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ISID Executive Education

Reconciliation and the Promotion of More Inclusive Societies

The upcoming program will be held in Ottawa, Canada



The Institute for the Study of International Development is pleased to announce the next offering of our executive education certificate program, Reconciliation and the Promotion of More Inclusive Societies. The program is designed to challenge participants to think critically about the role they can play in building societies that embrace difference and forge a path forward that is representative of diverse views. Central to this program is the understanding that renewed relationships, based on dialogue, mutual respect and understanding, are key to achieving long-term reconciliation. This is directly relevant for improving relations between civil society and the private sector, as well as for improving the relations of both of these sectors with governments at the local, regional national and ultimately the international level.


The fee for this intensive two-day program is $1500 CAD (plus applicable taxes). Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.* Invoice billing options are available and payments by cheque can be made to McGill University and sent to the following address

Institute for the Study of International Development
Attention: Executive Programs
Suite 240, 3460 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1X9

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Please contact Niki Kashefi at executiveprograms [dot] isid [at] mcgill [dot] ca for more information.

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*ISID's Executive Education courses do not count for credit towards a degree at McGill University.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing 15 days prior to the course start date and will be subject to a 20 percent cancellation fee.  No refunds will be issued if cancelled after the 15 day notice period.

Why Attend?

Based on the Institute’s proven standards for multidisciplinary research and teaching, and with the vast array of practical development experience represented by our networks in the public, private and civil society realms, the program will provide:

  • An introduction to the challenges that different communities face locally and internationally in reconciling past injustices and perennial issues;
  • The skills and resources needed to effectively engage with reconciliation debates
  • The tools and strategies required to promote a more inclusive environment within the participants’ respective organizations.
  • The course will address domestic and international approaches to the themes of reconciliation and inclusive societies.

Who Attends

This is an essential course for leaders, professionals and practitioners interested in the leading edge thinking and practical applications of reconciliation theories and strategies to their work in the private, public and civil society sectors

Teaching Team September 2016

The teaching team will comprise leading experts, practitioners and innovators across a variety of disciplines and sectors. This year's Development program includes leaders of world class organizations and prominent scholars. The instructors will not only share their experiences and knowledge, but also actively engage with participants to facilitate their understanding and develop their unique interests.

*Special Lunch presentations to be announced.

Philip Oxhorn | Marie Wilson | Éloge Butera | Wanda Brascoupé Peters | Waneek Horn-Miller | Françoise Ducros


Dr. Philip Oxhorn (PhD, Harvard) is a Professor of Political Science at McGill University and the Founding Director of McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Latin American Research Review. A former Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) at McGill, his research focuses on the comparative study of civil society and its role in supporting democratic regimes, particularly in Latin America. Professor Oxhorn’s publications include Sustaining Civil Society: Economic Change, Democracy and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America (Penn State University Press, 2011) and Organizing Civil Society: The Popular Sectors and the Struggle for Democracy in Chile (Penn State University Press, 1995), as well as numerous articles and four co-edited volumes: What Kind of Democracy? What Kind of Market? Latin America in the Age of Neoliberlism (with Graciela Ducatenzeiler, Penn State University Press, 1998), The Market and Democracy In Latin America: Convergence or Divergence? (with Pamela Starr, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999), Decentralization, Civil Society, and Democratic Governance: Comparative Perspectives from Latin America, Africa, and Asia (with Joseph Tulchin and Andrew Selee Woodrow Wilson Center Press/the Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), and Beyond Neoliberalism? Patterns, Responses, and New Directions in Latin America and the Caribbean (with Kenneth Roberts and John Burdick, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Professor Oxhorn has lectured extensively in North and South America, Africa,Western Europe, Asia and Australia. He has also worked as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Population Fund, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada, the MasterCard Foundation, Department for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Canada, the Ford Foundation, The Carter Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the Mining Association of Canada. He has a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University.


