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24 April 2013
The Sauvé Scholars Foundation is proud that the 2012-2013 Sauvé Scholars signed up to volunteer at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Québec National Event in Montreal from April 24-27, 2013.
The Scholars were first introduced to the work of the Commission through Dr. Marie Wilson, who delivered the 2012 Jeanne Sauvé Address.
The Sauvé Scholars further developed their interest in – and knowledge of - aboriginal issues in Canada over the year through their partnership with the Khanwake Survival School on a community-building education project.
24 April 2013
He was joined by former Prime Ministers Paul Martin and Joe Clark, as well as several other public figures. This great honour involves taking on the responsibility to continue the work of the Commission once its official mandate concludes in 2014.
Éloge Éloge was first introduced to Truth & Reconciliation Commissioner Marie Wilson through the Sauvé Foundation this autumn, when he participated in a panel discussion on the relationship between education and racism as part of the 2012 Jeanne Sauvé Address.
Éloge was interviewed by Sue Smith on CBC radio's Home Run about this role. You can find that interview here.
22 April 2013
On 22 April, Sauvé Scholar Gerald Bareebe (2012-13) was invited by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to Rideau Hall, where they participated in a panel discussion on Education Partnerships between Canada and Africa.
The panel also included Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation, Paul Wells, panel moderator and Political Editor of Maclean's Magazine, James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director of Equity Bank, Dr. Antoinette Handley, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Governor General, Stephen Toope, President of University of British Colombia and David Naylor, President of the University of Toronto, and Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, the Sauvé Scholars Program’s academic home.
The three Canadian universities were recently announced as the Canadian partners in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. This program will provide secondary and university education to an estimated 15,000 young people from developing countries, primarily in Africa. The Foundation will donate $75 million to three Canadian universities to educate and develop 270 young Scholars from Africa. The goal is to prepare them to return to the continent to lead change in their communities. The first cohort of Scholars will arrive in Canada this fall.
22 April 2013
On 22 March 2013, Sauvé Fellow Brett House participated in the first ever Beyond Business as Usual symposium hosted by The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) and the Management Consulting Association (MCA). The event brought together eleven renowned practitioners from a range of industries and sectors to challenge longstanding managerial paradigms and to explore new ways of creating and protecting economic, social andenvironmental value. Brett was invited to contribute to the panel discussion on “Reinventing Finance’’.
17 April 2013
On 17 April 2013, Gabriel Bran Lopez was named 'personality of the week' by La Presse and Radio-Canada in recognition of his leadership of Youth Fusion and of the Favoriser l'Inspiration et la Reconnaissance des Sciences et de la Technologie (FIRST) festival.
17 April 2013
Senior Fellow Brett House was a keynote speaker at a meeting of the Kingston, Ontario Rotary clubs on Wednesday, 17 April. His remarks on "Balancing Politics and Social Entrepreneurship to Solve 21st Century Problems" delivered to a full house at Kingston City Hall, called for a mix of innovation and old-school politics to solve complex challenges.
7 December 2012
On 6 December 2012, Anita Nowak, Integrating Director, Social Economy Initiative (SEI), and Visiting Fellow at the Sauvé Foundation won the inaugural Quebec Notable Awards in the Education category. The Quebec Notable Awards powered by Fusion recognizes the most notable young professionals across the province of Quebec.
19 October 2012
Sauvé Senior Fellow Brett House was a featured speaker on 19 October at the 15th annual Reaching Out Conference (ROMBA) for LGBT graduate students in business and finance, which took place in Boston. The conference, the largest of its kind in the world, brings together over a 1,000 students, professionals and academics to promote the acceptance and visibility of LGBT businesspeople and their interests in the workplace. Brett spoke about his leading role in winning equal spousal benefits for LGBT staff at the IMF and his experiences working across the international financial system.
20 September 2012
Sauvé Foundation Senior Fellow Brett House speaks to UN Experts Group Meeting on Sovereign Debt Restructuring
On Thursday 20 September, Sauvé Senior Fellow Brett House spoke to the UN Experts Group Meeting on Sovereign Debt Restructuring regarding options for the creation of a ‘Sovereign Debt Forum’.
