Mosaic Institute

Mosaic Institute

September 27, 2007 10:00 ET

Mosaic Institute Announces Formation of Advisory Council

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2007) - Mr. Vahan Kololian and Dr. Alidad Mafinezam, respectively the Chairman and the Director of Research at the Mosaic Institute, today announce the formation of the Institute's ten-member Advisory Council. It is composed of distinguished Canadians from diverse backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for global affairs and Canada's evolving role in it.

"We are very pleased to have such leaders with tremendous knowledge of international affairs lend their support to the Mosaic Institute," said Kololian. "We look forward to benefiting from their insights into global issues, particularly relating to bringing peace and development to conflict ridden areas of the world and the role Canada can play. Canada, as a country, has the credibility and the potential to be a leader in this area."

"Over the past two years, diaspora studies have become a key component of the discussion of international peace and development," said Mafinezam. "Many of the world's leading universities and multilateral organizations, as well as numerous governments, have begun dedicating significant resources to the public policy implications of diaspora communities and trans-nationalism. The discussion of diversity is no longer limited to domestic affairs; it is now germane to Canada's foreign relations as well."

The Mosaic Institute is focused on utilizing Canada's diversity for promoting international peace and development. Based in Toronto, one of the world's most diverse and multicultural cities, the Institute undertakes original research and convenes focus groups, seminars, and conferences on pluralism and global affairs, harnessing the global knowledge possessed by Canada's diaspora communities to address conflict areas in the world.

The Advisory Council members are:

Mohammad Al Zaibak
President and CEO, CDM Information Inc.

The Honourable Baljit S. Chadha, P.C.
President and CEO, Balcorp Inc.

Charles S. Coffey, O.C.
Chairman of the Advisory Board, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

William S. Deluce
President and CEO, Wicklow Inc.

Blake C. Goldring
Chairman and CEO, AGF Management Ltd.

Margaret O. MacMillan, O.C.
Warden, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford

Gordon M. Nixon
President and CEO, RBC Financial Group

Raheel Raza
Interfaith Advocate and Diversity Consultant

Edward Safarian, O.C.
Senior Research Fellow, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Yuen Pau Woo
President and Co-CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

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