Creating space for transformative conversations
Canada's World: About Us
Rationale and Goals
Canada’s World sought to develop a new story for Canada in the world that reflected the historical experiences, values, assets, and interests of Canadians. Executive Director Shauna Sylvester initiated Canada’s World by interviewing over 200 thought leaders from across the country who raised concerns that Canada had lost its footing on the global stage. Believing Canadians should have a say in how the country regained its stance in the international arena, she and the Canada’s World team engaged Canadians from all over the country to develop a future-oriented vision for Canadian international policy.
Unlike traditional policy reviews and consultations led by government, this initiative was funded by individuals, businesses, international organizations, and foundations who wished to enhance Canada’s international reputation and who sought to inspire citizens to articulate and advance a new international policy for Canada, which:
- demonstrates a strong understanding of the complexities of international relations;
- acknowledges the multiplicity of actors involved in international policy;
- addresses some of the key global challenges;
- reflects the diversity of Canadian society; and,
- is future-oriented, compelling, and effective.
Learn more about the rationale and goals behind Canada’s World here.
People & Organizations
The scope of the Canada’s World required collaboration between individuals and organizations from across the country.
The Canada’s World advisory committees provided guidance and expertise to the project, while the cross-Canada team of staff, interns, and volunteers organized the Canada’s World events and carried out the project’s activities.
The Canada's World team could not have engaged as many diverse groups of Canadians as it did, however, without the wisdom and networks of its many collaborating organizations.
Presentation of Findings
Canada’s World presented its research and findings to the following government and civil society associations and organizations in order to advance the future vision for international policy developed by Canadians through activities organized by Canada’s World.
- Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
- Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
- DFAIT Task Force on Afghanistan
- Department of National Defence
- Diplomatic Corps Services
- International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
- Opposition party critics from the federal NDP, Liberals, and Bloc Quebecois
- Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)
- Privy Council Office (PCO)
- Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs