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

2019 Program

Saturday, August 10, 2019

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Abenaki river ceremony and exchange with Indigenous elders – McGreer

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
First group meeting and ice-breaker – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Welcome dinner and networking activity – Dewhurst Dining Hall 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, Michael 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.

Yolande JamesYolande James
Director, Bishop’s Forum

Yolande James is a civil law graduate from the Université de Montreal and a holder of a common law degree from Queen’s University. She was the recipient of the Senator Frank Carrel Scholarship and was called to the Quebec Bar in 2004.

Yolande was elected to the Quebec National Assembly for the riding of Nelligan in 2004 and was re-elected in 2007, 2008 and 2012. From 2005 to 2007 she was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities.

On April 18, 2007, she was appointed Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities. As head of the department, at the height of the highly contentious Reasonable Accommodation debate, Yolande was mandated to implement the recommendations ordered by the Bouchard-Taylor Commission (notably implementing tools to better manage diversity).

Being aware of the challenges facing visible minorities, especially in their access to employment, she initiated, created and implemented the Valorisation Jeunesse Program with the objective of offering young people access to defining professional job opportunities. The program also helped to ensure that the workforce better reflect diversity.

In 2010, she was appointed Minister of Families, managing one of the government’s most substantial portfolios after Health and Education. As head of this department, she overhauled the governance for subsidized daycare spots that are critically important to working families. Yolande was the first Black female Member of the National Assembly, as well as Quebec’s first Black Cabinet Minister. She was Deputy House Leader for the Official Opposition from September 2012 to April 2013.

After the birth of her son, she left politics following the 2014 general election. Since leaving politics, Yolande works as a political analyst for a slew of different programs for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)-Radio Canada, including RDI’s Les EX and CBC’s Power and Politics.

Denise LauzièreDenise Lauzière
Associate Director, Bishop’s Forum

Denise Lauzière joined Bishop’s University in 2013. She is the Chief of Staff of the 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 immigration law. 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 Centre hopsitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS).

She earned a Certificate in public administration at the École nationale d’administration publique in 2018.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

ENGAGED CITIZENSHIP

All sessions will take place in Bishop Williams Hall (BWH) unless otherwise noted.

7:30 – 9:25 a.m.
Breakfast and group time – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent, Work Room

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Citizenship as a Lifelong Journey

Dr. Jessica RiddellDr. Jessica Riddell
Professor of English, Bishop’s University

Dr. 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 sits on a number of national and international boards, including as the VP Canada on the Board of International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and is an elected Board member for the 3M National Executive Council. Dr. Riddell was awarded the William and Nancy Turner Teaching Award at Bishop’s in 2013, and the 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2015.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Perspectives on the English-Speaking Community

Geoffrey ChambersGeoffrey Chambers
President, QCGN (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.

Interviewed by

Emily Prangley DesormeauxEmily Prangley Desormeaux
2018 Forum Participant
Community Outreach Coordinator, Townshippers’ Association

Emily is originally from Stanstead in the Eastern Townships. She attended both Champlain College and Bishop’s University and was dedicated to social justice throughout her studies. Emily was very active with the BU-CRC Student-Refugee Sponsorship Program (BU-CRC SRP), resettling student-refugees on campus, and the Mae Sot Education Project, working with Burmese migrant schools in Northern Thailand. After college, she taught English in Mae Sot for ten months before enrolling at Bishop’s, joining the MSEP’s Project Committee and continuing her work with the BU-CRC SRP. She graduated in 2014 with an Honours in International Studies, a Major in International Political Economy and a Minor in German, and multiple academic prizes and recognitions. After Bishop’s, Emily moved to Dalian, China where she spent two years teaching preschool at Maple Leaf Foreign Nationals School and travelling. She has since returned to the area and is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator at Townshippers’ Association, supporting the rights and vitality of the English-speaking community of the Eastern Townships.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Me time

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Parliamentary Commissions explained – BWH

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

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Group time (if desired) and dinner – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Trivia Night – Dewhurst Dining Hall

Monday, August 12, 2019

CIVIC RIGHTS

All sessions will take place in Bishop Williams Hall (BWH) unless otherwise noted.

