THE SPOKE CLUB | TORONTO, ON
June 2, 2018
Every minute, over 20 people are forced to flee their homes in search of water, food, and safety. Water scarcity is responsible for the displacement of millions of people through water conflicts and environmental conditions including drought. Water for Peace brings together exceptional former refugees, world renowned humanitarians, environmental champions, peace activists, industry leaders in Canada and those who share the urge to address the water crisis.
This exclusive event, MC'd by award-winning host of the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet, Ziya Tong at Toronto’s premier venue, the Spoke Club, features an intimate headlining performance by Emmanuel Jal, South Sudanese-Canadian recording artist, actor, peace activist, and former child soldier. Hear the moving words of James Thuch Madhier, former South Sudanese refugee, founder and executive director of the Rainmaker Enterprise; Michel Chikwanine, Congolese-Canadian, former child soldier and activist; and other high-level distinguished guest speakers. Take part in inspiring discussion, live performances, unique art and auction items, complimentary beverages and delectable foods.
With over one billion people faced with dire water shortages worldwide, water conflicts, human suffering, and forced migrations are on the rise and will continue if not contained with innovative and collective efforts. All funds raised are in support of the Rainmaker Enterprise’s scalable and sustainable water solutions addressing extreme drought and water scarcity. Reserve your spot now.
Roméo Dallaire is founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership with the mission to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. A celebrated advocate for human rights, veterans, and mental health, General Dallaire is also a respected author, government and UN adviser, and former Canadian Senator. Throughout his distinguished military career, General Dallaire served most notably as Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. His courage and leadership during this mission earned him the Meritorious Service Cross, the United States Legion of Merit, the Aegis Award on Genocide Prevention. LGen Dallaire is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec, and a Commander of the Order of Military Merit. He continues to work tirelessly with the Dallaire Initiative team to eradicate the use of children as weapons of war.
Award-winning host Ziya Tong shares her love for wonder, science, and technology every day as the co-host of Daily Planet. Ziya has previously hosted and produced PBS’ Wired Science and The Leading Edge, and has served as correspondent for NOVA scienceNOW alongside Neil deGrasse Tyson on PBS. Ziya is on the Board of Directors of the World Wildlife Fund, and previously founded Black Sheep and the Ethical Media Division for Cowie and Fox Creative.
Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider in the early 1980s in southern Sudan. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel survived and emerged as an internationally acclaimed recording artist. Emmanuel has released five studio albums, and has performed live at Live 8, Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday and the One Concert for his Holiness the Dalai Lama. He has collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Nelly Furtado, Nile Rodgers and Alicia Keys, and co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in The Good Lie. Emmanuel has spoken to the UN, US Congress, the Carter Centre, Richard Branson's Virgin Unite conference, and the highest tiers of governments.
Born in southern Sudan around 1990, James endured war, famine, and forced displacement, fleeing to Kakuma refugee camp where he worked with the UNHCR and Windle Trust International's Girl Child education program. In 2014, James relocated to Toronto to study at the Munk School. James has advised high-level government and business leaders, and has been recognized as a European Commission Future Leader; One Young World Ambassador; Resolution Project fellow; Ontario Council for International Cooperation Global Change Maker; and finalist for the UN Environment Program’s Young Champions of the Earth award.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel Chikwanine has experienced political upheaval, poverty, and war that forced him to be a child soldier and flee the DRC at age 11. Today, Michel is an accomplished speaker and author of Child Soldier: How Boys and Girls Are Used In War. He has shared the stage with Dr. Jane Goodall, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Paul Martin, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Al Gore, Betty Williams, Mia Farrow and K’naan. He was a speaker on Oprah’s “O Ambassadors Roots of Action” speaking tour.
The Rainmaker Enterprise is an award-winning climate-adaptive social venture committed to providing sustainable access to and management of water to foster a peaceful and prosperous world. Through solar-powered water infrastructure, the Rainmaker Enterprise seeks to make migration a choice and not a last resort for the millions presently forced to flee from hunger and resource-driven conflict.
All funds raised through Water for Peace are in support of the Rainmaker Enterprise’s scalable and sustainable water projects that address extreme drought and water scarcity across Africa. Water for Peace was made possible through a partnership between the Rainmaker Enterprise and the Canada-Africa Partnership (CAP) Network. CAP Network facilitates partnerships between Canadian and African communities, providing capacity building and resources to support locally developed, community-driven projects.