Opening Address: The Future Of Migrants In The Western World

Over the past 20 years, war, persecution, and conflict have displaced over 25 million people internationally; from Syria to Sudan. To try to deal with this international refugee crisis, Western nations, with others, have tried to take refugees into their nations to provide them with asylum and a new life. Now, as many migrants begin to find themselves at their destinations, Western Nations are realizing that they are responsible for hundreds of thousands of new inhabitants in their lan This raises many political, social, and cultural questions about what the these migrants and their new homelands. The World Affairs Conference has invited Mitzie Hunter and journalist Adrienne Batra to provide their perspectives on the situation.


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Mitzie Hunter

Ms. Hunter has had firsthand experience as to what it is like to be a new inhabitant in an unfamiliar nation. Growing up in Scarborough, she graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA, and completed her MBA at the Rotman School of Management. From there, she has gone on to serve in a variety of significant political and community institutions, such as serving as CEO of the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance, CAO of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Vice-President with Goodwill Industries, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Minister of Education, and the Associate Minister of Finance.

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Adrienne Batra

Adrienne Batra is a well-known Canadian journalist and publicist, who currently serves as the editor-in-chief for the Toronto Sun, one of Canada’s largest newspaper. A prominent figure in national politics and the daughter of Indian-Canadian immigrants, Ms. Batra is well-versed in Canada’s immigration system and the struggles it faces in the 21st century, as well as its role in the national political debate. Through her journalism, she plays an invaluable role in our national political conversation.

Closing Address: Needles in a Russian Haystack

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games will be heavily scrutinised with regards to its doping control measures following the Russian doping scandals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Many now wonder about the legitimacy of WADA and federal doping agencies around the world. Full of fascinating intricacies, dive into the world of doping control and fair play, as well as the McLaren Report, with Diana Tesic.


Diana Tesic

Diana Tesic

Diana Tesic is a well-practiced Sports Lawyer with experience working in sports arbitration, commercial law within the sports industry and sports investigations. Ms. Tesic received her Law degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2011, specializing in sports law. Ms. Tesic worked alongside Richard McLaren to investigate allegations of doping at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics for the World Anti-Doping Association and was an integral part of the publication of the McLaren Report—an investigation into the allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.