A Civic Leadership Institute for English-Speaking Youth


2019 program still under development.

Check out last year’s program for a taste of what the Bishop’s Forum has to offer, and check back soon for the updated program for 2019!

Sunday, August 12, 2018
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Individual small groups meet

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Ice-breaker – Dewhurst Tent

7:00 p.m.
Welcome Dinner – DEWHURST TENT

Introductory remarks

Michael Goldbloom, C.M.Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Chair, Bishop’s Forum
Principal & Vice-Chancellor, Bishop’s University

Michael Goldbloom holds a B.A. in Modern European History and Literature from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law from McGill University.

He worked as an editorial writer at The Gazette in Montreal before beginning his professional career as a labour lawyer at Martineau Walker (now Fasken). In 1991 he became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal YMCA. From 1994 to 2001 he served as Publisher of The Gazette. In 2002, he was a Visiting Scholar at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. In 2003 he was named Deputy Publisher of the Toronto Star, and in 2004 became its Publisher. In 2007 he was appointed Vice-Principal (Public Affairs) and Senior Fellow in Media and Public Policy at McGill University. In August of 2008 he became the 18th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University.

In December 2013, Mr. Goldbloom was appointed to the Order of Canada for helping to establish several transformative civic organizations in Montreal and for his dedication to building bridges between the city’s English-and French-speaking communities.
Mr. Goldbloom has an extensive record of community leadership including service as President of Alliance Quebec and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ville Marie Social Services Centre, Selwyn House School and the YMCA of Quebec Foundation. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Bureau de Coopération interuniversitaire and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Jewish News. In April 2018, he was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Russell CopemanRussell Copeman
Bishop’s Forum

Russell Copeman is a former Montreal City Councillor and borough mayor for Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace. He was also a member of the Montreal Executive Committee.

From 1986 to 1988, he was the Assistant Director of the Education Program, Director of Social Affairs and Director of the Education Program at Alliance Quebec.

In 1989, he was a political aide to the Minister of Energy and Resources. From 1989 to 1991, he was the Quebec Liberal Party coordinator and from 1991 to 1994 he was the constituency assistant to former Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa.

He served as the Liberal Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce from 1994 to 2008.

Kathleen WeilOpening Address by
Minister Kathleen Weil,
Minister Responsible for Relations with the English Speaking Quebecers and Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions.
MNA for Notre Dâme de Grace.


  • Barreau du Québec (1983)
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil law (B.C.L.) and common law (LL.B.), McGill University, Montréal (1982)
  • Bachelor’s degree in history and political science, McGill University, Montréal (1977)

Professional Experience

  • President and director general, Foundation of Greater Montreal (2000-2008)
  • Director, government relations and business development, International Society of Technology Assessment in Health Care (ISTAHC) (1996-1998)
  • Research officer, Secretariat for Greater Montréal, Ministère du Conseil exécutif, Gouvernement du Québec (1993-1996)
  • Director of Legal Affairs, Alliance Quebec (1985-1989)

Community and Political Involvement

  • Member of the board of directors, Community Foundations of Canada (2007-2008)
  • Panel member, Centraide of Greater Montreal (2005-2008)
  • Member of the advisory committee and executive committee, Montreal Children’s Hospital (2004-2008)
  • Chair of the board of directors, Conférence des régies régionales de la santé et des services sociaux du Québec (2000)
  • Member of the board of directors, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) (1999-2002)
  • Member of the board of directors and executive committee, Conseil régional de développement de l’île de Montréal (CRDIM) (1998-2001)
  • Chair of the board of directors (1998-2002), vice-chair (1994-1998), and member (1992-2002), Montréal-Centre regional health and social services board
  • Vice-chair of the board of directors, Batshaw Youth and Family Centres (1998-2000)
  • Member of the board of directors, Batshaw Youth and Family Centres (1992-2000)
  • Member of the board of directors, Association des centres jeunesse du Québec (ACJQ) (1991-1996)
  • Member of the board of directors, Ville-Marie social services centre (1990-1992)

Denise LauzièreDenise Lauzière
Associate Director, Bishop’s Forum

Denise Lauzière joined Bishop’s University in 2013. She is Chief of Staff, Office of the Principal & Vice-Chancellor. In 2003, after working for the Canadian Education Association in Toronto for 13 years as Director of Professional Development and Assistant Executive Director, Denise came to Sherbrooke to take on the position of Executive Director of the Eastern Townships Alzheimer Society. In 2005, she fulfilled a professional objective by attending law school. Denise graduated from l’Université de Sherbrooke in 2008 and has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 2010. She practiced in immigration law for a couple of years. Denise is a member since 2012 and a vice-president (2014) of the Ethics Committee for Research on Humans of the Research Centre of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS. She just completed a Certificate in public administration at the École nationale d’administration publique.

