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Peter M. Boehm

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Peter M. Boehm

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Personal representatives (Sherpas) are appointed by G7 leaders to help with preparations for the Leaders’ Summit. As Sherpa and Deputy Minister for the G7, Deputy Minister Peter M. Boehm is responsible for the planning, budget, logistics, security, communications, outreach, cross-government collaboration, international negotiations and policy development for Canada’s G7 Presidency. Tag along with Canada’s G7 Sherpa, Deputy Minister Peter M. Boehm, on the road to the 2018 G7 Summit as he engages with Canadians, attends Sherpa meetings, and more.

We’re into Sherpa meeting four here in Baie-Saint-Paul at the Le Germain Hotel. We had the Sherpas and the teams get on the Charlevoix train.

Tous le monde à bord. / All aboard.

I think we’re on a reasonably good track. It’s going well. A good spirit of cooperation. We had the Sherpas and the teams get on the train and go up to the Manoir, which of course, is where the Summit is going to take place. It’s important the Sherpas see where their leaders are going to be. We were particularly honoured to have the Prime Minister join us.

We are like-minded nations. We should be able to bring to bear our own experiences, our own successes, and our own perspectives on sharing solutions to problems that we all have in common. That is the strength of the G7. Thanks, everyone.

Today is the start of the Y7 Summit here in Ottawa. We have dynamic young leaders coming from all over the G7 member states to devise policy recommendations on gender equality and women’s empowerment, climate change, and the environment, as well as the future of work.
Now the hard work begins, and with that we would like to open the Y7 2018.
Thank you very much.

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Today, we are really narrowing down what direction we are taking our policy recommendations.
We are really excited that this is one of the first times that the Y7 has been able to meet with all G7 sherpas.

I think it’s an extraordinary moment for them and it’s an extraordinary moment for young people to have this platform to advocate directly to leaders.
We are delivering a Call to Action to our leaders and we will be handing that to Minister Hajdu.
Today I had the opportunity to meet with the Y7. Yes, there are some definite risks to a changing and transforming workplace, but there are many opportunities, and young people are often best situated to identify them.
We are handing this off with a lot of trust that we will be advocated for at the G7 Summit. We recognize that this is a huge responsibility, but we have a lot of faith in our voices being heard.

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We are excited to be on a personal and private tour of Parliament with Parliamentary Secretary Peter Schiefke.
The first place I’m going to take you to, is the Senate. This is the actual Senate where the Senators will vote and debate and discuss.
We are just taking a look around and also introducing our youth delegates from around the G7 to part of what makes Canadian democracy work.
It has been an exciting experience so far.
Alright everyone; time for a photo. Y7! Awesome!
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It’s a good feeling to host the G7 Sherpa meeting here in Pearson College because it gives us the possibility to talk with them.
Welcome to Pearson College Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit Peter Boehm.
Education can bring together young people from all backgrounds inspiring them to become agents of positive change.
Pearson College for us is a great place because it embodies the thirst for knowledge amongst the young with a great connection to the land.
I have a question about the micro plastics. I think it is really fantastic G7 is coming and engaging with student body at Pearson. Being able to ask questions to someone and get answers from him is beneficial for student body and especially me.
I’m Laura Verhegge and I have the pleasure and privilege to be a teacher here at Pearson College.
The aspect of the oceans and climate change and alternate energy I think is something we can certainly add to. I think being here and getting people to see this place and why it’s so important will make a difference.
We really appreciate the choice of coming to Pearson to engage with youth and students. Thank you so much.
Being able to discuss real issues and real challenges it helps us overcome many obstacles. So, basically this personal contact is crucial for our success. This is where I photobomb the EU, the EU Sherpa. I’m so glad the EU is so well represented by Pawel. Thank you Peter.
So we just had a really good morning’s discussion on some of the main themes for the Canadian presidency preparing for our leaders getting together at the beginning of June. Vancouver Island, it’s absolutely beautiful. We’ve just been and seen some of the local environment a reminder of what we’re going to be talking about about, protecting the ocean environment. It’s a really special place.
Now we’re going to ask the Sherpa come on stage and we’re going to take a selfie.
Everybody say G7.
G7!

So, Global Shapers is a volunteer-based initiative of the World Economic Forum.

So, we’re going to meet with the Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit to record a podcast interview with him.

This is where we’re going and who we’re talking to.

We have about, I think, 15 to 30 minutes with Peter scheduled. I have seven or eight questions, there’s some sub-questions in there.

Thanks.

So, we’re headed to Global Affairs Canada today. It’s our first episode and I’m really, really excited.

Hello. How are you? How’s it going? All is well?

Come on in.

This level?

Yeah.

That level’s good. Okay.

You’re great.

Basically, we started this podcast to highlight what the Ottawa Global Shapers are doing.

We’re only a few months away from Charlevoix, what preparations are happening right now ahead of the Summit in June?

On the physical side, we are very mobilized. We have an office in La Malbaie, so we have a Summits Management Office in La Malbaie, we have an office in Quebec City…

What outcomes are you hoping for on this…?

