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The conference will be held at Lower Canada College on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Our opening keynote speaker is Dave Meslin. Using non-traditional methods and creative tactics, Dave Meslin spent twenty years as a social and political entrepreneur leaving a trail of non-profit start-ups, campaign victories, viral videos, new magazines, and public space interventions in his path. An urbanist, community organizer, author and trainer, Meslin inspires us to invert the traditional pyramid of hierarchy by creating meaningful opportunities to engage our employees, our members, our students. His thesis is simple: We’re stronger and smarter when we’re all involved. Transforming top-down leadership into bottom-up collaboration is the true challenge of the 21st century.

Our closing keynote speaker is Lino A. Saputo, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Saputo Inc. A graduate of Concordia University with a BA in political science, Lino A. Saputo, Jr. joined Saputo in 1988 as an administrative assistant. In 1993, he became vice-president, operations, and in 1998, executive vice-president, operations. From July 2001 to January 2004, he was president and chief operating officer of the company’s dairy products division (USA). Since March 2004, Lino A. Saputo, Jr. has served as president and chief executive officer of the company. In 2011, he was appointed to the position of vice-chairman of the board, and since August 2017, he has served as chairman of the board.

Throughout the day, different experts will discuss the impact of globalization on business, tech, health, social justice and the environment.

The conference will commence at 8 am in our Assaly Arts Centre. Delegates will register and then attend the opening assembly where Dave Meslin will provide the opening address. They will then be treated to two seminar sessions prior to breaking for lunch. Finally, they will have the opportunity to hear Lino A. Saputo, Jr.’s closing address. We ask that you register as soon as possible to reserve a place at the conference. Seminar sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and online registration will close by Monday, April 2, 2018.

This year’s DQGIC promises to be an interesting and engaging day! We look forward to seeing you there!

WHEN?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 8 am – 2:30 pm

Where?

LCC / Assaly Arts Centre / 4092 ave Royal

WHO?

High school students and their teachers from across Montreal

Cost?

$15 per student – supervising teachers are free

Includes

Keynote address, two seminars run by experts, snacks and lunch

Register

Teachers register their students here

About the Conference

About

Every year a group of students works on organizing an LCC-hosted annual youth conference committed to engaging students and providing a forum to discuss relevant world issues. Senior high school students from across Quebec are given a chance to interact with each other as well as prominent speakers and panelists from across North America. Its purpose is to raise students’ awareness about political, social, economic, and personal challenges facing youth and our society in general. Students have the opportunity to express their views and concerns, while considering differing views on the future of Quebec, Canada and the global community.

History

In October of 1998, a dozen senior students at Lower Canada College gathered to discuss the challenges facing today’s youth and the future of Quebec. The first Destiny Quebec Committee was established with one founding principle: "We believe that the future of this province can be a promising one provided that Quebeckers of all ethnic and linguistic backgrounds can learn to live together." Out of those early discussions emerged the idea of a bilingual youth forum organized by and for students. Steering clear of political agendas, it would be dedicated primarily to promoting dialogue and understanding among today’s students. Two grade 11 students, Michael Marin '99 and Jamie Uson '99, acted as the first co-chairs and a bright light on the Quebec political horizon, Mario Dumont, agreed to be the first keynote speaker. Since then, over 2,000 young Quebeckers from more than 60 different secondary schools have participated in our annual Destiny Quebec conferences.

Schedule

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Seminars

A. Business - How to survive in today's global economy
B. Tech - Cranking up technology: The evolution of a global Group Chat
C. Health - One beating heart: Can we come together to save our world?
D. Social Justice - Justice on the global scale: Rights and responsibilities
E. Environment - Save our planet: A global problem calls for a global solution

Schedule

TimeEventLocation

8 am - 8:30 am

Delegate Registration

Memorial Gym

8:30 am - 9:15 am

Opening Assembly and Keynote Address: Dave Meslin

Saputo Auditorium

9:15 am - 9:35 am

Question and Answer Period

Saputo Auditorium

10 am - 11:10 am

First Seminar Session

A. Business

B. Tech

C. Health

D. Social Justice

E. Environment

11:10 am - 11:30 am

Break

Memorial Gym

11:30 am - 12:40 pm

Second Seminar Session

A. Business

B. Tech

C. Health

D. Social Justice

E. Environment

12:45 pm - 1:35 pm

Lunch

Memorial Gym

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Closing Keynote Address: Lino A. Saputo, Jr.

