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11 am - 1 pm, September 30th, 2014 




Room FSS 4007, Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS),

Social Sciences Building (FSS), Ottawa University

120 University Street

Ottawa, K1N 6N5



Paul Dewar, Canadian Member of Parliament

Paul Dewar has been the Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre since 2006, and is the Foreign Affairs Critic for the NDP Official Opposition. He is the current Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes against Humanity, and he is proud to have been able to help establish April 23 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities. He is a co-president of PNND (Parliamentarians for Non-Nuclear Proliferation and Disarmament), and has participated in election observation missions and international delegations to Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Errol Mendes, Professor, Lawyer, Author

Professor Errol P. Mendes is a lawyer, author, professor and has been an advisor to corporations, governments, civil society groups and the United Nations where he assisted in the development of the UN Global Compact.  He has acted as a human rights Tribunal and Boards of Inquiry adjudicator in Canada, acted as an international arbitrator on several occasions, served in the highest levels of the Canadian federal public service in the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada and most recently served as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court. He was recently appointed as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School for the fall of 2013. His areas of expertise include private and public sector governance and social responsibility, international law, constitutional law and human rights law and policy. He has taught in these areas at law schools across Canada and is presently a full professor of Law at the University of Ottawa in the nation’s capital. 


Professor Mendes is a frequent speaker and media commentator and writer on democracy, politics, government ethics, constitutional conventions and law, human rights, international law and business across Canada and the world. 

Opening Statement: Vera Gara, Holocaust Survivor, Author

Opening Statement: David Lunderquist, Chargé d'Affaires Embassy of Sweden, Ottawa

David Lunderquist is a counsellor at the Swedish Embassy in Ottawa since 2010. He has worked for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs since 1996. He has previously been posted to Brussels, Paris and Bucharest. He was one of the co-organisers of the Wallenberg commemorative year in Canada 2012-2013 which included an exhibition at the Canadian War Museum and seminars in Ottawa and Toronto.

Irwin Cotler is the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal. He is a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (2003-2006) and is Professor of Law Emeritus at McGill University where he taught law for 30 years. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Prof. Cotler is the recipient of 10 honorary doctorates. He currently serves as Liberal Advocate for Rights and Freedoms and is Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Committee on Justice and Human Rights and Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Human Rights.


Mr. Cotler helped established Canada’s Raoul Wallenberg Commemorative Day and has chaired the International Commission on the Fate and Whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg.


Irwin Cotler, Canadian Member of Parliament for Mont Royal



Learn about commemorations and monuments in honor of Raoul Wallenberg in Ottawa




See pictures from the event


Watch the video the relive the event

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