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Conversation Leadership Changes

Building on the successful leadership of past Chairs, Karen Hamilton and Gerald Filson, the Canadian Interfaith Conversation (CIC) has established a co-chair working model that will ensure diverse faith community leadership in future. Effective immediately, Mr. Zul Kassamali, President of 1Naas and Vice President of Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada, and Dr. Aileen van Ginkel, Vice President at The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, will serve as Co-chairs for the next three-year term. Both served on the CIC Executive Committee prior to their appointment. 

The CIC came together in 2009 under the dedicated leadership of Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, to address issues preparatory to the G8 and G20 Summits in Canada. The collaborative effort continued, and in 2012 Dr. Gerald Filson, Director of Public Affairs for The Baha'i Community of Canada, was voted successor Chair. During his devoted leadership term the CIC addressed issues of religious freedom and helped to organize the biennial religious freedom conference, Our Whole Society.

Now in its eighth year, the CIC has voted unanimously for a model of increased cooperation and collaboration. Consistent with its Charter Vision to "promote harmony and spiritual insight among religions and religious communities in Canada", CIC will model that harmony. We commend Dr. van Ginkel, Mr. Kassamali, and their respective organizations for their willingness to serve.