Professor Irwin Cotler

Professor Irwin Cotler, Honorary Chairman is the Founder and Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Member of Parliament, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and an international human rights lawyer. Professor Cotler intervened in landmark Charter of Rights cases in the areas of free speech, freedom of religion, minority rights, peace law, and war crimes justice.

Speaker's website: http://www.raoulwallenbergcentre.org

Dr. Charles Small

Dr. Charles Small, Keynote Speaker is the founding Director and President of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). He convened groundbreaking academic seminar series in the emerging field of contemporary antisemitism studies at Columbia University, Harvard University, McGill University, amongst others. Dr. Small is a former graduate of Vanier College.

Speaker's website: http://isgap.org

Dr. Alaa Murabit

Dr. Alaa Murabit, nicknamed “The Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart, Dr. Alaa Murabit is a UN High-Level Commissioner for Health Employment and Economic Growth, one of only 17 Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General, the founder of VLW, and a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. Her TED Talk, “What my religion really says about women” was “TED Talk of the Day” & one of four “moving TED Talks to watch right now” by New York Times.

Having founded VLW at the age of 21, Murabit’s dedication to inclusive peace process has resulted in her selection as an Ashoka Fellow. Alaa is the youngest Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award recipient, New York Times “International Trust Women Hero 2014”, Newsweek’s “25 under 25 to watch”, a BBC “100 Top Woman” and SAFE Global Hero. She serves as a board trustee for International Alert and Keeping Children Safe.

Speaker's website: http://alaamurabit.com

Professor Irving Abella

Professor Irving Abella, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, York University, Member of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is an Eminent historian and is an expert on the Canadian labour movement and the history of Jews in Canada. The former chair of Vision TV and president of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Canadian Historical Association, he is currently the Shiff Professor of Canadian Jewish History at York University.

Viken Attarian

Viken Attarian former Chairman of the Armenian General Benevolent Union and he is also a lecturer in Armenian Studies, a human rights activist, and an expert in general policy development.

Speaker's website: http://attarian.ca

Kate Barth

Kate Barth, Legal Director of Freedom Now. Kate Barth is Freedom Now’s Legal Director where she represents individual prisoners of conscience before international human rights tribunals and conducts political and public relations advocacy campaigns to press governments for the release of Freedom Now’s clients. Prior to joining Freedom Now, she was a legal officer with Lawyers Collective in New Delhi, India, where she worked on the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and managed the Global Health and Human Rights Database. Prior to her position with Lawyers Collective, she was an associate with Allen & Overy, LLP. Kate holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University where she graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors, an MSC in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a Senior Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and graduated with Order of the Coif honors.

Mayor Denis Coderre

Mayor Denis Coderre is the Mayor of Montreal.

Speaker's website: http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=6037,142552952&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Professor Karen Eltis

Professor Karen Eltis is a professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa.

Speaker's website: https://droitcivil.uottawa.ca/en/people/eltis-karen

Me André Gagnier

Me André Gagnierwas a defense lawyer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Moses Gashirabake

Moses Gashirabake is a Student-at-Law at Fasken Martineau law firm and is at the same time completing his last year of the double common and civil law degree program at McGill University. He holds an honours bachelor's degree in Political Science from Concordia University. Prior to becoming a Canadian Citizen, Moses grew up in Kenya as a stateless refugee for 13 years as a result of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi of Rwanda. Moses reconnected with his native Rwanda for the first time in 2014 and met with Paul Kagame, the current President of Rwanda.

Speaker's website: http://www.fasken.com/en/lawyers/detail.aspx?professional=7652

Ensaf Haidar

Ensaf Haidar is a Saudi Arabian-Canadian human rights activist. She is the wife of Raif Badawi who was arrested in 2012 on a charge of "insulting Islam through electronic channels" and brought to court on several charges. He later sentenced to 10 years in jail and 1000 lashes. She is the President / Co-Founder of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom.

Speaker's website: http://www.raifbadawifoundation.org

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton, Director General, Equitas.

Homa Hoodfar


Homa Hoodfar, former political prisoner, emeritus Anthropology Professor at Concordia University.

Honourable Marlene Jennings

, former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation, former Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada, former Member of Parliament, and former Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Paul Karwatsky

Paul Karwatsky, CTV News.

Kimberly Mann

Kimberly Mann is chief of the Education Outreach Section in the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information. She has led the development and implementation of Holocaust remembrance and education activities at the United Nations for the past ten years.

Speaker's website: http://www.un.org/en/unlearningintolerance/previous.html

Sue Montgomery

Sue Montgomery, Senior Communications Advisor to the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Me Claudia Molina

Me Claudia Molina is an immigration lawyer working in private practice for nearly 13 years, specialized in litigation, refugees and humanitarian applications.

Speaker's website: http://cabinetmolina.com/about

Dafina Savic

Dafina Savic is the Founder and Director of Romanipe Montreal. She was recently awarded the Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award for youth leadership sponsored by The Quebec Community Groups, Notre Home Foundation and CBC.

Speaker's website: https://romanipe.wordpress.com

Professor Roman Serbyn

Professor Roman Serbyn, professor emeritus of Russian and East European history at the University of Quebec at Montreal

Dr. Marina Sharpe

Dr. Marina Sharpe is a Steinberg Post-doctoral Fellow in International Migration Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. She earned her doctorate in law from the University of Oxford, where she was a Trudeau Scholar. Marina also holds law degrees from McGill, a masters from the LSE and a bachelors in economics from McGill. Prior to her doctoral work, Marina practiced law in New York and London and worked in refugee rights organizations in Uganda. She regularly consults for inter- and non-governmental organizations, including Amnesty International, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and UNHCR, and has lectured widely, including at Georgetown, Oxford and Yale.

Speaker's website: http://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/en/community/marina-sharpe

Sidney Zoltak

Sidney Zoltak child Survivor, Born in Poland, at eight years old, Sidney Zoltak lost his home and goes from the slow death of the ghetto into the terror of hiding in forests, barns and finally, a hole in the ground provided by a Polish family. After the war and following two years in Italy as a refugee, Sidney and his mother came to Montreal to build a new life.