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Bridging Borders: Canadian Pluralism and the Diplomacy of Knowledge

October 25, 2012 | Office of the Governor General of Canada

As Governor General of Canada, The Rt. Hon. David Johnston seeks to advance a smart and caring Canada that contributes to solving global problems. At the heart of this agenda is the diplomacy of knowledge. The Governor General's thesis that knowledge shared across borders can lead to social as well as economic innovation on both sides resonates strongly with the Global Centre for Pluralism. Advancing respect for diversity worldwide through knowledge exchange is our core mission and work.

To learn how Canadian organizations are sharing and applying knowledge across borders, the Governor General of Canada, in partnership with the Centre, invited selected Canadian social innovators to Rideau Hall for a dinner and dialogue with our Board of Directors.

Following opening remarks by Governor General Johnston and His Highness the Aga Khan, the dialogue focused on how Canada's rich vein of experience as a pluralism innovator can be shared with the world and how Canada can learn from others.

Among the organizations represented around the table were the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the Maytree Foundation, the MaRS Discovery District, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

To learn more about Governor General's Johnston's learning and innovation agenda, please visit his website.


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