The Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program invites its Fellows on a lifelong personal and professional development journey as they become part of an emerging global community of public leaders.

Candidates between 25 and 30 years of age with backgrounds in the arts, advocacy, communications, education, engineering, environmental conservation, governance, journalism, law, politics, public policy, religion, security, social innovation, and other fields related to public leadership are invited to apply to the 2017-19 Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program.

Program Overview

  • Year 1 (Full-time, Residential Phase): A full-time, intensive, residential leadership development experience in Montreal with a dozen Sauvé Fellows from Canada and around the world.
  • Year 2 (Part-time, Field Phase): Fellows apply skills, test new ideas and implement initiatives conceptualized in residence, either alone or in collaboration with other Fellows. During this phase, Fellows benefit from ongoing leadership development support from their cohort as well as from the Foundation. Fellows are encouraged to return to their respective communities and countries during this phase.
  • Lifelong Engagement: After completion of the Field Year of the Program, Fellows are encouraged to remain active members of the growing community of Jeanne Sauvé public leaders around the world.
About the Residential Phase: August 2017 to June 2018 (Full-time)

Twelve emerging public leaders from Canada and around the world who share a passion for public leadership, solving global challenges, and public leadership for culturally diverse societies live and work together for 10 months in a beautifully restored historic home in the heart of MontrealQuebecCanada.

An experience described by Fellows as empowering, enlightening, enriching, liberating, unique, and transformative, the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program creates an opportunity for expansive learning and exploring the art and science of authentic public leadership.

While in residence, Fellows benefit from:

  • Interaction with a thriving network of public leaders
  • Access to resources (including the auditing of courses) at McGill University, our program’s academic home, and at Concordia University, our academic partner
  • Tailored leadership development programming with a focus on the skills necessary for contemporary public leadership, including creating change at the individual level, at the community level, and at the societal level
  • Educational group outings
  • Personal coaching in support of participants’ leadership development
  • Team coaching from experts in team dynamics research and practice
  • Guidance from academic and professional mentors at the top of their fields
  • Time, space and opportunity to develop as public leaders and to pursue individual initiatives associated with our program theme in a supportive environment
  • Free accommodation at Jeanne Sauvé House
  • A stipend to cover basic costs of living in Montreal

The residential phase of the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program represents a full-time (40 hours per week) professional commitment. Roughly half this time is spent participating in the Individual Program and the other half participating in and contributing to the Collective Program.

Residential Phase of the Program: Individual Leadership Development

On average, about half of participants’ time (20 hours per week) is devoted to individual leadership development, including intellectual exploration, personal reflection, and individual Initiatives in alignment with our broad theme.

Intellectual Exploration

With the support and guidance of their Academic Mentors, Fellows are encouraged to audit courses that allow them to explore new intellectual avenues and to round out their understanding of global issues.

Personal Reflection

With the support of their Personal Coach and the Foundation team, Fellows are invited to to reflect deeply on their leadership journeys to date, to set goals for their professional development, and to chart a course of action for the years ahead.

Individual Initiatives

We believe that providing exceptionally bright, socially engaged, emerging public leaders with the time and support to pursue their passions in a low-risk environment is an important investment in our collective future. We encourage program participants to use the Fellowship opportunity to invest in their potential by undertaking an individual initiative.

These initiatives can be as diverse as the Fellows themselves. For example, Fellows may wish to conduct original research, writing, or creative ventures. They may choose to consolidate past work, to design a new initiative, to scale up an existing project, or to experiment with a new approach to a globally significant issue that they have been working on for some time.

While these initiatives should align with each Fellow’s ambitious vision and goals for self and social change, the initiatives conducted during the Residential Phase of the program must be realistic in scope and scale, taking into account the demands of all other program elements.

Residential Phase of the Program: Collective Leadership Development

Fellows’ remaining time (20 hours per week) is devoted to our collective program, including Professional Development Programming as well as time spent co-designing and participating in a shared Learning and Engagement Agenda.

Our in-residence Professional Development Programming is designed around clusters of intensive learning focused specifically on strengthening communication skills (intercultural communications, nonviolent communications, public narratives and social media for social change), cultivating peer-to-peer training, and affecting change in complex systems through creativity, systems thinking, negotiation and advocacy. These clusters are followed by sustained integration periods, filled with outreach activities, educational trips, encounters with leaders in a range of fields, and collaborative action.

