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The Munk School of Global Affairs, (North Wing: Room 108N)

1 Devonshire Place

Toronto, Ontario


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As we continue to witness the greatest humanitarian crisis of our times in Syria, the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P) will be bringing young leaders together to examine this crisis in the context of Canada’s 150th anniversary and its identity as a leader in promoting global humanitarianism.

This youth summit on the Syrian crisis -- which has led to over 400,000 civilian casualties, some 6.1 million internally displaced people, and 4.8 million refugees -- will bring together top experts in the field for an in-depth analysis of the Syrian crisis. This analysis will, in particular, focus on our collective responsibility to prevent resurgences of mass atrocity crimes by ensuring that Syrians are empowered -- through social entrepreneurship, scalable and sustainable community construction initiatives, and peace-building measures -- to rebuild a secure and prosperous Syria in the wake of conflict. A comprehensive training will be provided on the normative, legal and political dimensions of R2P.

This event is open to all students and young professionals under 30 as well as any interested secondary school teachers or parents.

We would also like to recognize the generous support of Trinity College in making this event possible.

Space is limited, so get your tickets now.

Schedule of Events:

9:45-10:00: Registration in room 108N

10:05-10:15: Welcoming Remarks by Tina Park

10:15 - 11:15: Overview of R2P & Syrian Conflict by Misha Boutilier

11:15-12:00: "R2P in the Anthropocene" -- Keynote Address by Dr. Maria Banda (Followed by a Q&A period):

12:00-1:00: Networking Luncheon

1:00 - 2:45: Panel 1: The Role of Technology & Innovation in Implementing R2P - featuring Naomi Kikoler, Kevin Vuong, and James Thuch Madhier.

2:45-3:00: Break for refreshments

3:00-4:45: Panel 2: Tackling Syria: Capacity Building & Partnerships in Volatile Security Environments, featuring Dr. Robert Murray, Dr. Paul Heinbecker, and Robert Baines.

4:45-5:00: Closing Remarks.


Paul Heinbecker (PhD), Former Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN:

Dr. Paul Heinbecker served as Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador of Canada to Germany and Minister (Political Affairs) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, as well as in more junior positions in Ankara, Stockholm and the OECD. In Ottawa, he has been Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to then Prime Minister Mulroney, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign Policy and Defence, and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Security and Global Affairs in the Department of External/Foreign Affairs. Paul was an architect of Canada’s human security agenda, helped negotiate an end to the Kosovo war, headed the Canadian delegation to the Climate Change negotiations in Kyoto and represented Canada on the UN Security Council. At the UN he was a leading opponent of the Iraq war, and an advocate of the International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect.

Maria Banda (PhD), Graham Fellow, University of Toronto Faculty of Law:

Dr. Maria L. Banda is an international lawyer and Graham Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. She practiced law in Washington, D.C., focusing on public international law, international arbitration, and international litigation, and worked with several international organizations, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Labour Organization, and the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as the UN Special Representative’s team on Business and Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School. She clerked for Justice Ian Binnie and Justice Michael Moldaver at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Hon. BA), Harvard Law School (J.D.), and Oxford University (D.Phil., International Relations), where she studied as a Rhodes and a Trudeau Scholar. She writes on international and environmental law, global governance, Canada-U.S. relations, R2P, and climate change. She is a Visiting Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, an Advisor to the Canadian Centre on the Responsibility to Protect, and Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council.

Naomi Kikoler, Deputy Director, Simon-Skjodt Centre for the Prevention of Genocide:

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.

Kevin Vuong, Co-Founder and CEO, Agency for Public and Social Innovation:

