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 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 Canadian leadership 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
  • Florian Wettstein, business ethics professor, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)
  • Seema Joshi, head of business and human rights, Amnesty International
  • James Stewart, law professor, University of British Columbia
  • Luis C. deBaca, former Ambassador to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons and former director of the U.S. Department of Justice Sex Offender (SMART) Office
  • Dr. Peter German, president of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, University of British Columbia
  • Madelaine Drohan, Canada correspondent for The Economist
  • Anita Ramasastry, member of the UN working group on business and human rights
  • Kevin Thomas, director of shareholder engagement for SHARE
  • Penelope Simons, law professor and member of the Human Rights and Research Education Centre at the University of Ottawa

This event will be co-hosted by members of Parliament Gary Anandasangaree (Liberal Party), Dean Allison (Conservative Party), Cheryl Hardcastle (New Democratic Party) and Elizabeth May (Green Party).