Marie Wilson has more than 30 years of professional experience as an award- winning journalist, trainer, and senior executive manager. She has also been a university lecturer, a high school teacher in Africa, a senior executive manager in both federal and territorial Crown Corporations, and an independent contractor and consultant in journalism, program evaluation, and project management. Most recently, she served as the 2016 visiting Professor of Practice in Global Governance at McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development. She has lived, studied and worked in cross-cultural environments for almost forty years, including Europe, Africa, and various parts of Canada. Ms. Wilson is the recipient of a CBC North Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Northerner of the Year Award, and various awards and recognitions for journalism, writing excellence, and work-place safety initiatives. In May 2012, she was awarded an honourary Doctor of Laws degree by St. Thomas University of Fredricton, New Brunswick, in recognition of a professional career “marked by public service and social justice.” Ms. Wilson speaks English and French, with some knowledge of Spanish and Sahtu Dene. She and her husband, Stephen Kakfwi, are the proud parents of Kyla, Daylyn and Keenan, and are blessed with four grand-children.


Éloge Butera is a human rights activist with an active involvement in Canadian public life, Éloge has worked in Parliament as a research and legislative assistant to Senator L.Gen. Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d) and as an articling student to Professor Irwin Cotler P.C., O.C., Member of Parliament (Mount Royal) and former Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada. Éloge is currently an associate fellow at McGill’s Centre on Human Rights and Pluralism. Éloge’s research interests centre on international human rights law, transitional justice, conflict resolution, and truth and reconciliation processes around the world. As an Honorary Witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Éloge bears witness to the harm in icted by Canada’s residential school system on generations of aboriginal Canadians. During his fellowship with the Centre on Human Rights and Pluralism, Éloge is focusing on the legacy of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which concluded its work in the fall of 2015. As a survivor of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda, Éloge has spoken to dozens of audiences across Canada about his experience during the genocide and the role that an informed citizenry can play in preventing future mass atrocities and genocides.


Wanda Brascoupé Peters is Bear Clan, a Haudenosaunee/Algonquin and member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. Philanthropy is a common bond Indigenous and the non-Indigenous societies share. It is here Wanda’s ourishes in creating spaces for mutual partnerships with reciprocal learnings and a longer term goal of reconciliation in Canada. With fteen years of experience at a local, regional and national level her skills include fundraising, advocacy and learning opportunities to understand philanthropy and Indigenous realities in Canada. Known to many as a natural communicator and innate bridge builder, Wanda brings her view that reciprocity and reconciliation are action-oriented words when we allow them to be. It is these skills she enthusiastically brings to her position as the Executive Director of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.


Waneek Horn-Miller, a Mohawk from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory near Montreal, was behind the lines during the Oka crisis, in 1990, when she was stabbed by a Canadian soldier’s bayonet. This near-death experience marked a turning point in her life. Instead of recoiling, she came back stronger than ever. In 2000, she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, in her role as co-captain of Canada’s Olympic women’s water polo team. More recently, Horn-Miller has worked to attract Aboriginal youth to higher education by building self-esteem and emphasizing a balance between education and sports. Horn-Miller was the Assistant Chef de Mission for Team Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games. She also teamed up with the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network and health experts to launch a tness and healthy-eating initiative called Working It Out Together, which follows six Mohawks on their pursuit of better health. She is also an ambassador for Manitobah Mukluks, the world-famous Canadian Aboriginal footwear brand that has been worn by Kate Moss, Jessica Biel, and Megan Fox. She was recently named one of Canada’s most in uential women in sport by the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport.


Françoise Ducros is currently the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Strategic Direction at Indigenous and Northern A airs Canada (INAC). Prior to this appointment, Ms. Ducros was Assistant Deputy Minister of Education and Social Development Programs and Partnerships at INAC as well as Vice‐President of the Afghanistan‐Pakistan Task Force and Director General, Europe with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). She also was instrumental in developing a key Aboriginal sheries policy following the groundbreaking 1990 Sparrow decision, one of the most de ning decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada regarding Aboriginal rights. Ms. Ducros began her career as a lawyer and also worked at an NGO. Ms. Ducros holds a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Bachelor of Common Law and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University. She has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1987.

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