Our Collective Learning and Engagement Approach

Leadership in the 21st century is truly a team sport. Diverse stakeholders can – and must – learn to collaborate across their differences if we are to solve our most pressing global challenges. At the same time, the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation does not claim to have “the” answers to the complex challenges facing culturally diverse societies, and we know that what solutions work well in one society may not succeed elsewhere.

In seeking to explore the Inclusion Imperative, our aim is to create opportunities for rich, ongoing dialogue and collaboration across differences in order to enrich our common understanding. We invite our Fellows to be collaborators with one another, with the Foundation, and with our wider community. To structure this collaboration, we take an approach based on Collective Learning and Engagement.

We will support the Fellow’s collective learning and engagement on the Inclusion Imperative by:

  • Equipping and empowering Fellows to co-design an enriching Learning and Engagement Agenda for their year in residence. This agenda builds on synergies between their individual learning and engagement objectives and sets the course for Fellows to learn from one other as well as community partners through discussion and action over their year in residence.
  • Actively supporting Fellows’ enquiry into our theme by inviting experts to meet with them, and by exposing Fellows to relevant debates playing out in the Quebec and Canadian context.
  • Working with Fellows to host a series of public events aiming to disseminate their learning to a wider audience.
  • Helping to create opportunities for Fellows to undertake relevant hands-on initiatives in collaboration with university partners and community organizations.

Throughout this journey of exploration and shared learning, each Fellow is expected to draw upon their personal and professional experience working on issues related to cultural diversity and social inclusion in order to contribute relevant skills, knowledge, and perspectives to all Fellows’ collective learning. With the Foundation’s support, we anticipate that these contributions will include:

  • Co-designing an enriching Learning and Engagement Agenda for their year in residence.
  • Leading skill-building and knowledge exchange workshops for one another.
  • Co-designing and participating in critical discussions on diversity and inclusion.
  • Organizing private leadership encounters to enhance shared learning.
  • Organizing and hosting public events, in conjunction with the Foundation.
  • Collaborating on real-world initiatives with one another and/or external stakeholders based on areas of shared passion.

As an example of Collective Learning and Engagement, the 2015-17 Fellows, who chose to take up the issue of refugee integration, undertook the following over the course of their year in residence:


  • Organized and hosted multiple leadership encounters with refugees and refugee experts
  • Ran and participated in a critical reading club


About the Field Phase: July 2018 to August 2019 (Part-time)

During the Field Phase, Fellows continue on their individual public leadership journeys, either in their home countries or elsewhere, and either through continued work or study. During this phase, participants:

  • Receive ongoing support from Sauvé mentors, partners, personal coaches and the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation
  • Continue to exchange with program participants on a regular basis
  • Report consistently to the Foundation on how they are applying what they learned in residence
  • Benefit from Foundation support for collaborative initiatives, including through access to the Fellows’ Collaboration Fund
  • The Field Phase of the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program requires a commitment of about 10 hours per month. Participation happens remotely, via phone, Skype or email, as participants may be living anywhere in the world. Fellows who wish to collaborate more extensively are encouraged to do so during this phase.

During the Field Year, Fellows do not receive a living stipend, although costs associated with their participation in Field Phase programming are covered by the Foundation.

At the conclusion of the Field Phase, participants are expected to formally report to the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and to one another on how they have applied – and plan to apply – what they learned through the two-year program experience.

About the Global Fellowship

After completing the program, participants continue to exchange, learn, and take action as part of a growing network of Sauvé Fellows. This global community of public leaders collaborates across cultures, countries, disciplines and sectors to address issues of global significance.

Simply put, we convene a diverse group of Fellows and invite them to join us in collectively exploring a complex issue from a wide range of perspectives while enhancing their public leadership skills, advancing on individual pursuits, contributing to a broader public conversation, and collaborating.

By supporting dialogue, debate, and collaboration across cultures, disciplines and sectors, the Program aims to deepen Fellows’ understanding of the public leadership challenges before us and invite Fellows to share their best ideas, to collaborate on initiatives, to test out new solutions, and to take up the difficult work of learning to harness the wisdom inherent in true diversity.

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