Such a forum would provide an informal venue where stakeholders could identify lessons from past episodes of sovereign debt distress, maintain information on sovereign debt, and assist in facilitating more predictable, transparent and timely treatments of sovereign debt during future periods of economic turmoil. The proposal is outlined in a short note jointly prepared with Richard Gitlin; it builds on an earlier effort in 2003 with updates for present circumstances.
A sovereign debt forum may be seen as an end in itself, a facilitator for further refinement of existing contractual approaches to debt restructuring, or a building block toward an eventual statutory sovereign debt restructuring mechanism. In any event, a sovereign debt forum would fill an important gap by helping all constituencies in sovereign debt treatments reach agreement more efficiently and effectively. Canada could play a leading role in the creation of such a forum.
The Experts Group Meeting was convened at Marlborough House in London by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
13 September 2012
New partnership with Concordia opens campus doors to young global leaders
By Tom Peacock NOW news and events, Concordia University
Earlier this week, Désirée McGraw, executive director of the Sauvé Scholars Foundation, introduced the 12 newest Sauvé Scholars to an assembled crowd of academics, board members and friends of the foundation.
The young leaders, chosen for their proven commitment to making the world a better place, will spend one year in the Sauvé House on Dr-Penfield Avenue, working on their own research projects, networking with their peers, and taking advantage of a host of academic programs and facilities made available to them.
Although McGill University is the academic home of the program, a new academic partnership with Concordia means the Scholars can now also receive mentoring from Concordia faculty members, audit courses, and take part in Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills) seminars.
McGraw acknowledged Concordia’s new connection to the Sauvé Scholar program during her address. “We’re thrilled with the new MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that’s been signed,” she said, adding that Concordia’s Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, Paula Wood-Adams, along with her counterpart at McGill, Martin Kreiswirth, played key roles in selecting the current cohort of scholars and pairing them up with faculty.
Wood-Adams says Concordia’s partnership came about as a result of former Concordia president Frederick Lowy’s involvement with the Sauvé Scholars Program. Lowy, who was elected to the Board of Directors of the Sauvé Scholars Foundation in 2008, suggested the partnership to McGraw, who then approached the university.
“We thought it was a great idea,” says Wood-Adams, who immediately set about housing the program partnership within the School of Graduate Studies. Some of the new scholars are already availing themselves of the opportunity to work with Concordia faculty members, who have agreed to serve as mentors. Read more
1 June 2012
Apathy is Boring is a national, non-partisan, charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy. Founded in 2004, the organization's goals are to increase youth voter turnout, to increase youth engagement in the democratic process, and to build a sustainable dialogue between youth and elected officials. The Apathy is Boring team is spending the summer in residence at Sauvé House.
The health of Canada's democracy was obviously deeply important to Mme. Jeanne Sauvé, who served in turn as a Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Governor General. She believed that engaging young people was essential to the health of a society, a value reflected by the work of the Sauvé Foundation.
In fact, Apathy is Boring and the Sauvé Foundation have a long history of working together: As a 2003-2004 Sauvé Scholar, Paul Shore was one of Apathy is Boring's three co-founders. Having a youth-led social enterprise like Apathy is Boring in residence at Sauvé House is a reflection of Mme. Sauvé's lifelong belief in the importance of youth civic engagement. As part of their residency, the Apathy is Boring team will be sharing knowledge and ideas with the incoming cohort of Scholars. We look forward to many rewarding exchanges with our colleagues.
"We're thrilled to be in residence at Sauvé House. It's a great opportunity for Apathy is Boring to share our experience in the Canadian context with the Scholars, as well as to learn from the work they have been doing around the world."
- Ilona Dougherty, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Apathy is Boring
21 January 2011
Sauvé Scholars Foundation Board Member and past Interim Executive Director of the Sauvé Scholars Program Dr. Frederick H. Lowy Appointed Interim President of Concordia University
Concordia University announced on January 21, 2011 that its Board of Governors has voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Frederick H. Lowy as Concordia's President on an interim basis.
