Parliamentary Forums on Religious Freedom

David-Anderson-4th-Parliamentary-Forum-on-Religious-FreedomIn March of 2011, MP David Anderson hosted the first Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom. Envisioned as a way to raise awareness of the need to protect religious freedoms around the world, five subsequent forums have since been held.

For more information on each forum, please follow the links below:

In October of 2017, MP David Anderson hosted the first Parliamentary Forum on Canadians Freedoms, with the goal of identifying potential threats to civil liberties in Canada:


SPEAKER BIO: Fr. Raymond J. de Souza

Father Raymond J. de Souza Editor-in-Chief of Convivium.ca Father Raymond J. de Souza serves as Editor-in-Chief of Convivium.ca, Chaplain of Newman House at Queen’s University, and as Pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Wolfe Island, ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Ray Pennings

Ray Pennings Executive Vice President, Cardus Ray Pennings has founded a think tank, worked in politics and punditry, published on education, law, and theology, and led the research arm of a labour organization. He has spoken and written widely ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Raheel Raza

Raheel Raza President, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow & Founding Member, Muslim Reform Movement Raheel Raza is President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow; founding member of The Muslim Reform Movement; Director of Forum for ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Don Hutchinson

Don Hutchinson Author & Principal, Ansero Services Don Hutchinson is the principal of Ansero Services, a registered Canadian charity that encourages Christian individuals and ministries actively engaged on the issue of religious freedom in ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. David Guretzki

Dr. David Guretzki Executive Vice President, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Dr. David Guretzki is Executive Vice President and Resident Theologian at the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. He previously worked 24 years at Briercrest College and ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Imam Luqman Ahmed

Imam Luqman Ahmed Imam with Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada Luqman Ahmed is an Imam with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Canada, currently working in Ottawa region. He is a graduate of Jamia Ahmadiyya Canada, a seven-year ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Mr. Jay Cameron

Mr. Jay Cameron Litigation Manager, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Jay Cameron is the litigation manager at the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a non-profit law firm dedicated to the education and defence of Canadians ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham

Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham B.A., LL.B., LL.D. Professor, Trinity Western University Director, Laurentian Leadership Centre Janet Epp Buckingham is a professor at Trinity Western University and the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, an ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John Robson

Dr. John Robson Documentary Filmmaker, Columnist, Commentator-at-large and Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa John Robson, commentator-at-large with News Talk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa, columnist with the National Post and documentary ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Rukiye Turdush

Ms. Rukiye Turdush Former spokesperson of East Turkistan Government in Exile, Diplomacy and Human Rights Office Rukiye Turdush was born in East Turkistan. An ethnic Uyghur, she studied history at East China Normal University in Shanghai. She ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Anastasia Lin

Miss Anastasia Lin Award Winning Actress, Reigning Miss World Canada and Human Rights Advocate Anastasia Lin is an award-winning actress, beauty pageant titleholder, and human rights advocate. In 2015, Lin won the Miss World Canada title, and ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Andrew Bennett

Dr. Andrew Bennett Senior Research Fellow with the Religious Freedom Research Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett, an academic and advocate for religious freedom ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Carole Samdup

Ms. Carole Samdup Executive Director, Canada Tibet Committee Carole Samdup has served as Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee since 2012. Previously she was a senior policy advisor at the International Centre for Human Rights & ... Full Article