Saputo Auditorium

Speakers

2018 Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Address: Dave Meslin

Using non-traditional methods and creative tactics, Dave Meslin spent twenty years as a social and political entrepreneur leaving a trail of non-profit start-ups, campaign victories, viral videos, new magazines, and public space interventions in his path. An urbanist, community organiser, author and trainer, Meslin inspires us to invert the traditional pyramid of hierarchy by creating meaningful opportunities to engage our employees, our members, our students. His thesis is simple: We’re stronger and smarter when we’re all involved. Transforming top-down leadership into bottom-up collaboration is the true challenge of the 21st century.

Closing Keynote Address: Lino A. Saputo, Jr.

Lino A. Saputo, Jr. is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Saputo Inc. A graduate of Concordia University with a BA in political science, he joined Saputo in 1988 as an administrative assistant. In 1993, he became vice-president, operations, and in 1998, executive vice-president, operations. From July 2001 to January 2004, he was president and chief operating officer of the company’s dairy products division (USA). Since March 2004, Lino A. Saputo, Jr. has served as president and chief executive officer of the company. In 2011, he was appointed to the position of vice-chairman of the board, and since August 2017, he has served as chairman of the board.

Past Speakers

DQ 2017

  • Mitch Garber: CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company, owner of six casino resort properties in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Baltimore as well as the World Series of Poker, and former Dragon on the business TV show Dans l'œil du Dragon
  • Manu (Swish) Goswami: Serial tech entrepreneur and innovator, UN Youth Ambassador, Huffington Post contributor, early stage tech investor, and TEDx speaker

DQ 2016

  • Ziya Tong: Co-host of Daily Planet
  • The Honourable Marc Garneau: Minister of Transport

DQ 2015

  • Dr. Sima Goel: Author, speaker, chiropractor and health advocate
  • Amanda Lindhout: Journalist, founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation, advisor to international governments, global leaders and non-profit organizations
  • Dr. Nitika Pant Pai: Researcher, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, McGill University Health Centre
  • Dr. Cedric Yansouni: Associate director of the JD MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases at the MUHC
  • Tarannum Kamlani: Award winning journalist for CBC’s The Fifth Estate
  • Danielle Sochaczevski: Senior studying Economics and International Relations at Cornell University and Women’s Rights Advocate
  • Julius Grey: International Human Rights Lawyer and Professor
  • Daniel Ferguson: Filmmaker, Producer, Director and Writer of the film Jerusalem
  • Matthew Price-Gallagher: CEO of Watercluster
  • Jeff Shane: International Air Transport Association General Counsel

DQ 2014

  • Paul Tellier: Former Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada, C.E.O. of CNR and Bombardier Inc., Co-Chairman of Canada-Japan Business Council and Chairman of the Conference Board of Canada
  • Pearl Eliadis: Human rights lawyer, speaker, writer and lecturer
  • Sébastien Jodoin: Member of the Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale University
  • Aim Singpeng: Professor of Political Science at the University of BC and visiting professor at McGill University

DQ 2013

  • Robert Gold: Owner of Golden Market Management
  • Pierre Michaud: District Vice-President, Scotia Bank of Canada
  • Desiree McGraw: Executive Director of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation
  • Peter Graham: Chairman of the Board of Seventh Generation Inc.
  • Nan-b and Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien: Founders of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation
  • Amin Noorani: Executive Recruiter, Aga Khan Development Network
  • Dr. Christopher Manfredi: Dean of Arts, McGill University
  • Dr. Hans Beck: Director of Classical Studies, McGill University
  • Danny Lavy: Chief Executive Officer, Elite Group Inc.
  • Christian Auclair: IT Integration Coordinator, Lower Canada College
  • Hailey Laxer: Dawson College Young Liberals
  • Alexander Meterissian: Co-founder of the Prince Arthur Herald, McGill Conservative On-line Newspaper
  • Ghaith El-Mohatar: Co-chair, Canadian Young Greens
  • Niall Ricardo: Cultural Outreach, Constituent Assistant, New Democratic Party

