2 August 2017

International and Canadian leaders from government, business, academia, the legal profession and civil society will gather in Ottawa next month to examine the role of home state governments in addressing the human rights challenges associated with transnational business.

Bringing responsibility home symposium - September 28 - Ottawa

The symposium, presented by Above Ground and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, will take place September 28, on the eve of Canada’s G7 presidency. Participants will explore ground-breaking European and international developments relating to business and human rights, along with opportunities for Canada to emerge as a leader in this rapidly evolving field.

Confirmed speakers and roundtable participants include

  • John Ruggie, former UN special representative for business and human rights
  • Ian Binnie, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada
  • Dominique Potier, French parliamentarian and leading proponent of France’s new corporate duty of care legislation

The event is co-hosted by Canadian members of Parliament Gary Anandasangaree (Liberal Party), Dean Allison (Conservative Party), Cheryl Hardcastle (New Democratic Party) and Elizabeth May (Green Party), and Senators Raynell Andreychuk (Conservative Party) and Marilou McPhedran (Independent Senators Group).

The agenda and full list of speakers will be posted in the coming weeks on the symposium webpage.

All inquiries about this event may be directed to Geneviève Paul at gpaul@aboveground.ngo.

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