Our Toronto Host

The 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions was organized in partnership with the Toronto Hosting Committee. 

Toronto was selected as the Host City of the seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions convened on November 1-7, 2018. Over 8,300+ people from 80 countries attended the convening which included over 1,300+  programmes, workshops and dialogues, as well as exhibits, arts and cultural events.

The agenda of the Parliament was developed by the international Parliament of the World’s Religions, in cooperation with local organizing collaborators under the umbrella of the Parliament of the World’s Religions - Toronto 2018, its Board of Directors, Steering Committee, and related subcommittees. The Advisory Council of the Parliament of the World’s Religions - Toronto 2018 played a vital role in ensuring the success of this event.

As part of this effort, members of the Advisory Council:

  • Collaborated with the Board to promote the visibility of the 2018 Parliament throughout Canada and internationally;
  • Mobilized public-private awareness, provide guidance and render advice on broader policy matters.
  • Identified suitable interfaith and multicultural events to speak briefly about the upcoming Parliament and to encourage interest and participation across the widest possible spectrum of Canadian social life;
  • Worked with the Board and international Council staff to help connect us with philanthropists, foundations and funding agencies that may have an interest in providing financial support.


Canadian Board of Directors

Ajit Singh Sahota

Bob Watts

Charles R. Hill, Treasurer

Dolly Dastoor Ph.D

Hector Acero Ferrer

The Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea

Karen Waltraut Achtelstetter

Maduba Ahmad

Johanne Belanger

Councillor Joe Mihevc

Anne Pearson, Vice-Chair

Larry Greenfield

Mark Toulouse

Rev. Michelle Singh

Rabbi Michal Shekel

Dr. Robert P. Sellers

The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, Co-Chair

Zul Kassamali, Co-Chair

Chander Khanna, Vice-Chair 

Reid B. Locklin, Secretary

Toronto Board Co-Chairs
Steering Committee Co Chairs
Canadian Programming