Monday, August 13, 2018


All sessions will take place in Hamilton 301 (H-301)

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

We are Quebecers

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Citizenship is a lifelong journey

Dr. Jamie CrooksDr. Jamie Crooks
Professor of Philosophy, Bishop’s University

Jamie Crooks joined the Bishop’s University Philosophy Department in 1990.  He is currently chair.  Over the years, Dr. Crooks has served in a variety of Union and Administrative roles including Negotiations Officer, Ombudsperson, Dean of Arts & Science, Vice-Principal (interim) and Director of the Bishop’s Learning Commons Project.  From 1999 until 2014, Dr. Crooks was Conductor of the Bishop’s University Singers.  He is the 2015 winner of the William and Nancy Turner Teaching Award and the 2017 winner of the Divisional Teaching Award for the Humanities.  In 2012, Dr. Crooks was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his work in founding the Phoenix Community Choir – an ensemble composed of at-risk youth, social workers and community volunteers affiliated with Phoenix Youth Programs in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Citizenship in Quebec

Jean Charest, Former PremierJean Charest
Former Premier of Quebec

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Premier of Québec (2003-2012)
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada 1993-1998

As a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and a former Premier of Québec, Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures.

The Honorable Jean Charest was notably the initiator of the negotiation for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). Furthermore, the Charest government initiated an unprecedented labour mobility agreement between France and Québec and was best known for a major initiative for the sustainable development of Northern Québec called “Plan Nord”.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.  Lunch –  Lunch and BF Agora – Dewhurst Dining Hall

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Perspectives on the English-Speaking Community

Jack JedwabJack Jedwab,
President of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration (CIMI).

Well-written, well-read and well-cited, Montrealer Jack Jedwab is one of Canada’s best-known demographers. His interest for English-speaking Quebec was sparked in the early 1980s when Jedwab embarked on graduate studies at Concordia University. His master’s thesis titled Montreal’s English Daily Press and Anglophone Voting Behaviour 1935-1956 earned him the department’s Edward Eastman McCullough prize – the first of many as he launched a dynamic career. Jack holds a PhD in Canadian History from Concordia University. He is currently a lecturer at Concordia’s School of Community and Public Affairs and has lectured at McGill University in the departments of sociology, political science and at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Jack is the Chair of the Canadian National Metropolis Conference, the country’s largest conference on Immigration and Integration and the founding editor and publisher of the publication Canadian Diversity. For his work in strengthening the English-speaking community and building bridges between Quebecers of different backgrounds, Jack is a laureate of the Quebec Community Groups Network’s Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Award.


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

A brief History of the English-speaking Community

Eric MaldoffEric Maldoff, C.M., Ad.E.
Partner, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon

A longtime community activist in English-speaking Quebec, Eric Maldoff, who practices business law, was the founding president of Alliance Quebec and is the chair of QCGN’s Health and Social Services Committee which successfully negotiated changes to provincial policy legislation and regulations enabling greater access to health and social services for English-speaking Quebecers in their own language. A skilled negotiator, Eric is frequently engaged for his strategic skills in areas such as aboriginal law, federal/provincial agreements and government negotiations. He has been Chief Federal Negotiator with the Mohawks of Kanesatake, the Innu of Labrador and the Northwest Territory Métis and has served as Chief Quebec Negotiator with the Kitigan Zibi Algonquin Community regarding the Eagle Forest. He was the Vice-Chair of the Interim Governing Council for the creation of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and founding Chair of Canada Health Infoway. He was also a constitutional advisor to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Eric served as Chair of the Executive Committee and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre. Eric has also served as a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of McGill University and is a Governor Emeritus of McGill. He currently presides the Old Brewery Mission. A member of the Order of Canada, Eric was also honoured for his multiple contributions to Quebec’s English-speaking community with a Sheila And Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award in 2014.


