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: 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

SPEAKER BIO: Joel Chipkar

Mr. Joel Chipkar Spokesperson, Falun Dafa Association of Canada Joel Chipkar is a spokesperson for Falun Dafa Association of Canada. He has worked with the Canadian government agencies, such as the Immigration and Refugee Board in his capacity ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: David Mulroney

Mr. David Mulroney President & Vice-Chancellor, University of St. Michael’s College David Mulroney is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College, the Catholic federated university within the University of ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Abdu Murray

Mr. Abdu Murray B.A., J.D. North American Director, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Mr. Murray is the author of two books, including his latest, Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews. Mr. ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Mario Silva

Dr. Mario Silva B.A., LL.M., Ph.D. (International Law) Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University Dr. Mario Silva has had a distinguished career as an elected municipal and federal official between the years 1994 and 2011 as well as an ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Janet Epp Buckingham

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

SPEAKER BIO: Os Guinness

Dr. Os Guinness D.Phil International Adjunct Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Author, and Social Critic Dr. Os Guinness was born in China in World War II where his parents were medical missionaries.  He completed his ... Full Article