Mawlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Governor General David Johnston unveil a plaque marking the opening of the international headquarters of the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa.

Ottawa, 16 May 2017 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada officially opened the new international headquarters of the Global Centre for Pluralism today.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Aly Muhammad at the Global Centre for Pluralism, accompanied by Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib and Farhad Mawani, Project Manager for the renovation of 330 Sussex Drive.

Ottawa, 15 May 2017 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Ottawa this afternoon, accompanied by Princess Zahra and Prince Aly Muhammad. Tomorrow Hazar Imam will be joined by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada for the official opening of the international headquarters of the Global Centre for Pluralism.

Justice Albie Sachs presents Mawlana Hazar Imam with the South African Bill of Rights at the 2016 Annual Pluralism Lecture of the Global Centre for Pluralism. GCP / Tom Sandler

Toronto, 20 May 2016 — Justice Albie Sachs, a heroic activist, freedom fighter and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, delivered the Annual Pluralism Lecture yesterday evening. A flagship event of the Global Centre for Pluralism, this year’s talk gave a riveting recount of how South Africa’s constitution was created.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Amyn review plans for the future home of the Global Centre for Pluralism with Bruce Kuwabara of KPMB Architects, Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib and Farhad Mawani of Imara. Moez Visram

Mawlana Hazar Imam is on a six-day visit to Canada, during which he will be in Ottawa and Toronto to attend various meetings and events. On Thursday, Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver introductory remarks at the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Annual Pluralism Lecture, being held at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with AKDN Representative Dr Mahmoud Eboo, Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary-General John McNee, and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion, at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa. AKDN / Safiq Devji

Ottawa, 11 February 2016 — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the guest of honour at a private luncheon at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat today. The event underscored the importance of accommodating and valuing diversity around the world.

Canadian Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin delivers the fourth Annual Lecture of the Global Centre for Pluralism at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. GCP / T Sandler

Toronto, 28 May 2015 — The Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada delivered the Global Centre for Pluralism Annual Lecture. The event took place at the Aga Khan Museum in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and numerous Canadian dignitaries.

Canadian Chief Justice Beverley  McLachlin will deliver the Global Centre for Pluralism's fourth annual lecture on 28 May in Toronto. GCP

Toronto, 27 May 2015 — The Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada will deliver the Global Centre for Pluralism Annual Lecture tomorrow. Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver the opening remarks.

Watch the live webcast of the event starting at 7:30 PM EDT (Toronto time).

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres delivers the 2014 Annual Pluralism Lecture at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat.

The growing diversity of populations in countries around the world is a fact, according to António Guterres, yet for some it is a source of discomfort. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shared his perspective in the Global Centre for Pluralism’s 2014 Annual Pluralism Lecture that he delivered last week in Ottawa.

Mawlana Hazar Imam was at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa on 28 May for the inauguration of the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Annual Pluralism Lecture series.

Mawlana Hazar Imam was at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa on 28 May for the inauguration of the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Annual Pluralism Lecture series. As Chairman of the Centre’s Board of Directors, Hazar Imam introduced the speaker, Her Excellency Roza Otunbayeva, former President of the Kyrgyz Republic, whom he had invited to launch the lecture series.

Mawlana Hazar Imam with His Excellency David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Ottawa, 8 October 2010 – Mawlana Hazar Imam completed a two-day visit to Ottawa for the inaugural meeting of the Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism. Thursday evening, Hazar Imam also met with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall.

Upon his arrival in Ottawa, Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by Federal Minister Jason Kenney and President Mohamed Manji of the Ismaili Council for Canada.

Ottawa, 6 October 2010 – Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Ottawa today to chair the inaugural meeting of the Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism. The Centre, a new international research and education institution dedicated to the study and practice of pluralism worldwide, is an initiative of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network in partnership with the Government of Canada.

Also see:
» Press Release: Global Centre for Pluralism holds Inaugural Board Meeting (7 October 2010)
» Global Centre for Pluralism Board of Directors
» Global Centre for Pluralism website at www.pluralism.ca.

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, with Mawlana Hazar Imam in front of the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa.

19 June 2009 – Today, the Canadian House of Commons gave unanimous consent to a motion granting Honorary Canadian Citizenship to Mawlana Hazar Imam. In a statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he looks forward “to welcoming the Aga Khan back to Canada as an Honorary Citizen.”