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The Think7 Summit (T7)




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Think7 Quebec Declaration on Global Governance and the Challenges of Complexity and Inclusiveness (covert)


Here is the T7 result:






On the eve of the 2018 G7 Charlevoix Summit, the Think7 Summit (T7) / Sommet Idées7 (I7) of Quebec is an initiative of Laval University’s Institute for Advanced International Studies (Hautes études internationales - HEI). The Summit (May, 21-23) brought together researchers from academia and think tanks from the G7 members in order to discuss possible solutions to the challenges of complexity and inclusion in global governance. They came from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, and from European Union. Experts from outreach countries were invited too (China, India, South Africa).

The T7 Summit Program

The T7 Summit resulted in a declaration delivered to the G7 members’ official representants by May 23 :The Think7 Quebec Declaration on Global Governance and the Challenges of Complexity and Inclusiveness.

 Le groupe du Sommet Idées7 (I7) et le sherpa canadien Peter Boehm

The T7 group with Peter Boehm  
Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit and Personal Representative (sherpa) of the Prime Minister 


The I7 Starting Points

A relevant theme: Global governance in time of doubt 

Global prosperity and security are threatened by the prevailing scepticism towards multilateralism. 

As a grouping of major democracies and market economies, sharing not only the same values but also a comprehensive and coherent approach to global governance, the G7 has a major role to play in addressing this issue. With the same spirit and fluidity that characterizes its work, the G7 can informally address the shortcomings of the current "silo" approach of traditional international organizations, many of which were created in the middle of the 20th century; its ability to set the major global issues makes the G7 a unique instrument for advancing the necessary synergies within these organizations. 


Action-oriented work

At the invitation of the Laval University’s Institut des Hautes Études Internationales (HEI), the Think7 Summit has brought together on our campus high-level experts and researchers from a university and a think tank for each member of the G7, as well as some from the global South.

Think7 Summit participants have used the upcoming G7 Leaders' Summit in La Malbaie as an opportunity to discuss possible solutions to the challenges of complexity and inclusion that leaders face when addressing global issues such as those identified as priorities by the Canadian Chair:

  • Investing in growth that works for all;
  • Preparing the jobs of the future;
  • Promote gender equality and empower women;
  • Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and
  • Building a more peaceful and secure world


They did so by addressing the growing complexity of global governance brought about by the interpenetration of traditional areas of international cooperation. Building largely on the priorities listed above, the organizers of this scientific summit identified five of these traditional areas: trade, labour, environment, security and gender equality, to which they added the cross-cutting issue of migration. Instead of addressing one by one these six issues, the May discussion in Quebec City has provided analysis and advice on their interconnections and the converging nature of global problems in today's interconnected world. Participants have sent in advance a short paper of "food for thought" exploring how, in a practical way, G7 members can guide the community and international organizations to adopt more synergistic approaches. 

These preliminary reflections address issues that explicitly combine at least two (and preferably more) of the above areas. For example, migration and international security, job creation and the environment, economic growth and women's empowerment, to name but a few. Based on the convergences between the papers received, participants have been matched to each other in order to maximize the productivity and creativity of our exchanges in Quebec City.


Ateleirs de réflexion, Sommet idées7 (I7), Université Laval, mai 2018

T7 workshops : about 30 experts from G7 countries
share reflections on global governance challenges


Academia, Think Tanks, and Food for Thoughts

Below are the university centres and think tanks part to I7 Summit, and experts involved in it. Most of them had submitted a food for thought paper.

The papers are presented in a book: Food for Thoughts (PDF).



