Former Harper security advisor and War Child Canada leader among 10
Canadians appointed to mentor promising Trudeau Scholars
MONTREAL, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Ten accomplished Canadians from a variety of
backgrounds including journalism, government, business, advocacy, and
public policy have been appointed to personally mentor promising doctoral students who have received a prestigious Trudeau
Foundation Scholarship. The new Trudeau Mentors will provide a unique
reality check to the research conducted by the Trudeau Scholars,
ensuring the work is actionable and applicable to the needs and
concerns of Canadians today.
"The quality of the Trudeau Mentors reflects the momentum of the program
and the depth of Canada's expertise in all spheres of public life,"
said Pierre-Gerlier Forest, President of the Trudeau Foundation. "In
addition to sharing their knowledge and perspective, Trudeau Mentors
accelerate the careers of Trudeau Scholars by welcoming them as
colleagues and introducing them to valuable professional and social
Key areas of work for the Trudeau Scholars and Mentors include
citizenship, Canada's international role, human rights and dignity, and
The 2011 Trudeau Mentors are:
George R.M. Anderson, Ont.: President and CEO of the Forum of Federations, Anderson brings
to the Trudeau network his experience and leadership at the highest
levels of public service in the areas of natural resources, energy,
international affairs, and public policy.
Margaret Bloodworth, Ont.: In addition to her expertise in dispute resolution and
mediation, Bloodworth has extensive experience in public safety,
security, and intelligence. Having served as a security advisor to
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, she is well positioned to engage with
Trudeau Scholars on a wide range of public policy and public service
Jacques Bougie, Que.: Former President and CEO of Alcan, and chairman and director of
major Canadian corporations, Bougie is an active community volunteer
and business leader particularly versed in issues of international
management and governance.
Joseph Caron, B.C.: An accomplished diplomat with extensive knowledge of
Asian-Canadian relations and international economic affairs, Caron
brings his wide-reaching network and superb communications skills to
the Trudeau Community.
Rita Deverell, N.S.: A Canadian television broadcaster, theatre artist and social
activist, Deverell's pioneering work in journalism led her to establish
VisionTV, the world's first multifaith and multicultural network.
Chantal Hébert, Que.: A highly respected and influential columnist and political
commentator in both French- and English-speaking communities, Hébert
will share her extensive understanding of political issues with
promising Ph.D. students, along with her commitment to and interest in
Maureen McTeer, Ont.: Through her rich career in law, science, and public policy,
McTeer has advocated for a wide range of issues, from the reform of
democratic institutions to women's work-life balance and access to
medical reproductive technologies.
Samantha Nutt, Ont.: With a medical background including fifteen years of work
experience in some of the world's most dangerous war zones, Dr. Nutt is
the founder and director of War Child Canada and renowned for her
energy and invaluable contribution to questions dealing with the impact
of war, human rights, social justice, and public engagement in global
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.: This lawyer and children's rights advocate was the first
Aboriginal woman appointed to the judicial bench in Saskatchewan.
Currently she is the BC Representative for Children and Youth. Her
legal and academic experience will provide excellent guidance for the
work of the Trudeau Scholars.
Robert Wright, Ont.: Public service champion, former President and CEO of Export
Development Canada, and former federal Deputy Minister of Finance,
Wright boasts over 30 years of experience in public service, including
economic analysis, foreign affairs, energy, and natural resources. His
knowledge of policy networks in Canada is invaluable.
The new Mentor-Scholar pairings met for the first time in
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, on February 1-3 at an introductory
session also attended by current and past Mentors and Scholars.
Additional biographical information, photos, and the list of Trudeau
Scholar-Mentor pairings are available on request.
About the Trudeau Mentorship
The Foundation appoints up to 12 Mentors per year to interact with the
Scholars and participate in meetings held by the Foundation. Trudeau
Mentors are selected from the most eminent Canadian practitioners in
all sectors of public life, from the creative arts to business, and
from public service to social activism. For their 18 months term,
Trudeau Mentors are offered an honorarium of $20,000. A further $15,000
is available to cover the cost of participating in program activities.
The Trudeau Mentors are nominated by an extensive nomination network.
An independent peer-review panel is responsible for screening the
applications and suggesting a list of Mentors to the board of directors
About the Foundation
An independent and non-partisan Canadian charity, the Pierre Elliott
Trudeau Foundation was established in 2001 as a living memorial to the
former Prime Minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. In 2002,
the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with a donation of
$125 million following a unanimous vote in the House of Commons. In
addition, the Foundation benefits from private sector donations in
support of specific initiatives. Through its Scholarship, Fellowship,
Mentorship, and Public Interaction programs, the Foundation supports
outstanding individuals who make meaningful contributions to critical
SOURCE Trudeau Foundation
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