The University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR) was approached by the Jarislowsky Foundation to participate in the development of a network of professorships on trust and political leadership. Five regions of Canada will be represented in this network, which includes the UQTR, which is associated with the National School of Public Administration (ÉNAP), Acadia University, Trent University, Lethbridge University and Vancouver Island University.
From a long-term perspective, the aim of the network is to professionalize ethical and fiduciary responsibility in political and public service, developing certification in trust and political leadership. Ultimately, the university education programs that can be created thanks to this new pan-Canadian network will focus on the role and responsibilities of public decision-makers. They will primarily be aimed at students interested in public life and social engagement, as well as anyone who wants to work one day or who already works in public administration, the public sector or at any level of government.
“This mark of recognition from a great Canadian philanthropist like Mr. Stephen A. Jarislowsky attests to the dynamism and excellence of our researchers in several areas such as philosophy, economics, public administration, history, communication, environment and ethics that can be challenged in the implementation of this exceptional chair. Furthermore, with the support of a high-quality partner of ÉNAP, who can contribute by sharing their expertise in governance and policy, we will have all the resources to participate in the creation of a program that meets the needs of our leaders of tomorrow”, he said. Christian Blanchette, Rector of UQTR.
This network of research chairs is supported by an advisory committee made up of renowned personalities who have shaped Canadian politics. We meet Gordon Campbell, Former Prime Minister of British Columbia, Pierre-Marc Johnson, Former Prime Minister of Quebec, David Johnston, Former Governor General, Frank McKenna, Former Prime Minister of New Brunswick, Beverly McLachlin, Canada’s leading former judge Anne McLellan, former deputy prime minister, and Murray Sinclair, former judge and senator.
The Jarislowsky Foundation is investing $10 million in this initiative and the universities involved have committed to finding matching funds in the same amount. Scotiabank is financially involved in the project and other partners plan to do the same.
“The UQTR Foundation is also an essential partner in this project. Through its action to mobilize the strengths and expertise of our university, it will be able to continue to identify other donors who have the issues of governance and ethics in the public space at the center”, adds the UQTR dean.
The Jarislowsky Foundation was founded in Montreal in 1955. Today, it manages the portfolios of pension funds, foundations and endowments, corporations and wealthy individuals in Canada and abroad, representing more than $56 billion. (AL)