Annual Friendship Dinner2013-04-27T03:29:54+00:00

Intercultural Dialogue Institute hosts the Dialogue and Friendship Dinner in many cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Kitchener, London, Hamilton, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.  Since 2004, each of these dinners has served approximately 200 attendees; who come from all walks of life; including the members of the government, members of parliament; ambassadors, bureaucrats, business people, media members, professors, as well as religious and community leaders.

Speakers convey the message that people could be very diverse, but should be accepting of other cultures. Speakers reflect on the importance of interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue in forming a global agenda of love, peace, cooperation, and compassion.

Each of the dialog dinners has a distinct theme.  Some of the themes we explored up to now include:

•    Family of Families: Sharing the House of Toronto
•    Cooperation of Civilizations
•    Peaceful Co-existence
•    The Harmony of Diversity
•    Respect for the Sacred
•    Spiritual Democracy for the 21st century: Nurturing Humane Love, Respect, and Compassion

Some of our distinguished guests include:

•    Hon. Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons
•    Hon. Laurel Broten, Minister of Ontario Government,
•    Hon. Margarett Best, Minister of Ontario Government,
•    Jim Watson, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
•    William Bill Blair, Chief of Toronto Police,
•    Loreena McKennit, song writer and singer
•    Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University
•    Dr. B. Barry Levy, Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University
•    George Smitherman, Mayoral candidate for Toronto
•    The Right Reverend Barry B. Clarke, Bishop of Montreal, Anglican Diocese of Montreal
•    Father John Walsh, St. John Brébeuf Parish
•    Dr. Margaret Somerville, McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law
•    Paul W. Gooch, President of Victoria University in the University of Toronto
•    Marcel Tremblay, Conseil executif Ville de Montreal