4:15 – 5:00 p.m.   Parliamentary Commissions explained

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.   Abenaki Ceremony at the Massawippi River and exchange with Elders

Dinner and Free evening

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


All sessions will take place in Hamilton 301 (H-301)

8:30 a.m.
Forum Today (all delegates)
Questions, comments, discussion from the floor on the day’s objectives

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Arts and Culture: An Essential Part of a Thriving Community

Nantali IndongoNantali Indongo,
host of CBC Montreal’s provincial arts and culture program, The Bridge, and a member of the multilingual hip hop group Nomadic Massive.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa and Humber College, Nantali has shared her knowledge of music and culture as a community educator and public speaker.



Amy MacdonaldAmy Macdonald,
a songwriter and musician who is the Program Manager at the English Language Arts Network

Amy MacDonald holds an M.A. in Communications Studies from McGill Unviersity, where she researched cultural policy and festivals.  As a vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and flautist, she has performed at Sled Island, POP Montreal, Suoni per il Popolo, the McCord Museum, and other stages as part of projects from hard core to folk.  She contributes to community initiatives promoting equity and safer spaces in independent music.


Ashley WerhunAshley Werhun,
founder of Mentorly, the very first online arts mentorship platform, connecting artists around the world enabling emerging and early-career creatives to receive first-hand career guidance while enabling mentors to earn revenue.

Ashley is the CEO of and a professional dancer. After 10 years of touring on the worlds finest stages, Ashley co-founded Mentorly with Katherine Macnaughton to help others achieve their dreams and realize their full potential. Dedicated to leading the next generation into their own creative careers, she is fed by solving problems at a global scale. Ashley enjoys teaching, mentoring, and creating bridges between disconnected populations.


Emily Prangley-DesormeauxEmily Prangley-Desormeaux (Panel moderator)

Originally from the Eastern Townships, Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Bishop’s University. After graduating she lived in China for two years before settling in the Townships and into her role as Community Outreach Coordinator at Townshippers’ Association.



10:30 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

Social Change

Niamh LeonardNiamh Leonard,
Program Officer, McConnell Foundation

Prior to joining the Foundation, Niamh was the Director of Development at Santropol Roulant, an intergenerational community food hub in Montreal. The common thread through her work is a passion for understanding the economic and financial dynamics of social change.

Niamh also chairs the board of directors of Apathy is Boring and is a member of the Conseil jeunesse de Montréal. For her leadership in governance, she was selected to join l’IGOPP’s Incubateur de jeunes administrateurs in 2015 and the JCCM’s Réseau des jeunes administrateurs in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Psychology and Economics.


Heidi RathjenHeidi Rathjen,
Co-Director, Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control

Ms Rathjen obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1990 from the École Polytechnique in Montréal. But instead of pursuing her career in engineering, she embarked on a fight for stronger gun control — easy access to firearms being a contributing factor in the December 6th 1989 massacre at her university. She co-founded (with Wendy Cukier) the Coalition for Gun Control and acted as its Executive director until 1996, that is, after having obtained a comprehensive set of federal gun control measures.

She maintains her commitment to stricter gun control by volunteering as a spokesperson and principal organizer of PolySeSouvient, a group of Polytechnique graduates and students that work with families of victims to protect our gun control laws from the unrelenting pressures of the gun lobby. PolySeSouvient led the campaign to secure the registration of all firearms in Quebec after having lost the measure at the federal level under the Harper government.

In 1996, Heidi co-founded the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control (with Louis Gauvin) and has been its co-director ever since. The Quebec Coalition has successfully advocated for a range of tobacco control measures, including bans on advertising, smoking in public places and tobacco products displays, as well as other measures such as tax increases and health warnings. The Coalition has lead numerous mobilization campaigns, included those leading to the adoption of the Quebec Tobacco Act in 1998 and its reinforcement in 2005 and in 2015.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.   Lunch and BF Agora – BBQ on the TD Terrasse

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Where do we go from here?

Geoff KelleyGeoff Kelley,
Minister of Native Affairs and MNA for Jacques Cartier

Mr. Kelley began his career in public service as a legislative assistant to Mr. Claude Ryan when the latter was Minister of Education, Higher Education and Science and Minister responsible for the Charter of the French Language. He subsequently served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board, Ms. Monique Gagnon-Tremblay.

Mr. Kelley was first elected as a Member of the National Assembly in 1994. He was re-elected in 1998, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014.

