McGill announces $5M sponsorship to create Conversations series

McGill Announces $5 Million Sponsorship to Create Conversations Series

The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MCIS) announces a $5 million donation from Canadian philanthropist Charles Bronfman for the creation of the Conversations series, which will be launched in the fall of 2023.

The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MCIS) announced Thursday the creation of the Conversations, thanks to a $5 million endowment from Canadian philanthropist Charles Bronfman. The annual event will begin in the fall of 2023 and will open a moderated conversation between Canadian and international experts in specific fields such as economics, social policy or government.

“Thanks to Conversations, the MISC will explore Canada's place in the world,” said Mr. Bronfman in a press release, ahead of the official announcement of his sponsorship of the series, made at the Conference on immigration policies in Canada and elsewhere in the world in Montreal, October 27.

Mr. Bronfman has been known to support initiatives for several years aimed at encouraging young people in Canada to better know and appreciate their country, as well as their heritage and cultural identity.

Conversationsaims to engage citizens, media and decision-makers in discussions related to Canada's history, politics and directions, as well as the country's role and position on the world stage.

< p>“We want to encourage a constructive discussion on the challenges and the future of Canada, rather than a debate between actors with different visions”, told Métro Daniel Béland, director of the IECM.

“The goal of the series is to spark conversations about policy issues that affect people from a global perspective,” continued Mr. Béland, who will be responsible for the thematic direction and direction of Conversations in collaboration with an advisory committee.

“As debates about the future of the country evolve over time, we aim to address current issues in order to understand the challenges we face. meet and how we can improve our policies here and around the world.”

“The importance of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada as a center for research, teaching and constructive dialogue is in large part the result of the vision and generosity of Mr. Bronfman, who served in key roles in the establishment of the Institute, as a founding benefactor and inaugural co-chair,” said for his part Christopher Manfredi, principal and vice cha Interim Vice-Chancellor of McGill.

The MISC will announce the content and speakers for the first edition of the event in the spring of 2023.

This text was produced in part of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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