The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary


  • Ms Judit Fabian

    Postdoctoral associate, International Policy & Trade Research Division


Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto


  • Professor John Kirton    

    Director and founder of the G8 Research Group co-founder of the G20 Research Group

  • Ms Madeline Koch

    Executive director of the G8 and G20 Research Group


Centre d'études et de recherches internationales (CERIUM), Université de Montréal


  • Mr. Régis Coursin 
    Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Professor Peter Dietsch
    Professor, Département de Philosophie. Director of Axe «éthique et économie» of the Centre de Recherche en Éthique (CRE)


Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), University of Waterloo


  • Mr. Aaron Shull

    Management Director and General Counsel


Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal


  • Professor Élisabeth Vallet
    Scientific director


Hautes études internationales, Université Laval


  • Professor Abdoulaye Anne
    Centre de recherche et d'intervention sur la réussite scolaire
    Faculté des sciences de l'éducation

  • Professor Louis Bélanger

  • Professor Caterina Carta
    Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en diplomatie publique

  • Professor Yan Cimon
    Département de management, Faculté des sciences de l'administration; Director of the  Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les réseaux d'entreprise, la logistique et le transport (CIRRELT)

  • Professor Marie-Hélène Gagnon
    Département de finance, assurance et immobilier
    Faculté des sciences de l'administration

  • Professeure Nathalie Gravel
    Centre d'études interaméricaines
    Département de géographie

  • Professor Jean-Frédéric Morin
    Chaire de recherche du Canada en économie politique internationale 
    Département de science politique

  • Professor Arthur Silve
    Département de science économique, Faculté des sciences sociales



Fondation pour les études et recherche en développement international (FERDI), Clermont-Ferrand


  • Mr. Matthieu Boussichas
    Responsable de programme


École du management et de l'innovation, Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)


  • Professor Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic 


Sciences Po Grenoble

  • Professor Yves Schemeil 
    Professeur émérite, Institut Universitaire de France





Bavarian School of Public Policy, Technical University of Munich


  • Professor Miranda Schreurs

    Chairholder, Chair in Climate and Environmental Policy


German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg


  • Professor Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Academic Director, PhD Program





Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome


  • Professor Simone Romano
    Senior Fellow


School of Government, Libera Università degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS), Rome


  • Professor Raffaele Marchetti




Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Tokyo


  • Professor Yorizumi Watanabe




International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London


  • Professor Nicholas Redman

    Publishing director, publisher of the Adelphi book and Strategic Survey series


School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield


  • Professor Hugo Dobson

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford


  • Ms Claire Peacock
    PhD Candidate 




Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington


  • Professor Christopher Sands
    Director, Center for Canadian Studies




Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Institute for International Law, KU Leuven, Belgium


  • Professor Jan Wouters
    Centre's director; Institute's president


Centre européen de recherches avancées en économie et statistiques (ECARES), Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium


  • Professor Patrick Legros




Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), University of Pretoria, South Africa


  • Ms Sithembile Mbete
    Lecturer and associate fellow


School of International Relations & Public Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai, China


  • Professor Jiejin Zhu


Shiv Nadar University, Dadri, Greter Noida, India


  • Professor Siddharth Mallavarapu

Note : Drs. Yan Cimon (Université Laval) and Siddharth Mallavarapu (Shiv Nadar University) couldn't attend the Summit.


The T7 Summit inauguration, with Mrs Sophie d'Amours (Chancellor, Université Laval), Mr. Robert Keating (Deputy Minister, MRIF), Mr. Régis Labeaume (Mayor, Quebec city), Mrs Laurence Haguenauer (Consul General of France), Mrs Allison Areias Vogel (Consul General of the United States)

Remise de la Déclaration Idées7 de Québec à M. Peter Boehm, par les membres du comité scientifique du Sommet I7


Declaration handover : Peter Boehm receives the Think7 Quebec Declaration from John Kirton (U. of Toronto), Peter Boehm, Louis Bélanger (U. Laval), Yves Schemeil (Sciences Po Grenoble)


T7 Organization

Scientific Committee

  • Louis Bélanger, Director, Institut des Hautes études internationales, Université Laval, Québec
  • John Kirton, Director, G7/G8 Research Group, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • Yves Schemeil, Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Grenoble), France

Main organizing institution


  • Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CERIUM), Montréal, Quebec
  • Centre for Global Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo, Ontario
  • Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Quebec
  • Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Grenoble), Grenoble, France
  • Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Ontario
  • Public Policy Forum, Ottawa, Ontario
  • The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta


T7 Partners




Contact us

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