HONOURARY CO-CHAIRS: The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak, Helen Burstyn, and Raj Kothari
Renowned international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is a leading voice in the fight against injustice. She joins her father-in-law, veteran journalist Nick Clooney for a rare public appearance to talk about the pressing human rights issues facing the world today.
Amal Clooney’s clients have ranged from political prisoners and ousted heads of state to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the Republic of Armenia for whom she acted as counsel in a case before the European Court of Human Rights on the Armenian genocide. She has held a number of posts within the United Nations, including senior adviser to Kofi Annan when he served as the UN Envoy on Syria. Recently she successfully represented Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who was convicted in the “Al Jazeera trial” in Egypt; former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, who was imprisoned on false terrorism charges; and award-winning Azerbaijani journalist “Khadija”, who was arrested in Baku after reporting on corruption by the Azerbaijani President.
Amal Clooney is currently counsel to Nadia Murad and other Yazidi women who have been sexually enslaved by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, working to secure accountability for the genocide committed by ISIS in national and international courts.
Over Nick Clooney’s acclaimed career in radio and television news, he has been a reporter, anchor, managing editor, and news director working for networks across the U.S. His close personal knowledge of Amal Clooney and keen understanding of her professional accomplishments, promises audiences a fascinating and informative insights into the high stakes world of international human rights.
Luminato and the Economic Club of Canada are thrilled to be working with a network of Youth Access Partners who are enabling youth who are part of GEM (Girls E-Mentorship) and the Jr. Economic Club of Canada to attend this event for free - empowering a new generation of leaders and helping shape a vision for a bright future.
Welcome and Land Acknowledgement by Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw
Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw (The Woman Who Walks In The Light) drum talk poetic rapologist; is a Haudenosaunee Mohawk/Mi'kmaw: poet, musician, hip-hop emcee and recording artist, arts educator, social change workshop facilitator, performance artist, keynote speaker, artist mentor, radio host, festival curator, Director of Programming for Neighbourhood Impact for the Toronto Centre for Community Development & Learning in Regent Park, and founding member of Red Slam, an Indigenous HipHop movement. Awe:ri is a KM Hunter OAC Literary Arts Award finalist, 2017 TD Diversity Arts Award Finalist, published in 7 literary anthologies. As a Toronto Arts Council Leadership Fellow and one of the New Faces of Feminism as named by the Canadian Labour Congress, Awe:ri utilizes such platforms to lead the charge of art for social change movements across Turtle Island, with a focus on access & equity for BIPOC & LGBTQ2S emerging artists.
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Canadian Arab Institute is a charitable, non-partisan policy and community engagement think-and-do-tank. It was founded in 2011 with the aim of starting a new conversation about the life and contributions of Canadian Arabs and offering a unique perspective on public policy issues.
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