Canada Meets Germany: A Forum for Young Leaders (CMG)
"The Transatlantic Relations in the New Era of Diplomacy"

CMG Weeklong Seminars are weeklong interdisciplinary programs that including the following components:

A range of lectures will be held by experts from the fields of politics, diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector. These components will inform the participants about key perspectives related to the themes of the Weeklong Seminar, raise their awareness of other salient issues in the Canada-Germany relationship, and introduce them to the field of cultural diplomacy. Each lecture will be followed by a question and answer session with the speaker.

The timetable of each Weeklong Seminar will include interactive workshops that offer participants the opportunity to take part in structured discussions on subjects related to the Seminar themes. Workshops provide a valuable counterbalance to lectures by providing an opportunity for participants to express their own opinions and learn from each other.

Social and Cultural Activities
Each Weeklong Seminar will include social and cultural activities for the participants. These components give participants the opportunity to see a different side of the city of Berlin, help to provide a more informal environment for the participants to get to know each other, and allow the participants to see cultural exchange initiatives that are already being organized.

CMG Leadership Initiatives
Leadership initiatives are cultural exchange initiatives organized by members of ICD Forums with the support of the ICD.

These initiatives are the foundation of the ICD’s work, because they allow the principles of cultural diplomacy to be spread further than the members of the Forum. At the beginning of the CMG Weeklong Seminar participants will be given guidance on how to plan, develop, and execute leadership initiatives that have a constructive, sustainable influence on intercultural relations. The ICD will also outline how it can help to support the realisation of these initiatives through its network and resources.

During the week participants will have the opportunity to develop and discuss leadership initiatives with each other and present them to the other members of the group and the ICD for feedback.

Seminar Location: Why Berlin?

Berlin represents the ideal location for the CMG Weeklong Seminars due to its position as capital city of Europe’s largest economy, its large and vibrant international community, and the vast array of resources to learn from and be inspired by. Politicians, businessmen, and artists live side-by-side, cultures from all over the world communicate and work with each other in their daily lives, and the defiant traces of socialism in the former East Berlin are just a short train journey from the dazzling skyscrapers of Potsdamer Platz.

During the program participants will have the opportunity to visit remaining segments of the Berlin Wall including the famous East Side Gallery, see Berlin’s historic political institutions the German Parliament and the German Foreign Office, and visit other historic buildings and locations across Berlin including the TV Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s famous artistic district, and Berlin’s Kreuzberg district.

As the capital city of Europe’s largest economy, the home of three prestigious universities, and a city bubbling with diverse culture and art, Berlin has lots to offer the participants, who will be given the opportunity to take advantage of this unique city.

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