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Visit Syria from a seat at the NAC on October 29th

By Megan Stacey on October 28, 2013

Big names will be gracing the podium at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 29 – and you can be there to meet them.  

In an event put on by thePANEL, experts will come together to discuss the role that Canada should play in the Syrian humanitarian crisis.

Speakers include Senator Romeo Dallaire, former representative to the UN Paul Heinbecker, University of Waterloo professor Dr. Bessma Momani and co-founder of the SecDev Group Rafal Rohozinski.

ThePANEL is a non-profit, non-partisan group committed to bringing Canadians lively and intelligent conversation on foreign policy issues.  

Spokesperson Jennifer Miller describes thePANEL as “a group of students and young professionals who are excited about Canada’s future on the world stage and want to talk about the challenges and opportunities we’ll face in making it a reality.”

And if the panelists are any indication, smart and engaging debate is what the audience will get. The four-person panel will include moderation by Evan Solomon, of CBC’s Power&Politics. From diplomat to analyst, you can find biographies for each of these distinguished guests here.

“The idea behind thePANEL is to find bright, interesting speakers who can sink their teeth into our topics, and a skilled moderator who can bring out the best in them and the audience,” says Miller.

The night will kick off with a mixer at 7pm, where guests can chat, mingle and network. Audience interaction is a priority for thePANEL, even beyond those in seats at the NAC. There will be extensive social media coverage for those following along from their living rooms!

But if there’s one thing thePANEL has learned since its inception, it’s that people in Ottawa are more than willing to brave the cold for such an affair. Last February’s debate on Canada’s role in Asia sold out so quickly, relocation for this event was inevitable. Luckily, the NAC has room for 300 people.

Tuesday’s panel discussion begins at 8pm at the NAC. Tickets can be purchased here. For $15 you’d be crazy not to come. If you are a student, thePANEL has your back – you can get tickets for $12!

Megan Stacey is a fourth year journalism student at Carleton University.  Find her on Twitter @meganestacey.