How much do we know about the links between pluralism and economic prosperity? Are demographics driving globalization or vice versa? How can we build cultural fluency and capture the full potential of Canada’s global citizens? Supported by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and led by Dr. Bessma Momani of the University of Waterloo, Jillian Stirk of the SFU Centre for Dialogue, and a distinguished steering committee, the project combines academic research with a series of consultations with globally connected Canadian business and thought leaders in major centres in Canada and abroad. Join us as we explore how Canadians are contributing to and benefiting from global connections and how the growing Canadian diaspora is affecting the nation’s development in an interconnected world. We will also consider whether current models of citizenship reflect the changing nature of society, with a view to recommending ways to better capitalize and leverage the economic and social benefits of diversity.

Key Questions

  • How are diversity and transnational identity changing the way Canadians engage with each other and the rest of the world?
  • What are the links between diversity and economic competitiveness?
  • How do we assess the role, and measure the impact of Canadians living abroad?
  • What are the more/less successful programs and measures that encourage inclusion and promote full participation in society and in the labour market?
  • Are there new ways to leverage the economic benefits of pluralism and diaspora communities, including the Canadian diaspora?