December 9, 2022

In Defence of Democracy 2022

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The Samara Centre for Democracy celebrated our 15th anniversary on November 17, 2022 by welcoming former Mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi for the In Defence of Democracy public lecture.

After 15 years of studying, defending, and strengthening Canadian democracy, the Samara Centre is looking ahead to its next chapter. Partisan division, civic alienation and regional disparities continue to perpetuate barriers to meaningful democratic engagement and political representation. This event aimed to answer: how can we respond to these new and emerging challenges?

To inspire this reflection, Naheed Nenshi shared his story of courage, public service and kindness.


A recording of the event was featured on an episode of CBC Radio's IDEAS on December 9, 2022. Listen now.

In conversation with host of CBC Radio’s IDEAS, Nahlah Ayed, Mr. Nenshi discussed the importance of local democracy, the impact of online toxicity as a barrier to civic engagement, and what we can do to build democratic capability in Canada. Read their Q&A here.

Naheed Nenshi in conversation with Nahlah Ayed

Event Overview

Introductory remarks were provided by Sabreena Delhon, Executive Director and Zain Velji, Board Member at the Samara Centre for Democracy.

Sabreena Delhon and Zain Velji providing introductory remarks
Naheed Nenshi on stage at In Defence of Democracy 2022

Event Sponsors

In Defence of Democracy 2022 was generously supported by Telus, Bennet Jones, the Donner Canadian Foundation, and the Toronto Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Arts.