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Meet the 2018 scholars

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is proud to present the 2018 recipients of its unique doctoral scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. From British Columbia to Quebec, reaching to the United States and the United Kingdom, the fifteen newly-appointed scholars are exceptional students who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence and civic engagement. Congratulations to the fifteen new scholars and welcome to the community! +

Meet the 2018 fellows

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of its annual research fellowships. Every year, the Foundation awards up to five fellowships to intellectuals in the humanities and social sciences who are recognized for their productivity, their commitment to communicating their findings to the public, and their ability to devise innovative solutions to some of the major issues facing Canada and the world. Congratulations to the four new fellows and welcome to the community! +

Recent Events

Marie Wilson's Big Thinking lecture now available online

On 28 May 2018 in Regina, 2016 Foundation mentor Marie Wilson reflected on diversity and reconciliation in Canada in light of her experience as a commissioner of Canada’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Sponsored by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Wilson’s Big Thinking lecture at the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is now available online. Watch the video here+
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Community Ties

Where were you this year?

The Foundation's Annual Report is an opportunity to look back to the projects, events, and themes that the community has brought to life over the past year. For the 2017-2018 Annual Report, the Foundation invites all community members to share visual stories and field photos illustrating their engagement with communities local and global, academic and non-academic. Please send your high-resolution files (.jpg and 300 dpi minimum) with descriptions (150 words) to Mariana Correro before 30 June 2018. +

Use the PETF offices for your event

Have you ever wanted to organize an event in a beautiful yet practical space? The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation's offices are available for community members to host their events. If interested, please contact Mariana Correro. +



Billy-Ray Belcourt wins the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize

On 7 June 2018, 2018 Foundation scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt received the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut collection of poems, This Wound is a World, becoming the youngest winner in the prize’s history. Blending the codes of love song, elegy, prayer, and manifesto, Billy-Ray’s poetry evokes the intimacy and violence of Indigenous embodied experiences in Canada. In its citation, the Griffin Trust judging panel praised the collection of poems as a “politically necessary” meditation on queerness, Indigeneity, rebellion, and survival. Congratulations, Billy-Ray! +

John McCall MacBain receives uOttawa honorary doctorate

Congratulations to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Chair of the Board, John McCall MacBain, who received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa on 12 June 2018 for his many and important contributions to Canadian society. As the ceremony’s guest of honour, he shared twelve pieces of advice with the graduates on becoming a successful entrepreneur. Watch the video of his commencement address here. +

Laure Waridel joins Trudel Johnston & Lespérance

Congratulations to 2011 Foundation scholar Laure Waridel, who joined forces with class action firm Trudel Johnston & Lespérance on 14 June 2018. As special advisor in social justice and environmental matters, Laure will contribute her expertise and experiences to making Canada a fairer and more environmentally sustainable society. Waridel’s decision to join the firm was motivated by Trudel Johnston & Lespérance’s strong leadership in public interest cases on a pro bono basis and its citizen-oriented business model. All our best to Laure! +

More news



Fifteen years after equal marriage

Robert Leckey, 2003 scholar, The Globe and Mail. +

Canada is abandoning asylum seekers in a hostile country: The U.S.

Audrey Macklin, 2017 fellow, The Washington Post. +

The Extra Load that Professors of Colour Have to Bear

Ayesha S. Chaudhry and Malinda S. Smith, 2018 fellows, The Globe and Mail. +

The Terrible Beauty of the Reserve 

Billy-Ray Belcourt, 2018 scholar, The Walrus. +

Full Moon in the spotlight

Benjamin Gagnon Chainey, 2017 scholar, Quartier Libre. +

Trump’s zero-tolerance policy inflicts anguish on kids – with toxic health impacts

André Picard, 2016 mentor, The Globe and Mail. +


A failure of our justice system: When we fail to preserve a victim’s dignity

Elaine Craig, 2007 scholar, The Globe and Mail. +

Transnational Citizenship Capacity-Building: Moving the Conversation in New Directions

Bessma Momani, 2015 fellow, International Political Sociology. +

Reflections on Canada’s Past, Present and Future in International Law

Ryan Beaton, 2017 scholar, Adelle Blackett, 2015 fellow, John Borrows, 2006 fellow, René Provost, 2015 fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation. +

Safeguarding “distinction” inside the wire: Humanitarian-peacekeeper interactions in South Sudan’s Protection of Civilian sites

Rebecca Sutton, 2014 scholar, The Individualisation of War. +

Warning signs as states revive Depression-era trade tactics

Jennifer Clapp, 2013 fellow, CBC News. +

More publications

Mark Your Calendars!

> Circles Within Circles: Transnational Perspectives on Sexual Violence
Fellowship project of Claudia Mitchell
8-11 July 2018 | Montréal, Quebec

> Symposium: Executive Transitions
PETF and the National Democratic Institute
13-14 September 2018 | Montréal, Québec

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