Canadian Regional Conference

Saturday, November 16th - Hosted by University of Toronto Students For Liberty

Join Students For Liberty at the University of Toronto on Saturday, November 16th for the first ever Students For Liberty Canadian Regional Conference. The student movement for liberty has seen incredible growth lately, especially in Canada. This conference will for the first time bring together young activists from all over the region for an incredible event.

By attending the conference, you will hear from top speakers in the libertarian movement, network with other pro-liberty students, discover countless opportunities for jobs, internships, conferences and seminars, and have a lot of fun with other students. This day-long event will feature tremendous speakers, panels, and breakout sessions on the ideas behind a free society and the actions necessary to implement them. In addition, three free meals and drinks at our evening social are included with your FREE registration. Don’t miss out on your chance to become part of the student movement for liberty! Register at the bottom of the page!

  • Where: University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College
  • Location: Muzzo Alumni Hall 121 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Host: University of Toronto Students For Liberty
  • When: November 16th, 2013
  • Conference: 9am – 8pm
  • Social: 8pm – 10pm
  • Cost: FREE of Charge
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Keynote Speaker – Lawrence W. Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education

Lawrence W. Reed became president of FEE in 2008. He was a founder and president for twenty years of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad, as well as five books. Lawrence W. Reed holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University (Public Administration—1993) and Northwood University (Laws—2008). He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, chairman of the board of the Prometheus Institute, a member of the board of Just Facts, an advisor to numerous organizations around the world, and a weekly columnist for The Newnan Times-Herald, the local paper in Newnan, Georgia where he resides. His spare-time interests include reading, travel, fly-fishing, hiking, skydiving, and animals of just about any kind.


Keynote Speaker – Tom G. Palmer, VP of the Atlas Network & Cato Senior Fellow

Tom G. Palmer is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. Palmer is also the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009, and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism, published in 2011. Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.


Jan Narveson

Jan Narveson is a native of Minnesota, U.S.A. and was educated at the University of Chicago (B.A. in Political Science, 1955, and in Philosophy, 1956); and earned the PhD at Harvard (1961) with a year at Oxford (1959-60) on a traveling Fellowship. He has taught at the University of New Hampshire, U.S.A., 1961-3, after which he taught at the University of Waterloo, from which he retired in 2004. He was Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins (1967), Stanford University (1968), and the University of Calgary (1976), and was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Philosophy and Public Affairs at Bowling Green State University, Ohio (Fall 1990). In 2006, Jan was designated a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He has continued occasional teaching since his retirement, including several terms for the Political Science Department, with which he was cross-listed.



Pierre Desrochers

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Pierre Desrochers is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. His research and teaching activities focus primarily on economic development, technological innovation, entrepreneurship, international trade, business-environment and business-university interactions. Desrochers is a fellow at the Montreal Economic Institute. Desrochers received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Montreal, his M.A. in Urban Studies from the National Institute of Scientific Research, and his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Montreal. In his latest book, The Locavore’s Dilemma, he and other authors explain the history, science, and economics of food supply to reveal what locavores miss or misunderstand: the real environmental impacts of agricultural production; the drudgery of subsistence farming; and the essential role large-scale, industrial producers play in making food more available, varied, affordable, and nutritionally rich than ever before in history.


John Carpay

John Carpay was born in the Netherlands, and grew up in Williams Lake, B.C. He earned his B.A. in Political Science at Laval University in Quebec City, and his LL.B. from the University of Calgary. He is fluent in English, French, and Dutch. John served the Canadian Taxpayers Federation as Alberta Director from 2001 to 2005, advocating for lower taxes, less waste, and accountable government. During that time, Alberta Venture magazine named him as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people. The Edmonton Sun described him as the “unofficial leader of the opposition.” John is the founder and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. John co-authored the Campus Freedom Index, the first study of its kind in Canada, ranking universities and student unions on how well they carry out their mission of serving as a forum for free speech and frank debate. In Whatcott v. Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, John served on the legal team defending free speech rights that are threatened by human rights commissions. In 2010, Preston Manning presented John Carpay with the Pyramid Award for Ideas and Public Policy in recognition of John’s work in constitutional advocacy, and in recognition of John’s success in building up and managing a non-profit organization to defend citizens’ freedoms.


Peter Jaworski

Peter Jaworski is a Visiting Instructor teaching Business Ethics at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He is also a Director with the Institute for Liberal Studies link. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University, and considers himself a bleeding heart libertarian.


Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux is the host of Freedomain Radio. He has been a software entrepreneur and executive, co-founded a successful company and worked for many years as a Chief Technical Officer. He studied literature, history, economics and philosophy at York University, holds an undergraduate degree in History from McGill University, and earned a graduate degree from the University of Toronto, focusing on the history of philosophy. He received an ‘A’ for his Master’s Thesis analyzing the political implications of the philosophies of Immanuel Kant, G.W.F. Hegel, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. He also spent two years studying writing and acting at the National Theatre School of Canada. He has been fascinated by philosophy – particularly moral theories – since his mid-teens. He left my career as a software entrepreneur and executive to pursue philosophy full time through his work at Freedomain Radio. He has written a number of novels as well as many free books on philosophy.


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