As the Chair of the National Assembly’s Social Affairs Committee he presided over public hearings on homelessness. The Committee released its report entitled “Le phénomène de l’itinérance au Québec” in June 2008. Mr. Kelley also chaired a task force on animal welfare. His report, “Vers un veritable réseau pour le bien-être des animaux de compagnie” was issued in October 2009. As Chair of the Health and Social Services Committee , Mr. Kelley presided over the public hearings of the Special Committee on the Question of Dying with Dignity, which released its report, “Pour une bonification des soins palliatifs et une option de plus pour des cas de souffrances exceptionnelles” in March 2012.

Kenneth DeerKenneth Deer,
Secretary of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake.

Kenneth Deer has been active in promoting and defending the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the UN system for thirty years. He participated in the Working Group on Indigenous Populations, which drafted the original text of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and in the Working Group on the Draft Declaration, which elaborated and edited the Declaration prior to its adoption by the UN General Assembly in 2007. He contributed to the debate about the rights in the Declaration and organized the Indigenous Peoples Preparatory Meetings which were important for Indigenous representatives to prepare and strategize for meetings with states. He continues to be engaged at the UN in the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous World Association, an NGO that has consultative status with the United Nations.

Dr. Deer is also a member of the Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee and Secretary of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples by Secretary Ban Ki Moon from 2008 to 2014. He is the former Publisher and Editor of the Eastern Door Newspaper, a former High School Councillor and High School Principal. He received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media and Communications in 2010.

In 2015 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Concordia University.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.     Working Groups

6:00  – 10:00 p.m.
Dinner and Film
Hochelaga – Land of Souls
Hochelaga – Land of Souls

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


All sessions will take place in Hamilton 301 (H-301)

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Forum Today (all delegates)
Questions, comments, discussion from the floor on the day’s objectives

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Media Panel – How to work with the Media

Christopher CurtisChristopher Curtis,
The Montreal Gazette

Christopher Curtis is a news reporter with the Montreal Gazette. His coverage focuses on homelessness, Indigenous issues and cannabis legislation. He was a finalist for the 2014 National Newspaper Award for feature writing.



Debbie HynesDebbie Hynes,

Debbie Hynes is a storyteller who uses narrative to bring brands to life. In the past 2 decades she has worked with technology companies, start-ups and community organizations to help them tell their stories. Currently she works as the Regional Manager, Communications, Marketing and Brand for CBC Quebec.



Aphrodite SalasAphrodite Salas,
Concordia University

Aphrodite Salas is a journalist at CTV Montreal and a full-time faculty member at the Department of Journalism at Concordia University. She has worked as a broadcast journalist across Canada and around the world. Notably, she was a network correspondent for CTV both in Toronto and in Montreal, she covered federal politics on Parliament Hill and has anchored in various small, medium and large markets.


Rita LegaultRita Legault (Panel Moderator)

Rita is Director of Communications and Public Relations for the Quebec Community Groups Network. Prior to that, she was the senior reporter for The Sherbrooke Record and a freelancer for The Montreal Gazette and other publications including the National Post. She regularly gives workshops to community groups on how to pitch stories to the media.



10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Youth and Voting

Pierre ReidPierre Reid,
Director General, Élections Québec

Mr. Reid holds a law degree from Université de Laval and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1977.

He has over 30 years of professional experience in government legal affairs. Since his appointment as Director General of Quebec Elections in July 2015, one of his priority has been to teach young people the importance of civic engagement and exercising their right to vote.


12:15 – 1:45 p.m.   Lunch and BF Agora – Dewhurst Dining Hall

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Election Panel – Youth Issues

CAQ          PLQ        PQ        Quebec Solidaire

Ainslie MacLellanAinslie MacLellan (Panel Moderator)

Ainslie MacLellan joined CBC Quebec as a researcher for Quebec AM in 2006 and never looked back. She’s spent most of her career as a current affairs, news reporter, and video-journalist, travelling around the province, from the Abitibi to the Magdalen Islands, and from the Eastern Townships to Nunavik. She is currently filling in for Sonali Karnick as host of All in a Weekend on CBC Radio and Our Montreal on CBC TV.


4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Work on Parliamentary Commissions

6:30 p.m.   Dinner – Dewhurst Dining Hall

7:30 p.m.  Buses depart from Dewhurst

8:30 p.m.
A musical production celebrating the 40th anniversary of Luc Plamondon and Michel Berger’s Rock Opera.


