Canadian energy interests in the new Middle East

(March 27, 2012) Emerging energy technologies and new energy discoveries in Israel and the Middle East will transform that region, possibly more so than the Arab Spring uprisings, said Energy Probe’s Lawrence Solomon, at a conference on Canada and the new Middle East.

“CANADA AND THE NEW MIDDLE EAST”

CONFERENCE
MARCH 28, 2012
1 PM to 9 PM

Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King Street West, Toronto

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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?

Advocates for Civil Liberties and The Atlantic Council of Canada, will host a brilliant roster of distinguished speakers … international security and counter-terrorism analysts, energy and economic experts, federal government officials, noted academics, human rights advocates, and leading journalists.

This important, all-day Conference will provide a unique opportunity to hear why the role of Canada in the Middle East is largely unknown and misunderstood.

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THE AGENDA:

REGISTRATION: 12:30 PM

 

Welcome Remarks:  THE HONOURABLE JOHN BAIRD, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada (via Video)
Julie Lindhout, President, The Atlantic Council of Canada

THE PANELS:

CANADIAN ECONOMIC AND ENERGY INTERESTS IN THE NEW MIDDLE EAST
Moderator:  Lawrence Solomon, Columnist, Financial Post; Executive Director, Energy Probe.
Andy Mahut, Executive Board, Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), Manager, Energy Practices, U.S.Steel Canada.
Mike Ward, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate of Canada in Istanbul, Turkey

CANADIAN NATIONAL SECURITY IN THE NEW MIDDLE EAST
Moderator:  Raymond Boisvert, Assistant Director, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)
Doug Best, RCMP Superintendent and Head of the National Security Section
John Thompson, International Security Intelligence Expert, Mackenzie Institute

BUFFET DINNER – 5 PM TO 6 PM

CANADA, IRAN AND THE ARAB SPRING
Moderator:  Peter Goodspeed, Senior Reporter, International Affairs, National Post
Boaz Ganor, Associate Dean, and Executive Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) – Herzilya, Israel
Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo, Iranian political philosopher, University of Toronto Centre for Ethics

CANADA’S HUMAN RIGHTS CHALLENGES IN THE NEW MIDDLE EAST
Moderator:  Nazanin Afshin-Jam, International human rights advocate, President, ‘Stop Child Executions’, singer/songwriter, former Miss World Canada
Raheel Raza, Author, Human Rights Activist, Consultant for Interfaith and Intercultural Diversity
Marina Nemat, Best-selling Author and Human Rights Advocate, former political prisoner

CLOSING RECEPTION (VIP REGISTRATIONS)

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

Enquiries and media requests, please contact:
Meryle Kates,
Executive Director,
Advocates for Civil Liberties
Phone416-966-0722

Please share this announcement with friends and colleagues.

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