Throughout the Jeanne Sauvé Forum Series on Social Connectedness and International Development, the Jeanne Sauvé Forum – in collaboration with Kim Samuel – will be showcasing inspiring personal and organizational stories about overcoming social isolation.

We invite you to help us explore the power and role of social connectedness in today’s challenging global context by joining us for one – or many – convivial and casual evenings of dialogue. Every session features visiting experts and will feature a discussion period with the audience.

All events are free and open to all. They will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Sauvé House (1514 Docteur-Penfield, Montreal, QC) and will take place in English. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Please note that no registration is required.

Tuesday, November 1 (5-7 pm): SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS AS A KEY INGREDIENT IN THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY: A CASE STUDY FROM SOUTH AFRICA

Join us to learn first-hand of the experience of building social connectedness in South Africa and the broader applications across the globe. Guest speaker: Marlene Ogawa, Program Manager, Synergos Institute in South Africa / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Tuesday, November 8 (5-7 pm): THE WORLD IS AGEING : ISOLATION AND OLDER PEOPLE

Join us to learn how society, government and community organizations can work together to embrace an ageing population. Guest speaker: Bethany Brown, Researcher, Human Rights Watch, and Melissa Dalva, Outreach Services Coordinator, The Yellow Door / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Tuesday, November 22 (5-7 pm): MEASURING AND MONITORING PROGRESS IN SOLVING TODAY’S COMPLEX SOCIAL CHALLENGES

Join us together with leading experts in measurement to understand why and how measurement can propel political and policy action needed to achieve positive social change. Guest speakers: Matthew Bishop, Senior Editor, The Economist, co-founder of Social Progress Index, and Dr. Angel Hsu, Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS College and Yale School of Forestry; Principal Investigator, Environmental Performance Index / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Tuesday, November 29 (5-7 pm): OVERCOMING SOCIAL ISOLATION THROUGH SOLIDARITY AND COMMUNITY BUILDING

Join award-winning social change activist sharing personal stories of struggle and social isolation and the achievement of community building in Kenya. Guest speakers: Kennedy Odede, Founder/CEO, and Jessica Posner, Co-Founder/COO, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) / Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.

Monday, December 5 (5-7 pm): BUILDING FOR BELONGING: THROUGH THE LENS OF MONTREAL

Join us to explore the role of imagination and people-centered design in building connected communities in Montreal. We will examine successes and challenges, bringing our series to a call to action for what we can do, as individuals in community, ‎to build a culture of belonging for all. Moderator: Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University.


This speakers series is presented in partnership with the Samuel Family Foundation and McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.

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