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CIC Toronto: Global Populism

March 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


Join CIC Toronto for another event in partnership with the Glendon School of Public and International affairs to be held on March 22, 2018. The event will be centred  around the impact of Global Populism, and how it challenges the international order. We have witnessed a sea of change with regards to how different groups throughout the world respond to issues like economic insecurity and immigration, alongside how these things are threatening to destabilize long-established international partnerships. But also how the reality of populism on a tertiary level is contributing to the polarization of people and interests with the frameworks of individual states, both on a regional, and cross-country basis.

The rise of populism has rattled the political establishment. Brexit,  the victory of Donald Trump and the support for right-wing political parties in Germany, Austria, not to mention the populist movements in the rest of the world have shocked the so-called elites.  Western leaders try to understand and respond to the fact that large swaths of their electorates are rejecting traditional parties. Is it as a result of the 2007-8 economic crisis? The decade since the financial crisis suggests that that the system of economic governance that has held sway for the past four decades is broken. What, if any, are some of the other causes of global populism? How should moderate leaders respond?

Experts will discuss some of these issues and will touch on the following:

  • What is populism and what are its roots in the current context?
  • Is populism a result of growing inequality or something else, like migration flows?
  • What are the political, economic, social and cultural impact of global populism in the West and around the globe?
  • How is global populism impacting Canada? Is the economic system working for everyone?
  • What are some of the new ideas to address populism – new industrial strategy?

Speakers’ Biography

David Collenette: Since retiring from elected office in 2004, Mr. Collenette has acted as a strategic counsel for a number of organizations in the public affairs, transportation & infrastructure, defence & security and information technology sectors. He currently serves as Senior Counsel, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Senior Advisor, Intergraph Corporation, a member of the Parsons Brinkerhoff Advisory Board, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (North America), Vice President, CILT International, and Director of Harbourfront Corporation.  Mr. Collenette is also a member of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs Advisory Committee at York University and the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation Campaign Executive Team.

Donna Dasko is one of Canada’s best known pollsters. During her career as Senior Vice-President of Environics Research Group Ltd, she played a crucial role in building the firm into one of Canada’s leading research and consulting organizations, and took a leadership role in bringing opinion analysis to bear on some of this country’s most important public policy and communications issues. Working primarily with public-sector clients, she led major research studies in areas including federal and provincial budget priorities, the economy, national unity, Quebec sovereignty, political choice, health promotion, tobacco control, and many others.
She is a leader in developing election polling and media-sponsored polling. She worked with the Globe and Mail to develop the Globe-Environics Poll, and co-authored over 40 published articles in the Globe. She led the CBC- Environics polling program for federal elections and feature polling assignments from 1993 to 2008, and appeared regularly on CBC television and radio broadcasts, including on election night in 2004 and as a regular panelist on “Power and Politics” in the 2011 federal election. She is co-founder and Past National Chair of Equal Voice, a non-partisan organization with chapters across the country, dedicated to electing more women to public office in Canada. She has served as director of several other non-profit organizations. She often speaks publicly, including as a media commentator and to students and organizations on topics such as trends in public opinion, social change, political institutions, and women in politics. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Social Conditions and provides ongoing advice to Stats Can on the Canadian census and all of its social surveys.

Jon Allen: Born in Winnipeg in 1950, Mr. Allen (LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1976; LL.M., International Law, University of London School of Economics, 1977) joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1981. In addition to postings abroad in Mexico City (1983-85), New Delhi (1989-92) and Washington (1997-2001), Mr. Allen spent his early career in the Legal Bureau where he represented Canada in disputes under the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and worked in the areas of human rights, humanitarian and environmental law. Mr. Allen also held the positions of Director General, North America Bureau (2001-2004), Minister (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of Canada in Washington (2004-2006) and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas (2010-2012). From 2006 to 2010, he was Ambassador of Canada to Israel. From 2012 to 2016 he was Canada’s Ambassador to Spain and Andorra and was Chargé d’affaires a.i. to the Holy See from December 2012 to July 2014.

Willem Maas, Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science, Public & International Affairs, Social & Political Thought, and Socio-Legal Studies, chairs the Political Science department and Faculty Council at York University’s Glendon College. Professor Maas co-edits the Politics of Citizenship and Migration book series, co-founded APSA’s Migration and Citizenship section, was recently Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Fellow at EUI, and writes on EU and multilevel citizenship, migration, and politics focusing on Europe and Canada; he is starting a project on Canadian citizenship and nationality law and policy.

Moderator: Habiba Nosheen, born in Pakistan, grew up in Canada where she immigrated with her family at the age of nine as a refugee. She got her start in journalism reporting from Pakistan for CBC Radio and later was selected for the prestigious Kroc Fellowship where she reported on-air for NPR‘s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.Nosheen joined 60 Minutes in 2014. Her reporting was nominated for an Emmy award and was named a finalist for the George Foster Peabody award. In 2013, she directed, reported and narrated the film Outlawed in Pakistan which aired on Frontline, winning the Emmy for Outstanding Research and Nosheen’s third Overseas Press Club Award. Nosheen was the on-air reporter for This American Life radio documentary, What Happened at Dos Erres? which investigated a massacre in Guatemala. The New Yorker called it “a masterpiece of storytelling,” and her reporting won the George Foster Peabody Award, The Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, The Third Coast Radio Award, The New York Radio Festival Award and two Overseas Press Club Awards and she was a finalist for The Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Nosheen was also the on-air reporter and producer for the PBS investigation, To Adopt A Child, which exposed the murky world of international adoptions and earned her a Gracie Award for Outstanding Correspondent. As a result of her investigation, the Nepalese government admitted publicly for the first time that “mistakes were made” in their adoption system.

Nosheen’s stories have been published by The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, BBC and ProPublica. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a second master’s degree in Women’s Studies from York University.


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March 22, 2018
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