Conference: Canada & The New Middle East


Presented by: Advocates for Civil Liberties and The Atlantic Council of Canada

MARCH 28th, 2012 1 PM to 9 PM Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King Street West Toronto

The so-called ”Arab Spring” has brought a storm of change to the Middle East. What are the implications for that region, for Canada, and for Western society at large? The role of Canada in the Middle East remains largely unknown and misunderstood.

“Canada and the New Middle East”, an important, all-day Conference, will discuss these issues, with high-profile speakers who include federal government officials, noted academics, journalists, human rights advocates, and renowned professionals in the fields of foreign affairs, economics and security analysis.

Advocates for Civil Liberties is proud to be partnering for this Conference with The Atlantic Council of Canada, an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes knowledge and understanding of international peace and security and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Canada (NATO).

Together, we have assembled an outstanding roster of international speakers that includes Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post; John Thompson, Mackenzie Institute; Boaz Ganor, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, IDC, Israel; Raheel Raza, author and human rights advocate; Peter Goodspeed, National Post; Marina Nemat, author and human rights advocate; Raymond Boisvert, Assistant Director, CSIS.

Our special guest speaker, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, is an outspoken advocate for international human rights, President and Co-Founder of ‘Stop Child Executions’ organization, singer/songwriter, and former Miss World Canada. Nazanin has spoken at the UN, EU, UK and Canadian parliament.

“Canada and the New Middle East” will provide a unique opportunity to enlighten an audience that will include policy-makers and senior government officials, foreign diplomats, as well as diverse members of our community.

General Admission: Conference and Dinner, $75, Faculty, $30 Students, $10

VIP Admission: Reserved Table Seating and exclusive entrance to the Closing Reception with speakers, $100. Your business or professional firm may purchase a table for 10 guests, at $1,000, which will be clearly indicated with your business name.

Sorry, only pre-registered guests will be admitted to the Conference.

The full Conference Agenda and reservation links will be available soon on our website, at:

Enquiries and media requests, please contact:
Meryle Kates, Executive Director, Advocates for Civil Liberties
Phone: 416 966 0722