Building on excellence in education, research, creative activity and community partnerships is something that Dr. Lowy is known for and he will continue to support this mission of the university. A key element of his mandate is to carry on with the implementation of the university's Strategic Framework. He will also oversee the process leading up to the launch of a capital campaign.
Dr. Lowy served as interim Executive Director of the Sauvé Scholar Program (2007-2008), and remains an active and engaged member of its Board of Directors.
14 December 2010
"Some have hailed the Cancun Accord as a leap in the right direction. I do not subscribe to such position. The outcome of the UN Climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, November 29 to December 10, is completely disheartening. We expected an agreement that will be ambitious, binding and far reaching for emission reductions but what did we get? - Another extension of the Copenhagen loose talks on voluntary emissions with no penalty. The Cancun Accord to my mind is nothing short of a disaster in the making; it is the height of political immorality on the part of world governments. First, the fact the Accord did not lay a foundation for the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol or other new binding treaty for emission reduction foretells danger especially for countries like Tuvalu on the front lines of the climate crisis. The existing legally binding climate change treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, set mandatory targets which industrialized countries are supposed meet by 2012. But, many of these countries including Canada, US, Australia, and New Zealand, are yet to meet their respective targets while continuing to undermine processes that could ensure the continuity of Kyoto" More
8 December 2010
Marie-Marguerite Sabongui (2008-2009) is currently working with the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition and in late November, joined the Canadian Youth Delegation for the meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, from where, despite her numerous activities as policy coordinator for Canadian youth, she maintains an active and informative blog.
23 November 2010
Speakers discuss multimedia technology, Nicaraguan schools, and a quest to save one million lives
By Trip Yang, McGill Tribune
One of the best-received talks was entrepreneur Amruth Bagali Ravindranath's presentation on creating multimedia technology that helps educators teach math, language, and social sciences to primary school students. Ravindranath reflected on his own childhood experiences as a bored student in the classroom when developing classroom learning tools that would put teachers at the centre of education.
"Can we do to interactive education content what bloggers did to writing?" asked Ravindranath. "Our programs democratize the process of creation, it lets you edit and improve upon others' educational animation and teaching tools in a way similar to Wikipedia. We see that by combining teachers with technology, we get adaptive education."
17 September 2010
Sauvé Scholars Arcie Mallari (Philippines) and Anu George Canjanathoppil (India) were recently interviewed about this year's Sauvé Scholars' partnership with Survival School in Kahnawá:ke, a Mohawk community near Montreal.
Throughout the 2010-11 program year, the Sauvé Scholars plan to visit Survival School regularly in order to engage with students on a range of issues including cultural pride, sexual health, addiction, climate change, and community development. Through this process, the Scholars aim not only to enrich the lives of the students, but to learn about Mohawk culture, about the challenges facing the Kahnawá:ke Community, and about Aboriginal peoples in Canada more broadly.
3 August 2010
Turning clicks into cash
Comtribute is the modern version of the spinning-straw-into-gold fairy tale
MONTREAL - Yaniv Rivlin is new-tech's version of Rumpelstiltskin. But instead of turning straw into gold, as did the character from the brothers Grimm fairy tale, Rivlin is turning clicks into cash.
Rivlin, who was born in Israel's Golan Heights, co-founded a company that will help non-profit companies reach new sources of funds that never previously existed.
While spending a year at McGill as a Sauvé Scholar -a program designed to develop the leadership potential of promising youth from around the world -Rivlin co-founded the company Comtribute, which allows charities to personalize search engines and toolbars with their brand.
Then, every time someone runs a search, an average of three cents is donated to the charity, from the online ad revenues of the participating search engines, Google, Bing and Yahoo. While it may not seem like much, if 1,000 people download the application and launch just two searches per day, that amounts to $14,000 for the organization over the span of a year.