Thursday, August 16, 2018


All sessions will take place in Hamilton 301 (H-301)

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Forum Today (all delegates)

Questions, comments, discussion from the floor on the day’s objectives.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

21st Century Careers

Matthew ShawMatthew Shaw,
Employment Counselor, Youth Employment Services

Matt Shaw holds an Undergraduate degree in Criminology, a Graduate Diploma in Youth Work and possesses over eight years of experience working with youth in clinical, counseling and supportive settings. Matt works with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, providing group and individual counseling on both the job search and career development fronts, and coaches clients on how to work through their career barriers, helping them move forward in their professional and personal growth, while being able to balance personal responsibilities and obligations.



10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Public Sector Careers

William Floch,
Secrétaire adjoint, Ministère du Conseil exécutif

On November 24, 2017, William Floch was appointed as the first Secrétaire adjoint (Assistant Secretary) in the Government of Quebec’s Ministère du Conseil exécutif with the responsibility to establish the Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers (SRQEA) .

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Floch worked in the area of research and policy development for the Department of Canadian Heritage beginning in the early 1990s. Before embarking on his career in government, Mr. Floch worked as a teacher and principal in the English-language school system in Quebec and also worked in the community sector for Townshippers’ Association and Alliance Quebec.

Mr. Floch is a graduate of Bishop’s University where he was an active participant in university life, serving as Editor of The Campus student newspaper and playing hockey for the Gaiters.


Beny MasellaBeny Masella,
Mayor, Town of Montreal West, President, Association of Suburban Municipalities

Beny Masella was first elected to Montreal West Town Council in 2007 and has served as Mayor since 2009.  He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Société de Transport de Montréal and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal and the Union des Municipalités de Québec. Since 2017, he has served as president of the Association of Suburban Municipalities, which represents the 15 demerged municipalities and its 237,000 residents on the island of Montreal.  He is currently a practicing pharmacist and owned his own pharmacy for 25 years until 2012.  He and his wife have 3 children working and studying in the US.


12:15 – 1:45 p.m.   Lunch and BF Agora – Dewhurst Dining Hall

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Getting involved – A how to

Tiffany CallenderTiffany Callender,
Executive Director, Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Association

Tiffany Callender is a community worker, involved in the development of social, cultural, educational and economic programs in her community. During her studies in Human Relations at Concordia University, she started as a the Community Liaison Officer at the Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Association and has been the Executive Director since 2013. She serves as an administrator and resource on several community boards, most notably the African-Canadian Development and Prevention Network and Black Youth Socio-Economic development Summit. She made her first attempt in municipal politics during the 2017 elections. Ms. Callender is proud mother of three children.


Christian ArseneaultChristian Arseneault,
Montreal City Councillor

Christian Arseneault was born and raised in the Montreal neighbourhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG), where he was elected to represent the Loyola District for the first time in November 2017. With several years of experience in provincial and municipal politics, he worked as a political attaché at the NDG provincial riding office from 2011-2012 and as a regional organizer for Projet Montréal from 2014 to 2017. His priorities for the 2017-2021 mandate include improving civic engagement, optimizing the borough’s public consultation procedure, and investing in accessible and inclusive public spaces. In addition to his work in the Loyola District, he sits on two city committees and chairs the Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Urban Planning Advisory Committee. In his free time, he enjoys exploring NDG’s residential laneways, catching live music at neighbourhood pubs, and (weather permitting) embarrassing his friends on NDG’s outdoor ping-pong tables. He proudly shuns social media and skips town with his tent and canoe paddle in hand every chance he gets.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.   Work on Parliamentary Commissions

Closing Dinner – DEWHURST TENT

Friday, August 17, 2018


9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Introduction of Parliamentary Commissioners – Hamilton 301

David BirnbaumDavid Birnbaum,
MNA for D’Arcy McGee

Elected on April 7, 2014, David Birnbaum serves as the member of the National Assembly for the riding of D’Arcy-McGee and as Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of Education and Higher Education.

Previously, Mr. Birnbaum held the position of Executive Director of the Quebec English School Boards Association from 2004-2014, Executive Director of Canadian Jewish Congress, Quebec Region from 1998-2004, and Executive Director of Alliance Quebec from 1990-1998. In those capacities, he strived to promote and defend minority concerns while strengthening relationships with Québec’s francophone majority community. He is a former journalist at The Gazette and Communications Officer at the old Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal, Centraide-Montreal Board member and long-time Big Brother.

