Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario James Bartleman among those
tapped to mentor promising Canadian scholars
New Mentors and Scholars get together in St. John's, NL, on
MONTREAL, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation today
announced ten new Trudeau Mentors, including former Lieutenant Governor of
Ontario James Bartleman and former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan. The
ten new Trudeau Mentors hail from a variety of professional, academic,
business, arts and Aboriginal affairs backgrounds, and each will be linked
with an exceptional doctoral student who has been awarded a Trudeau
The new pairs, who are formally linked for 18 months but often
collaborate beyond this, meet for the first time in St. John's, Newfoundland
and Labrador, on January 27-28, where they will also engage with current and
previous Mentors and Scholars.
"The Foundation connects the best and brightest young Canadian scholars
with well-known, highly experienced leaders in an environment outside the
comfort of academia," said Pierre-Gerlier Forest, President of the Trudeau
Foundation. "Together, the Trudeau Scholars and Mentors generate, test and
debate new ideas aimed at resolving concrete social issues."
Key areas of concentration for the Trudeau Scholars and Mentors are
citizenship, Canada's role internationally, human rights and dignity, and the
The 2009 Trudeau Mentors are:
- James Bartleman: Chancellor, Ontario College of Art and Design, and
former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; a champion of aboriginal youth
and literacy programs.
- Chuck Blyth: Superintendent, Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest
Territories; an accomplished northern artist, ecologist, and engaged
- Renée Dupuis: Lawyer, writer, and Chief Commissioner of the Indian
Claims Commission; a seasoned mediator active in various commissions
on Aboriginal peoples.
- Ivan Fellegi: Chief Statistician Emeritus, Statistics Canada;
responsible for the organization being ranked best statistical office
in the world by The Economist.
- Peter Harder: Senior Policy Advisor, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, and
former Deputy Minister (including Treasury Board, Industry and
International Trade), Government of Canada; a public policy expert
with three decades of government involvement.
- Misel Joe: Saquamaw and Administrative Chief, Mi'kmaq Grand Council;
a spiritual leader in his community, committed to preserving the
language, culture and traditions of his people.
- Carolyn McAskie: Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Policy and
International Affairs, University of Ottawa, and former Assistant
Secretary General for Peacebuilding, United Nations; a specialist in
international affairs in Canada and abroad.
- Anne McLellan: Counsel, Bennett Jones LLP, and former Deputy Prime
Minister of Canada and Cabinet Minister; bridges both the public
policy and the business worlds.
- Alanis Obomsawin: Documentary filmmaker and member of the Abenaki
Nation; dedicated to the well-being of her people and the
preservation of First Nations heritage.
- Nola-Kate Seymoar: President and CEO, International Centre for
Sustainable Cities; a proponent of urban, environmental and
sustainability issues and planning.
Additional biographical information is available upon request.
About the Trudeau Mentorship Program
The Trudeau mentorship program is a novel experiment to develop
intellectual and personal bonds between renowned Canadians with hands-on
experience in the social and political realms and talented, young doctoral
students. Since 2004, the Foundation has appointed 48 Mentors, committing over
$1.1 million to introduce the Trudeau Scholars to the Mentors' own extensive
public policy networks.
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. We support outstanding
individuals who make meaningful contributions to critical social issues. To
date, the Foundation has granted over 150 major awards to top researchers and
highly accomplished individuals, in Canada and abroad. For more information,
For further information:
For further information: Source: Elise Comtois, The Pierre Elliott
Trudeau Foundation, (514) 938-0001 ext. 224; Media Contact (English): Josh
Cobden or Sheryl So, Environics Communications, (416) 920-9000; Media Contact
(French): Yvon Desautels or Alida Alepian, Capital-Image, (514) 739-1188 ext
225 or 222