DQ 2012

  • Dr. David Barber: Canada’s Research Chair in Arctic System Science
  • Dr. Tim Haltigin: Canadian Space Agency
  • Dr. James Ford: Assistant Professor, Department of Geography - McGill University
  • Heather Cray: Department of Geography - McGill University
  • Maude Beaumier: McGill University
  • Will Vanderbilt: Climate Change Researcher, McGill University
  • Heather Cray: McGill University
  • Michael Angelopoulos: Science Team Project Manager, Lunar GPR Prototype Study, McGill University
  • Mark Osterman ’74: Vice-President, Environment, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
  • Arctic Circumpolar: Youth Leaders
  • Dr. Tim Haltigin: Planetary Scientist, Canadian Space Agency
  • Suzanne Lalonde: Professor of International Law, University of Montreal
  • Captain Stephane Julien: Captain NGCC Amundsen, Research Icebreaker
  • Keith Levesque: ArcticNet Ship-based Research Coordinator
  • Jennie Knopp: Environmental Life Sciences, Trent University
  • Lene Kielsen-Holm:Inuit Circumpolar Council’s Greenland Director of Environment & Sustainable Development
  • Inga May: International Permafrost Association Secretariat, Alfred Wegener Institute

DQ 2011

  • Alexandre Trudeau: Filmmaker (Embedded in Baghdad) and freelance journalist
  • David Culver: Former Chairman and CEO of Alcan Aluminum Limited
  • Bruce Hills: Chief Operating Officer, Just for Laughs

DQ 2010

  • Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
  • Karel Mayrand, Director of the David Suzuki Foundation, Quebec
  • Christian Matossian, Vice-President of Social performance and Stakeholder Engagement, ÉEM Inc.

DQ 2009

  • Geoff Green, Canadian Adventurer, Environmentalist
  • William Marsden, Investigative Journalist
  • Stephen Jarislowsky, Chairman, CEO and Director, Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited, Investment Professionals

DQ 2008

  • Dr. Samantha Nutt, Founder of War Child
  • Robert Rabinovitch, former President and CEO of the CBC
  • Gregory Etingin, CEO Times Realty Corporation

DQ 2007

  • Elizabeth May, Leader of Green Party Of Canada
  • Jennifer Hollett, Founder of YouthCARE
  • Thubten Samdup, National Chair of the Dalai Lama Foundation - Canada

DQ 2006

  • Dr.Thomas Hudson, Associate Professor and Associate Physician at McGill University Departments of Medicine and Human Genetics
  • Barry Avrich, Film director, writer, and producer

DQ 2004

  • Justin Trudeau, the Trudeau Foundation, Founder
  • Dr. Derrick de Kerckhove, author of The Skin Culture, 1995
  • Coupland, author of Generation X, 1999

DQ 2003

  • Frederick Lowy, Rector, Concordia University
  • Marc Kielburger, Founder of Leaders Today and Director, Free the Children
  • Jaggi Singh, activist, Montreal

DQ 2002

  • Craig Kielburger, Founder, Free the Children
  • Pierre Paradis, Liberal House Leader, Quebec National Assembly
  • Margaret Sommerville, Professor of Medical Ethics, McGill University

DQ 2001

  • Naomi Klein, activist and author of No Logo, 2000
  • Joe Norton, Grand Chief, Mohawk Nation, Khanawake
  • Pierre Bourque, Mayor of Montreal

DQ 2000

  • Jean Charest, Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party
  • Josee Legault, political commentator and sovereigntist
  • Dennis Trudeau, Host, CBC-TV Newswatch, Montreal

DQ 1999

  • Mario Dumont, Leader, Action Démocratique du Québec
  • Roch Carrier, novelist and author of The Hockey Sweater
  • Desmond Morton, Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

Registration

Please note the following before continuing to the registration form:

  1. Teachers MUST register their class before students can go online and make their seminar choices.
  2. Student delegates are registered on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register early.
  3. Teachers may register up to 10 students/school. If you would like to bring more students, please contact Melissa Leiter.
  4. There is no charge for the teacher to attend the conference. Each school must send a teacher to supervise their student delegates.
  5. The registration fee can be paid online or by cheque (payable to Lower Canada College) and sent by mail or delivered in person to the registration desk on conference day.
  6. Online registration will close by Monday, April 2, 2018

Contact Us

Melissa Leiter '03
Social Science Teacher
514-482-9797, x523

Lower Canada College
4090, avenue Royal
Montréal (Québec) H4A 2M5