Victoria Forum

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It's a special year!

Recognize Canada's 150th anniversary.

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Let's talk!

Join the conversation about diversity and inclusion at home and abroad.

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Making space for everyone.

The inaugural Victoria Forum takes stock of Canada's successes and challenges in the area of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Focusing on innovative ideas.

The inaugural Victoria Forum revolves around six themes that integrate different perspectives, promote inclusiveness and generate ideas for a better world for all.

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November 17 to 19, 2017

With the emergence of populist agendas, in the face of declining trust in our key institutions, there has been a trend towards increasing protectionism and anxiety about migration worldwide. The need to present an alternative narrative highlighting the benefits of diversity, openness and inclusiveness has become of vital importance.

Prominent Canadian and international visionaries, activists, cultural icons, influencers and politicians will gather to participate in the Victoria Forum to discuss Canada's successes and challenges in the area of diversity and inclusion.

Speakers and participants will discuss everything from the powerful narrative of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to the ongoing efforts to resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees across Canada.

New Diversity Dividend report supports forum focus

This video was produced to illustrate the findings outlined in the Diversity Dividend: Canada’s Global Advantage report, written by Dr. Bessma Momani and Jillian Stirk, and co-published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (PETF).

On Canada's 150th anniversary, the University of Victoria and Global Affairs Canada have joined forces to organize the inaugural Victoria Forum under the theme of Canada@150: Promoting Diversity & Inclusion. Join global and national policy makers, business leaders, academics and civil society representatives to take stock of Canada's successes and challenges in these areas, and to chart a way forward.

Pour marquer le 150ème anniversaire du Canada, l’Université de Victoria en collaboration avec Affaires mondiales Canada organisent le premier Forum de Victoria sous le thème Canada @ 150: Promouvoir diversité et inclusion. Joignez des experts canadiens et internationaux, des leaders politiques, des dirigeants d’entreprises, des universitaires et acteurs de la société civile pour examiner les succès et défis du Canada et discuter des perspectives d’avenir.

As a growing number of countries turn inward and shut their doors to immigration and free trade, Canada stands poised to reap the benefits of its successful immigration policies and its diversity. A country whose citizens trace their origins to more than 200 nationalities should be the model for global connectivity. This diversity dividend ought to be Canada’s global advantage and this report shows how to realize this potential and why it is imperative to do so. Read the Diversity Dividend: Canada’s Global Advantage report, written by Dr. Bessma Momani and Jillian Stirk, and co-published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (PETF). Join us November 17-19 to put the findings of this study into action.