Kevin is a connector, city-builder, and military officer working to build a stronger, more resilient and prosperous Canada through social innovation and cross-sectoral collaboration.As Partnerships Lead at Ryerson University’s Magnet Project, Kevin is building cross-sectoral partnerships across Canada to combat unemployment and underemployment among individuals facing barriers connecting to jobs. He is also a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, former banker, and a naval intelligence officer at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship YORK active in city-building.In Toronto, Kevin serves as Co-Chair of the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy, Board Director for the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, and Chair of the Southcore Community Association as well as other city committees and community boards. He also sits on the University of Western Ontario, his alma mater, Council of Presidents as Chairman of the Dan Management Advisory Council.Named Canada’s Top Under 30 Pan-Asian leader in 2014, Kevin has represented Canada at multiple international forums including the 2010 G8 and G20 Summits, the 2013 G20 Summit and an economic and development trade mission to the Asian Pacific.He was a Geneva Challenge global finalist, 2016 Next Gen Leader with Canada’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, and was awarded in 2016 a Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Fellowship to take part in their Emerging Leaders program. Most recently, Kevin was appointed a Public Fellow as a leading Canadian thinker under 35 for the 2016 Spur Festival and a Junior Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

James Thuch Madhier, Founder & President, The Rainmaker Initiative:

James is originally from Tonj, South Sudan, where he lived until age 15 before relocating to Kakuma refugee camp in Northern Kenya during the Sudanese civil war. James came to University of Toronto in 2014 through the World University Service of Canada, a sponsorship program for exceptional refugee students around the world. James has been highly involved in international cooperation and transformative social justice work, notably with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), European Union (selected as a future leader to advocate on high-level discussions on trade for inclusive and sustainable growth between the EU and Africa), and United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) where he presented on a high-level panel in Baku, Azerbaijan on Peace and Security. James is a speaker who has appeared on various platforms such as at the Walrus Talks, at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Brussels and at the Universities around the world. James has recently spoken on a panel alongside General Romeo Dallaire and Canadian National Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan. The panel, marking International Peacekeeping Day, was on the issue of protecting children in conflict.

Robert Murray (PhD), Managing Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Dentons Canada:

Dr. Robert W. Murray is the Managing Director for Dentons Canada LLP's Government Affairs and Public Policy Practice Group. He holds senior fellowships at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, as well as research fellowships at the University of Calgary’s Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies, and the University of Alberta’s European Union Centre of Excellence. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta, an MA in Political Science from Brock University and a BA (Hons) in History from Brock University. He is a regular writer and commentator for various media outlets across Canada and the world.

Robert Baines, President, NATO Association of Canada:

Robert Baines is President of the NATO Association of Canada and Executive Director of the Canada-Albania Business Council. He has a BA in Philosophy from U of T (Trinity) and an MA in History from York University. Mr. Baines is involved on the committees of many young professionals’ groups in Toronto including AGO Next, the Canadian Opera Company, Massey Hall/RTH Centre Aisle and the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Leaders. He is also a Vice President of the St. George’s Society, Toronto’s oldest charity. Mr. Baines is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and has received the Canadian Forces Decoration.

Misha Boutilier, Director of Graduate Research, Canadian Centre for R2P:

Misha is the Director of Graduate Research at the Canadian Centre for R2P. He is currently pursuing a J.D. at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Misha holds an Honours B.A. with high distinction in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of the Governor-General’s Silver Medal for graduating with the highest standing in Arts from 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. Outside of CCR2P, Misha has served as a Junior Fellow with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History. He recently traveled to the Caucasus to conduct research on anti-discrimination legislation in Georgia.

Tina Park, Co-founder & Executive Director, Canadian Centre for R2P:

Tina J. Park is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for R2P and oversees various strategic and operational aspects of the Centre. Tina has advised the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the 127th Assembly in Quebec City with Dr. Edward Luck, the former UN Secretary-General’s Representative on R2P. She further assisted the IPU at the 128th Assembly in Quito, Ecuador for the adoption of R2P Resolution entitled “The Role of Parliamentarians in Enforcing R2P.” Tina has participated in the civil society consultative process for the the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Report on Responsibility to Protect since 2012 and has participated in the UN General Assembly's annual informal and interactive dialogue on R2P. Tina is a frequent commentator on R2P-related issues and has travelled around the world to advocate for the political implementation of R2P. Tina recently co-authored a book chapter with Victor MacDiamird on the role of private sector in implementing R2P, to be published by Cambridge University Press, 2015. An award-winning scholar, Tina is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Toronto, focusing on a hundred years of history between Canada and Korea. Tina teaches Canadian foreign policy on campus and has served as a Junior Fellow at Massey College and a member of the Governing Council of University of Toronto. \

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