We’re establishing a national network of next generation leaders across all faith communities.
Our hope for Canada's next generation is that the faithful leaders of tomorrow will move beyond tolerance to a more vibrant expression of living together in diversity. Canada's 150th anniversary has provided a perfect opportunity to gather those who will take part in shaping the next 150 years.
The Millennial Summit
We spent most of 2016 working with community partners to form a Millennial Network of faithful young leaders that stretched from coast to coast. In 2017, we decided to bring the conversations we had been having across the nation to the nation's capital.
The Faith in Canada 150 Millennial Summit, held June 28-30 in Ottawa, was the culmination of a series of regional gatherings held over the last year with 75 dynamic Canadian leaders born approximately between 1980 and 2000. Conversations about religious freedom, how to live together in difference, and how to live our respective faiths publicly brought refreshed understanding and hope as we cast vision about the future of Canada.
At the Summit's conclusion, an open letter entitled "Dear Canada" was presented and affirmed, with delegates resolving to carry on the work of multi faith dialogue beyond the Summit's conclusion.
For an event recap, please visit our Millennial Summit Photo Album page, and be sure to watch these videos highlighting the themes of the event.
Join the Network
This network of dynamic young leaders does not end when the sesquicentennial events are over, and is not restricted to those who attended the Summit. We anticipate the continuation of these culture-shaping conversations in the years to come. We're always expanding the network and we want to hear from you. Please connect us to your community or share your story by emailing Hannah Marazzi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raised in British Columbia, Hannah currently resides in Ottawa, working in the fields of human rights and communications. She is an active part of her community and a passionate advocate for the empowerment and education of the next generation.
Ray Sawatsky is an advisor for the FC150 Millennials Conference, and CEO of the Global Aid Network (GAiN) Canada.
Ray SawatskyAdvisory Member
Executive Director of the Edmonton-based Islamic Family & Social Services Association (IFSSA), and past President of The Tessellate Institute. Contributing Editor of Literary Review of Canada.
Mohamed is also an advisor for The Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing.
Mohamed HuqueAdvisory Member
Senior Manager, Partnerships at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). CIJA is an official partner of this project.
Ariella KimmelAdvisory Member
Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Foment, the literary journal of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, Canada's largest independent literary celebration.
Daniel is also an advisor for The Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing.
Daniel Bezalel RichardsenAdvisory Member
Duncan is a writer and researcher with a passion for child and youth work. His experience with Kerr Street Mission and The Meeting House have led him to pursue a career in charity and ministry. Duncan has worked as a writer and editor in a variety of settings, including fiction, legal academia, and creative non-fiction.
Duncan is the Manager, Research and Executive Projects at the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, and official partner of this project.
Duncan FieldAdvisory Member
Academic Manager at The Canadian Bureau for International Education.
Mozynah NofalAdvisory Member
Victor has a background in education, social work, and law enforcement. He has experience working with indigenous and various visible minority youth groups. He is currently completing his BA in Education at the University of Alberta while working in law enforcement and actively volunteering in his community with disadvantaged youth.
Victor SinghAdvisory Member
Laura is passionate about the arts and media and using it for social change at all levels, but especially at the grassroots. With over 15 years of industry experience, she has a wide range of multi-media skills, with a focus on photography and film and video production. As a producer, she has led numerous creative projects, and managed both small and large-scale events. The majority of her media projects involve not-for-profit initiatives, including youth empowerment programs, interfaith efforts, and other initiatives aimed at using various avenues of media to help educate and deliver effective and compelling content to audiences. Laura currently lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children.
Laura FriedmannAdvisory Member
Jessica is the Executive Director of the 4Rs Youth Movement, a collaboration of fourteen national organizations who are working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people who are coming together to cultivate understanding and action in support of a reconciled future. Jessica is Anishinaabe-French from Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Batchewana First Nation, and has lived in Northern Ontario her whole life.
Jessica BolducAdvisory Member
Nate is a world traveler who is interested in the effects of pilgrimage on culture. Through hitchhiking and backpacking, he has found a passion for nature and minimalism. His experience working with Somali refugees in Kenya, peacemakers in Colombia, and anti-human traffickers in Cambodia have developed his appreciation for marginalized communities that find wisdom through struggle.