York U conference at Canada 150 to explore constitutional and governance challenges


TORONTO, September 28, 2017 – York University’s Glendon Campus is hosting Canada's Constitutional and Governance Challenges After 150 Years, a conference to explore the development of the country’s constitution in relation to economic stability, social justice and inclusion, globalization and climate change, on September 29 and 30.

Scholars, community members and students will engage in assessing the challenges facing the nation and proposing possible solutions to improve Canada’s constitution and governing policies during various panel discussions. The two-day conference is being organized by the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs.

WHAT: Canada's Constitutional and Governance Challenges After 150 Years, a two-day conference, broadly themed around:

  • Foundational Values & Constitutional Rights
  • Democratic Governance
  • Democratic Processes

Keynote speakers:

Panel discussions:

  • Foundational Values, moderated by Lorne Sossin, Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Indigenous communities, moderated by Willem Maas, Professor, Glendon Campus, York University
  • Institutions, moderated by John Whyte, Professor, University of Regina
  • Accountability, moderated by Lisa Philipps, Interim Vice-President Academic & Provost, York University
  • Federalism, moderated by Francis Garon, Professor, Glendon Campus, York University
  • Elections, moderated by Gregory Tardi, Executive Director, Institute of Parliamentary and Political Law

WHEN: September 29 (9am to 4:30pm) and 30 (9am to 1:15pm)

WHERE: Room A100, Centre of Excellence - Glendon Campus, 2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 26 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 295,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Media contact:
Gloria Suhasini, Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22094, suhasini@yorku.ca