As Canadians, we want our country to be the finest in the world, the best place to live and work. We also want to contribute to a world that shares what we ourselves cherish. Canada needs outstanding leadership to achieve and sustain these aspirations.
In 2002, Vancouver businessman Sam Belzberg and Simon Fraser University president emeritus Jack Blaney founded Action Canada to build this leadership for Canada’s future.
Their goal was to identify young Canadians who had shown ability, initiative and commitment to Canada, and develop their skills, enrich their understanding of the country and establish a Fellows’ network for the future.
The federal government responded favourably to this vision and formed, with Sam Belzberg, a public-private partnership to create Action Canada.
Federal government support includes not only financial contributions but also the invaluable advice and participation of senior public officials.
The partnership is a resounding success, establishing a powerful foundation to connect and nurture future leaders for Canada.
In 2009, Vancouver businessman David Aisenstat generously accepted the role of lead private sector funder. Sam Belzberg and David Aisenstat, as co-chairs of the Board of Directors, together provide strategic direction to the program.
Action Canada Fellows form an enduring network of outstanding emerging leaders who bring finely honed leadership skills and thoughtful new policy ideas to the challenges facing our country.