In 2010, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation introduced an annual event to its programs called the Canada Lecture. The idea is to invite accomplished Canadians to raise awareness and understanding of critical issues related to racism and racial discrimination and creating social harmony in our society. The program provides a forum for addressing ways and challenges in confronting and eliminating racism and its manifestations, and serves as a unique medium for sharing views, experiences and visions about Canadian identity and citizenship.The Canada Lecture is designed to convey the vastness and richness of Canadian culture, and to promote dialogue and action in advancing Canadian diversity and unity.
Announcing the 2020 Canada Lecture
Details will be announced soon.
Recent: 2019 Canada Lecture
The 2019 Canada Lecture took place on March 21, 2019, in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, as part of the 21st Metropolis Canada Conference, hosted by the Association of Canadian Studies. The 2019 Canada Lecture featured the inspiring entrepreneur and peacekeeping advocate Tareq Hadhad, founder of Peace by Chocolate.
Event video coming soon!
Peace by Chocolate started with a humble beginning, turning out chocolates from the family’s new kitchen. Today they are making about 250,000 pieces of chocolate a month with plans to triple the production in their new factory after their story has turned to an international inspirational phenomenon.
In September 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened his speech to the United Nations Leaders’ Summit on Refugees detailing the family’s success story. This is just one side of the story. Tareq says, “This is the message . . . if you offer the newcomers a welcoming arm, kindness and support, they can succeed faster.”
Previous Canada Lectures
2016 03 21 | Canada Lecture 2016: On Campus - Diversity and Unity | Presentations by leading academics: Robert Daum (University of British Columbia), Elke Winter (University of Ottawa), Mathieu Wade and Eric Forgues (Université de Moncton), and Sinziana Chira (Mount Saint Vincent University)
2017 02 07 | Innovative Ideas - Solutions for Racism: Empathy | Delivered by panelists: Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka (Founder, President and CEO, Kind Canada Genereux), Nation Cheung(Director, Youth Initiatives, United Way), Dr. Marie Wilson (Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission), and Moderated by Nouman Ashraf (Assistant Professor, Rotman School of Management)
2018 03 21 | Contemporary Issues in Freedom of Expression | Delivered by The Honourable Mr. Justice Russell Juriansz of the Ontario Court of Appeal | Toronto, ON