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CIC Victoria: Canada”s Diversity in an Interconnected World: How Do We Leverage It?

September 21, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm EDT


How much do we know about the links between pluralism and economic prosperity? Are demographics driving globalization or vice versa? How can we build cultural fluency and capture the full potential of Canada’s global citizens? Supported by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and led by Dr. Bessma Momani of the University of Waterloo and Jillian Stirk of the SFU Centre for Dialogue, the Pluralism Project combines academic research with a series of consultations with globally connected Canadian business and thought leaders in major centres in Canada and abroad. Join us as we explore the economic impacts of diversity, how Canadians are contributing to and benefiting from global connections, and how globally connected Canadians are affecting the nation’s development in an interconnected world. We will also consider whether current models of citizenship reflect the changing nature of society, with a view to recommending ways to capitalize on and leverage the economic and social benefits of diversity.


 How are diversity and transnational identity changing the way Canadians engage with each other and the rest of the world?
 What are the links between diversity and economic competitiveness?
 What kind of programs and measures encourage inclusion and promote full participation in society and in the labour market?
 How do we assess the role and measure the impact of Canadians living abroad?
 Are there new ways to leverage the economic benefits of pluralism and diaspora communities, including the Canadian diaspora?

Speaker’s Biography
Jillian Stirk is a former Canadian ambassador with more than thirty years’ experience in foreign affairs with a focus on the intersection between human rights and peace and security. Until 2013, Ms. Stirk was Assistant Deputy Minister-Strategic Policy, Global Issues, and European Affairs at Global Affairs Canada. Jillian is an Associate with the Simon Fraser Centre for Dialogue and a Mentor with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, where she is co-leading a project on Diversity, Pluralism and the Future of Citizenship. In addition, she sits on a number of Not-for- Profit boards and volunteers with a several community organisations. She continues to speak and write on foreign policy issues in Canada and abroad.

Date and Time
Wednesday September 21, 2016
11:30am to 2:00pm

Union Club of British Columbia
805 Gordon Street
Victoria, BC  V8W 1Z6


Young Professional
Non-Member Student

Event Contact
Paula Skippon | cic.victoria.sec@gmail.com


September 21, 2016
11:30 am - 2:00 pm EDT