Program

Below is an overview of the Victoria Forum program. To view a detailed Victoria Forum program, click HERE.

Arrival and Check-In

6 hours

Coference Centre/Cristal Garden (Downtown), 720 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 3M7

General Public

Registration

5 hours 30 minutes

Victoria Conference Centre, Pre-Function Hall

General Public

Opening Ceremony

Program:

  • Ceremonial Welcome, Esquimalt Nation
  • Ceremonial Welcome, Songhees Nation
  • O' Canada
  • Youth Welcome Message, UVic Students
  • Victoria Forum Welcome Message, Victoria Forum
Master of Ceremony: To be announced

30 minutes

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

The next 150: Mindful of our past for a better future.

Keynote Speakers:
RH Kim Campbell, Former Prime Minister
RH Paul Martin, Former Prime Minister
Chief Perry Bellegarde, National Chief Assembly of First Nations
Roberta L. Jamieson, President & CEO, Indspire

Moderator: Anna Maria Tremonti, Host, CBC's The Current

Description: 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.

1 hour 30 minutes

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

Gala Reception in Collaboration with Pearson College

Speakers & Master of Ceremonies
More details to be announced soon

1 hour 15 minutes

The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Palm Court and Ballroom

Gala Dinner: Diversity and Inclusion at Home and Abroad

Welcome Speeches
More details to come

Keynote Speakers
More details to come

Master of Ceremonies
More details to come

2 hours

Convention Centre/Cristal Garden (Downtown)

Arrivals and Light Breakfast

30 minutes

University of Victoria, University Centre

Defining ‘Nation to Nation’ Paradigm

Keynote Speakers
More details to come

Moderators: 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.

40 minutes

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

Canada’s Global and Inclusive Agenda

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)
  • Lori G. Beaman, Canada Research Chair in Religious Diversity and Social Change  University of Ottawa
  • Senator Ratna Omidvar, (currently: Distinguished Visiting Professor,Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University);
  • Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations;
Moderators: to be annouced soon. Click HERE for more information on this theme

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.

20 minutes

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

Lunch and Plenary Session

Keynote Speakers
More details to come

Moderators
Mayor Lisa Helps, City of Victoria

Master of Ceremonies
More details to come

1 hour 30 minutes

University of Victoria, Michele Pujol

New Partnerships for Inclusion and Development

Keynote Speakers

  • DR DONALD KABERUKA, Senior Advisor at TPG Capital, L.P., Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Centum Investment Company Limited, and currently the African Union High Representative for the Peace Fund, former President of the African Development Bank
  • 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 Click HERE for more information on this theme

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.

40 minutes

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

Who Tells the Story About Climate Justice?

When considering diversity and inclusion in the context of climate change, the theme of “climate justice” arises. As the impacts of climate change accelerate, people of all current and future socio-economic conditions will feel the effects. What are some of the solutions needed to tackle issues such as generational and cultural inequities that arise from climate change; financial and social challenges for those people living in low-lying coastal areas who are subject to inundation; those who have livelihoods that are tied to stable and foreseeable climate regimes; and the plight of other species who are being impacted? This theme will look at three aspects of “climate justice”, posed through questions that will explore solutions to how we can and should begin to consider dealing with the challenges ahead. The consequences of not addressing this complex issue could be significantly destabilizing, and cause untold harm to large groups of people and other species around the globe. Keynote Speakers

  • JUDITH SAYERS, Adjunct Professor, UVic, School of Environmental Studies
  • More speakers will be added soon
Moderators: DAVID MILLER, President and CEO of World Wildlife, former Mayor of Toronto and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Click HERE for more information on this theme.

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.

30 minutes

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

Global Trade and Promotion of Inclusive Economies

This session will elaborates on the benefits and challenges of international trade and global economic integration, including aspects of diversity and inclusion which highlight ongoing challenges and opportunities for improving local communities, social empowerment and environmental sustainability, and the need for enhancing international competencies.

Panel Members:

Moderator: DR DANIEL MUZYKA, CEO, Conference Board of Canada

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1 hour

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

Wrap-up of Day 1

35 minutes

Arrivals and Light Breakfast

30 minutes

University of Victoria, University Centre

Inclusive Socio-Economic Progress

Keynote Speakers

  • DR KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE, Associate Professor of Journalism Ryerson University
  • 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
Moderators: to be announced soon. More details to come 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.

30 minutes

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

Bloc 1: Think Tank Sessions

Think tank sessions are designed to stimulate constructive and evidence based conversations leading to actionable recommendations (novel ideas, call for actions or new challenges). You are encouraged to engage with the discussants and the moderators and contribute to the conversations.