7:30 – 9:25 a.m.
Breakfast and group time – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent, Work Rooms

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Panel: Diversity and Inclusiveness

Idil IssaIdil Issa
Montreal-based writer and activist

Idil Issa has worked in Qatar, Malaysia, South Africa, and Canada, helping organizations and companies refine their communications to support their overall mission. She writes frequently for outlets such as the Globe and Mail, Esquire Malaysia, COLORS Magazine, and Maisonneuve Magazine, among others, on issues touching race, religion, and gender.

Idil appears regularly on media outlets such as CBC & CTV to advocate for the rights of marginalized and oppressed groups, with a focus on the intersectional experiences of Muslim women in general and Muslim women of color in particular.

Christopher SkeeteChristopher Skeete
MNA for Sainte-Rose, Coalition Avenir Québec

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers,

Christopher Skeete has been an activist since the CAQ’s inception. He previously held the position of Vice-President for the West-du-Québec region in the party. He is also a native of Laval where he still resides today with his family.

A trained political scientist, he has worked for several years in health management. He is the CEO of a specialized company that offers diagnostic tests and vaccines. He is also passionate about entrepreneurship as well as being very committed to his community. Former Vice-President of Business Succession at the Laval Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Entrepreneur Mentor at Concordia University, he founded the Nicole Ouellette and Lucie Masson Scholarship for orphaned students.

He is currently completing a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the Université du Québec à Montréal and is a member of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec.

Perfectly bilingual and appreciated for his leadership and communication skills, since the beginning of the CAQ he has been the defender of a proud and ambitious Quebec.

On October 1, 2018 he was elected as Member of the National Assembly for the riding of Sainte-Rose. He was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, responsible for relations with the English-speaking community.

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Citizenship in Quebec

Jean CharestJean Charest
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, his 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”.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent

1:45 – 2:05 p.m.
Yoga session with Bhaskar Goswami – Location TBC
(see biography on Tuesday, August 13th)

2:05 – 3:20 p.m.
Work on Parliamentary Commission – Working Group Rooms

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Panel: Working with the Media

Debbie HynesDebbie Hynes
CBC

Debbie Hynes is a storyteller who uses narrative to bring brands to life. In the past two 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.

 

 

David Kaufman
CJAD

Biography to come

Gordon LambieGordon Lambie
The Record

Gordon Lambie started writing for The Record, Quebec’s second-largest English-language daily newspaper, as a weekly columnist in the fall of 2010. A graduate of Bishop’s School of Education with little to no interest in the world of journalism, he fell into the job of news correspondent for the paper two years later and was pleasantly surprised to see a lifelong love of writing and a tendency to listen more than speak transform a placeholder into the most interesting job he has ever had.

Now Associate Editor, Gordon has covered matters ranging from the impact of Federal and Provincial government decisions on the local English-speaking community to the goings-on at the local strawberry social. He also served for a time as editor of The Townships Sun magazine and has been a contributor to Life in Quebec magazine, The Telegraph-Journal in Saint John, New Brunswick, and CBC radio.

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Check-in time and update on presentation – BWH

5:30 p.m.
Group time (if desired) and dinner – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent

7:45 p.m.
Bus departs from Dewhurst

8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Cultural Event: Foresta Lumina – Coaticook

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT

All sessions will take place in Bishop Williams Hall (BWH) unless otherwise noted.

7:30 – 8:25 a.m.
Breakfast and group time – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent, Work Rooms

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Inner Leadership Workshop

Bhaskar GoswamiBhaskar Goswami
Speaker, Teacher, Yogapreneur

Bhaskar Goswami is an acclaimed speaker and a senior yoga and meditation teacher originally from India. He has led numerous international retreats, having presented in prestigious organizations and events like COP22 (UN Global Climate Change Summit, Morocco). In 2007 he founded BODHI, a multiple award-winning company dedicated to offering genuine wellbeing to people in businesses, schools and special care places. In 2015 he founded daana (CBC Media Prize 2016, Startup of the Year) an organization offering contribution-based wellness activities. Bhaskar has also published two international albums, Open Yoga and Wisdom Stories.

Born in Assam, India, Bhaskar Goswami has a Masters Honors in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham (England) and a 10-year international engineering career.

