Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinners

/Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinners

Carleton University Dialogue and Friendship Dinner

Carleton University’s Intercultural Dialogue Institute would like to cordially invite you to attend our Fourth Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner on the topic of “Welcoming and Accepting Refugees: Promoting and Enriching Cultural Exchange in Canada.” The event will feature a free banquet of Turkish food, an interfaith panel discussion with speakers from Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and a cultural performance. This event is being held FREE of charge on Monday, March 21th, 2016 from 6-9 pm in Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons, Carleton University. WHEN Monday, 21 March 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) WHERE Carleton University – Ottawa, ON, Canada Residence Commons Fenn Lounge

March 21st, 2016|

11th Annual Dialogue and Friendship Program

Intercultural Dialogue Institute-Ottawa hosted its 11th Annual Dialogue & Friendship Program on October 22, 2015 at 335 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata. Hosted by Vassy Kapelos, Correspondent for Global National, the event brought together closed to 100 hundred people from all walks of life including councillors, community leaders, academics and etc. Prof. Roseann Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor of the Carleton University delivered a keynote address on University and City Regions: Partnership for Community Building and Innovation. Also, the event featured Excellence in Community Service award presentations. This year, Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre and Ottawa Community Immigration Services Organization were honoured with the award. The evening concluded with closing remarks by distinguished guests. For summary of the keynote speech, please click here.

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November 10th, 2015|

IDI Ottawa Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Dialogue and Friendship Dinners

Intercultural Dialogue Institute - Ottawa held its 10th Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner on the theme, "Social Cohesion and Responsible Citizenship". Emceed by Ms. Jenna Sudds, Executive Director of Kanata North BIA, the event brought together politicians, City Councillors, bureaucrats, academics, community leaders, faith leaders, business leaders, media representatives, NGOs, and many others. The program commenced with greeting messages of the Hon. Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Mayor Jim Watson. After the opening remarks by Mr. Vusal Babashov, Executive Director of IDI-Ottawa, Mr. Mark Taylor, Deputy Mayor for Ottawa offered his welcome remarks to the diverse audience. The evening proceeded with dinner and dessert, where community members from across Ottawa networked and created dialogue. Guests also enjoyed a video produced by IDI about what Canadians believe to be social cohesion and responsible citizenship. The event marked its summit with the keynote speech presented by Mr. Andrew Potter, editor of the Ottawa Citizen and author of The Rebel Sell and The Authenticity Hoax. Mr. Potter discussed the role of the media in creating an environment of social cohesion and put forward his personal experiences and the views of scholars in regard to multiculturalism in the Canadian context. Guests then took pleasure in listening to a live performance by Juliane Brazeau, after which the 2015 Excellence in Community Service Awards were presented to Michael Allen, President & CEO, United Way Ottawa and to Larry Martin, Retired Teacher, both who demonstrated great commitment and involvement in the community and demonstrated values of responsible citizenship. The program ended with a family photo and warm discussions as individuals got ready to leave and appreciate some of the thoughtful dialogue that emerged throughout the program of the evening.

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February 26th, 2015|

Dialogue and Friendship Dinner – 2014

Intercultural Dialogue Institute Ottawa organized its 9th dialogue and friendship dinner at the newly built IDI-Ottawa facility on January 23rd 2014. The attendees were members of parliament, academicians, cultural community leaders, bureaucrats, religious community leaders, educators, journalists, representatives from NGO’s and municipal, provincial, and federal government officials. The keynote speaker was Dr. Jennifer Adams, Director of Education, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. The theme was “Education and the Citizens of Tomorrow: Access, Diversity, Skills, and Values” Hosting Committee: Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Ministry of Energy, MPP, Ottawa-West Charles Bordeleau, Chief of Police, Ottawa Police Services Colin Cooke, President, North-South Institute David Dyment, President CIC National Capital Branch Jack MacLaren, Member of Provincial Parliament, Carleton-Mississippi Mills Jennifer Adams, Director of Education, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Julie Cafley, Vice-President, Public Policy Forum Kent MacDonald, President of Algonquin College Nycole Turmel, Member of Parliament, Aylmer-Hull, Gatineau Peter Milliken, Former Speaker of the House of Commons   Please see some of the photos during the dinner below.

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February 12th, 2014|

Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner 2013

IDI Ottawa’s Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner on National Identity took place at Delta City Centre in Ottawa on Thursday, February 7, 2013. The theme of the dinner was “Hearts and Minds for a Country: Nation and the Construction of Self Identity. The opening remarks were by Hon. Peter Milliken, Former Speaker of the House of Commons. The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Donald Beecher, Chancellor’s Professor at Carleton University. Please click here to read Dr. Donald Beecher speech. The red and white roses on the program logo meant that the red symbolized hearts and the white symbolized minds. And of course, red and white are colours of the Canadian Flag. There are roses – because they grow… and symbolize the growth of our nation and self identify. Please click here to see Governor General`s message. The hosting committee for the Dialogue and Friendship Dinner consisted of: Dr. Roseann O'Reiley Runte, President & Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University Hon. Peter Milliken, Former Speaker of the House of Commons Mr. Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Mr. Gary Corbett, President and CEO, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada Mr. Ian Bird, President and CEO, Community Foundations of Canada Hon. David Kilgour, Former Member of Parliament Dr. Catherine Clifford, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University Mr. Wayne Russett, RCMP, Aboriginal & Ethnic Liaison Officer, A-Division, NCR.

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February 11th, 2013|

Dialogue and Friendship Dinner & Essay Contest – 2011

Intercultural Dialogue Institute Ottawa organized a dialogue and friendship program at the Government Conference Centre on October 5th 2011. The attendees were members of parliament, academicians, cultural community leaders, bureaucrats, religious community leaders, educators, journalists, representatives from NGO’s and municipal, provincial, and federal government officials. The keynote speaker was Dr. Howard Duncan,Executive head of the Metropolis Project at Immigration and Citizenship Canada. The program included awards for essay contest winners.  There were five student winners of whom three were from Saint Paul University, one was from Carleton University, and one was from the University of Ottawa. A group of judges from major universities graded the essays and named the winning essays.The essay contest was the first time IDI-Ottawa brought young minds to display their opinions involving the theme of “The Language of Art and the Art of Living Together.” Please read one of the winning essays here.  

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December 12th, 2011|