Geoffrey ChambersGeoffrey Chambers,
President, Quebec Community Groups Network

Geoffrey Chambers is interested in and generally knowledgeable about the cultural, geographical, historical, political and institutional character of Quebec’s English-speaking community. Through his participation in the Council of Quebec Minorities in the eighties and his founding role in Alliance Quebec, Geoffrey worked hard to support and promote the community’s interests through difficult, transitional times. He continued to work and advocate for the community’s interests in the nineties through his involvement in the Montreal Children’s Hospital and as Vice-President, Anglophone, of the Liberal Party of Quebec. More recently he has worked on projects which touched on the educational institutions his children were attending and health and social service policy.

Marlene FloydMarlene Floyd,
National Director, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Canada

Marlene has led corporate affairs, public policy, advocacy and government affairs for Microsoft in Canada since 2016. From 2013-2015 Marlene served as Director of Operations and Outreach for Liberal Leader, and now Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. Marlene has previously worked as a partner in a government and public affairs firm and has served as an advisor to Prime Minister Paul Martin and several federal Ministers on a diverse range of public policy matters. An avid volunteer, Marlene sits on several national and community boards and is the founder of Dress for Success Ottawa National Capital Region. For her community involvement she has been a recipient of a Forty Under 40 award, Y Women of Distinction award and a Leading Women Building Communities award from the province of Ontario. Marlene is a resident of Gatineau (Aylmer) and is a proud mom to two beautiful daughters, Maëlle and Élodie.

Royal OrrRoyal Orr,
Strategic Communications Advisor

Royal is a strategic communications advisor and trainer with a deep and practical understanding of what is needed to lead and innovate in large organizations. His high profile, front-line experience in radio and television has made him a sought after advisor and media trainer by a wide range of Canadian corporate, NGO and public sector clients.

Starting his communications career as the Executive Director of the Townshippers’ Association, Royal became a radio personality in Montreal with CJAD and was the host of the CBC radio morning show. He was also the voice of Canada’s only national open line radio show, Cross Country Check-up. Royal has held the positions of Vice-President in the public relations division of Cossette Communications and president of the multi-media production unit at Columbia Communications. Royal was the host and director of a number of award winning documentaries on VisionTV reporting on development and justice issues in Colombia, Trinidad, Tanzania and the Philippines.

Karine VallieresKarine Vallières,
MNA for Richmond

Karine Vallières is the Member of the National Assembly for Richmond. She is the Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (Youth).

Karine Vallières has been Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (Youth) since February 2016. First elected in 2012, she was re-elected in 2014. As a communications specialist for multiple internationally-based companies, Karine contributed to the development strategies for Cascades and Metallurie Magnola. She worked as coordinator for Minçavi until 2007. She also acted as a consultant and provided support and training to the managers of the Caisse Desjardins des Métaux Blancs Board.

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Presentations in front of the Parliamentary Commissions – Cleghorn room and McGreer 100

Schedule to be confirmed

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Feedback and Next steps

Closing remarks by Michael Goldbloom and Russell Copeman


2018 Coaches
Nicholas BackmanNicholas Backman,
2017 Bishop’s Forum Participant

Born and raised in Montreal, Nicholas Backman graduated from the McGill Faculty of Law with a B.C.L./LL.B. degree in 2016. Since January of 2017, he has worked as a civil litigation lawyer at a boutique law firm.

Last year, he participated as a student in the inaugural Bishop’s Forum. He is delighted to return this year to the Forum as a co-Coach.

Why I love Quebec: Quebec is vast, vibrant, and verdant. It’s twice the size of Texas and nearly three times the size of France, ethnically, linguistically, and geographically diverse, and its greatest opportunities are still to come!


Chad BeanChad Bean,
2017 Bishop’s Forum Participant

A recent graduate in Law (Honours) from Carleton University and a federal public servant, Chad Bean is excited to be back at the Bishop’s Forum civic leadership institute at Bishop’s University but this year as a co-coach. A native of North Hatley in the Eastern Townships, Chad currently sits on the Board of Directors for QCGN (Quebec Community Groups Network) a not-for-profit organization linking 53 English-language community organizations across Quebec for English-speaking Quebec. He got to know the QCGN while taking part in the 2017 Bishop’s Forum civic leadership institute at Bishop’s University. Prior to that, he garnered invaluable experience from leadership roles within his community. A former school president, school prefect and cadet sergeant at Bishop’s College School, Chad was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Gold Level), presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne in 2015.

Why I love Quebec: “I love Quebec for its strong culture and delicious poutine!!!”


