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Please note: Due to recent changes in our key speakers, we find it most prudent at this time to reschedule the event to September 22nd with the theme and programming remaining the same.


As ongoing conflict and human rights violations continue in Syria, the
Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P) is honored to partner with the International Relations society at the University of Toronto to bring young leaders together to examine this crisis in the context of Canada’s 150th anniversary and its identity as a humanitarian leader.

Through guest speakers, workshops, a panel discussion, and a policy case competition, students will engage in an in-depth and policy-driven analysis of the various dimensions of the Syrian conflict. Hosted at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, this summit will empower students to be effective advocates for the Responsibility to Protect and give them the opportunity to make lasting connections with academics and practitioners within the fields of International Relations, Public Policy, and Law.

Upon successful completion of the Summit's activities, students will receive certification as an "R2P Advocate." Winners of the policy case competition will also be recognized as such and featured on the CCR2P website.

All participants will also recieve advanced consideration for our 2017 High School summer internship.

We would also like to recognize our sponsor, Trinity College at the University of Toronto.


Keynote Speaker: The Very Reverend, The Honourable. Dr Lois Wilson

As a former Senator, a Board member on The Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, the Chair of the Board of Rights and Democracy, and a former Officer with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Dr Wilson is a leading advocate of international human rights. Ordained a United Church minister in 1965, Dr. Wilson shared team congregational ministry for fifteen years with her husband Rev. Dr. Roy Wilson, before becoming the first woman Moderator of the United Church of Canada. As President of both the Canadian and World Council of Churches, Dr. Wilson visited partner churches in Asia, Latin America, India and Africa as well as being a leading advocate of inter-faith encounters within Canada. She has authored nine books, served as Chancellor of Lakehead University, was a recipient of the Pearson Medal of Peace, and is a Companion to the Order of Canada.


Kevin Vuong:

Kevin Vuong is a social entrepreneur, city-builder, and military officer focused on building a more prosperous and resilient Canada that leaves no one behind. Believing in the power of social innovation as a vehicle for building healthier livelihoods, sustainable development, and social impact, he left a career in banking and capital markets to dive wholeheartedly into social enterprise.

For his service and impact, Kevin has been named:

-Her Majesty The Queen’s Young Leader for Canada;

-Canada’s Top 30 Under 30; and

-Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Today, Kevin leads the Agency for Public + Social Innovation where he is working to improve Ontario’s social innovation ecosystem through capital, capacity-building, and scaling services. He is also a Local Pathways Fellow for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Principal Innovator for a social initiative with the Institute for Global Health Equity & Innovation to redress health inequities through social innovation.

Winner of the Ivey School of Business' Robert G. Siskind Entrepreneurial Medal, Kevin recently spoke at The Walrus Talks Social Innovation - Innovating Procurement for Social Impact.

Naomi Kikoler:

Naomi Kikoler is the deputy director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. For six years she developed and implemented the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect’s work on populations at risk and efforts to advance R2P globally and led the Centre’s advocacy, including targeting the UN Security Council. An adjunct professor at the New School University, she is the author of numerous publications, including the 2013 Nexus Fund series on the emerging powers and mass atrocity prevention and the 2011 report Risk Factors and Legal Norms Associated with Genocide Prevention for the United Nations Office on the Prevention of Genocide and the Jacob Blaustein Institute. Prior to joining the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in 2008, she worked on national security and refugee law and policy for Amnesty International Canada. She has also worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement at the Brookings Institution, and she worked as an election monitor in Kenya with the Carter Center. She holds common law and civil law degrees from McGill University, an MSc in forced migration from Oxford University, where her thesis was on the Rwandan genocide, and a BA from the University of Toronto in international relations and peace and conflict studies. She is a board member of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, a senior fellow at the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and was called to the Bar of Upper Canada.

Misha Boutilier:

Misha Boutilier is the Director of Graduate Research at the CCR2P and a second-year student in the J.D. program at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. He has an Honours B.A. with High Distinction in International Relations and History from the University of Toronto, recieving the Governor-General’s Silver Medal for graduating with the highest standing in Arts at the University of Toronto. He also received the All Souls Prize from the Department of History for his senior thesis on the roots of the Responsibility to Protect in Canadian foreign policy. Misha will be serving as a law clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario starting in August 2018.

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui is currently a member of a tech social enterprise based at the University of Toronto's business incubator. Nouhaila's background and interests lie where entrepreneurship and global humanitarianism intersect. Her passion for human rights and global issues, particularly around displaced persons, is reflected on her work in Turkey on the refugee crisis and the app/website she is involved in to help newcomers find healthcare in Canada. Nouhaila also worked for the Ontario government, implemented development projects in Brazil and Morocco, and taught in Turkey for one year. The languages she speaks are English, French, Arabic, and Spanish. Nouhaila is a board member of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. She graduated from the University of Toronto, Department of Political Science in 2014.

Haneen Tamari (Bio pending)


To view the event's schedule in full, please click here:

Competition Details

One of the highlights of the summit will be a group case competition. Students will analyze the Syrian Civil War and critically assess Canada's foreign policy in response to it. During the Summit, a hypothetical Crisis Situation in the Syrian conflict will be announced and teams of students will-- given their knowledge of the Syrian crisis, Canadian foreign policy, and the Responsibility to Protect-- propose a Canadian policy response and argue for why their chosen response is best.

In drafting their policy response, students will construct a page-long executive summary of their policy

The goal of this case competition is to facilitate an environment where students can practically engage with material related to Canadian foreign policy, national values of humanitarianism, and the current Syrian crisis in the context of R2P. Through this exercise, students will develop the analytical, critical thinking, and public speaking skills that they will need in order to become strong advocates of humanitarianism and R2P.

Further details on the competition, including rubrics and samples, will be released closer to the summit.


The Munk school has been chosen specifically for its exemplary degree of accessibility. If you have any questions regarding accessibility for the venue or the event, do not hesitate to contact Outreach.CCR2P@gmail.com


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are several parking spaces around the University of Toronto. For more information, consult http://map.utoronto.ca/access/parking-lots

What can I bring into the event?

It is heavily recommended that students bring a device (e.g. a laptop, ipad, etc.) to the event in the interest of research for the policy competition. If this is not possible, please contact Outreach.CCR2P@gmail.com. Lunch will be provided!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Tickets will be checked at registration. While it is not necessary to have printed them out, you must present your ticket to the relevant registration personnel-- whether it be on paper or digitally. Relevant photo ID must also be presented.

What should I do to prepare for the competition?

Because the situation for which policies will be drafted will not be announced until the beginning of the Summit, students are invited to build a robust body of background knowledge on the Syrian crisis and Canadian foreign policy. A packet of information relevant to the competition will be released closer to the date of the summit.

  • Naomi Kikoler

    Naomi Kikoler

    Center for the Prevention of Genocide at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Haneen Tamari

    Haneen Tamari

    University of Toronto, Magnet.Today, Ryerson University

  • Kevin Vuong

    Kevin Vuong

    Agency for Public and Social Innovation, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Institute for Global Health Equity & Innovation

  • Dr. Lois Wilson

    Dr. Lois Wilson

    The Very Reverend, The Honourable,

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