The urgency, scale and complexity of global challenges require new ways of thinking and acting across cultures, countries, disciplines and sectors. There is a critical need in Canada and around the world for a new kind of public leadership rooted in global-mindedness, vision and integrity.

The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation’s new programming builds on more than two decades of connecting, engaging and empowering new generation of leaders in Canada and the world to address key global challenges. In particular, between 2003 and 2013, our flagship Sauvé Scholars Program engaged 126 emerging leaders from 50 countries.

Our Approach

The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation invests in the next generation of public leadership.

Public leadership is an essential mechanism for positive social change, and lies at the heart of Jeanne Sauvé’s vision for Canada and the world. We define public leadership broadly as leadership that is in the public sphere and/or in the public interest. It includes advocacy, communications, education, governance, politics and social innovation.

Our Three Pillars

The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation cultivates the next generation of globally minded public leadership through three areas of mutually supportive activities:

The Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program is an intensive, in-house, intercultural and international program based at Jeanne Sauvé House in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It equips young leaders from Canada and around the world to take up key global challenges by developing their public leadership skills, by expanding their networks, by fostering their collaboration within the Sauvé community and its partners, and by increasing their awareness of key global issues from multiple perspectives. This program builds on the ten-year (2003-2013) success of the Sauvé Scholars Program.
The Jeanne Sauvé Fellows Network supports a growing global network of Jeanne Sauvé Fellows in Canada and around the world working to address globally-significant public leadership challenges.

Through the events and publications associated with the Jeanne Sauvé Forum, the Foundation promotes dialogue with the broader public about globally significant public leadership challenges and showcases the innovations, achievements and impact of our Fellows in Canada and around the world.
One Challenge at a Time

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

For the 2015-17 period, the Foundation will take up a challenge that was central to Jeanne Sauvé’s life work: Public Leadership for Culturally Diverse SocietiesThrough our three program areas, we will investigate multiple aspects of this challenge from diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives and will explore, cultivate and showcase public leadership approaches to fostering social cohesion in culturally diverse societies. The 2015-17 Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program will challenge Sauvé Fellows to collectively rethink the role of public leadership in supporting social cohesion within diverse societies.