Christopher BourneChristopher Bourne,
Political Science Professor, Law, Society, and Justice Profile Coordinator, Dawson College Model United Nations Faculty
Coordinator, Dawson College

Christopher Bourne is a professor of Political Science at Dawson College, where he also coordinates the Law, Society, and Justice Profile, and the Dawson College Model United Nations. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University and studied Political Philosophy at the Doctoral level at the Université de Montréal.

A strong advocate of the pedagogical value of model simulations, Chris co-founded the Montreal United Nations Conference, worked as an Education Programme Officer with the United Nations Association in Canada where he founded the New Diplomacy of Natural Resources, a multi-stakeholder simulation of Canada’s sustainable development challenges, and was a key organizer in bringing the Harvard World Model United Nations to Montreal in March 2017.

Why I love Quebec: Although born in New Brunswick, I have chosen to call Montreal home. What I love about Quebec is the incredible mix of people, the daily negotiation of bilingualism, and just how excited everyone gets about politics.


Amanda CockburnAmanda Cockburn,
Teaches English Literature at Dawson College in Montreal where she earned a PhD in Shakespeare Studies at McGill University. She has written for The Walrus magazine on topics ranging from city planning to Shakespearean adaptation.




Linton GarnerLinton Garner,
Executive Director, Regional Association of West Quebecers

This organization serves the English-speaking community in the Outaouais.  He hosts City Life a local community television program on MAtv Outaouais. Linton is on the board  of the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal, is a member of the Table de l’Éducation d’Outaouais and is President of the Quebec Federation of Home and Schools (QFHSA).

Linton has always been involved in the Black community having served as the President of both the Cote de Neiges Black Community Association and the former Negro Community Centre. He is a co-founder of the West Island Black Community Association and has authored reports on minorities in Quebec for the federal Ministry of Multiculturalism and the Quebec Ministry of Public Security on relations between Police and the Black Community of Montreal. He is also the co-author with Dr. Dorothy Williams of the ABC’s of Canadian Black History Education Kit.

Linton holds a graduate degree in Community Economic Development from the school of Community and Public Affairs at Concordia University as well as a degree in Community Development from the University of West Virginia. He is a certified trainer for the National Community Education Association (USA), certified Intervener in Suicide Prevention as well as a Level II Basketball Coach with Coach Canada.


Heather LawfordDr. Heather Lawford,
Associate Professor, Psychology

Heather Lawford, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Youth Development, Bishop’s University, Co-Director (Research) Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

Heather joined the Psychology Department at Bishop’s University, where she teaches courses in Child Development, Adolescence, and Exceptional Development. As Director of the Bishop’s Community and Youth Lab (CandY Lab), she examines the ways in which youth are able to reach their full potential and make meaningful contributions to their community. Since 2010, she has worked with the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, where they collaborate with youth to support them in creating the change they want to see in the world. She can often be found hanging out with her kids at the park, or immersed in a board game with friends.

Why I love Quebec: Quebec means raising my children in a bilingual society, breakfasts at a cabane à sucre, and enjoying nature walks with my family.


Maggie MacDonnellMaggie MacDonnell,
Educator and Sport for Development Practitioner

Maggie’s work has brought her to many corners of the globe and included working with Congolese refugees, Tanzanian HIV/AIDS activists, and Inuit youth in Northern Canada.

For the last seven or so years, Maggie has been teaching in the fly-in Inuit community of Salluit, where she helped establish an all-girls project-based learning program. In 2017, Maggie was named the winner of the US$1,000,000 Global Teacher Prize. Maggie has been recognized for her work by the Governor General and the Albert Einstein Foundation, and was recently named one of BBC’s top 100 Women. She is the co-founder of Qajaq/Kayak – an organization that aims to revitalize the culture of kayaking with Inuit youth and adults. She is also co-founder of the Nunavik Running Club which trains Inuit youth to both be runners and philanthropists.


Matthew PerosDr. Matthew Peros,
Associate Professor, Environment and Geography,
Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change,
Bishop’s University

Mathew received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Toronto, his M.Sc. from York University (also in geography), and his B.Sc. in archaeological sciences and geography from the University of Toronto. His graduate work focused on environmental change and prehistoric human adaptations in Cuba. Following the completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Peros moved to the Laboratory for Paleoclimatology and Climatology at the University of Ottawa, where he researched arctic climate change under the direction of Dr. Konrad Gajewski. Dr. Peros’ current research involves studying the history of hurricane impacts in the Caribbean, and prehistoric environmental-human interactions in North America. He also serves as the President of the Canadian Association of Palynologists.


