Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Calgary on October 16 for the second leg of his visit to Canada, accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad. Upon his arrival, Hazar Imam was greeted by President of the Ismaili Council for the Prairies Fauzia Lalani.

On 17 October, Hazar Imam will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary.  The University’s honorary degree is the institution’s highest academic honour, which recognises individuals who have made an extraordinary achievement in community, national, or international services.

University Chancellor Deborah Yedlin said in a statement, “The University of Calgary has had strong ties with His Highness the Aga Khan and his social development and cultural networks for decades. From international partnerships and exchanges to programs launched right here in Calgary that bring our communities together, so many of us have benefited from his vision for a more integrated and understanding society around the globe.”

Prior to arriving in Calgary, Mawlana Hazar Imam joined Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell and Premier of Alberta Rachel Notley at the inauguration ceremony of the Aga Khan Garden in Edmonton. The 4.8-hectare landscaped space, gifted to the University of Alberta by Mawlana Hazar Imam, symbolises the close partnership between the University of Alberta and the Aga Khan Development Network.

The University of Calgary degree ceremony will be webcast live commencing at 2 PM MDT on 17 October 2018 at


University of Calgary Degree Ceremony Webcast:

Edmonton 2:00 pm 17 October
Vancouver 1:00 pm 17 October
Toronto 4:00 pm 17 October
London 9:00 pm 17 October
Paris 10:00 pm 17 October
Nairobi 11:00 pm 17 October
Karachi 1:00 am 18 October
Mumbai 1:30 am 18 October