Launched less than a month ago, the company now has 15 clients, including Make a Wish Canada and Canada World Youth. The service is free for non-profits, and Rivlin's company makes money by taking a 30-per-cent cut of online revenue from the search engines. [Montreal Gazette link no longer available]
27 May 2010
By JANICE ARNOLD, Staff Reporter, The Canadian Jewish News
MONTREAL — The two Israeli Sauvé Scholars, Amnon Shefler and Yaniv Rivlin, who have endeared themselves to a wide spectrum of Montrealers during their nine-month sojourn here, threw a party to thank everyone who has helped make their stay memorable. ...Shefler and Rivlin were often invited to speak about Israel in different milieus. For example, they toured different Montreal area schools to talk about captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit and his dream of peace, using an illustrated book he wrote as a child entitled When the Fish and the Shark First Met.
“Amazing” is the word both of them repeatedly used to describe their time in Montreal. They are especially thankful for the warmth and hospitality that was extended to them by the Jewish community.
20 May 2010
Malcolm Moore (2003-2004) has written the introduction to a new photography book, Shanghai Right Now , by Kim Laughton. The publication date of May 20th coincides with the opening of the Shanghai expo. Malcolm has been the Telegraph's Shanghai Correspondent since July 2008.
28 April 2010
Gabriel Bran Lopez (2009-2010) received the Public Policy Forum 2010 Emerging Leaders Award, granted in recognition of "the contributions of young Canadians who personify leadership in the area of public policy and civic discourse. Recipients of the Emerging Leaders Award are in the early stages of their career and demonstrate exceptional initiative and commitment to the principles of public service."
Announcing the award, David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Forum, noted that “Gabriel Bran Lopez has worked to help at-risk youth at home and abroad.His work with Youth Fusion encourages young people to stay in high school through unique partnerships with Universities and the private sector. His efforts certainly fall in the category of ‘making a difference.”
23 April 2010
Philip Osano (2006-2007) recently won the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Award, an event that was highlighted on April 23rd by the Member of Parliament for the electoral district in which Sauvé House is located.
Speaking in Parliament during Question Period, Mr. Garneau congratulated Philip, commenting that "His research is focused on producing a qualitative analysis of poverty-reduction programs aimed at protecting conservation zones in Kenya.
"His work will provide an invaluable contribution to understanding development programs in rural Africa, which hope to balance nature conservation, use of land for conservation and the economic life of nomadic herders.
"Mr. Osano's research inspires talented Canadian students to travel to Africa to participate in field work in programs like McGill's African field studies semester program."
15 March 2010
Clarice Reis (2008-2009) has received an exceptional Merit Award from the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund in “recognition of her ongoing work for the benefit of women and children, and aspirations in this regard”.
21 December 2009
Farouk Jiwa, 2004-2005 Sauvé Scholar and adviser with the humanitarian organization CARE USA, has been elected a Senior Ashoka Fellow, a lifetime honour awarded by Ashoka, a global organization of social entrepreneurs. The Ashoka distinction, to be bestowed on Jan. 14, 2010, recognizes Jiwa's work integrating market-driven business processes with community-based development approaches to create a secure and sustainable means of improving the livelihoods of rural farmers in the apiculture sector.
The organization is comprised of men and women with system-changing solutions for the world's most urgent social problems. Senior Ashoka Fellows are advanced Fellows who have created change and are recognized as leaders in their fields.
14 December 2009
Guillaume Lavoie during Round 1 on September 25, 2009
Guillaume Lavoie, 2007-2008 Sauvé Scholar, won the grand finale of La joute, which aired Friday, December 11, 2009, on Télé-Québec. He was opposed to Ms. Suzanne Coté, a renowned lawyer associated with the firm Stikeman Elliott and Ms. Myriam Ségal, a radio host on 98.3 FM, the talk radio of Saguenay-Lac St-Jean.
Based on the Croatian Piramida concept, La joute is a weekly game show hosted by Stéphan Bureau. A trio of media personalities compete in time-limited discussion about four subjects picked from the news and representing the current concerns of Quebecers. The debates are lively, funny, sometimes serious and engaging, but always entertaining. Recorded in front of a live audience and broadcasted live, the game allows the spectators in the studio to encourage the guest they support. At home, the public plays a vital role by voting online or by phone for the person who best defended his point of view. The game lasts sixty minutes.
