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: 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

SPEAKER BIO: Natasha Bakht

Natasha Bakht B.A., M.A., LL.B, LL.M Associate Professor, University of Ottawa Natasha Bakht is an associate professor of law at the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2003. She clerked with Louise Arbour at the ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Don Hutchinson

Don Hutchinson B.A., J.D. Past Vice President and General Legal Counsel, EFC Don Hutchinson is a husband, father and grandfather who graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law a long ... Full Article

SPEAKER BIO: Janet Epp Buckingham

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

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. James C. Wallace

Dr. James C. (Jim) Wallace B.Mus., M.Div., D.Min., M.A., Ph.D. candidate (ABD) Lecturer in the Dept. of International Relations at Boston University Jim is an international relations expert, scholar, religious leader, author and businessman. ... Full Article

Religious freedom forum provokes strong reactions

By Geoffrey Johnston, Kingston Whig-Standard Last week in Ottawa, Conservative MP David Anderson hosted the second-annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom and Governance. The event, at the Government Conference Centre, was attended by ... Full Article