The 2017 Toronto Conference on Germany: Populism, Immigration, and Elections

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Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 20179:00AM - 4:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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An annual event, this conference examines the state of the union in Germany—Europe’s most consequential country—as well as the relationship between Germany and Canada.

The conference features expert panels that this year will examine the 2017 German federal elections, immigration in Germany and Canada, and populism in Europe and North America.

This event will be streamed live beginning at 9 a.m. at

Chair: Randall Hansen, University of Toronto

09:00 – 09:15
Welcome – Stephen J. Toope, Munk School of Global Affairs; Eugen Wollfarth, Minister of the Embassy of Germany, Ottawa; Michael Meier, Friedrich Ebert Foundation

09:15 – 10:00 Keynote Speech and Q&A
Dagmar Freitag, Member of the German Bundestag

10:00 – 11:30 Panel and Q&A: The 2017 German Federal Elections

Dagmar Freitag, Member of the German Bundestag
Prof. Eric Langenbacher, Georgetown University
Dr. Michael Petrou, Montreal Institute for Genocide & Human Rights Studies
Moderator: Veit Medick, Der Spiegel, Washington office

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 13:15 Panel and Q&A: Immigration in Canada and Germany

Nele Allenberg, Head of the Welcome Center for Immigrants Berlin
Birte Steller, Hamburg Agency for Labour, Social Issues, Family, and Integration
Prof. Jeffrey Reitz, Munk School of Global Affairs
Moderator: Marina Jimenez, Toronto Star

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel and Q&A: Populism in Europe and North America

Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario and Interim Leader, Liberal Party
Prof. Dr. Frank Decker, University of Bonn
Ryan Lenz, Southern Poverty Law Center
Moderator: Joanna Slater, The Globe and Mail

15:30 – 15:45 Closing remarks – Randall Hansen, University of Toronto

This event is co-sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung; the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; the Munk School for Global Affairs; the Embassy and Consulates of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada; and the German Academic Exchange Service

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German Embassy @GermanyInCanada


Munk School of Global Affairs

Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington Office

Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Embassy and Consulates of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada

German Academic Exchange Service

Joint Initiative for German and European Studies


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