The Institute believes in a policy development process that is genuinely
inclusive of Canadians. We encourage greater responsiveness to our evolving pluralistic
society by both the public and private sectors, and encourage a broader vision and a more
global minded approach to domestic and international affairs.
1. Inclusiveness of People
The Institute is a "think-tank" devoted to facilitating the
involvement of a wider cross-section of Canadians in the development of public and private
2. Inclusiveness of Issues
The Institute conducts research on a wide range of issues of local,
provincial, national and international importance that reflects the interests of Canadians
now and in the future.
3. Common Sense & Expertise
The Institute is dedicated to combining expert knowledge with common
sense approaches such that a broad cross-section of Canadians can work together in the
best interests of all Canadians.
4. International Co-operation
The Institute is committed to increased exchange of information and
technical expertise between Canada and other countries, especially with developing
countries. Of particular interest is to harness the diversity of the Canadian population
in this regard.
ACTIVITIES / SERVICES:
Research, Consultations, Training & Speakers
To meet the objectives, the institute:
- conducts high quality research on a broad spectrum of issues;
- organizes dynamic consultations, round-tables & conferences;
- provides vibrant training in diversity, consultation and other management
- provides appropriate speakers and facilitators.
The Public policy Advisory Board is comprised of people with a
variety of expertise, affiliations and interests.
The Academic Advisory Board is made up of academics and educators
from various institutions with interests in the mandate of the Institute.
The Executive Committee, drawn from various professional
backgrounds and regions of the country and is responsible for setting priorities.
The Institute also has a roster of associates who professionally assist
when their skills and expertise are required. There is a small professional and
Dialogue: Individuals associated with the Institute publicly
dialogue and provide their personal views. In general, the Institute does not advocate
on issues, nor take public positions beyond those noted in the mission statement and
the objectives - relating more to process than policy.
PEARSON AND SHOYAMA
The Institute is named in honour of Lester B. Pearson and Thomas K.
Mr. Pearson's career exemplifies the principles of this institute.
During his association with the United Nations he demonstrated his deep respect and
understanding for people from all countries. He helped to form the modern Commonwealth
through the process of de-colonization and his commitment to world peace was recognized
when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957. While Prime Minister of Canada
(1963-68), his commitment to greater inclusiveness was demonstrated in establishing the
Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism which later resulted in the Official
Languages Act. He was also responsible for putting an end to the discriminatory
immigration quota system in 1967. Following his retirement, he chaired the Commission on
International Development of the World Bank.
Mr. Shoyama was federal Deputy Minister of Finance from 1975 to 1979. He
worked as a senior public servant for the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of
Canada over a period of three decades. Born in Kamloops, B.C., he was interned during
World War II as were all Canadians of Japanese origin, but rose to serve his country with
distinction over subsequent years. He has served on the Royal Commission on Economic Union
and Development Prospects for Canada and was a visiting professor at the School of Public
Administration, University of Victoria. He now lives in Victoria.
For further information contact:
Pearson Shoyama Institute
219 Argyle Ave.
K2P 2H4. Canada
Phone: (613) 230-8284
Fax: (613) 235-3160