Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 19:15

Keynote Address

Antisemitism isn’t just a real and present threat today, it’s a problem growing at a frightening rate. Jews are just 1% of the Canadian population but the religious group most targeted by hate crimes. It’s time we unite our voices and empower ourselves to show up, speak up, and step up against Jew-hatred.

We will present the Honourable Irwin Cotler, one of the world’s foremost human rights advocates, a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his enduring commitment to the pursuit of justice for all people and the advancement of human rights for the world’s most vulnerable and oppressed.

We will conclude our two-day event with a call to action from CIJA's National Chair, Gail-Adelson Marcovitz, and CIJA's President and CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel, who will explain how we embark on a strategic and coordinated response to antisemitism.

  • Shimon Koffler Fogel
    Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
  • Gail Adelson Marcovitz
    National Board Chair, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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    Yves-François Blanchet
    Chef du Bloc Québécois , Parlement du Canada
  • Irwin Cotler
    Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism, Government of Canada
  • Pierre Poilievre
    Leader of His Majesty's Loyal Opposition
  • Jagmeet Singh
    Leader of the New Democratic Party, Parliament of Canada
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
    Prime Minister of Canada