Spotlight on Sri Lanka: Postwar Opportunities & Challenges

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On Thursday, September 15th, sri lankans without borders (SLWB) will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Spotlight on Sri Lanka: Postwar Opportunities and Challenges” at Ryerson University’s Engineering Atrium at 6pm. SLWB is a grassroots network committed to promoting productive inter-communal dialogue and sustainable community development among the Tamil, Sinhalese and other Canadian Sri Lankan communities, according to a press release issued by the organization.

The discussion will host 4 respected panelists:

o Amarnath Amarasingam, PhD Candidate, completing dissertation on Sri Lankan Tamil

Nationalism in Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University

o Gordon Weiss – Writer; Speaker; Documentarian; Former UN Spokesperson in Colombo,

Sri Lanka; Author of The Cage: The fight for Sri Lanka & the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers

o Stanley W. Samarasinghe, Executive Director of Global Vision; Adjunct professor at

Tulane University’s Payson Center for International Development

o Stewart Bell, award-winning journalist from the National Post, who earned the South

Asian Journalists Association Award for coverage of Sri Lanka’s civil conflict

o Moderator: Reshmi Nair, Broadcasting Journalist at the Canadian Broadcasting

Corporation (CBC); Anchor of CBC News Now

The panel discussion will revolve around present-day post-war challenges and opportunities in Sri Lanka with an emphasis on how Sri Lanka can transition into a post-conflict phase and where diaspora and international communities can contribute towards sustainable peace, equality and reconciliation.

The event will run from 6 to 9:30 pm, with opportunities for questions from the audience. A reception, with light refreshments, will be held.

For more information, please e-mail info@srilankanswithoutborders.ca or contact Viranjith Tilakaratne at 647-991-7839.