Former Harper security adviser and War Child Canada leader among 10 Canadians appointed to mentor promising Trudeau Scholars.
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 networks."
Key areas of work for the Trudeau Scholars and Mentors include citizenship, Canada's international role, human rights and dignity, and the environment.
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 adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, she is well positioned to engage with Trudeau Scholars on a wide range of public policy and public service issues.
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 multi-faith and multicultural network.
Chantal Hebert, Que. : A highly respected and influential columnist and political commentator in both French- and English-speaking communities, Hebert will share her extensive understanding of political issues with promising Ph.D. students, along with her commitment to and interest in public policy.
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 issues.
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 for approval.
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 social issues.
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