On behalf of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, we are pleased to invite you to attend a candidates debate on Tuesday, October 6th, 5:30-7:00 pm as part of our Jeanne Sauvé Forum programming. Our series of public events, hosted at Sauvé House in downtown Montreal, explores the many angles of Public Leadership for Culturally Diverse Societies.

For this event, federal election candidates will debate about issues related to immigration, integration and diversity as well as Canadian foreign policy and our role in today’s globalizing world.

The debate will be moderated by Professor Antonia Maioni, Chair of our Board of Directors and Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) at McGill University and will be followed by a Q&A period led by our collaborators Apathy is Boring – a non-partisan charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy – and Sauvé Alumni in a bilingual environment.

Registration is mandatory: please register here before September 29th.

Candidates

Rachel Bendayan, Liberal Party, Outremont

Rachel BendayanRachel Bendayan is a litigation lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada with a specialisation in international arbitration. While completing her first degree in International Development Studies, Rachel was involved with various research groups, participating in the G8 Summit in Evian France and the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa.

Rachel is deeply rooted in her community, volunteering her time on committees and boards of directors of local hospitals, including the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation, and with local food banks delivering meals on wheels. Rachel also teaches at the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal and participates in a program that teaches high school students the importance of the Canadian and Quebec Charters of Rights and Freedoms. Rachel has been involved in the Liberal Party of Canada for over 10 years and is currently the legal advisor to the Party’s National Board of Directors.

Daniel Green, Green Party, Ville-Marie – Le Sud-Ouest – Île-des-Soeurs 

Daniel GreenA renowned environmental scientist and community leader, Daniel Green brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Green Party of Canada, both as Deputy Leader and as the candidate in the riding of Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Sœurs. An expert in environmental protection, Daniel has worked for more than thirty years on reducing and monitoring the impact of toxic substances. Specifically, Daniel has worked to popularize scientific knowledge in the field of ecotoxicology –the study of the effects of toxic chemicals on biological organisms– by managing outreach and public information programs.

Daniel has publicly intervened at the community level, in the media, and before the courts to defend the right of citizens to a healthy environment. Daniel has received university training in biological sciences and environmental science.

Rodolphe Husny, Conservative Party, Outremont 

Rodolphe Husny Born in Cote-des-Neiges, Rodolphe Husny grew up and studied in Outremont. A graduate from HEC Montreal, Rodolphe holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Public Accounting.

For the last four years, he worked for the Ministry of International Trade in Ottawa. He has helped organize over 50 trade missions to promote Canadian businesses. He actively participated in the negotiations and conclusion of the historic Canada-European Union trade agreement and the landmark Canada-South Korea trade agreement. He worked to support Canadian businesses boost their exports to China and designed targeted initiatives to support our small businesses so they can take full advantage of Canada’s 44 trade agreements, 39 of which have been concluded under the Harper Government.

Hélène Laverdière, New Democratic Party, Laurier – Sainte-Marie 

Elected in 2011 in Laurier – Sainte-Marie, NDP MP Hélène Laverdière is Official OpHeleneLaverdiereposition critic for International Cooperation and deputy critic for Foreign Affairs. She is a member of the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee.

During the last four years, she has fought on behalf of her fellow citizens in a number of issues, like social housing, the cuts to Canada Post services, and for better funding for Radio-Canada/CBC.  Throughout her career, Hélène has received various honours, including numerous scholarships and an award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs for her contribution to Canadian foreign policy. She holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of Bath in England. She speaks French, English, Spanish and a bit of Mandarin Chinese.

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