The mission of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, sponsor of the SAUVÉ SCHOLARS PROGRAM, is to help prepare young adults of merit so that they can develop their potential and skills to be used towards making a difference and building a better future for the societies of tomorrow.

Jeanne Sauvé, the first woman Governor-General of Canada, in initially setting out the goals of the Foundation, spoke of the need to "address global issues, exchange opinions and ideas, gain insight, expand understanding and perspectives and hopefully create a network of leaders."

As a long-time, highly-respected, professional journalist in print, radio and television, she was particularly sensitive to the power of the communication arts. She spoke of the Foundation contributing to "…the betterment of society by encouraging the development of…and communication between youth, whatever their origin, with a special emphasis on study and discussion of international issues of global concern…in which the voices of youth may be heard.



The Foundation has chosen to implement this mission by gathering in Montreal a highly-talented and motivated group of post-graduate, or equivalent, young emerging leaders, to share an experience of inquiry, debate and reflection, to help advance their careers, intellectual capacity and, most importantly, leadership potential.


“Leaders must dream of changing the world.

They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all
their energy to that purpose. A capacity to communicate their objectives is indispensable to sustain
the enthusiasm of their collaborators and their perseverance in action.”
— The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Opening Speech to the National Conference for Young Leaders, June 2-8, 1991