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Inclusion: September 20, 9am-12pm

September 20, 9am-10:30am

Diversity is a reality, inclusion remains a choice. Canada has become an experiment in inclusion. 360: Inclusion starts by asking how other countries understand and experience belonging. Under what circumstances does inclusion best succeed, and how can we foster those circumstances? How do we talk about what we’re doing and build a vocabulary that is resilient enough to manage aspirations and counter apprehension?

The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada; and Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC)

Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary
Denise Dresser, political analyst, award-winning journalist and activist
Pico Iyer, award-winning author
Jennifer Welsh, Chair, International Relations – European University Institute

Niigaan Sinclair, International commentator on Indigenous issues
Mathieu Lefèvre, French social entrepreneur
Kamal Al-Solaylee, author and associate professor at the School of Journalism, Ryerson University
Luis Larraín, activist and President, Fundación Iguales
Doug Saunders, award-winning author and columnist, Globe and Mail


Simultaneous Exchanges (breakout sessions) addressing the issues at hand

1. The Importance of Language

Does better language necessarily result in better thinking?  Join the Globe and Mail for a conversation about the power of public language to influence how we talk about belonging, and the role of the media in shaping the conversation.

Doug Saunders, Author of Arrival City and The Myth of the Muslim Tide. International affairs columnist for the Globe and Mail

Denise Dresser, political analyst, award-winning journalist and activist
Ratna Omidvar, Senator, Senate of Canada 
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Sr. correspondent, AJ+ Al Jazeera; and former correspondent & producer, VICE on HBO
John Yearwood, Chairman, International Press Institute; and Former World Editor, Miami Herald

Location Seminar 1


2. Coffeehouse: Inclusion

For centuries coffeehouses have been meeting spots for lively debates about current events, politics, art and culture. Following 360: Inclusion, the Coffeehouse will bring people together to continue the conversation.  Each table will be hosted by a facilitator, and outcomes will be shared.

Abdul-Rehman Malik, London-based journalist, educator and organizer

Location Citizen Space


3. The Sidra Project

The Sidra Project invites participants to engage in a virtual reality viewing of Clouds Over Sidra, by filmmaker Gabo Arora. The film tells the story of life inside a refugee camp in Jordan through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl, giving viewers a unique and moving perspective. This project is a collaboration with the United Nations and Artscape. Visit

Location Seminar 2