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Linguistic Rights Panel

Geoffrey KelleyGeoffrey Kelley
Chair, APPELE-Québec (Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec)

Geoffrey 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.

Geoff 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. In April 2019 he became Chair of APPELE-Québec.

Co-panelist biography and photo to come.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Panel: Economic and Career Opportunities

Caitlin Barter
Caitlin Barter

Teacher, Cascapédia-Saint-Jules, Gaspé
Founder, Tipsy Canoe Designs

Biography to come

William FlochWilliam Floch
Assistant Secretary, Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers

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.

Annalise ItenAnnalise Iten
Job Search Program Director, YES Montreal

Annalise Iten has been working in the field of Employment for over 17 years. She holds a Certification in Professional and Personal Coaching from the Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies from Concordia University and has been working at YES (Youth Employment Services) for the last 13 years. Ms. Iten provides group and individual counselling on both the job search and career development fronts, and coaches her clients on how to work through their career barriers, helping them move forward in their professional and personal growth.

 

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent

1:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Federal Election Panel

BLOC Quebecois        Conservative Party        Green party of Canada        Liberal party        NDP

Biographies to be confirmed

Gabriel Ste-MarieGabriel Ste-Marie
Member of Parliament for Joliette, Bloc québécois

Natif de Saint-Jean-de-Matha, Gabriel Ste-Marie a enseigné l’économie au Cégep régional de Lanaudière à Joliette. Il est aussi chercheur à l’Institut de recherche en économie contemporaine et chargé de cours à l’UQÀM. Ses domaines de spécialisation sont : l’économie québécoise et ses industries; l’énergie et la transition écologique; les finances publiques et l’histoire de la pensée économique. Il est également collaborateur au mensuel L’Aut’ Journal et à d’autres revues, où ses articles portent d’abord sur l’économie.

Gabriel Ste-Marie travaille sur différents enjeux à la Chambre des Communes, notamment la lutte aux paradis fiscaux et les négociations et le commerce international.

 

 

Gérard Deltell
Gérard Deltell

Member of Parliament for Louis-Saint-Laurent, Conservative Party of Canada

Biography to come

Daniel GreenDaniel Green
Deputy Leader, Green Party of Canada

Daniel Green has worked for more than 30 years on the issue of toxic substances in the environment.  His mandate is popularizing scientific knowledge in the field of ecotoxicology and managing outreach and public information programs.

His interventions on the issue of environmental contamination have led him to cooperate with various environmental and citizen associations experiencing contamination problems in their communities.  Over the years, he has managed to build a capacity to understand complex scientific problems in ecotoxicology and make this knowledge accessible to the general public.

His current domains of activity are reducing the contamination of waterways by toxic substances and pathogenic micro-organisms; rehabilitation of hazardous waste sites; monitoring hazardous waste incinerators; toxic air pollutants; and the prevention and rehabilitation of oil spills.

Since 2000, Mr. Green has been a consultant with the Sierra Club of Canada, SVP (Société pour Vaincre la Pollution, of which he is also co-president), Coalition Eau Secours, Fondation Rivières, Nature Québec, Parks Canada, and various Canadian municipalities.

Mr. Green has received university training in biological sciences and environmental science.

Liberal Party of Canada – panelist to be confirmed

Ruth Ellen BrosseauRuth Ellen Brosseau
Member of Parliament for Berthier – Maskinongé, Party Whip, New Democratic Party

Ruth Ellen Brosseau grew up in Hudson, in the Montérégie region of Quebec, but she is first and foremost a proud mother to her son Logan. She studied Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. She was elected for the first time on May 2, 2011, and was one of the key NDP MPs to be re-elected on October 19, 2015.

Ruth Ellen is currently the Agriculture and Agri-Food Critic for the second opposition party in the House of Commons and vice-chair of the NDP National Caucus for the third time. She is happy to once again defend the interests of farmers in her riding and speak out about the many issues that are important to her.

 

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Yoga with Bhaskar Goswami – TBC

5:30 p.m.
Group time (if desired) and dinner – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Film Night: Ninth Floor – Bandeen Hall

Film Night: Ninth Floor

Synopsis: In 1969, students occupy a ninth floor computer lab at Sir George Williams University to protest the administration’s handling of racist accusations.

