WAC 2021: Keynote Speaker To Be Announced Soon


The Keynote speaker has not been announced yet, but expect a big name.

Mehdi Hasan

WAC 2020: Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan is an award-winning journalist, political commentator, senior contributor at The Intercept, host of the podcast Deconstructed, as well as a presenter for Al Jazeera English. He is known globally for his televised takedowns of world leaders and political proxies. As a British, Muslim immigrant based in Donald Trump's Washington D.C., Mehdi offers a provocative perspective on the ups and downs of global politics and world affairs. At a time when the truth is being denied to the world, in the midst of chaos, moral failure, and when everything seems out of WAC, Mehdi exemplifies tenacity and courage in countering the myths and snowballing used by opponents of transparency, pluralism and democracy.

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WAC 2015: Edward Snowden

Six years ago, Edward Snowden gave the WAC 2015 Lionel Gelber Keynote Address. In June 2013, Snowden leaked highly classified information about the scale and scope of NSA and CIA counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence operations around the globe. Since then, he has become a household name and is among the most influential privacy activists in the world. At the Keynote Address, Snowden explained his views on global privacy issues, government involvement in citizens' lives, and the dangers of the digital age.

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Previous WAC Speakers

WAC has featured many current, popular, and influential speakers in the past. Here's a quick summary of some big names at WAC:
Nanor Balyozian - Syrian political advocate
Dr. Samantha Nutt - Founder of War Child North America
Stephen Lewis - former United Nations ambassador
Ralph Nader - American political activist
Lord David Owen - former British Foreign Secretary
Marc Garneau - astronaut turned politician
John Stackhouse - editor of the Globe and Mail