Victoria Forum Program

Program

Below is an overview of the Victoria Forum program. To view a detailed Victoria Forum program, click on the image to the left.

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!

3 days

University of Victoria

General Public

Registration

5 hours 30 minutes

Victoria Conference Centre, Pre-Function Hall

General Public

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 and Elmer George
  • 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

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

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1 hour 30 minutes

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

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

Arrivals and Refreshments

30 minutes

University of Victoria, University Centre

Welcome

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

UVic Territory Acknowledgement

5mins

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
  • MR. MATTHEW COON COME, former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec
  • MS. AVA HILL, Chief of Six Nations on the Grand River
  • 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

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1 hour 5 minutes

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

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

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
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1 hour

University of Victoria, Farquhar Auditorium

Break and Networking

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

20 minutes

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

Lunch and Plenary Session: ARE SMART CITIES FOR ALL?

Panelists discuss this topic from perspectives of social, economic, technology and communications, sustainability and social innovation: What makes cities smart? Are smart cities better places to live and are they more inclusive? How do new technology and the power of networking help eliminate the multiple divides in cities? Are smart cities more sustainable and do they promote preservation? What does it take for Victoria to become a smart leader for Canada and the world?

Presented by: TELUS

Panelists:

Moderator: DR. DANIEL MUZYKA, President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, and Professor of Management at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business For more details, please CLICK HERE.

1 hour 30 minutes

University of Victoria, Student Union Building, Michele Pujol

New Partnerships for Inclusion and Development

Presented by:  Dr. Norah McRae, Executive Director, Co-operative Education Program and Career Services, and Director, Office of Community-University

Panelists:

  • DOUG HORSWILL, Retired Senior Vice President Sustainability, Teck Resources
  • DR ELISSAR SARROUH, Professor of Practice on Governance & Sustainability at the Institute for the Study of International Development
Moderator: HILARY PEARSON, President, Philanthropic Foundations Canada

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1 hour

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

Break and Networking

Please continue the conversation and engage with the speakers and other participants in inclusive spaces specially curated for the event. Visit Cultural Exhibitions 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

Defining Climate Justice

Panelists:

  • MS. JUDITH SAYERS, Adjunct Professor, UVic, School of Environmental Studies
  • DR. MICHAEL BYERS, Professor in Global Politics & International Law, UBC
  • DR. SYBIL SEITZINGER, Executive Director, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and Professor, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
Moderators: DAVID MILLER, North American Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

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1 hour

University of Victoria, Farquhar Auditorium

Engaged

Break and Networking

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

30 minutes

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

Global Trade and Promotion of Inclusive Economies

Presented by: Gustavson School of Business

Panelists:

Moderator: DR. DANIEL MUZYKA, President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, and Professor of Management at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business

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1 hour

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

Wrap-up of Day 2

Emcee: Sebastien Beaulieu, Associate co-chair of the Victoria Forum, Canada’s Executive Coordinator for Syria Government of Canada

35 minutes

Arrivals and Refreshments

55 minutes

University of Victoria, University Centre

Inclusive Socio-Economic Progress

Opening Emcee: Dr. Adel Guitouni, Associate co-chair of the Victoria Forum, Associate Professor, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business Presented by Vancity Representative: RITA PARIKH, Director, Vancity Board of Directors Panelists:

  • DR. KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE, Associate Professor of Journalism Ryerson University
  • MS. CAROL ANNE HILTON, Chief Executive Officer of Transformation, and Senior Advisor to the Federal Finance Minister
  • Mr. Christian Kittleson, Associate Partner, Ernst & Young
  • 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. JENNIFER PETRELA, Director of Content and Strategic Engagement at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Click HERE for more information in this theme

1 hour 5 minutes

University of Victoria, Farquhar Auditorium

Break and Networking

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

30 minutes

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

Bloc 1: Think Tank Sessions

Please choose between the following parallel sessions:


Can Canada Export the idea of ‘Pluralism’?