The discussion will be led by Vaughan Dowie, who was a student at Sir George Williams at that time.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

All sessions will take place in Bishop Williams Hall (BWH) unless otherwise noted.

7:30 – 10:25 a.m.
Breakfast and group time – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent, Work Room

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Panel: Sustainability

Claude BelleauClaude Belleau
Executive Director, Estrie Aide

During his career with the United Nations (UN), Claude Belleau held a variety of positions related to international development, as well as various conflicts and humanitarian crises. His work brought him to all five continents, from Mauritania to Afghanistan, through Armenia, Geneva, and New York City. Before joining the UN, Claude was also employed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where he worked on special economic zones projects in China in the 1980’s.

Upon returning to his hometown of Sherbrooke in 2004, Claude’s community involvement allowed him to take his convictions and action in favour of society’s most vulnerable to the next level. His 30 years of work on these issues led him initially to get involved with Sherbrooke’s Service d’Aide aux Néo-Canadiens, where he helped welcome and settle refugees in the Eastern Townships, a safe haven for them after years of wandering and exile.

Since 2013, he has taken over the management of Estrie Aide, a dynamic social enterprise. Claude is a tirelessly positive and ambitious visionary whose latest combat is fighting waste in our consumerist society. This fits perfectly with his passion for environmental, economic, and social issues. His new mission: keeping an ever-growing number of refurbished items out of landfills and demonstrating that an environmental conscience can give rise to a venture that is both economically sustainable and socially responsible.

Dr. Matthew PerosDr. Matthew Peros
Professor, Environmental Science and Geography, Bishop’s University;
Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change

Dr. Peros 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’s current research involves studying the history of hurricane impacts in the Caribbean, and prehistoric environmental-human interactions in North America. He also serves as President of the Canadian Quaternary Association (CANQUA) and he is the Director of the graduate-level Micro-program in Climate Change at Bishop’s University.

Dr. Jade SavageDr. Jade Savage
Professor, Biological Sciences, Bishop’s University

Dr. Jade Savage completed her bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1998 and her PhD in Entomology in 2004 at McGill University. She joined the Department of Biological Sciences at Bishop’s University in July 2004. She has travelled extensively, throughout North America and abroad, to take part in conferences and research field expeditions in Canada, the United States, Costa Rica, Australia, and Sweden. Dr. Savage was recently awarded four grants from NSERC and FQRNT totalling $108,485 to pursue her work on the systematics and biodiversity of Diptera (true flies).

Her research program aims at documenting the systematics and biodiversity of muscoid Diptera (house flies and relatives) in different target habitats, using a variety of analytical and conceptual approach. Field collections in southeastern Quebec and Ontario and in the arctic regions of North America and Eurasia will allow Dr. Savage to fill some gaps in the distribution record of many species, yield large numbers of species including some new to science, and document biological diversity in some of the most understudied ecosystems of the northern hemisphere.

In 2017, Dr. Savage launched Etick.ca, a website dedicated to image-based tick identification and population surveillance. The website was created in response to rapid changes in the Canadian distribution of various tick species as well as the emergence of Lyme disease in recent years, both important issues for public health authorities and the public in general.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent

1:45 – 2:05 p.m.
Me time – TBC

2:05 – 3:20 p.m.
Work on Parliamentary Commission – Working Group Room

3:20 – 4:30 p.m.
Panel: Working with the Opposition – BWH

Panelists’ biographies and photos to come

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Check-in time and update on presentation – BWH

5:30 p.m.
Group time (if desired)

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Closing Dinner – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent

Thursday, August 15, 2019

MOCK PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONS

7:30 – 9:25 a.m.
Breakfast and group time – Dewhurst Dining Hall Tent, Work Room

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

Jacqueline BelleauJacqueline Belleau,
Political Attaché and Office Director, Constituency Office of Marie-Claude Bibeau, Member of Parliament for Compton—Stanstead

As the Director of the Compton-Stanstead Constituency Office and Political Attaché for Member of Parliament Marie-Claude Bibeau, Jackie Belleau works closely with organizations and residents at the grassroots level. In addition to responding to citizens’ concerns with respect to federal policies and informing local stakeholders about programs to support community, municipal and corporate initiatives, Jackie is actively involved in casework spanning a wide variety of issues affecting the Eastern Townships region.

