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Twenty Ways to Build a Better Canada with David Johnston

Join the Ryerson Leadership Lab as it hosts the Rt. Hon. David Johnston to identify 20 ways to restore trust in ourselves, our organizations, and our institutions, and in doing so build a better Canada.

This free event will include a moderated talk, audience Q&A, and book signing with the 28th Governor General of Canada, Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation and author of the bestsellers The Idea of Canada and Ingenious.

The Ryerson Leadership Lab is an action-oriented think-tank based that develop leaders and solutions to make progress on our most pressing civic challenges. Through leadership development, policy activation and civic engagement, we are building a new generation of skilled and adaptive leaders and changemakers, at all ages and stages, to build a more trustworthy, inclusive society.

About Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country

Canada's enduring success has been based on trust – trust in each other; in our businesses, organizations, and markets; and in our public institutions and the officials who run them. David Johnston – reflecting on seven decades of personal experiences including seven years as Governor General – identifies the 20 ways we can make ourselves, our organizations, and our institutions even more worthy of trust, and in doing so build a better Canada for coming generations and the world.

This new book is in part a follow-up to The Idea of Canada, in that the author draws upon his own remarkable experience to illustrate where his strong convictions have come from. In this book, however, Johnston strikes notes that are more universally applicable than those in any of this earlier works. First, he speaks directly to the reader, offering practical advice about the attitudes, approaches, and habits that make a person trustworthy. Second, he offers compelling evidence that enduring community trust can be built with similarly simple techniques. Third, by drawing examples from Canadian and international experience, he shows how a whole nation can become trustworthy and, ultimately, trusted by its citizens, allies, trading partners and other societies.

In short, Trust is a much needed manual for the repair of the one social quality on which all democracies rely.

Books will be available for purchase for $25 (tax included).

About David Johnston

One of Canada's most respected and beloved governors general, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston is a graduate of Harvard, Cambridge, and Queen's universities. He served as dean of law at Western University, principal of McGill University, and president of the University of Waterloo. He is the author or co-author of twenty-five books, holds honorary doctorates from over twenty universities, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada (C.C.). Born in Sudbury, Ontario, he grew up in Sault Ste. Marie. He is married to Sharon Johnston and has five daughters and fourteen grandchildren.

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