27 October 2009
Philip Osano [Sauvé Scholar 2006-2007], a Doctoral Candidate at McGill University, and one of the GEG Emerging Leaders, was a special guest for “Eco Show”, a TV program on the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) on September 20, 2009. Eco Show is a weekly one hour live program that engages politicians, researchers and NGO officials, as well as communities, on environmental issues. Speaking on the topic “Global Environmental Governance and its implications in Kenya”, Philip articulated the need for urgent reforms in environmental governance by highlighting the local implications of environmental problems such as climate change, biodiversity loss, chemical management and desertification. While fielding questions from viewers, Philip pointed to the challenges faced in GEG reform, spoke of the role of citizens, civil society and elected leaders, and also addressed the opportunities for local communities in the current climate change negotiations: “Individuals must now demand reforms that will realize a healthy and sustainable environment now and for future generations.”
The show is now online in two parts at Global Environmental Governance Project
Philip’s participation in “Eco Show” was part of his commitment to promote public awareness for the GEG process in Kenya.
8 October 2009
Concordia University Journal
Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai addressed the crowd at Concordia University on September 28, before joining David Suzuki for a cocktail reception at the Maison Jeanne Sauvé.
"[T]he world-renowned environmentalist shared her vision of change with an audience in H-110. She inspired students with stories of personal sacrifice and stressed that every single person can make a difference."
See the full video webcast of her Concordia Lecture here.
5 March 2009
Writing in the National Post, Tomer Avital describes his Sauvé Scholar project:
‘Networking the gap’ is a series of workshops for journalists from conflict areas who cover non-war topics such as culture and education. ... Reporters will establish contacts which they will then draw upon when writing human-interest articles, thereby transforming the foreigner into a more rounded character - a neighbor. The program stems from the idea that journalists on either side of any conflict have the power to communicate on a mass scale, and a dialogue between them would help enhance durable peace.” Tomer Avital: Ignorance about the Middle East, even among bright Canadians
4 March 2009
Idowu (Jola) Ajibade featured in the McGill Reporter
Sauvé Scholar committed to positive change for fellow Africans
By Jim Hynes
Idowu Ajibade’s newfound passion for enlightening her fellow Africans on the perils of climate change has earned the 27-year-old social activist from Lagos, Nigeria, admittance into Bill Clinton’s university. No, not Yale, where the 42nd president of the United States earned his law degree in 1973, but the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U).
4 November 2008
La Tribune de Sherbrooke features a photo of Sauvé Scholars lending a hand in the final hours of the Obama campaign.
Des étudiants de l'Université McGill, Marta Massi, d'Italie, Clarice Reis, du Brésil, et Evgeny Pak, du Kirghizstan, prêtaient main-forte à l'organisation démocrate.
9 October 2008
Pyone Kyaw writes in the McGill Reporter
How the global food crisis devastates families and communities
15 May 2008
ENTRE NOUS with Désirée McGraw, Executive Director, Jeanne Sauvé; Foundation and Scholars Program.
15 February 2008
New Executive Director heads Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and Scholars Program
McGill lecturer Désirée Marielle McGraw, who has worked with Nobel Laureate Al Gore to bring his climate-change message to Canadians, has been named Executive Director of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and Scholars Program.
4 September 2007
McGill community mourns board member, former student
Wright,64, oversaw scholarship program
(Le Miroir d’entrelacs) Many in the McGill University community were devastated to learn yesterday that the victim of a weekend explosion in the Laurentians was James Wright, a prominent governor emeritus of the university's board and active participant in campus and community affairs.
3 September 2007
McGill mourns Jim Wright
(McGill Newsroom) It is with terrible shock and deep sorrow that the McGill community has learned of the sudden death of James G. Wright over the Labour Day weekend.
Jim Wright, Director of the McGill-affiliated Sauvé Scholars program and a governor emeritus of our Board, perished in a gas explosion along with former Sauvé scholar Meriem Maza.