After completing her studies in Political Science and International Development in Geneva, Switzerland, she began her career at the United Nations and went on to work in the public, private and non-profit sectors in several different countries.

Geoffrey ChambersGeoffrey Chambers,
President, QCGN (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.

 

 

Pierre-Luc DusseaultPierre-Luc Dusseault,
Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke, New Democratic Party

Pierre-Luc Dusseault was elected to represent the people of Sherbrooke in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. After making history as the youngest MP ever elected to the House of Commons, Pierre-Luc quickly demonstrated his skills and ability to deliver results. He has chaired two parliamentary committees: the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, and the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. During his first term, Pierre-Luc also served as the NDP’s deputy critic for Democratic and Parliamentary Reform. Since his reelection in 2015, Pierre-Luc Dusseault was named the NDP’s critic for National revenue.

Born in Granby, Pierre-Luc moved to Sherbrooke in 2008 where he received a diploma in social studies with a specialization in international development from the Cégep de Sherbrooke. At the time of his election, he was studying applied politics at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Pierre-Luc has always been passionate about politics and got involved with the New Democratic Party for its message of social justice, equality and fairness. He was co-founder and president of the university’s student NDP club, and was president of Sherbrooke’s NDP riding association.

Yolande JamesYolande James,
Director, Bishop’s Forum

Yolande James is a civil law graduate from the Université de Montreal and a holder of a common law degree from Queen’s University. She was the recipient of the Senator Frank Carrel Scholarship and was called to the Quebec Bar in 2004.

Yolande was elected to the Quebec National Assembly for the riding of Nelligan in 2004 and was re-elected in 2007, 2008 and 2012. From 2005 to 2007 she was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities.

On April 18, 2007, she was appointed Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities. As head of the department, at the height of the highly contentious Reasonable Accommodation debate, Yolande was mandated to implement the recommendations ordered by the Bouchard-Taylor Commission (notably implementing tools to better manage diversity).

Being aware of the challenges facing visible minorities, especially in their access to employment, she initiated, created and implemented the Valorisation Jeunesse Program with the objective of offering young people access to defining professional job opportunities. The program also helped to ensure that the workforce better reflect diversity.

In 2010, she was appointed Minister of Families, managing one of the government’s most substantial portfolios after Health and Education. As head of this department, she overhauled the governance for subsidized daycare spots that are critically important to working families. Yolande was the first Black female Member of the National Assembly, as well as Quebec’s first Black Cabinet Minister. She was Deputy House Leader for the Official Opposition from September 2012 to April 2013.

After the birth of her son, she left politics following the 2014 general election. Since leaving politics, Yolande works as a political analyst for a slew of different programs for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)-Radio Canada, including RDI’s Les EX and CBC’s Power and Politics.

Additional biographies and photos to come

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Parliamentary Commission Presentations
Cleghorn room, McGreer 100, Working Group Room TBC

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch – BWH

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Conclusion and Next Steps – BWH

Departure – Paterson Lobby

2019 Coaches

Hayley CampbellHayley Campbell, co-coach

Hayley Campbell was raised in Shawville, located in the Outaouais region. She recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Bishop’s University. Hayley works with the Regional Association of West Quebecers, a non-profit organization that supports the English-speaking population in the Outaouais. She enjoys working in her community, and for her community.

Hayley is a past participant of the Bishop’s Forum, having attended in 2017 and 2018. She was involved in the Forum’s Youth Advisory Committee.

In her spare time, Hayley is involved with Youth for Youth Quebec as a member of the board of directors and chair of the Regional Table Committee. Hayley also enjoys volunteering with the Pontiac Agricultural Society and Alpha Phi. In 2018, Hayley was honoured with the QCGN Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award.

Hayley is thrilled to be returning to the Forum as a Co-Coach!

Holly CampbellHolly Campbell, co-coach

Holly was born and raised in the Outaouais region, residing in Shawville, Quebec, a town of a little over 1,600 people. She recently completed a Bachelor’s of Business Administration at Bishop’s University. Holly has since returned to her hometown where she works for a non-profit organization.

