Global Engagement Seminar's Jarislowsky Fellows are selected by the Director in consultation with the Steering Committee and Advisory Council. The Fellows work collaboratively with the Coordinator and teaching faculty/researchers in order to facilitate the problem-based projects that students will be working on through the term.

As facilitators and resident experts, Jarislowsky Fellows play key roles in the success of the Global Engagement Seminars. In their exploration of innovative ideas and potential solutions for global problems, Fellows are tasked with sharing their expertise and community-based experiences as advocates, activists and practitioners – in the classroom and the community. They are expected to take an active role in facilitating the Global Engagement seminars in direct collaboration with the faculty; to participate in the Annual Global Engagement Summit, normally held at the end of the teaching term, where the students will be presenting their projects; and to facilitate as well as promote wider discussions on the global issues under examination. While local residency is not required, we do expect fellows to immerse themselves in and to be available to engage with the greater University community during their appointment.


Edward Burtynsky, 2020 Jarislowsky Fellow

Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world's most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California. His imagery explores the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet; an inspection of the human systems we've imposed onto natural landscapes.

Mike Davis, 2020 Jarislowsky Fellow

Mike Davis is Professor Emeritus at the University California, Riverside, and a writer, political activist, urban theorist, and historian. Holding numerous awards and honours, Professor Davis is the author of more than 20 books of fiction and non-fiction, and more than 100 book chapters and essays in the scholarly and elite popular press. His scholarly interests span urban studies, the built environment, economic history and social movements. One of his most known books, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles is translated into eight languages and was named a best book in urban politics by the American Political Science Association, and won the Isaac Deutscher Award from the London School of Economics.


The inaugural 2018 Jarislowsky Fellow was Dr. Henry Giroux

Dr. Giroux is the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest. A public intellectual, Dr. Giroux has been named one of "12 Canadians Changing the Way We Think."