The event raised over $45,000 – which when combined with some funding from Carleton University - will make the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship financially self-sustaining!

The October 18th event at the Shaw Centre featured MP Marilyn Gladu and CBC journo David Cochrane up against MP Nathan Cullen and CTV journo Laura Payton, exchanging verbal blows over whether or not sock diplomacy is a valuable tactic in the political playbook. In the serious debate, Shachi Kurl, Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute, and award-winning journalist Stephen Maher argued the resolution that Canada is not immune to Trump-style populism.

Host Rosemary Barton, anchor of the CBC’s The National, and debate moderator the Hon. Bob Rae contributed their special magic to make it a memorable evening. More than 200 guests attended the 5th edition of this special evening, enjoying the networking opportunities of the opening reception, and bidding actively at the Silent Auction table.

Over the course of the five Travers Debates, $250,000 has been raised to support excellence in international reporting, with the Fellowship awarding a grant of up to $25,000 to help fund a significant foreign issue of importance to Canadians.  For more on the Fellowship, please click here.

Thanks to our players, sponsors, donors and guests for another marvellous evening.

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