The Global Shapers are a very active organization. Their Ottawa branch is particularly active.
And getting the messages out and receiving messages is quite important and significant.

This is at the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, I was a whole lot younger.

And that’s Neil Young!

Yeah!

For me, talking with young people… young people who are very active in the areas that we have highlighted for the Summit, is just so important. And it was a real pleasure to talk with them.

Thank you very much!

Thank you. Until next time.

I thought we had a really good discussion. It was frank, it was open, and I really appreciated the Deputy’s responses.

Well good morning, and thanks for joining us again.

We have consultations today and tomorrow with leaders of Indigenous groups.

The idea is to hear from them. We’re going to Baie-Saint-Paul, last time I was there it was the fall colours. I don’t think we’ll see too much colour but I’m sure the snow and ice will be breathtaking.

Today, it’s a great meeting. We’re here in Baie-SaintPaul, an area we’re familiar with. We will be able to voice, at the G7, facing the world, the various, not only concerns but also the issues, issues that affect us directly.
This all means that we want to take part,
and not only do we want to take part, but we want to have a voice, a voice that will be important and that means a lot to us.

And now, what are the immediate measures taken because we don’t want to be just in the remedies we also want to be in the solution too.

Hi everyone. My name is Jean-Sébastien Vollant. I am from Uashat mak ManiUtenam. We are here at the Hôtel-Musée des Premières
Nations in Wendake to discuss the G7 Summit.

I really think that it’s a good thing that the Sherpa has
come to meet with us. It really shows interest.

Entrepreneurship is a concern among Indigenous youth
because some young people would like to go into business.

It’s a priority action for young people there, to be able to help
with the economic development of their community.

I would also like to thank the prime minister and the federal government for including the First Nations in the G7 organization process.

John Matlock: Welcome to Perimeter

Peter Boehm: Hello

John Matlock: Deputy Minister, nice to see you.

Peter Boehm: Hi, John. Long time no see.

John Matlock: Thank you for coming.

Peter Boehm: I’m at the Perimeter Institute in cool, snowy, Waterloo, Ontario.

Michael Duschenes: We’re absolutely honoured to have the G7 gathering here. Perimeter is absolutely a global hub where we assemble the top scientists from all over the world.

Peter Boehm: Well the other Sherpas have all arrived.

Peter Boehm: It’s an important occasion for us because its the beginning of our discussions. We’ll cover our theme of gender equality.

Catherine Abreu: I will say that we are quite heartened to see that the Presidency has chosen women’s empowerment and gender equality as the guiding principles for this year’s G7. We really look forward to continuing to work with them.

Peter Boehm: We will have experts come in and talk to us about jobs of the future.

Lauren Hayward Sierens: I’m definitely honoured that the G7 sherpas have come here to interact with the physicists and researchers. I think it’s great that they’re acknowledging the importance of a scientific research both for upcoming applications as well as for applications that we can’t even predict yet.

Michael Duschenes: The old blackboards, you used to be able to take them off, and I was about to get guys to take them off because we were about to have a concert and there was all this stuff, and I thought, “no…” and it’s a bit of a signature at Perimeter.

Alexandre Lévêque: Come up to here, erase something and put G7

Peter Boehm: …or I can just go over here and write G7 equals

Excellent, do it.

Michael Duschenes: It’s now my pleasure to welcome Deputy Minister, Peter Boehm.

Peter Boehm: Thank you to the Perimeter Institute for welcoming us and allowing us to use this fantastic space. Inspired by the wall behind us, I’ve been working very hard on my own sort of formula. If you will permit me, what I thought I would do is offer you a bit of a variation…voila!

Peter Boehm: That was fun.

Peter M. Boehm: Well, today is an exciting day because the Prime Minister is going live on Facebook to announce the themes and to release and reveal the logo.

It’s being advertised up on Twitter.

Officer: Yes, I actually retweeted it.

Peter M. Boehm: He’s asked me to be with him so I’m excited about doing that.

Okay, well it looks like a plan. We’re going to have a great day.

PM Trudeau: Hello everyone and thank you so much for joining us today on Facebook live. We have a responsibility to shape the global agenda.

That means taking a leading role when it comes to things like climate change, global security, international development and gender equality. So at this point I’m really excited to unveiling for the very first time the official G7 2018 logo.

Peter M. Boehm: Maj is asking; “Will Canada help ensure that girls education is a priority?” Yes, we will…

I think the importance of digital engagement is pretty obvious.

This is how we’re going to reach the new young leaders.

I think it’s incredibly important and that is going to be one of the fundamental approaches to our summit and to our G7 Presidency.

PM Trudeau: Thank you all. Thank you Peter.

Peter M. Boehm: Thank you sir. Think we should do it again sometime?

PM Trudeau: I look forward to it.

Peter M. Boehm: So here we are, we are about to star our adventure, we are preparing for our departure to Quebec City for consultations with civil society.

This is really our first chance to get input on the Summit agenda so we are quite excited.

Flight attendant: Welcome to Quebec City.

Peter M. Boehm: How are you?

