Concordia University's Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies Receives $1.3-million Donation from James M. Stanford



    MONTREAL, March 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Concordia University and the Montreal
Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) are pleased to announce
a generous gift of $1.3 million from James M. Stanford, O.C., LLD. The funds
will support the various research and academic activities of MIGS, which was
founded in 1986 to uncover the underlying reasons for genocide and other
crimes against humanity and put forth policy recommendations on how to resolve
conflicts before they become mass atrocity crimes.
    The major gift from Mr. Stanford, a Concordia alumnus, will directly fund
MIGS's recently developed Will to Intervene (W2I) project that aims to
mobilize key politicians to act and design practical tools for non-government
organization (NGO) directors, media leaders, business executives and others so
they can pressure governments to prevent future genocides and other crimes
against humanity. The W2I project was jointly developed by MIGS and its Senior
Fellow, Senator, Lieutenant-General (Retired) Roméo A. Dallaire, O.C., C.M.M.,
M.S.C., C.D., LLD, Canada's leading advocate of peacemaking, peacekeeping and
peace building in the world's war-torn regions.
    "The important work by MIGS and the W2I program on genocide education and
prevention has never been more compelling and relevant," Mr. Stanford said.
"The involvement of Lieutenant General Dallaire, our country's foremost peace
ambassador, is a testament to the calibre, integrity and significance of these
initiatives." Senator Dallaire was awarded the Loyola Medal in 2006, a tribute
to an exceptional citizen distinguished by his character, life philosophy and
significant contribution to Canada.
    Added Frank Chalk, Concordia Professor of History and Director of MIGS:
"Throughout the years, our Institute has had a positive impact on genocide
prevention, early warning and accountability for war crimes around the world.
Our graduates are making meaningful contributions to government agencies,
regional security organizations, NGOs and educational institutions. From the
Armenian genocide to the Holocaust, from Cambodia to Rwanda and Darfur, MIGS
stands in the front ranks of respected research centres consulted whenever
issues related to genocide and crimes against humanity arise. This generous
gift will make it possible for us to strengthen and further our mission."
Prof. Chalk heads to London, Madrid and Kigali in March and April for
consultations on the situation in Darfur, hate media today, and the
development of new forms of evidence to document genocide before domestic and
international courts.
    Kathy Assayag, Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Relations, said
that: "We are grateful to alumni like James M. Stanford who continue to
support their alma mater and higher education in general. The University's
major upcoming campaign will strive to strengthen and enhance exceptional
initiatives, such as the work of MIGS, which have a positive impact on our
global communities."
    Mr. Stanford, who lives in Calgary, Alta;, is President of Stanford
Resource Management Inc., retired President, Chief Executive Officer and a
director of Petro-Canada, and Chairman of the Board of OPTI Canada Inc. and
NOVA Chemicals Corporation. Mr. Stanford holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering
from the University of Alberta earned an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from
that university in 2000. He also holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from Loyola
College in Montreal, one of the two founding institutions of Concordia
University, from which Mr. Stanford was conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws
Degree in 2000. In 2004, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

    Interviews with Mr. James Stanford, Senator, Lieutenant-General (Retired)
Roméo A. Dallaire and Professor Frank Chalk can be arranged through Lucy Niro.



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For further information:

For further information: Lucy Niro Director, Communications Advancement
and Alumni Relations, Concordia University, (514) 848-2424, ext. 4977,
Lucy.niro@concordia.ca

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