REGISTER BELOW: Remembering Canada in Afghanistan

REGISTER BELOW: Remembering Canada in Afghanistan

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Please join us for our next virtual event! 

Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST – 1:30 p.m. EST

Register for the virtual webcast here.

On Remembrance Day, we are encouraged to learn about the sacrifices and achievements made by those who have served–and continue to serve–during times of war and peace. This Remembrance Day, the Canadian Club of Ottawa invites you to reflect on Afghanistan, representing the largest deployment of Canadian military personnel since the Second World War. Join us for a keynote address delivered by Hon. Andrew Leslie, Lt. General (ret’d), followed by a panel discussion moderated by Senator Salma Ataullahjan with panelists from Afghanistan who have resettled in Canada.




The Honourable Andrew Leslie, Lt. General (ret’d), PC, CMM, MSC, MSM, CD, MA


Born into a multi-generational military and public service family, Lt. General (Ret’d) the Honourable Andrew Leslie, PC, CMM, MSC, MSM, CD, MA has been a soldier, business leader, and the Liberal Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Orléans. As a parliamentarian he was a member of the Privy Council, Chief Government Whip and Parliamentary Secretary focused on Canada-US relations, helping with NAFTA  and other global matters.  

As the former Commander/Chief of Staff of the Canadian Army, he has led very large organizations in both peace and war. He has worked as a senior Vice President of a large corporation and as a board director and consultant on leadership, governance and risk management.  

 A graduate of numerous military courses on leadership, governance, weapons, ethics, strategy, tactics, complex equipment acquisition and risk management, his education includes the University of Ottawa (Economics), the Royal Military College (MA/Strategic Studies), as well as executive courses at the Harvard Business School and the Canadian Forces Colleges. Andrew is a recent graduate of the Institute of Directors Education Program from the Rotman School of Management.  

In addition to work with Bluesky Strategy Group, Andrew is now active on several corporate boards and lives in Ottawa. 


Panel Moderator:

The Honourable Salma Ataullahjan, Senator


Salma Ataullahjan was born in Mardan, Pakistan, in the northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Daughter of Saranjam Khan, a former Pakistani Senator, and Granddaughter of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (“Bacha Khan”), leader of a non-violent Muslim movement for independence from British rule, Salma attributes her political aspirations to the environment in which she grew up.

She arrived in Canada in the early 80s, settling in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). After more than 30 years in the GTA, she has made a lasting impression in the community because of her commitment and dedication to others. A natural consensus builder, Salma has been actively involved in several community organizations. Notably, in July 2021, she joined the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) as an honourary advisor.

Destined to follow in her family’s inspirational footsteps, Salma was appointed to the Canadian Senate in the summer of 2010 as a representative for the province of Ontario. As the first Canadian Senator of Pakistani origin, she stands for the ethnic diversity of all Canadians.

In the Senate, Salma is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Rights and a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, as well as the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

She is committed to issues affecting women and youth, having proposed several recognized studies in the Human Rights committee - one on women’s engagement in Afghanistan, another on cyberbullying of children under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Canada.

Salma also serves as Past President of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), an international organization of parliaments that holds the objective of fostering contacts, coordination and the exchange of experience among parliamentarians from 179 countries. She played a critical role in a landmark resolution on maternal, newborn and child health, the first time a resolution of its kind was adopted by the IPU. Because of this, she was named the IPU’s Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. She is also a member of the executive with the IPU’s Group of the Twelve Plus.