Holly continues to get involved within her community as a volunteer for the Shawville Fair – a 5-day agricultural based event that draws thousands of visitors to the area each Labour Day weekend. As a past Shawville Fair Ambassador (2013), she continues to be involved in the Shawville Fair Ambassador program as a committee member. Holly has gotten involved with Youth for Youth Quebec and continues to be involved with Alpha Phi as an advisor to the McGill University chapter.

This year, Holly was recognized by the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions’ Top 10 under 40 Program, highlighting 10 volunteers in the fair industry. She was acknowledged for her volunteer involvement with the Pontiac Agricultural Society.

Holly is delighted to return to the Bishop’s Forum as a co-coach.

Jamie FabianJamie Fabian, co-coach

Hi, my name is Jamie and I was a 2018 Bishop’s Forum Participant. I completed my CEGEP studies in spring 2018 in the law, society, and justice profile in social sciences at Dawson College. I will be starting my Bachelor’s degree at Concordia in the fall in community, Public affairs, and public policy. During the summer I work as an intern for the Chair of the Parliamentary Justice Committee and Member of Parliament for Mount Royal Anthony Housefather.

My fields of interest include foreign affairs, human rights, and promoting physical and mental wellness.

 

 

Linton GarnerLinton Garner  

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.

Dr. Patrick McBrineDr. Patrick McBrine

Dr. Patrick McBrine studied Classics and Ancient History at UNB (BA), English Language and Literature at Queen’s (BA), and Medieval Studies at the University Toronto (MA, PhD). At Bishop’s University, he teaches Medieval and Renaissance Studies as well as courses on language and communication, including the History of English and Effective Writing. Beyond academia, he is Partner in a Toronto-based communications firm, where he writes copy for multi-national corporations and small businesses. In this capacity, he ghostwrites executive speeches, corporate newsletters, blogs and copy of all kinds for businesses of all sizes.

Dr. McBrine’s area of expertise is the study and translation of ancient and medieval languages, in particular Classical and Medieval Latin and Old and Middle English. He has also served for many years on administrative committees assigned to oversee Composition programs and Writing across the Curriculum.

Emily Prangley DesormeauxEmily Prangley Desormeaux, co-coach

Emily is originally from Stanstead, here in the Eastern Townships. She attended both Champlain College and Bishop’s University and was dedicated to social justice throughout her studies. Emily was very active with the BU-CRC Student-Refugee Sponsorship Program, resettling student-refugees on campus, and the Mae Sot Education Project, working with Burmese migrant schools in Northern Thailand. After college, she taught English in Mae Sot for ten months before enrolling at Bishop’s, joining the MSEP’s Project Committee and continuing her work with the BU-CRC SRP. She graduated in 2014 with an Honours in International Studies, a Major in International Political Economy and a Minor in German, and multiple academic prizes and recognitions. After Bishop’s, Emily moved to Dalian, China where she spent two years teaching preschool at Maple Leaf Foreign Nationals School and travelling. She has since returned to the area and is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator at Townshippers’ Association, supporting the rights and vitality of the English-speaking community of the Eastern Townships. She loves early mornings (especially in new countries), deep discussions, cooking, and gathering people around food.

Dr. Jessica RiddellDr. Jessica Riddell

Dr. 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.

Michael RzeszutekMichael Rzeszutek, co-coach

Michael Rzeszutek is a graduate of the University of Sherbrooke in health science (B.H.Sc.). During his studies, Michael completed a medical internship in public health and worked with aboriginal communities in Quebec. In 2018, Michael decided to pursue his studies in law. In 2019, he has joined the team at Barrette Legal Inc. as a law student in the field of intellectual property. He is currently a research assistant in administrative law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Sherbrooke.

Michael was the Canadian youth representative for the Board of Directors of WE Charity. He also founded the non-profit, “Operation Bee” to raise awareness of the mass disappearance of bees and its impact on the global food supply. He currently sits on the executive committee for the Sherbrooke Liberal Association.

Originally from an anglophone community in Montreal, Michael has developed a strong sense of belonging to the francophone community, where he lived in Saguenay for several years.

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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