The Victoria Forum 2024: ‘Building Trust for a Shared Future’

Victoria Forum

The Forum de Victoria Forum is pleased to announce the 2024 Victoria Forum will take place from 25-27 August under the resonant theme “Building Trust for a Shared Future.”

The Victoria Forum’s three-day lineup promises a rich diversity of topics, each designed to stimulate insightful discussions. Most sessions will take place on the University of Victoria Campus, except for the opening day hosted at the Songhees Wellness Center and the reception at the Royal BC Museum on the second day.

The Victoria Forum 2024 will create opportunities to explore a wide range of challenges and search for solutions to them, including:

  • Trust in Institutions: Corruption, bias, and perceived disconnect plague institutions, challenging the foundations of trust and the global order.
  • Trust in Economic Systems: Economic inequality fuels social unrest, both between and within nations. Suspicion towards business entities challenges the development of trust in economic systems.
  • Trust and Conflict: Regional conflicts, human displacement, and geopolitical challenges strain trust between nations, requiring efforts to rebuild and foster trust.
  • Trust and the Digital Revolution: Despite connecting the world, the digital revolution and AI exacerbate divisions through misinformation, creating a decline in interpersonal trust.

While the threats we face are indeed stark, they also present opportunities for dialogue, collaboration, and the rebuilding of trust. Only by addressing the current trust crisis can we pave the way for a future that is not just shared but also prosperous and harmonious. In doing so, Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being provide valuable insights.

Friendly Reminder: As the event date approaches, we want to ensure you have the best possible experience in beautiful Victoria. August is a popular time, so we highly recommend booking your accommodation soon to guarantee availability and the best rates. Rooms are filling up quickly, and securing your stay early will ensure a comfortable visit. You can also explore the range of activities Victoria has to offer during your stay at the forum!

The Victoria Forum will be held on August 25-27, 2024. The programme schedule is now available on our website. Please use this link to assist with planning your trip and reserving your accommodations. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time to join us in beautiful Victoria or participate virtually from anywhere in the world. Learn more.


Victoria Forum

The Victoria Forum, in partnership with the Global Business School Network (GBSN), Qatar University College of Economics and Business, and Woxsen University, is also hosting a unique video contest.

This competition invites university students within the GBSN network and beyond to create original, unpublished videos that share experiences and perspectives, aiming to inspire efforts to build trust for a shared future.

In today’s interdependent world, a growing crisis of trust hampers progress and complicates our collective path forward. The Victoria Forum seeks to mobilise collective action to address the erosion of trust that has already occurred and to build trust across the various divides that impede unified action. We are calling for videos that inspire efforts to build and rebuild trust, highlight opportunities to drive positive change, and shed light on the causes of diminishing trust.

We are looking for submissions that are richly contextualised and authentic. Above all, we seek videos with the potential to shift the conversation in meaningful ways and foster collective action.

Submissions for the video contest will be accepted here from Monday, 15 July 2024 – Wednesday, 24 July 2024.

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