Hélène Viau: Good, thank you.

Hi Alexandre.

Welcome to Quebec City.

Alexandre Lévêque: Thank you.

Louis Bélanger: Peter Boehm is Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit, so Sherpa for the G7, and he comes to Quebec to participate in the first consultation.

Peter M. Boehm: Hello it’s really a pleasure for me to be here today.

Professor: I think it’s a good thing that the organizer of the G7 takes time to come to the institutions. It’s a great exercise.

Louis Bélanger: Thanks again for this exercise.

Peter M. Boehm: Thank you very much.

Louis Bélanger: Thank you, goodbye.

Journalist: Hi.

Peter M. Boehm: Hi my name is Peter Boehm.

Journalist: Hi I’m Cathy Senay, nice to meet you.

Peter M. Boehm: It’s a pleasure.

Journalist: As Sherpa this is your first experience?

Peter M. Boehm: I was Sherpa before, I was here in 2001.

Journalist: Not only must you guide Mr. Trudeau, but you must also make sure that you organize those summits?

Peter M. Boehm: I am the only additional person, to be present to witness the discussions, it is an honour really for me and it’s interesting.

Journalist: Thank you, goodbye Mr. Boehm, have a good visit.

Peter M. Boehm: Thank you.

Louis Bélanger: Hello to all, Hello everyone, welcome to Laval University. So today, the Summit team, comes to consult students, Quebecers.

Peter M. Boehm: This opportunity to dialogue here in Quebec is more important since the Summit will take place in your beautiful region.

Louis Bélanger: So for Laval University, for professors, for students, it’s a privileged moment, to discuss these issues, to showcase our expertise but also to exchange and meet people, in this case of the seven G7 countries.

Thank you very much to all.

Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 8

The last sherpa meeting before the Summit

Follow the last G7 Sherpa meeting as Canada’s G7 Sherpa, Peter Boehm, meets with his counterparts in Baie-Saint-Paul ahead of the G7 Summit in Charlevoix.

Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 7

Canada’s G7 Sherpa attends the Y7 Summit in Ottawa

Take an exclusive look at the the Y7 Summit in Ottawa.

Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 6

Canada’s G7 Sherpa visits Pearson College

Follow the G7 Sherpa, Peter Boehm, during the second Sherpa meeting near Victoria, B.C., where Sherpas also had the opportunity to discuss G7 Charlevoix priorities with students from Pearson College and civil society organizations.

Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 5

Canada’s G7 Sherpa is interviewed by Global Shapers

Our behind-the-scenes vlog with Global Shapers Ottawa as they prepare for and interview Canada’s G7 Sherpa, Peter Boehm, in their very first podcast episode.

Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 4

Canada’s G7 Sherpa visits Indigenous community

Canada’s G7 Sherpa, Peter Boehm, meets with leaders from the Indigenous communities of Wendake, Essipit, Betsiamites and Mashteuiatsh, and representatives from local Indigenous organizations to discuss Canada’s G7 Presidency.

Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 3

Canada’s G7 Sherpa visits Perimeter Institute

Canada’s G7 Sherpa, Peter Boehm, welcomed his G7 counterparts to the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario for the first Sherpa Meeting to discuss key themes and priorities of Canada’s G7 Presidency.

Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 2

Facebook Live with PM Trudeau

Tag along with Canada’s G7 Sherpa as he participates in a Facebook Live hosted by PM Trudeau.

Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 1

Canada’s G7 Sherpa visits Université Laval

Canada’s G7 Sherpa, Peter M. Boehm, visits the city of Quebec to engage with students, experts and NGOs at Université Laval on Canada’s G7 Presidency.


Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 8

Follow the last G7 Sherpa meeting as Canada’s G7 Sherpa meets with his counterparts in Baie-Saint-Paul ahead of the G7 Summit.


Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 7

Take an exclusive look at the the Y7 Summit in Ottawa.


Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 6

Follow the G7 Sherpa, Peter Boehm, during the second Sherpa meeting near Victoria, B.C., where Sherpas also had the opportunity to discuss G7 Charlevoix priorities with students from Pearson College and civil society organizations.


Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 5

Our behind-the-scenes vlog with Global Shapers Ottawa as they prepare for and interview Canada’s G7 Sherpa, Peter Boehm, in their very first podcast episode.


Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 4

Canada’s G7 Sherpa meets with leaders from the Indigenous communities of Wendake, Essipit, Betsiamites and Mashteuiatsh, and representatives from local Indigenous organizations to discuss Canada’s G7 Presidency.


Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 3

Canada’s G7 Sherpa, Peter Boehm, welcomed his G7 counterparts to the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario for the first Sherpa Meeting to discuss key themes and priorities of Canada’s G7 Presidency.

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Vlog 02

Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 2

Tag along with Canada’s G7 Sherpa as he participates in a Facebook Live hosted by PM Trudeau.

Vlog 01

Behind the Scenes of the G7: Episode 1

Canada’s G7 Sherpa, Peter M. Boehm, visits the city of Quebec to engage with students, experts and NGOs at Université Laval on Canada’s G7 Presidency.