“Can Canada Export the idea of ‘Pluralism’?”

UVic, Cornett B135 Discussants:
  • Jillian Stirk, PET Foundation 2015 mentor, a Dialogue Associate at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue
  • Mark Tschirgi, Global Centre for Pluralism
  • Erin Aylward, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar
Moderator: Geoffrey Cameron, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar

“First Nations Leadership and Governance”

UVic, First People’s House Discussants:
  • To be announced soon
Moderators: Mr Miles Richardson, Director of National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development, University of Victoria
“Governing migration and refugees in a globalizing world” UVic, Cornett A125 This session will discuss how liberal democracies have addressed the challenge of global migration/ refugee flows. What kind of effective and morally valid responses have countries in the Western world come up with given their political and legal commitment to protecting the right to political asylum and human rights? This response speaks to both dimensions of governing migration: first, efforts of the international community in protecting migrants/ refugees and, second, domestic goals to build welcoming communities and to withstand anti-immigrant, nativist ideologies. Discussants:
  • To be announced soon
Moderators: Prof. Oliver Schimdtke, Director Center for Global Studies, University of Victoria
“Who tells the story about climate justice?” UVic, Cornett A120 Who Tells the Story about Climate Justice: who tells the story can shape the actions that we take to address climate change. What are the perspectives around climate justice, for example, of youth who will be faced with increasing impacts of climate change throughout their lives? How do different cultural values (e.g. First Nations) change solution pathways? What are some solutions to address climate change that can address multiple perspectives? Discussants:
  • Dr.Paul Kershaw, Associate Professor, School of Population and public Health, UBC, author of Generation Squeeze
  • Additional discussants will be announced soon
Moderator:
  • Will be announced soon

“Philanthropy and Sustainable Development”

UVic, Cornett A121 Discussants:
  • Kevin McCort – CEO, Vancouver Foundation
  • June Webber – Director, Coady Institute, St Francis Xavier University
  • Robert Greenhill – Executive Chairman, Global Canada, Montreal
  • Donald Kaberuka – former president of the African Development Bank
Moderator: 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, Cornett B112 Discussants:
  • Brent Bergeron, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Goldcorp.
  • Additional discussants will be announced soon
Moderator: Dr. Daniel Muzyka, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada, and the RBC Financial Group Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business
Please visit themes description and speakers pages for more information.

1 hour 30 minutes

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

Lunch and Networking

45 minutes

University of Victoria, Mystic Market

Bloc 2: Think Tank Sessions

Think tank sessions are designed to stimulate constructive and evidence based conversations leading to actionable recommendations (novel ideas, call for actions or new challenges). You are encouraged to engage with the discussants and the moderators and contribute to the conversations.



“Is Canadian diversity a myth or reality?”

UVic, Cornett B135

Discussants:
  • Geoffrey Cameron, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar
  • Kamal al-Solaylee, Associate Professor of Journalism
  • Ryerson University
  • 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: Erin Aylward, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar

“Defining ‘Nation to Nation’ relationships.”

UVic, First People’s House

Discussants:
  • To be annonced soon


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

“Multicultural Canada – past legacies and future prospects”

UVic, Cornett A125

This session will focus on Canada’s legacy of endorsing immigration and cultural diversity under the auspices of multiculturalism. How have practices of social inclusion/exclusion shaped the fate of immigrants, refugees and minorities in Canada? What can we learn from Canada’s past of treating immigrants and minorities with a view to current challenges (most importantly the global refugee crisis)? To what degree is multiculturalism as a state policy and social practice still the most effective strategy for governing diversity and fostering inclusion?

Discussants:
  • To be announced soon


Moderators: Prof. Oliver Schimdtke, Director Center for Global Studies, University of Victoria

“Just solutions for communities threatened by less predictable environments.”

UVic, Cornett A120

Just Solutions for Communities Threatened by Less Predictable Environments: In a developed country such as Canada, many of our businesses are directly linked to stable climate regimes to remain viable. This includes forestry, fishing, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and tourism to name just a few. What are some socially just solutions for dealing with these changes? Who should take responsibility for dealing with the economic and social impacts of climate change where it seriously threatens livelihoods?

