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6 Degrees St. Gallen: The Work of Inclusion

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship is proud to present 6 Degrees St. Gallen, in collaboration with the St. Gallen Symposium. Join us on Saturday, May 5 for a full-day forum to discover, debate, and develop unique perspectives on the essential links between immigration, citizenship and inclusion, and the creation of innovative and robust economies in the 21st century.

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Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada and Co-Chair, Institute for Canadian Citizenship
John Ralston Saul, Essayist and novelist and Co-Chair, Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Upkar Arora, CEO, Purpose Capital
Aya Chebbi,
Founder and Chair, Afrika Youth Movement
Alexander Dirksen, Métis Strategist/Policy Wonk
Zabeen Hirji, Global Advisor, Future of Work, Deloitte; governmental advisor on diversity and inclusion; former Chief HR Officer, Royal Bank of Canada
Hadeel Ibrahim, Founding Executive Director, Mo Ibrahim Foundation and Co-Chair, Africa Center
Alicia Kroemer, Indigenous Human Rights Education Network Educator
Yulkendy Valdez, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Project 99 Inc.
Peter Voser, Chairman, ABB Ltd. and Chairman, St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies

At 6 Degrees St. Gallen, we’ll challenge the increasingly catastrophic assumption that immigrants are a negative drain on societies and economies, when in fact the opposite is the case. With the world of work changing so rapidly, mainstream societal attitudes toward diversity and inclusion are important bulwarks against social unrest and anxiety. Immigrants are innovators, taxpayers, and employers who make vital contributions to the communities in which they live—but only if they are both encouraged to do so and perceived as such.

6 Degrees drives a global conversation on citizenship and inclusion. The Canadian initiative includes an immersive annual three-day event in Toronto, as well as a series of one-day pop-ups across Canada and around the world. 6 Degrees is about connection, conversation, artistic representation, and the power that comes from bringing people together. It counters rising nativism and exclusion, and instead, invites everyone to find a place in our circle.

About the St. Gallen Symposium

The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s leading initiative for fostering a healthy and open dialogue between three generations of current and future leaders in business, politics, academia, and society. It is run by an independent committee of around 30 students from the University of St. Gallen. Each year since 1969, around 1,000 carefully selected participants from across cultures, disciplines, and generations representing 50 countries gather in St. Gallen to engage in stimulating debates on global issues that matter. The symposium has welcomed global luminaries, such as Lawrence D. Fink, Christine Lagarde, Jack Ma, Ratan Tata, Tidjane Thiam, and many more. This year, in its 48th edition (2–4 May 2018), the St.Gallen Symposium will be devoted to the theme “Beyond the end of work.”