A Civic Leadership Institute for English-Speaking Youth


Sunday, August 12, 2018

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)
Monday, August 13, 2018


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

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).

Jack Jedwab is the Chair of the Canadian National Metropolis Conference, the country’s largest conference on Immigration and Integration. He is the founding editor and publisher of the publication Canadian Diversity.  He holds a PhD in Canadian History from Concordia University. Between 1983 and 2008, he lectured at McGill University in the departments of sociology, political science and at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He is currently a lecturer at Concordia’s School of Community and Public Affairs.


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

A brief History of the English-speaking Community

Eric MaldoffEric Maldoff, C.M.
Partner, Lapointe Rosentein Marchand Melançon

Mr. Maldoff has served as the chief government negotiator in complex fields such as indigenous affairs and sports. 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 also a constitutional advisor to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.

Mr. Maldoff was the founding president of Alliance Quebec. He was the founding chair of Canada Health Infoway and Vice-Chair of the Interim Governing Council, which created the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He has served as Chair of the Executive Committee and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the MUHC, and he has served as Chair of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He is a director of the Mt Sinai Hospital Foundation and Chair of the Old Brewery Mission, the largest homeless shelter in Quebec. He served on the Board and Executive and is on the Finance Committee of McGill University. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

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

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

Dinner and Free evening

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


8:30 a.m.
Forum Today (all delegates)
Setting the Agenda
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 Indongo
Nantali Indongo,

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

Amy Macdonald
Amy 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 Werhun
Ashley 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.

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

2:00 – 4:00 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.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.     Working Groups     TEN SPACES

6:00  – 10:00 p.m.   Dinner and Evening activity

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


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

Speakers to be announced soon.

11:45 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

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

CAQ          PLQ        PQ        Quebec Solidaire

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

7:00 p.m.   Dinner – Dewhurst Dining Hall

8:00 p.m. Cultural Event

A musical production celebrating the 40th anniversary of Luc Plamondon and Michel Berger’s Rock Opera.


Thursday, August 16, 2018


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

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

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

21st Century Careers

Matthew ShawMatthew Shaw,
Employment Counsellor, 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, counselling and supportive settings. Matt works with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, providing group and individual counselling 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

Panelists to be confirmed

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

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Getting involved – A how to

Tiffany Callender
Tiffany Callender,
Executive Director, NDG Black Community Association

4:00 – 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

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Working groups present their proposed legislative changes before a panel of Commissioners.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch  DEWHURST DINING HALL

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Feedback and Next steps

Closing remarks by Michael Goldbloom and Russell Copeman


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.

See Evening Activities

Plenary sessions will take place in Bishop Williams Hall:

Small groups will meet in regular classrooms:

Bishop Williams Hall
Classroom at Bishop's

Copyright © 2017 Bishop's University