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An inspiring speaker series featuring prominent refugees in Canada

UNHCR Canada is proud to introduce an inspiring speaker series, REF Talks Canada featuring prominent refugees or those refugees who have made a large contribution to Canada. This new initiative is being developed in partnership with York University, Ryerson University and the City of Toronto.

REF Talks Canada is raising awareness of the positive contributions made by refugees to host countries and creating a network of established refugees/civil society and newly arrived refugees.

The first of its kind, REF Talks Canada connects the Canadian public with personal stories of refugees and celebrates their success, their contributions and accomplishments in their host country.

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To understand a man, you must walk in his shoes. To appreciate a refugee journey, you need to hear her story.


REF Talks: Arif Virani, former Immigration Parliamentary Secretary and current Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

REF Talks: Stefanie Stobbe: FROM REFUGEE TO CITIZEN: The Journey of a Laotian Family


REF Talks: Sashar Zarif

REF Talks: Toronto City Councillor Neethan Shan

REF Talks Canada is a UNHCR initiative in partnership with Ryerson University, York University and the City of Toronto.

Ryerson University
York University
REF Talks Canada is a UNHCR initiative in partnership with City of Toronto