On September 15th, 2015, the Sauvé community – comprised of Fellows, Board members, academic mentors, community hosts, volunteers, new friends and staff – officially launched the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program by welcoming the 2015-17 Fellows.

Our new Program invests in the capacity of young leaders to effect positive change by cultivating in them the skills required to work across cultures, countries, disciplines and sectors in the public arena. The Program includes professional development workshops and seminars with prominent figures from the world of politics, business, media, philanthropy and the arts. At the end of their year in residence, Fellows will return to their respective countries, communities and organizations. The second year of programming will culminate with Fellows returning to Sauvé House to present their group project and leadership evolution.

The 2015-17 Fellows were invited to join us because of their records of effective leadership and because of their demonstrated commitment to making a difference. Collectively, the Fellows come from 10 countries on 4 continents, speak over 20 languages, hold over 25 degrees, and were raised in the faith traditions of 5 world religions. They are each intelligent, compassionate, and talented, and bring to the group a wealth of knowledge and fascinating experiences. Over the course of the year ahead, they will be co-designing and co-developing a project that addresses the theme of public leadership for culturally diverse societies.

Our Fellows’ new journey officially started last Tuesday at Sauvé House, where we celebrated their arrival, discovered how past and present Fellows are making a difference and learned about how our new programming will catalyze next generation public leadership. The Fellows drew upon their collective knowledge as well as their collective experience to answer the following question: How is the world changing?

Following an introduction by Jean-François Sauvé and welcoming remarks by Ion Valaskakis, Edison Huynh and Svjetlana Markovic presented the Fellows’ perspective on how the world is changing. The Fellows spoke brilliantly about four interrelated shifts occurring globally: inequality, security, human mobility and climate change.

For the Fellows’ full speech, click here and to watch their presentation, click here.

Sabrina Sassi then presented Kyle Hill, Sauvé Fellow (2010-11), Co-Founder and Executive Director at Teach for Canada. Kyle shared his experiences with running a burgeoning non-profit organization. He then answered questions from the audience – alongside Costin Ciobanu and Jaspreet Khangura – which gravitated towards vulnerability, mentorship and empowerment in leadership. The evening came to a close with a Fellows-guided house tour (led by Maya Fennig and Brijlal Chaudhari), guests posting intentions on our Fellows’ wish list tree, live music and lively discussions.

For #JSPLP Opening Ceremony photos, click here.


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