Discussants:
  • Discussants will be announced soon


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, Cornett A121

Discussants:
  • Robin McLay – Executive Director of Social Innovation, Gov’t of BC
  • Peter Elson – Adjunct Assistant Professor UVic and Mount Royal
  • James Stauch – Director, Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University formerly with Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation)
  • Sandra Hucaluk – Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Investment at Alberta Treasury Board


Moderator: Dr. Roy Suddaby, Professor; Francis G. Winspear Chair; Director, Research; Associate Dean Research & Faculty Renewal Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

“Local Economics of Diversity and Inclusion”

UVic, Cornett B112

Highlighting strategies of cities and regions which are benefiting from diversity and inclusion, especially in the knowledge economy; Voices from other regions facing challenges in response to changing global economic circumstances.

Discussants:
  • Emilie de Rosenroll, Executive Director, South Island Prosperity Project
  • Joan Elangovan, Director, Asia Pacific Center, Vancouver Economic Commission Ming Zhang, Urban Practice Manager, Economist, World Bank.
  • Additional discussants will be announced soon


Moderator: Dr. Andrew Marton, University of Victoria

Please visit themes description and speakers pages for more information.

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.

15 mintues

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

Bloc 3: Think Tank Sessions

Think tank sessions are designed to stimulate constructive and evidence based conversations leading to actionable recommendations (novel ideas, call for actions or new challenges). You are encouraged to engage with the discussants and the moderators and contribute to the conversations.

“How can we make Canada a more welcoming place?”

UVic, Cornett B135   Discussants:
  • Wyle Baoween, CEO at HRx Technology Inc.
  • Erin Aylward, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar
  • Geoffrey Cameron, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar
Moderator: Mark Tschirgi, Global Centre for Pluralism

“Action initiatives: entrepreneurship, first nations law, and economy of affection.” 

UVic, First People’s House   Discussants:
  • To be announced soon
Moderators: Dr John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria

“Building an inclusive and welcoming society – a grass root perspective”

UVic, Cornett A125 This session looks at how Canada’s promise to be inclusive and  respectful of diversity shapes practices in the communities. The vast majority of immigrants and refugees in Canada settle in the country’s urban centres. How have communities reacted to the massive influx of newcomers, what practices have contributed to making these communities welcoming and inclusive and how are conflicts addressed? The focus in this session is on civil society: How can its practices drive the agenda for deepening respect for diversity and  inclusiveness of Canadian society.   Discussants:
  • To be announced soon
Moderators: To be announced soon

“Climate justice for ecosystems.”

UVic, Cornett A120 Climate Justice for Ecosystems: Most of the discourse on climate change focuses on the impacts on people. In this context, climate justice looks at those who lose their livelihoods, become impoverished, or are forced to relocate. But this is a highly anthropocentric view, and one that ignores other species. Should climate justice be expanded to include other species and ecosystems? Should we consider other species when we make our decisions about how to mitigate and adapt to future climate regimes? And if we do include all life on the planet, how does this shift the debate about climate justice to include all life on the planet?   Discussants:
  • David Boyd – Associate Professor of Law, Policy and Sustainability, UBC; leading expert environmental law and policy –(I)
  • David Miller – CEO World Wild Life Fund Canada
  • Additional discussants will be announced soon
Moderator: Dr. Peter Robinson, Retired Chief Executive Officer of the David Suzuki Foundation
“Philanthropy, Diversity & Inclusion.” This session will look at innovative work both within institutions and in the public realm that has addressed social and educational challenges, significantly shifting the dialogue and promoting social change. Philanthropic foundations have been a key force behind this work. UVic, Cornett A121   Discussants:
  • Paul Lacerte – Executive Director of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres; Moose Hide Campaign
  • Sandra Richardson – CEO, Victoria Foundation
  • Brittany Harker-Martin – Associate Director Werklund Foundtion Cente for Youth Leadership Education
  • Dr. Ralph Nilson, Vancouver Island University
Moderator: Mary Rozsa de Coquet C.M., LLD (Hon)  

“Capacity Building for Diversity and Inclusion”

UVic, Cornett B112 A particular focus on education, training and human resource development for Canadian international engagement – especially with Asia.   Discussants:
  • Eva Busza, Asia Pacific Foundation
  • Additional discussants will be announced soon
Moderator: Erin Williams, Program Manager, Skills and Competencies, Asia Pacific Foundation
Please visit themes description and speakers pages for more information.

1 hour 15 minutes

University of Victoria

Transfers to Downtown

45 minutes

Closing Reception at Government House

Her Honour Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, is hosting the Victoria Forum Closing Reception at the Government House.

Program:
  • Syntheses of the main recommendations, Victoria Forum
  • Her Honour, Judith Guichon
  • Keynote address, to be announced
  • Closing remarks, Victoria Forum Chair
Snacks and beverages will be served.

1 hour 30 minutes

Government House, 1401 Rockland Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 1V9

General Public

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