Saturday, April 2, 2016

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to join the Canadian Arab Institute at its firstLeadership & Excellence Awards Gala

Honouring those who embody the genius of Canadian multiculturalism: Mary Jo Haddad & Sheldon Levy.  

The Canadian Arab Institute is proud to announce its first awards gala which will take place at Toronto’s most unique historical special events venue, The Carlu, on April 4, 2016. The event will honour Mary Jo Haddad, former CEO of SickKids, for the excellence with which she built an illustrious career as a leading advocate of children’s health, and Sheldon Levy, former President of Ryerson, for his innovation and leadership in city-building, multiculturalism and inclusion.

WHEN:    Monday, April 4th, 2016, 6::30 pm

WHERE:  The Carlu, 7, 444 Yonge St, Toronto

John Honderich, of the Toronto Star, will engage in a dialogue with the honorees about the transformational potential of diversity and inclusion.

The gala will also shine a spotlight on Canada’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis. We will welcome Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who greeted the first refugees on their arrival in Canada, and Ratna Omidvar, Chair of Lifeline Syria which is coordinating the arrival of privately sponsored refugees. 

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and internationally-renowned Syrian musician Kinan Azmeh will be presenting an original composition to celebrate the cultural contribution of Syrian refugees to Canada.   A portion of the gala proceeds will go to fund 10 mentorships directed at Syrian refugees. 

The evening’s co-chairs, Judith Ramirez and Mohamad Fakih, will welcome over 300 business people, civic leaders, philanthropists and professionals from the Canadian Arab community and beyond. The gala will be hosted by John Moore, host of Moore in the Morning on Newstalk 1010, and soprano Allison Angelo will render a gender-inclusive version of the national anthem.


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