The Year in Numbers…

This year, the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation welcomed 12 Fellows to take part in the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program. They were chosen from over 1200 applicants based on their proven track record of making a difference in their community to come experience a tailored personal and professional development program focused on building their public leadership capacity.

The Fellows spent the last 10 months living together at Sauvé House in Montreal, taking part in this unique international, intercultural and intensive program.

They met and engaged with hundreds of leaders, academics, businesspeople, activists, judges, politicians and professionals from a wide range of fields during their time in Canada.

Over the fall, they followed an intensive 13 week Social Impact Course under the direction of Dr. Anita Nowak, an award-wining educator and empathy expert, who coached them in the development of their Social Impact Initiatives.

In December, Fellows pitched their Social Impact Initiatives to over 15 judges from the community to get their feedback. From January until June, Fellows implemented their 2 Social Impact Projects: One project, CityInclusive, is an online platform that helps small and medium sized Canadian cities become smarter and more inclusive. The second project, RUDE, is a podcast for millennials that hosts topical re-energizing conversations about making the world more just and inclusive.

Fellows met with over 50 leaders during Leadership Encounters: A chance to sit around the table and engage with some of Canada’s most important thinkers of today.

Fellows also took over 50 workshops to help them develop their professional skills in a variety of different fields. The Fellows received weekly public speaking training with VOX and 12 sessions personal coaching sessions.

In August, 20 Fellows from around the world returned to Montreal for our Alumni tradition – Sauvé Encore! The Fellows took 3 field trips as part of the program: A retreat in Charlevoix, Quebec, a leadership conference at United World College in Victoria, B.C. and a political meet & greet trip in Ottawa. The Fellows also participated in over 10 cultural nights and parties at the Foundation to celebrate the diversity of faiths, cultures and foods at Sauvé House.

Fellows were also provided with support and opportunities to expand their horizons. They participated in over 20 conferences, and were paired with community mentors, academic mentors at McGill University and Concordia University and got to know the community and local culture through 10 local host families.

It has been a very enriching experience! Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who contributed their time and energy so generously to the Fellows and Program this year!



Leadership Encounters

We host inspiring leaders from all walks of life to meet with Fellows in an intimate setting. We invite the leaders to share their personal journeys and also exchange with the Fellows about important global challenges. This year Fellows met with over 50 leaders from various fields. Here are some highlights of Leadership Encounters from the year:

Government & Diplomacy

  • Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Paul Martin, Former Prime Minister of Canada
  • Pierre-Marc Johnson, Former Prime Minister of Quebec
  • John McNee, Canada Ambassador to UN (2006-2011), Secretary General, Global Center for Pluralism
  • Robert Thomas, U.S. Consul General
  • Amarjeet Sohi, Federal Minister of Infrastructure
  • Marc Miller, Member of Parliament, Ville Marie
  • Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Elizabeth Hardy, Senior Lead, Behavioural Insights, Impact and Innovation Unit, Privy Council Office
  • David Donovan, Lead, Strategic Policy and Innovative Finance, Privy Council Office
  • Marco Chan, Policy Advisor, LGBTQ2 Secretariat, Privy Council Office
  • Haris Khan, Policy Advisor, Behavioural Insights, Impact and Innovation Unit, Privy Council Office
  • Maria Belen, Policy Analyst, Canadian Heritage
  • Angela Wagner, Research Advisor, Employment and Social Development Canada


Human Rights

  • Lili-Anna Peresa, President of Centraide Montreal
  • Tanya De Mello, Director of Human Rights, Ryerson University
  • Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), Concordia University
  • Katherine Stephens, Director of Development and Public Relations, Welcome Hall Mission
  • Eunice Ajambo, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)


Indigenous Canadians

  • Nina Segalowitz , Case Worker, Women’s Centre of Montreal
  • Konwatsitsawi Meloche, Founder of VISTA Seminars
  • Stephen Puskas, Radio Producer at Nipivut


Business & Entrepreneurship

  • Sarah Houde, Director General of Propulsion Quebec
  • Ian Aitken, Founder and Chair of Enactus Canada
  • Amruth Ravindranath, CEO of Guru-G Learning Labs
  • Richard St-Pierre, President of C2 Conference
  • Alexandre Taillefer, Renowned Canadian entrepreneur and politician
  • Justin Park, Enactus Student Entrepreneur


Education & Philanthropy

  • Desiree McGraw, President of United World College – Pearson College
  • Stephen Huddart, President and CEO, McConnell Foundation
  • Marguerite Mendell, Professor at Concordia School of Community and Public Affairs
  • Aziz Choudry, Canada Research Chair in social movement learning and knowledge production
  • Jayne Engle, Program Director, Cities for People, McConnell Foundation
  • Kimberley Manning, Principal of Concordia’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute
  • John Miller Beauvoir, Senior Governance and Democratic Development Consultant


Refugees & Immigrants

  • Denise Otis, Legal Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Paul Clarke, Executive Director, Action Refugiés Montreal
  • Richard Zereik, Humanitarian Assistance expert, formerly at Doctors Without Borders
  • Ahmed Ullah,Rohingyan refugee and activist
  • Romeo Pham, Refugee turned Founder of Shodan Restaurant and Romeo J.



