The Whistler Forum for Dialogue is indebted to the work and intellectual capital of these centres. We emulate the best of what they are doing to advance the use of dialogical tools to enhance citizen engagement and develop value-based leadership.
The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an international non-profit organization founded in 1950. Its mission is to foster enlightened leadership, the appreciation of timeless ideas and values, and open-minded dialogue on contemporary issues. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote the pursuit of common ground and deeper understanding in a non-partisan and non-ideological setting. Its international network includes partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon and Tokyo, and leadership programs in Africa.
Simon Fraser University's Institute/Centre for Dialogue
Established in March 2002, the Dialogue Institute promotes dialogue in and outside the University through applied, theoretical, and collaborative research, education and professional development. It brings together community leaders and organizations, faculty members from Simon Fraser University and beyond, and students at the undergraduate and the graduate levels to explore dialogue as a discipline and its application in solving complex problems. A generous contribution from The Vancouver Foundation has enabled the Dialogue Institute to continue with community outreach and content development.
The Banff Centre
The Banff Centre is Canada's only learning centre dedicated to the arts, leadership development, and mountain culture. It serves the needs of accomplished artists, business and community leaders, and members of the global mountain community through year-round programs designed to enrich professional practice beyond the realm of traditional education. The Centre is also home to a world-class conference facility. The convergence of its resources, multidisciplinary programming, and spectacular physical location affords an inspirational learning experience. Creative excellence is its hallmark.
Public Policy Forum
The Public Policy Forum's mission is to strive for excellence in government - to serve as a neutral, independent forum for open dialogue on public policy, and to encourage reform in public sector management. Four key factors have distinguished the PPF as a unique organization on the Canadian landscape.
Canadian Policy Research Network
One of Canada's leading think-tanks, specializing in social and economic policy research and public engagement. Its mission is to help make Canada a more just, prosperous and caring society through excellent and timely research, effective networking and dissemination, and by providing a valued neutral space within which an open dialogue among all interested parties can take place. CPRN emphasizes projects that bridge economic and social policy issues. Projects are selected on the basis of their social importance and availability of funding. Our motto is "Fresh Ideas for Canada's Future".
For more than a quarter of a century, The Niagara Institute has been a place where men and women have come to explore what it means to be a leader. In its public programs, people with similar interests exchange ideas, take stock of their skills and develop new ones. They learn how to change their own lives and go on to change the lives of their organizations and their communities.