return to their communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • February 20, 2018
    2009 scholar Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry has been jointly appointed by the Faculty of Law at McGill University and the Institute for Health and Social Policy as assistant professor. Currently at the Peter A. Allard School of Law of the University of British Columbia, Beaudry specializes in human rights, legal theory, disability studies, and bioethics.
  • January 31, 2018
    Last November, the dissertation of 2010 Trudeau scholar Leila Qashu was awarded the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award for Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Her dissertation, “Toward an Understanding of Justice, Belief and Women’s Rights: Ateetee, an Arsi Oromo Women’s sung Dispute Resolution in Ethiopia,” was praised by for its interdisciplinarity.
  • January 30, 2018
  • January 25, 2018
    In December 2017, Governor General Julie Payette announced 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Six members of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation community were listed among the new members of the Order.
  • January 25, 2018
    Benjamin Gagnon Chainey, a 2017 Trudeau scholar, is one of five finalists in the final round of the 2017 Moebius Public’s Prize, an award given to the best text published in Mœbius, a journal of Quebec literature, in the last year.
  • January 25, 2018
    Jesse Thistle, a 2016 Trudeau scholar, has become the youngest member of the Board of Directors of Raising the Roof. Launched in 1996 by members of the Canadian Non-Profit Housing Foundation, Raising the Roof provides national leadership on long-term solutions to homelessness. “It's a pretty big deal for a student, at least to me who works in the housing sector,” said Thistle.