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Philanthropy Month: Tomorrow's leaders are mobilizing for the recovery of Greater Montréal!

For National Philanthropy Day 2020, the Foundation of Greater Montréal and Institut Mallet teamed up to help further the discussion about the future of philanthropy and the SDGs in Quebec, in the upcoming decade leading up to 2030. This partnership was made concrete by the organization of two webinars on November 5 and 12.
For the recovery of Greater Montréal: the philanthropic leaders of tomorrow are mobilizing!

These two virtual panels allowed tomorrow's leaders to expose their respective visions and projects for the decade leading up to 2030, and discuss the role of philanthropy as an actor of change and resilience-building in the upcoming recovery and pursuit of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The panels took on the following themes, click on the links below to (re)watch the recordings (in French) :
Thursday, November 5, 2020 : For an inclusive recovery
Thursday, November 12, 2020 : For a sustainable economy


In June, the Foundation of Greater Montréal published its Vital Signs 2000 – 2019 report, a health check of our community in the perspective of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. This document highlighted a number of challenges we have to face as a community. The report also gave the opportunity to 13 young leaders to reveal their vision of the next decade, in their respective fields.

Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has upset the whole philanthropic and community sectors, as it did the rest of society. The pandemic put the spotlight on, and even accelerated, the issues we have to deal with. It also constitutes, for everyone in the philanthropic and community sector, a unique opportunity to raise fundamental questions about the way we do things. These are the discussions the Foundation of Greater Montréal and Institut Mallet invite you to attend.

Program and panelists

Panel #1 - For an inclusive recovery (November 5)

The 2020 Vital Signs of Greater Montréal report demonstrated that, in the metropolitan area, no to little progress has been made in the social sector over the last 20 years. For example, Montréal remains the Canadian capital of poverty among children. How can we explain the fact that, in 2019, about two thirds of the people having to live through food insecurity yet earned employment income? Why have we not progressed in the fight against domestic violence?

The COVID-19 pandemic also put the spotlight on other flaws in the social contract, such as systemic discrimination. We are in the midst of an almost perfect storm which is forcing us to not only plan the recovery but also think about what we can and what we must do differently, as 2030 looms on the horizon. 

The panelists:

Thibaud Liné (SDG 2 - Zero Hunger), La cantine pour tous
Valérie Larouche (SDG 5 - Gender Equality), Mères avec pouvoir
Mélanie Marsolais (SDG 4 - Quality Eduaction), Regroupement des organismes communautaires de lutte au décrochage (ROCLD)
Danièle-Jocelyne Otou (SDG 13 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), Apathy is boring

Panel #2 - For a sustainable economy (November 12) 

The pandemic broke the momentum enjoyed by the movement to fight climate change until the spring. The 2020 Vital Signs of Greater Montréal report also showed us that, despite all our best efforts to tackle climate change locally, the results are mixed at best. The Québec government indeed confirmed, in December 2019, that we would not reach our 2020 targets. 

Coincidentally, the strong economic growth Montreal enjoyed since 2000 was also stifled by COVID-19. The unemployment rate skyrocketed, and to this day the pandemic left in its wake thousands of people in a precarious situation, sometimes extremely so. In both of these cases, we will not know until much later the extent of the damages on society as a whole. As we prepare the recovery, how can we do things differently? How can we act now to rebound and relaunch both our economy and our efforts to protect our environment and our climate as we look forward to 2030?

The panelists:

Bertrand Fouss (SDG 9 - Industry, infrastructure and innovation), Solon
André-Yanne Parent, (SDG 13 - Climate Change), Climate Reality Canada
Mallory Wilson, (SDG 11 - Sustainable Communities), Entremise
David-Martin Milot (SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being), Médecins du Monde Canada
Laura Howard (SDG 2 - Hunger Zero), Récolte