Thursday, August 4, 2011
7:30pm Opening Keynote Address
The World We Want to Leave Our Children and the Role of an Engaged Citizenry in Fighting for Social Justice
Jay Naidoo was one of South Africa’s leading anti-apartheid activists, serving as the first General Secretary of COSATU, South Africa’s largest federation of trade unions. In 1993, entering parliament on an ANC ticket, he was invited by Nelson Mandela to become Minister of the Reconstruction and Development Programme, and then as Minister of Communications. In 1999, Naidoo left politics and founded the J&J Group, an investment and management company. Remaining engaged in the field of development, he was appointed Chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and in 2003, became the Chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), launched to fight malnutrition facing 2 billion people around the world.
Friday, August 5, 2011
9:00am The Roots of Engagement
Ovide Mercredi, Former National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations
Marcel Lauzière, President of Imagine Canada
Dave Meslin, Urban activist, musician and co-editor of Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto
Moderator: Martha Deacon, CIPA Program Committee
The roots of engagement are varied, with people often citing a moral imperative for their actions. Yet the players in the arena of engagement are changing in a range of ways: venture charity is becoming a growth industry and traditional volunteerism is being replaced by professionals; youth, usually at the vanguard of social change, are often targeted for social causes with slick marketing campaigns; and aversion to politics has led to diverse forms of engagement. What demographic stories can be told about those who become engaged and the sources that motivate them to act, in particular in Canada?
2:00pm Reflection and Sharing Circles
Moderator: Mohamed Awad, Chair, Youth Affairs
7:30pm Case Studies: Strategies of Engagement
Dave Toycen, President, World Vision Canada
Tom Ormsby, Director of External & Corporate Affairs, De Beers Canada
Frances Westley, co-author, Getting to Maybe and J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation, University of Waterloo
Moderator: Adam Redish, Vice Chair, 2011 Conference
Private citizens, charities, interest groups and businesses are increasingly becoming involved in causes in which government has traditionally played a role. The issues range from climate change to global humanitarianism and consist of local, national and international spheres of action. Case Studies will examine the complexities and sensitivities of engagement in areas as diverse as the international health/humanitarian sector in fragile states such as Haiti and Sudan to corporate social responsibility in the mining sector. Key issues to be explored include the constraints and success factors in different approaches.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
9:00am Agents of Change
Hon. Jim Prentice, P.C., Q.C., Senior Executive Vice-President and Vice Chairman, CIBC
Andrew Heintzman, author of The New Entrepreneurs and President of INVESTECO
Albina Ruiz Rios, social entrepreneur and Founding President & Executive Director, Ciudad Saludable Group, Peru
Moderator: Rima Berns-McGown, Chair, Outreach
Leadership is a key criterion for mobilizing the public to act. Change makers, such as business leaders, cultural icons and celebrities – think Live Aid – articulate and give voice to a cause and can drive dramatic change. Do we care more about particular issues due to influential personalities taking up certain causes? How are these personalities able to substantively make us understand and care for specific issues in lasting, meaningful ways? Might the fickle nature of celebrity culture get in the way of, or does it assist in, achieving systemic change? What does it mean when such figures set the charitable agenda, determining the strategies and focus for action?
Noon Presentation of the Annual Couchiching Award for Excellence in Public Policy Leadership
The Couchiching Award for Public Policy Leadership honours the accomplishments of Canadians who have demonstrated daring leadership in public policy. The award recognizes exemplary actions taken by an individual to formulate and implement policy that has had a proven positive impact on Canada or a community within Canada, often in the face of public opposition.
The Hon. Stephane Dion, P.C., M.P.: Fighting for a united and better Canada / Mon combat pour un Canada uni et meilleur.
2:00pm Discussion Groups
Create your own, or participate in one of a series of pre-arranged groups, such as one focused on Civic Engagement of Urban Aboriginal People with Ginger Gosnell-Myers former co-founder of the Centre for Native Policy and Research and Project Manager with Environics Research Group for the Urban Aboriginal People Study.
Moderator: Leslie de Meulles, CIPA Program and Youth Affairs Committees
Saturday, August 6
7:30am Revolution 2.0?
Jesse Hirsh, Internet strategist and broadcaster
Mona Eltahawy, award-winning columnist on Arab and Muslim issues
Paul Quassa, Inuit leader, co-founder, Digital Indigenous Democracy; Chairperson, Nunavut Implementation Training Committee and Mayor of Igloolik
Moderator: Hana Gartner, investigative journalist and CBC broadcaster
Instant communication and the 24/7 cycle of connectivity permeate our culture and arguably constitute the biggest driver of the current sense of “engagement” in Canada, and around the globe. Change might literally be at our fingertips. Given the recent dramatic social uprisings and the ubiquitous use of non-hierarchic communication, have we found the magic bullet that enables the potential in all of us for meaningful social input and radical change? Can citizens, the media and institutions such as government keep up and provide or derive an informed analysis of all this stimuli?
9:00am Paradox of Open Societies
Nathalie des Rosiers, General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Rafal Rohozinski, CEO, Secdev.cyber, Senior Research and Chair Advisory Group at Citizen Lab, Munk School Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Kwame McKenzie, Senior Scientist within CAMH’s Social Equity and Health Research section and the Deputy Director of Continuing & Community Care in the Schizophrenia Program
Moderator: John Lorinc, journalist and author
The liberal democratic state has enshrined freedoms of speech, belief and association as cardinal rights, in addition to supporting a pluralistic civil society, thereby providing a broad spectrum for engagement. Yet, there are times when those who challenge the status quo are considered dangerous and subversive. Who determines what is benign and non-benign engagement?
Sunday, August 7, 2011
1:00pm Closing Keynote Address
New voices are being heard and new approaches tried in the Canadian spectrum of engagement. Many of these voices are reframing both our understanding of the issues, as well as our arenas of engagement. In the summer of 2010, Naheed Nenshi, then a relatively unknown college professor, campaigned for the mayoralty of Calgary using tools – especially social media – to attract the young and diverse electorate of the city and become Canada’s first Muslim mayor. What trends and opportunities are emerging in the Canadian experience?
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON