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Right Honourable Joe Clark, P.C., C.C.

Right Honourable Joe Clark, P.C., C.C. was elected eight times to the House of Commons of Canada, and is a Former Canadian Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and Minister of Constitutional Affairs, as well as Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, and National Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He is President of Joe Clark and Associates Ltd., a professor in the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University, Vice-Chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Friends of the Inter-American Charter. In recent years, Mr. Clark has been active on governance issues in the developing world, with the Commonwealth, the Carter Center, and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), including active discussions sponsored by NDI and the European Union on means to improve governance assistance to developing nations.

As Minister of Constitutional Affairs in Canada, Mr. Clark led the negotiation of the Charlottetown Accord, which achieved unanimous agreement on major constitutional changes among Canada’s federal government, 10 provinces, two territories and representatives of Aboriginal peoples. Mr. Clark is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and l’Ordre de la Pleiades, and the first recipient of the Vimy Award. He was a founding member of the Pacific Council for International Policy, has served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Cyprus, and is the author of Canada: A Nation Too Good to Lose. Joe Clark lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with his wife Maureen McTeer, a Canadian author and lawyer specializing in law and public policy.

Grand Council Chief John Beaucage, B.A., D.Litt.
Moderator, Aboriginal Peace Circle

John Beaucage B.A., D.Litt. was elected in 2004 as Grand Council Chief to serve the 42-member First Nations of the Anishinabek Nation, and re-elected in 2006 by acclamation, a rare occurrence in the history of one of Canada’s oldest First Nation political organizations. Prior to his election as Grand Council Chief, Mr. Beaucage was the elected Chief of Wasauksing First Nation and served in that capacity for four consecutive terms.

Mr. Beaucage is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a combined degree in English and economics, and he has done post-graduate work in First Nation planning at the University of British Columbia. He has also received an Honourary Doctor of Letters from Nipissing University. As Grand Council Chief, Mr. Beaucage played an instrumental role in the 2005 First Ministers’ Meeting in Kelowna, BC. In 2008, Mr. Beaucage was appointed Chairperson of the $300 million First Nations Market Housing Fund, a innovative way to give First Nations citizens the opportunity to own their homes on reserve.

Since leaving his position as Grand Council Chief, Mr. Beaucage has served on a number of boards and is developing green energy projects with First Nations across the country. He has also has been involved as a mediator with land disputes and was appointed as Special Advisor to the Minister of Children & Youth Services, which resulted in a much publicized report on the state of native child welfare in Ontario.

Eyaabay (his traditional name) is a Pipe Carrier from the Bear Clan. A citizen of Wasauksing First Nation, he was raised on the Shawanaga First Nation, and has extended family in Nipissing, Curve Lake and Moose Deer Point First Nations. Mr. Beaucage and his wife Bonnie have been married for 38 years and have four children and eight grandchildren.

Dr.Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH
Keynote Speaker, Recipient - David Plant Award for Excellence in International Dispute Resolution

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian physician and internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist devoted to advancing health and education opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East, both through his own research and by founding the charitable organization The Daughters of Life Foundation, which provides girls and women with undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities to play an influential role in improving the quality of life throughout the Middle East through education. Through his work, Dr. Abuelaish has had the opportunity to experience the impacts of conflict in countries like Palestine, Egypt, Israel, Uganda, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia. Working as both an insider and outsider to conflict led him to consider doctors as peace-makers by the moral doctrine of their profession.

His work as both a healthcare practitioner and a peace advocate mobilizes health as a tool for peace. Dr. Abuelaish has overcome poverty, violence, and the horrific tragedy of his three daughters’ and niece’s deaths in the 2009 Gaza War by Israeli tank shells. He continues to live up to the description bestowed upon him by an Israeli colleague as a “magical, secret bridge between Israelis and Palestinians.” He is now one of the most outspoken, prominent and beloved researchers, educators, and public speakers on peace and development in the Middle East and throughout the world. He has received a number of national and international awards and nominations in recognition of his promotion of peace through health, and has been given three honourary degrees in law from the University of Manitoba, from Queens University, and from The University of Western Ontario. He has been nominated three years consecutively for the Nobel Peace Prize, and support for his candidacy keeps growing exponentially every year. He is the recipient of the Stavros Niarchos Prize for Survivorship, and was also one of three finalists for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Since 2010, Dr. Abuelaish has also been named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan for three consecutive years, and was the first-ever recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize. Published in 2010, Dr. Abuelaish’s book,
I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey, has become an international best-seller and was inspired by the loss of his three daughters - Bessan, Mayar, and Aya - and their cousin Noor to Israeli shelling on January 16, 2009 and a testament to his commitment to forgiveness as the solution to conflict and the catalyst towards peace. Dr. Abuelaish has founded The Daughters for Life Foundation, a Canadian charity that provides young women in high school and university the opportunity to develop a strong voice and play a more influential role in improving the quality of life throughout the Middle East through their education. Currently, Dr. Abuelaish lives with his five children in Toronto, where he is an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Ambassador Ken Taylor, O.C.

Ambassador Ken Taylor, O.C. is best known as the former Canadian Ambassador to Iran who, in 1980, risked his own life and his country’s reputation to help save the lives of six American hostages during the Iran Crisis. His heroism made him an overnight international celebrity. He received the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the Order of Canada. He has been portrayed by actor Gordon Pinsent in the 1981 movie Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper and, in recognition of the 30th anniversary of this legendary story, Taylor was portrayed by Victor Garber in Ben Affleck’s 2012 movie Argo. Author Robert Wright also detailed the account in his book Our Man In Tehran in 2010. Ken Taylor’s service as a diplomat in the Canadian Foreign Service also involved trade development responsibilities in Guatemala, Detroit and London, foreign-aid-related matters in Pakistan, crisis management in Iran and the enhancement of Canada’s image in New York (as the former Canadian Consul General). Since his resignation from the foreign service in 1984, Mr. Taylor has worked extensively in the private sector. He has served as a board member of a range of companies in Canada, the United States and Mexico, and has provided counselling services to clients on issues of political risk, international marketing and strategic accommodation with government.

Madame Louise Fréchette, O.C.

Madame Louise Fréchette, O.C. is Chair of the Board of CARE Canada and a member of the Board of CARE International. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Essilor International. She is also a member of the Global Leadership Foundation and of the Advisory Board to the Institute for the Study of International Development. From 1998 to 2006, Madame Fréchette was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Prior to this, Madame Fréchette pursued a career in the public service of Canada, serving notably as Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay (1985-1988), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1992-1994), Associate Deputy Minister of Finance (1995) and Deputy Minister of National Defence (1995-1998). Mme Fréchette has a degree in History from the University of Montreal and a Certificate in Economy from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She was awarded honourary degrees by several universities in Canada and abroad. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Chief Justice Warren K. Winkler, B.A., LL.B., LL.M.
Recipient - Lifetime Achievement Award 

Chief Justice Warren K. Winkler, B.A., LL.B., LL.M. was appointed Chief Justice of Ontario and President of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in June 2007. Prior to his appointment, he served for 14 years as a trial judge of the Superior Court of Justice, including three years as the Regional Senior Justice for Toronto. He is widely recognized for his expertise in mediation, having judicially mediated many large national and international disputes, including those involving: the Air Canada restructuring; Ontario Hydro and the Power Workers; the Windsor-Michigan Tunnel; and the CanWest/Shaw Cable restructuring. He has heard major class action proceedings including those involving: Hepatitis C; breast implants; tobacco; Walkerton’s tainted water supply; mad cow disease; and residential schools.

Chief Justice Winkler has received honourary doctorates from the Law Society of Upper Canada and from many Canadian universities. In 2012, Osgoode Hall Law School announced the creation of the Winkler Institute in Dispute Resolution, honouring the Chief Justice’s career in this field. Chief Justice Winkler publishes and speaks frequently on a broad array of topics including class actions, access to justice, alternative dispute resolution, labour relations, judicial mediation and civil justice reform.

Hon. George W. Adams

Hon. George W. Adams is a well-known arbitrator and mediator of labour disputes. After his judicial appointment, Mr. Adams presided over cases in all the areas of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice including the Commercial List and Divisional Court. He was appointed by the Minister of Labour for Canada to chair 11 mediation-arbitration commissions constituted pursuant to the Maintenance of Railway Operations Act, 1995. Mr. Adams was a member of the advisory committee that designed and managed the ADR Pilot Project leading to Ontario’s civil justice mandatory mediation system. As a law professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School from 1971 to 1978 and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 1990 and 1991, Mr. Adams taught contracts, contract remedies, labour law, international business transactions and dispute resolution. He taught dispute resolution as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2003-2009).

Since establishing his neutral dispute resolution practice, George W. Adams has been called upon to mediate or facilitate a vast range of disputes and public policy issues. He has substantial mediation experience in almost every type of litigation. He has conducted many public and private facilitations in important and sensitive areas.


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