Former Federal Cabinet Minister Chuck Strahl among diverse group of
accomplished Canadians selected to mentor Trudeau scholars
MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
today announced the appointment of ten accomplished Canadians from
diverse backgrounds that will personally mentor the Trudeau
scholars—promising doctoral students who have been identified as future
leaders. In addition to sharing their extensive knowledge and
experience, the Trudeau mentors will help accelerate the careers of the
Trudeau scholars by introducing them to valuable professional and
social networks. This year's Trudeau mentors bring distinguished
careers in economic development, health, energy, philanthropy, media,
public affairs, justice, transportation, and infrastructure.
"The transfer of knowledge and experience from current leaders to future
leaders has never been more important than it is now, and the Trudeau
Mentorship Program addresses this need by creating remarkable pairings
that collaborate for up to three years," said Pierre-Gerlier Forest,
president of the Foundation. "By connecting Trudeau scholars with
highly accomplished Trudeau mentors, we aim to nurture, test and
activate concrete solutions to issues of major societal importance to
The 2012 Trudeau mentors are:
Elizabeth Beale, N.S.: CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Beale brings to
the Trudeau network her experience as an economist well-versed in
energy, the labour market, and innovation strategies.
Cindy Blackstock, Ont.: A member of the Gitksan Nation in B.C. and the executive
director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of
Canada, Blackstock will share her expertise in exploring and addressing
the causes of disadvantage for Aboriginal children.
Philippe Couillard, Que.: A former neurosurgeon, university professor, politician, and
minister of health and social services (Quebec), Couillard is now a
partner in a venture capital firm that specializes in health care and a
consultant at Secor. He also teaches health care governance at McGill
Len Crispino, Ont.: Former president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce,
Crispino is linked into an extensive network that bridges the worlds of
business, labour, government, academia, and the non-profit sector.
Paul Kariya, B.C.: Involved in Aboriginal and environmental issues, Kariya is the
executive director of the Independent Power Producers of BC. He
previously held various governmental positions in fisheries and oceans
and was the executive director of the Pacific Salmon Foundation from
2002 to 2008.
Frances Lankin, Ont.: A former president of United Way Toronto, former MPP and cabinet
minister (government services; health; economic development and trade
in Ontario), Lankin has spent her life in community service and is a
recognized leader in the non-profit sector.
Daniel Lessard, Que.: A former journalist and Parliament Hill bureau chief at CBC,
Lessard will share his lifelong experience in the media and public
affairs and an intimate knowledge of politics and policy-making.
Bernard Richard, N.B.: A fixture of New Brunswick, where he served as minister of
intergovernmental affairs and education, opposition leader, and
ombudsman, Richard is a strong advocate of children's rights.
John Sims, Ont.: A former deputy minister of justice and deputy attorney general
of Canada, Sims offers his leadership and experience in public law and
policy making at the highest levels.
Chuck Strahl, B.C.: Strahl served as federal Minister of Agriculture, Indian and
Northern Affairs, and Transport and Infrastructure. He remains engaged
in current affairs, offering commentary on political issues and working
as a consultant on political, governmental, and business strategies.
The first meeting between the new mentors and their scholar protégés
took place in Victoria, B.C., from February 7 to 9 at a 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 Trudeau Mentorships
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 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-month 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. Trudeau mentors
are nominated by the members of an extensive nomination network, after
which an independent peer-review panel screens the applications and
suggests a list of mentors to the Foundation's board of directors for
About the Foundation
A Canadian institution with a national purpose, the Pierre Elliott
Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity. It 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 with the
unanimous support of 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 social
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