THE BISHOP'S FORUM
A Civic Leadership Institute for English-Speaking Youth

Bishop’s Forum Leading Change

Over the week of August 13th to August 18th, 2017, the Bishop’s Forum will present an exciting program of speakers, workshops and activities that together offer participants a unique opportunity to understand and reflect upon the realities and promises of Quebec.

Citizenship

Day 1 of the Bishop’s Forum will look at what it means to be a Quebec citizen at this interesting period in the province’s development. Exercising political, social and legal rights in the province has changed fundamentally over the last few decades and Quebecers may be in store for further transformation in the years ahead as the world evolves in both intensively local and global ways.

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English-Speaking Community

The English-speaking community has helped this province develop for literally hundreds of years. However, the community has changed dramatically over the last 40 years and faces both new challenges and opportunities. Also on Day 1, the Bishop’s Forum will explore what it is to be a member of the English-speaking community today and where and how emerging leadership can be exercised to strengthen both the community and the province.

Community, Philanthropic and Environmental Sectors

On Day 2, we’ll delve into the exciting nonprofit sector from a few perspectives. The community sector, challenged in particular by government restraint, is finding new ways of making a difference in the lives of vulnerable Quebecers. So is the philanthropic sector which is increasingly using the tools of social innovation and social finance to leverage its donating power. The environment is always top of mind in Quebec and the opportunities to lead ecological transformation are many. All of these themes will be addressed on August 15th.

Political System and Media

Quebec’s political system is simultaneously fascinating and frustrating. While having some of the developed world’s most progressive social policies, it is also the fulcrum of debate in Canada around how to address diversity. The Forum will look at these realities on August 16th along with the manner in which the media engages in…..and influences….. political discourse in Quebec.

Business and Social Enterprise

On Day 4, we’ll take the cover off “Quebec Inc.” version 2017. The Quebec economy is like no other in the country and its uniqueness is due, at least in part, to the nature of the relationship between the business sector and the government and the relatively strong presence of employee unions. These and other key themes including electrification of transport, the sharing economy and social enterprise will all be considered on August 17th, 2017.

Parliamentary Commission

We’ll wrap up the inaugural Bishop’s Forum with presentations by each of the small groups established on Day 1 to a mock Parliamentary Commission made up of several Quebec luminaries. Groups will be asked to put their learning and insight from the first four days of the Bishop’s Forum on display and answer the Parliamentary Commissioners’ questions about their proposals. The group making the most impressive presentation will be recognized with a special prize.

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