3 September 2007
Meriem Maza s'en via
Meriem Maza, fille de Dr Aicha Cheriet, nous a quitté samedi dernier suite à un accident dans la localité de Montréal à Entrelacs, un village à l'ouest de Rawdon, dans Lanaudière (Canada). Maghreb Canada Express September 2007 Meriem Maza nous quitte prématurément (PDF download)
10 February 2006
6 February 2006
Paid In Full: South African journalist fuses creativity and truth
(McGill Daily) Profile of Henk Rossouw, Sauvé Scholar 2005-2006
15 December 2005
(Maisonneuve) Tasha Kheiriddin and Adam Daifallah are trying to shake up the Conservative Party. In their new book "Rescuing Canada's Right: Blueprint for a Conservative Revolution", they propose a brand of "Opportunity Conservatism" that borrows ideas—from the right and left—that they believe will result in positive economic, social and political change.
In early December, Maisonneuve editorial assistant Rachel Harvey met Kheiriddin and Daifallah at their book launch at Sauvé House in Montreal.
24 March 2005
First person: The Sauvé experience
By Shivingani Arora
As her time as a Sauvé Scholar comes to an end, Shivangini Arora reflects on the experience of sharing close quarters with people from the world's four corners.
1 May 2004
'Reality education' breaks down barriers in Canada
(Taipei Times) Fourteen strangers from around the world, including a Taiwanese, were given time and money to do nothing, if they wanted, as part of an educational fellowship.
29 April 2004
(McGill Reporter) Times of Zambia journalist Readith Muliyunda, one of this year's McGill Sauvé Scholars, is working on a documentary series about Africa's distorted image, called Africa from Afar. The documentary looks at how the media portrayal of the continent has shaped people's negative perceptions and images about Africa, and will feature interviews of academics, media-makers, ordinary people and the usage of other archival media. In a presentation to her fellow scholars, she explains the impetus behind her project.
28 April 2004
12 Nations, 14 Scholars and One Big House
(New York Times) The potential for disaster was clear from the start. Fourteen strangers from around the world, all under 30, would come to Montreal and live together at no cost for nine months in a newly renovated mansion, complete with leather couches and a fully stocked kitchen. They would not be required to do anything and would each be handed $1,000 a month to spend on whatever they pleased.
28 January 2004
Sauvé scholars speak out
McGill fellows to lecture on contemporary issues from around the globe
Thirteen go-getters from around the world, each from a media background and each completing a fellowship at McGill University, are speaking out on hot topics. During "Sauvé Scholars Speak Out," a weekly lecture series, the scholars will cover everything from terrorism in Peru to sexuality in Taiwan. All lectures start at 5:00 pm and will be held at the Sauvé Foundation, 1514 Dr Penfield Ave. Media are welcome. Admission is free; seating is limited.
5 November 2003
Attention: intellectuels en ebullition
Une cellule de réflexion pour futurs leaders du monde
(Le Devoir) On parle d'eux comme des «esprits libres». Ils ont moins de 30 ans, ont tous une expérience en communication, sont considérés dans leur pays d'origine comme des «leaders» potentiels. Ils carburent à l'ambition et croient fermement, malgré ces temps de guerre, que les rapprochements sont possibles.
3 November 2003
Incomparable scholarly experience
By Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins
(McGill Alumni Life) Innovative scholarship program launched at McGill: The ultimate reality-based learning experience has begun. 14 aspiring young people, from around the world, have been invited to stretch their intellectual and cultural framework through a unique scholarly and live-in program at McGill University.
16 January 2003
Bring on the visionaries
By Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins
(McGill Reporter) The Sauvé Scholars Foundation and McGill University are seeking 12 dynamic intellectuals from a variety of disciplines to help change the world. A new residential program called the Sauvé Scholars has been created to sharpen the skills of young adults who wish to devote their lives to improving societies around the globe. The first Sauvé Scholars, the majority of whom will be recruited from developing countries, will arrive at McGill in September 2003. Deadline for all applications is March 1, 2003.