Newly-Appointed Directors Gather in Ottawa
OTTAWA, Oct 7 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of the Global Centre for
Pluralism, Canada's new international research and education centre
dedicated to the study and practice of pluralism worldwide gathered in
Ottawa today for its inaugural two-day meeting .
Chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan, Founder and Chairman of the
Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia
Ismaili Muslims, the Board is composed of renowned Canadian and
international leaders and thinkers. They include The Right Honourable
Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada and Kofi
Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Other
members are: Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Head of the AKDN's Social
Welfare department, Iain Benson, Canadian lawyer and Professor of
Law at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein; Yash Ghai,
leading Kenyan constitutional expert; Rudyard Griffiths, co-founder
of the Dominion Institute; Huguette Labelle, Chancellor,
University of Ottawa; Azim Nanji, Senior Associate Director for
the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University; Margaret
Ogilvie, Chancellor's Professor of Law, Carleton University;
and Khalil Shariff, Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan
Foundation Canada (AKFC).
The Global Centre for Pluralism is an initiative of His Highness the Aga
Khan in partnership with the Government of Canada. The Centre takes
inspiration from Canada's experience with pluralism and will focus on
bringing knowledge about the benefits and practice of pluralism to other
countries around the world.
The new Board is charged with establishing an institutional framework to
support and implement the founding vision for the Centre as a global
resource for research, education and exchange about the values,
practices and policies that underpin pluralist societies.
The mission of the Global Centre for Pluralism is to promote pluralism
as a fundamental human value and cornerstone of peace, stability and
development. Ensuring that every individual - irrespective of cultural,
ethnic or religious differences - has the opportunity to realize his or
her full potential as a citizen is a vital part of this mission.
When fully operational, the Centre will serve as a global repository and
source for knowledge and know-how about fostering pluralistic values,
policies, and practices in a variety of settings. It will enable
international policy dialogue; academic and professional development;
provide advisory services; and support research and learning.
The Centre will eventually occupy 330 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. Situated
between the National Gallery of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint, this
landmark heritage building was purpose-built to house the Dominion
Archives of Canada and later served as the home of the Canadian War
The building, which has been vacant for several years, requires
extensive renovation and rehabilitation - expected to take some years to
complete. Preliminary work to guide the long-term, multi-phased
revitalization of the heritage property and the site has already been
undertaken and will continue in the coming months.
For more information, including biographical notes of the Board of
Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism, please visit www.pluralism.ca.
SOURCE Aga Khan Foundation Canada
For further information: For further information:
|Jennifer Morrow |
Aga Khan Foundation Canada
(613) 237-2532 Ext 107
| || || || || ||Laurie Peters|
Aga Khan Foundation Canada
(613) 237-2532 Ext 120