The Civic Society in a post-trust world

Fellowship Event / Online



  • Global

The RSA Canada Fellowship is thrilled to invite you to its first 2021 event: The Civic Society in a post-trust world.

In this session we will discuss policymaking for diversity, post-trust and post-truth in a digital age, and practices for participatory governance. The event will include presentations, a panel discussion, and an opportunity for the participants to discuss and challenge the topics presented.

Our speakers:

The Hon. Patricia Bovey, FRSA, FCMA

Patricia Bovey was appointed to the Senate of Canada in November 2016 as an Independent Senator from Manitoba. The first art historian and gallery professional and museologist to be appointed to the Senate, she works on legislation, committee studies, regional concerns, and national and local arts issues. She regularly speaks about the arts’ impact in every sector of society, ensuring the voice of arts and culture is heard. A Winnipeg-based gallery director, art historian, professor, and arts and culture management consultant, she has published widely on western Canadian art. Former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and founder of St Boniface Hospital’s Buhler Gallery, she was appointed the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Director Emerita in 2014.  A founder of  the University of Winnipeg’s Arts and Culture Management Program, and MA in Curatorial Practice, she is a former Chair of the University of Manitoba Board of Governors, and past member of the boards of the National Gallery of Canada and Canada Council for the Arts, and Federal Museums Task Force member. Recipient of many awards and honours, she has frequently represented Canada internationally.

Kyle Matthews

Kyle Matthews is the Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University.  At Concordia he founded the Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab, which works to counter online extremism and study how social media platforms are being used as a weapon of war. His work focuses on human rights, international security, and social media and technology. He works closely with the Canadian All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and has advised Members of Parliament on issues related to international peace and security. He is a member of the Global Diplomacy Lab, a member of the BMW Foundation’s Global Responsible Leaders, and a Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Global Affairs.

Riley Thorold

Riley Thorold is a researcher at the RSA focusing on deliberative and participatory models of democracy. This has recently involved supporting several citizens’ assemblies in the UK and coordinating a ‘deliberative democracy peer learning network’ of UK local authorities.

Taking part in RSA online events

For our interactive online events, the RSA uses the platform Zoom. We have found it simple for participants to use while also providing the necessary functionality for an engaging online event.

To participate in the event, you will need to register for a ticket to receive the bespoke link to join. You will be sent detailed instructions via email closer to the event. Attendees will need to register for a free Zoom account and download their software. To understand more about how Zoom uses your data, please read their Privacy Policy in advance.

 We record many of our online events. By attending this online event you accept that you may appear in RSA videos as a participant. Our intention is to use any recording of this event for learning purposes and to document the content of the discussion. Currently we do not have plans to share this recording publicly but may do so in the future.

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments, please let the team know: [email protected].

Upon registering for the event, you will receive the bespoke Zoom link in your order confirmation email. On the day of the event, please note that latecomers will not be admitted 15 minutes after the start time of the event for security purposes.