Montreal's International Forum
Alan Shepard
Alan Shepard President and Vice-Chancellor, Concordia University Across Borders in a Closing World May 10, 2017
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It’s at times of acute suffering or fear that society might turn inward. […] We see this in the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote in the UK. These events, as many have said, express the giant battle that is under way in Western democracies.


As Canada marks its 150th anniversary and Montreal its 375th, many Western countries are turning inward. During this period of global transition, our reputation for openness and collaboration suddenly becomes an even greater advantage – and a major opportunity. Emphasizing exchange, of both people and that most 21st-century commodity, ideas, will position Canada well for our 200th.

Concordia University President Alan Shepard will present ideas on how we can seize this pivotal moment in history to help Canada – and our planet – thrive.



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