UVic, David Strong Building C116

Discussants:
  • 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

Discussants: 
  • 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

Discussants:
  • 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
  • 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

Discussants:
  • Dr. Paul Kershaw, Associate Professor, School of Population and public Health, UBC, author of Generation Squeeze
  • Mike McKenzie, First Nations Youth, Swepmec Territory
Moderator: Steve Cornish, CEO David Suzuki Foundation

Philanthropy and Sustainable Development

UVic, David Strong Building C112

Discussants:
  • 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

Discussants:
  • 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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1 hour 30 minutes

University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Lunch

Visit Cultural Exhibitions and Together Mobile Exhibition in Parking Lot C.

45 minutes

University of Victoria, Mystic Market

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

Discussants:
  • 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

Discussants: 
  • Dr. Matthew Coon Come, former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec
  • 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

Discussants: 
  • 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

Discussants:
  • 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

Discussants:
  • 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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1 hour 15 minutes

University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Break and Networking

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

15 mintues

Exhibition Halls, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Bloc 3: Think Tank Sessions

Please choose between the following parallel sessions:


How can we make Canada a more welcoming place?

UVic, David Strong Building C116

Discussants:
  • Mr. Wyle Baoween, CEO at HRx Technology Inc.
  • Ms. Erin Aylward, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar
  • Mr. Geoffrey Cameron, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar
Moderator: Mr. Mark Tschirgi, Global Centre for Pluralism

Action initiatives: entrepreneurship, First Nations law, and economy of affection 

UVic, First Peoples House

Discussants:
  • Dr. Dara Kelly, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
  • Dr. Brent Mainprize, Teaching Professor, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
  • Mrs. Estella White, Lawyer, JFK Law
Moderator: Dr. John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria

Building an inclusive and welcoming society – a grass roots perspective

UVic, David Strong Building C108

Discussants:
  • Mr. T David Lau, Executive Director, Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society
  • Dr. Pamela Divinsky, Executive Director, The Mosaic Institute
Moderator: Ms. Giuliana Natale, Director of the Inclusion and Religious Freedom Division within the Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion at Global Affairs Canada

Philanthropy and Social Innovation

UVic, David Strong Building C112

Discussants:
  • Mr. Peter Elson, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Victoria and Mount Royal College
  • Mr. Robin McLay, Executive Director of Social Innovation, Government of British Columbia
  • Dr. Charles Harvey, Professor, Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Wealth and Philanthropy, Newcastle University
  • Ms. Sandra Hucaluk, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Investment, Alberta Treasury Branch
  • Mr. James Stauch, Director, Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University
Moderator: Dr. Roy Suddaby, Francis G. Winspear Chair and Associate Dean, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

Climate Justice for Ecosystems

UVic, David Strong Building C113

Discussants:
  • Dr. David Boyd, Associate Professor of Law, Policy and Sustainability, UBC; leading expert environmental law and policy
  • Ms. Emily Giles, Senior Specialist, Species Conservation, WWF Canada
  • Ms. Linda Sheehan, Executive Director of Planet Pledge, Center for Humans and Nature
Moderator: Dr. Peter Robinson, Retired Chief Executive Officer of the David Suzuki Foundation

Capacity Building for Diversity and Inclusion

UVic, David Strong Building C112

Discussants:
  • Mr. Alden Habacon, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist and Senior Advisor, Intercultural Understanding, University of British Columbia
  • Mr. Brian Leacock, Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Director, International Programs, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
  • Ms. Nadia Turki, Founder and President, International Academy of Media and Diplomacy
  • Dr. Erin Williams, Program Manager, Skills and Competencies, Asia Pacific Foundation
Moderator: Dr. Eva Busza, Vice-President Research and Programs, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
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1 hour 15 minutes

University of Victoria

Closing Reception

Hosted by Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor, Province of British Columbia

Program:

  • Remarks by Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor, British Columbia
  • Synthesis of key recommendations, Victoria Forum
  • Closing remarks, Dr. Saul Klein, Chair Victoria Forum, Dean of Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
Snacks and beverages will be served.

1 hour 30 minutes

Government House

General Public