The 2017 Concordia Forum - Montréal, Québec, Canada
The 2017 Concordia Forum took place in October 2017 at the Estérel Resort near Montréal, Quebec, Canada for 200 alumni and new participants from around the world. As with all Concordia Forum retreats, participation was invitation-only, though those interested in attending in 2018 can apply now through our website. Delegates are invited on the basis of their proven track record of innovative work, leadership potential, and passion to give something back to their communities. Financial assistance is available for those who have demonstrated such leadership, but have limited means.
As with the 2016 Concordia Forum in Lisbon, Portugal, the 2017 Concordia Forum sold out one month before the event. As with all Concordia Forum retreats, we started with an exclusive semi-rural venue, located away from the distractions of modern life and surrounded by natural beauty. There are opportunities to clear the mind and revitalise the spirit among new friends. The heart of the Forum consists of strategic networking sessions, workshops, and discussions on issues including political changes and conflicts in the Muslim world, social justice issues, grassroots organising, and media narratives with keynote speeches from international leaders.
The 2017 Concordia Forum featured as keynote speakers actor Riz Ahmed, US Congressman Keith Ellison, Canada's Minister for Immigration and Refugees Ahmed Hussen, Belgian Member of Parliament Mahinur Ozdemir, and Canada Member of Parliament Omar Alghabra.
The event featured opportunities to to collaborate on delegate driven projects for the common good, leveraging the resources provided by the Forum’s network. Through the Synergizer sessions, participants were selected to present their own projects seeking advice and support. The Concordia Forum has directly facilitated hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial and in-kind support between its members.
Additionally. the retreat included various types of entertainment and team-building activities as well as nights of performance, music, poetry, and dance with special attention to the culture of the area where the Forum is held. Montréal's Narcy performed, as did comedians Mo Amer, Imran Yusuf, Mona Aburmishan, and Omar Hamdi. A boat cruise luncheon from the Old Port of Montréal, where we hosted 30 members of the Montréal Muslim community, concluded the activities on Sunday afternoon.
All discussions at the Concordia Forum retreat are held under the Chatham House Rule, which allows people to express independent views and encourages free discussion. Social media use during the event is prohibited to protect privacy and minimise security risks.