Jessica RiddellDr. Jessica Riddell,
Associate Professor, English Department
3M National Teaching Fellow (2015)
Teaching and Learning Chairperson
Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence

Jessica Riddell is the inaugural Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Bishop’s University. In this capacity, she explores innovative teaching and learning practices, creates mentorship opportunities for students and faculty, mobilizes knowledge around learning in higher education (with a particular focus on the humanities), enhances professional development initiatives for her colleagues, and participates in a wide range of consultations at the national and international levels. Dr. Riddell is also the Executive Director of the Maple League of Universities, a consortium of four universities – Bishop’s, Mount Allison, Acadia, and St. Francis Xavier – that share a focused commitment to the undergraduate experience. She is the VP Canada on the Board of ISSoTL (International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) as well as a Board member for the 3M National Executive Council. Dr. Riddell is the faculty columnist of University Affairs and her articles appear in a series called “Adventures in Academe.” She is also an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Centre. Dr. Riddell was awarded the 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2015, the first recipient of the award at Bishop’s University and the youngest ever recipient in the national award’s 34 year history.

Why I love Quebec: I love Quebec because despite arriving in this beautiful province as a unilingual Nova Scotian, both my children are Quebecers whose first words were in French.


Julia Sutera SardoJulia Sutera Sardo,
2017 Bishop’s Forum participant

Julia is a women’s rights activist whose research focuses on the judicialization of politics, the emergence of bills of rights in parliamentary systems, and medical assistance in dying. She works as a lobbyist in a government relation firms that collaborates with major stakeholders across professional industries-artificial intelligence, blockchain, mining, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, health, banking, etc-with the intention of convincing governmental actors of the merits of clients’ arguments at the provincial and federal levels.

Currently pursuing a Common and Civil Law degree at McGill University in addition to a MA in Public Administration at Concordia University from which she has recently completed a BA in Political Science and Public Policy, Julia is working toward becoming an attorney specialized in health policy.


Heather SchurmanHeather Schurman,
2017 Bishop’s Forum Participant

Heather Schurman is a graduate from Concordia University’s department of Applied Human Sciences. Born in Montreal and raised in the anglophone community of Chateauguay, she currently works for the New Frontiers School Board and recently had the opportunity to work as a high school guidance counselor at Kahnawake Survival School. Heather returned this August from Whapmagoostui First Nation where she worked organizing and running a summer literacy camp with Frontier College. Her interests lie in working with youth and promoting self-awareness.

Why I love Quebec: I love that Quebec can be counted as home to so many individuals that live vastly different lives. I appreciate the connection that many feel to the environment and the determination of grassroots movements to advocate for the betterment of this province, both environmentally and socially.


Jonathan SeiffertJonathan Seiffert,
2017 Bishop’s Forum participant

The Ottawa native is currently studying Political Science with a minor in Law and Society at Concordia University. Jonathan developed a love for politics and government during his time with the Vanier College Model UN. He co-founded, and was the interim treasurer for, the non-profit group Y4Y Quebec, the first English youth group in the province. Jonathan has a keen entrepreneur sense and is currently working on several projects including a restaurant marketing company, an athletic clothing line, as well as a pizzeria on the North Shore of Montreal.

Why I love Quebec: I love Quebec because it is unique. The culture and heritage makes it easy to fall in love with, the food is amazing, and the people are so diverse. No two places in the province are the same. They all have cultures and traditions that vary within their respective communities.


Mike TeedDr. Mike Teed,
Associate Professor, Williams School of Business
Bishop’s University

Mike is born and raised in the East Coast of Canada and is fluently bilingual (English and French). He obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. For the last ten years, he has been teaching at Bishop’s University where he holds the position of Associate Professor in the Williams School of Business. His courses in recruitment and selection, organizational behavior, and training and development have been recognized via numerous teaching awards. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous international conferences on Occupational Health Psychology and Leadership. Over the past 10 years, he has consulted for various Canadian organizations (both private and public). He was recently part of select team that completed a three-year research project examining the implementation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s National Standard.

The week will culminate with a presentation to a Parliamentary Commission by each of the groups of the brief they have prepared during the week. You will be given time each afternoon to prepare your brief and your media strategy in support of your presentation.

Evenings will include films or presentations of case studies about individual or group activism.

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Plenary sessions will take place in Bishop Williams Hall:
Small groups will meet in regular classrooms:
Bishop Williams Hall
Classroom at Bishop's

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