  • Rosalie S. Abella, Judge, Supreme Court of Canada
  • Nandini Ramanujam, Executive Director, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism



  • Kimberley Wong, Queer Youth Program Manager, ACCM (AIDS Community Care Montreal)
  • Julien Rougerie, Program Officer, Fondation Emergence
  • Tynan Jarrett, Employment Equity Advisor, McGill University


Race Relations

  • Fania Noël, Co-founder Mwasi Collective (France)
  • Haroun Bouazzi, President, Association of Muslims and Arabs for Securalism
  • May Chu, Co-founder, Progressive Chinese Association.
  • Will Prosper, Co-founder Montreal-Nord Republik/Hoodstock
  • Sabrina Sassi, Radicalization specialist & researcher
  • Marian Misdrahi, Coordinator, Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence
  • Tara Husbands, Zahra Al-Mawlawi, Butool Jafri, Wassan Manshad


Mental Health & Physical Disability

  • Diane Chênevert, Founder, Centre Philou
  • Lorraine Palardy, Founder, Fondation Les Impatients
  • Nakuset, Executive Director, Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal
  • Patricia Hewlin, Associate Professor, Organizational Behaviour, Faculty of Management, McGill



We invite specialists and professionals from a wide variety of fields to deliver workshops to Fellows over the course of the year. This year, Fellows had the opportunity to take part in over 50 workshops to help improve their professional skills, deliver their positive impact projects and enhance their leadership roles.


  • Lobbying
    • Facilitated by Adam Daifallah, Co-founder and Managing Partner of HATLEY


  • VOX Method Public Speaking (13)
    • Facilitated by Elissa Bernstein, International Trainer of Speakers, Actors and Singers, and Steven Lecky, Performance Researcher and Voice/Speech/Singing Trainer


  • Personal and Group Coaching (30)
    • Facilitated by Kimberley Archibald, Coach and Consultant at Boreala Management


  • Non-Violent Communication
    • Facilitated by Guillaume Lanctôt-Bédard, Certified trainer in Non-Violent Communication and Personal Coach, Spiralis


  • Trendshaping of Tomorrow
    • Facilitated by Estelle Metayer, Expert in Competitive and Strategic Intelligence & Founder of Competia


  • Social Innovation/Social Change/Social Impact
    • Facilitated by Anita Nowak, Program and Instructional Design Advisor


  • Design Thinking (3)
    • Facilitated by Marcy Slapcoff, Senior Academic Associate, Teaching and Learning Services, McGill


  • Systems Thinking
    • Facilitated by Anita Nowak, Program and Instructional Design Advisor


  • Stakeholder Mapping
    • Facilitated by Anita Nowak, Program and Instructional Design Advisor


  • Theory of Change (3)
    • Facilitated by Lara Evoy, Managing Partner at Garrow & Evoy Consultants


  • Pitching & Presenting (2)
    • Facilitated by Richard Donovan, Specialist in Pitching & President of Richard G. Donovan Consulting Inc.


  • Volunteer Management
    • Facilitated by Wanda Bedard, Founder of 60 Million Girls


  • Fundraising
    • Facilitated by Anita Nowak, Program and Instructional Design Advisor


  • Partnerships & Scaling
    • Facilitated by Audra Renyi, Executive Director World Wide Hearing


  • Business Model Canvas for Social Innovation
    • Facilitated by Renjie Butalid, Associate Director at McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship


  • Social Impact Assessment
    • Facilitated by Lara Evoy, Managing Partner at Garrow & Evoy Consultants


  • Conflict De-Escalation
    • Facilitated by Eddie Jude Hareven, Equity Education Facilitator and Consultant


  • Op-Ed Writing
    • Facilitated by Brett House, Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank


  • Clifton Strengths Finder
    • Facilitated by Aleasha Morris, Consultant – Strength Based Organizational Management, Leadership Vision Consulting


  • Branding
    • Facilitated by Cristiane Bourbonnais, Founder of Cohésion Strategies Inc.


  • Understanding and Communicating with Data
    • Facilitated by Guillaume Lavoie, Lecturer École Nationale d’Administration Publique (ÉNAP)


  • Passion and Growth Mindset and Appreciative Interviewing
    • Facilitated by Hani Nagati Boulos, CEO of Innovamarks