Public leaders of the future will be called upon to respond to ever-more complex and systemic global challenges in ways that are creative, courageous and connected.

The Foundation’s goal is to develop young leaders capable of rising to meet those challenges by communicating and collaborating across cultures as well as thinking across traditional disciplines. Our mission is to equip the next generation with the skills, knowledge and tools necessary to take the lead in solving global challenges.

The Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program is intensive, in-house, intercultural and international program based at Sauvé House in Montreal. Every program cohort brings together a group of young leaders from Canada and around the world to live and work together and to share their passion for addressing a particular globally significant challenge. Participants bring to the program their own expertise and perspectives, shaped by their experiences working to address this issue in their respective contexts, communities and countries.

The program invests in the capacity of these young leaders to effect positive change by cultivating in them the skills required to work across cultures, countries, disciplines and sectors in the public sphere. It does this by:

  • Inviting young leaders – between 25 and 30 years of age – to rethink a key global issue from diverse cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Inciting them to collaborate on addressing that issue
  • Investing in their public leadership skills with professional and personal development programming
  • Incubating their ideas by providing time and space for compelling individual initiatives to take root

By supporting inquiry and concrete action around this important issue, the program aims to stimulate participants to deepen their understanding of this issue and cultivate their leadership skills in ways that they can later apply to effectively lead change on a wide range of issues within the public sphere.

Program Themes

Every two years, the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation focuses its activities on a different globally significant challenge.

For the 2015-17 Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program, the Fellows were challenged to collectively re-imagine the role of public leadership in supporting social cohesion within culturally diverse societies. They chose to collectively reflect upon and rethink refugee integration in Canada.

To find out more about their public leadership work, click here. As an example of Collective Learning and Engagement, the 2015-17 Fellows, undertook the following over the course of their year in residence:

For the 2017-19 Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program, a new cohort of Public Leadership Fellows will collectively explore how focusing on strategies of inclusion can help public leaders respond to the complex challenges facing culturally diverse societies. Find out more about the new program HERE.


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