Crisis in Mali: Local voices bring context to the current conflict – 27 March event

 Crisis in Mali:  Local voices bring context to the current conflict

  Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Registration begins 6PM / Event start 6:30 PM

 The Albany Club

91 King Street East

 Networking reception following Q & A session

PANEL:

Patricia Luna, Honourary Vice Consul of Mali

Kassoum Dimoutene, President, Malian Community Association of Toronto

Fatoumata Keita, former VP, Malian Community Association of Toronto

In March 2012, then Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré was ousted from power. In the instability that followed, rebels in the north seized and held cities in northern Mali, including historic Timbuktu. In January, French forces went in to take back those cities, and the Canadian government signaled its support by sending 1 C-17 military transport plane.  Canada’s involvement in Mali is scheduled to end on March 15, but this is hardly the end of the conflict in Mali, or across the Sahel region.   Please join us for a critical discussion of the historical context of the current conflict and to reflect on global solutions.

TICKETS: CIC Members: $15; Non-members: $25; CIC Student Members: FREE; Students $10

PLEASE NOTE: Albany Club has a DRESS CODE – business casual (no jeans, sweats or running shoes).

 TO BUY TICKETS: online: http//cictoronto03apr2013.eventbrite.ca

Email: Toronto@opencanada.org OR Tel: 416-590-0630

 NOTE: Those who pre-register for the event are responsible for payment, regardless of attendance.

Biographies

Kassoum Diamoutene

Born in Farakala, Mali, Dr. Diamoutene obtained a Masters Degree in Structural Engineering at Wroclaw University in Poland, through a scholarship and subsequently a PhD. He immigrated to Canada late in 2000. He attended Laurentian University and attained a Bachelors Degree in Education (Mathematics, Science and Physics). He has worked for the Toronto District School Board since 2005, and provides consulting in Structural Design. He is the co-founder of the Malian Community Association in Toronto, and has been President since 2004.

Fatoumata Keita

Born in Bamako, Mali, Ms. Keita lived in Germany for 6 years, where she studied Biology at the University of Leipzig , obtaining a Diploma in 1990 (equivalent to Bachelor of Science in Canada). She immigrated to Canada in 1996, where she pursued other Biology and Science related studies. She obtained a Diploma in Clinical Research from the Kriger Research Center, and also a Bachelor of Education Degree from Laurentian University in 2011. She is currently employed by the French Public School Board where she teaches Grade 6. She is a member and the past vice President of the Malian Community Association in Toronto.

Patricia Luna

Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Ms. Luna received an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mexico in 1984. Luna worked in the financial industry until she immigrated to Canada in 1988. She joined Royal Bank in 1990 and held several positions, mostly in retail. She attainted the Personal Financial Planning Designation in 1999 from the Institute of Canadian Bankers, and has been a Financial Planner for the last 10 years. She has been the Honorary Vice Consul of Mali since 2010. Her spouse, Paul Tuz (deceased), was the Consul General of Mali for the last 25 years and was a strong link between Malian and Canadian  business community.