The Walrus Talks The Art of Cultural Diversity

Toronto Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 6 p.m.


  • “Montreal: Accidental City” by Jenny Burman, McGill University
  • “Access: Systemic Bias” by Anne Lagacé Dowson, Tolerance Foundation
  • “Cultural Participation” by Anne-Marie Jean, Culture Montréal
  • “Hip hop: Universal Foundation” by Nantali Indongo, Nomadic Massive
  • “Public Space” by Cameron Charlebois, Canada Lands Company
  • “Literature and Place” by Noah Richler, author and broadcaster
  • “The Changing Face of Montreal’s Music Scene” by Will Straw, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
  • “Attracting Audience” by Maurice Forget, Fasken Martineau
  • “The Power of Art: Supporting Diversity” by Manon Gauthier, Segal Centre for the Performing Arts
  • “Opportunity” by Eric M’Boua, Diversité artistique Montréal

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Jenny Burman is an associate professor in the Graduate Program in the department of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University. She is active in the study of immigrant culture and Diaspora Studies in Canada.

Anne Lagacé Dowson is an award-winning broadcaster, and president and director of the Tolerance Foundation, which has established anti-bullying and discrimination programs in schools across Quebec.

Anne-Marie Jean is the general manager of Culture Montreal, an organization whose role and mission is to ensure that everybody’s voice is heard in Montreal’s culture. Anne-Marie Jean is also an experienced television producer and communicator, having worked for government ministries and cultural organizations.

Nantali Indongo is an alternative educator who uses hip hop as an educational tool to encourage storytelling and confidence in youth. She is also a member of Nomadic Massive and sits on the board of the Maison de jeunes de la Cote-des-Neiges.

Cameron Charlebois is vice president, real estate, Quebec, for Canada Lands Company CLC Limited. In this role, he combines vast previous experience in architecture, real estate development, municipal management, and business administration. He continues to volunteer in the community serving in leadership roles with organizations promoting international development, environmental awareness, education, and literacy.

Noah Richler is a long-time radio broadcaster, documentary producer, and the former books editor for the National Post. He is also the author of This Is My Country, What’s Yours?, which won British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-fiction and was shortlisted for the Writers Trust Non-fiction Prize.

Will Straw is the director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He is also a professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, where he focuses his research on cultural industries, urban culture, Canadian culture, popular music, and film studies.

Maurice Forget is counsel for Fasken Martineau, and a recipient of the Order of Canada for philanthropy in education, health, and the arts. His involvement in the Montreal community reaches from Douglas Hospital to Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Manon Gauthier is the CEO of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. She is still active in Montreal’s community, dedicating her time to helping other arts, education, and youth organizations to fulfill their missions. She is also on the boards of Culture Montreal, La Vitrine, and many other arts organizations.

Eric M’Boua is a world traveler, artist, and co-president of Diversité artistique Montréal, an organization that promotes diverse artists and organizations in the Montreal community. He is also on the board of Cari Saint-Laurant, and is a member of the Diversity Committee for Culture Montreal.