The Commons Institute is founded on the premise that knowledge is a social good,
and that a failure to tackle the most pressing concerns of our time is but a failure
of the imagination. We are dedicated to the exploration of legal and social issues
in need of debate, greater understanding or reform, as well as to advocacy regarding
To fulfill its mandate, The Commons Institute divides its work into four distinct
We offer solutions that empower legal professionals and connect them to citizens.
Our suite of solutions include ongoing legal education programs, which are a necessary
element of the competency of legal practitioners, and are mandated as a requirement
by a number of law societies in Canada. Our commitment is to deliver innovative and
practice-oriented educational solutions that continually prove invaluable to lawyers,
as well as to allied professionals in government, academia, and industry.
Issues related to Canada’s Aboriginal population continue to be among the most pressing
in contemporary Canada. At The Commons Institute, we put together engaging, thought-provoking
and policy promoting conferences that address Aboriginal issues, with a view to both
education and the fashioning of pathways for positive change. In addition, we work
with Aboriginal nations on capacity augmentation objectives, and undertake advocacy
regarding Aboriginal issues.
We deliver forums and programs that inform, challenge and collect. Our policy oriented
programs draw upon recognized expertise with a view to enabling policy promotion,
debate, exposure and reform. Our resulting policy prescriptions serve as the basis
for knowledge-infused advocacy.
Firmly premised on the conclusion that substantive interaction and fairly constructed
trade are feasible replacements to the foreign aid doctrine, The Commons Institute
pursues the development of capacity as well as market access in aid of international
development. Our goal is the use of human, social and physical capital in the facilitation
of new, mutually-beneficial trade linkages and commercial cross-pollination.