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Canadian author, parliamentarian and diplomat Douglas Roche to receive 2017 Calgary Peace Prize from Mount Royal University

Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.

The Honourable Douglas Roche, O.C. will receive the 2017 Calgary Peace Prize at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons on March 15.

The prize, which is awarded by Mount Royal’s Faculty of Arts Peace Studies Initiative, recognizes those who strive for peace, social justice and protection of the environment.

Douglas Roche is being honoured for his long and sustained efforts toward international peace building and for raising awareness of human security issues and nuclear disarmament.

“It is a privilege to present the Calgary Peace Prize to Douglas Roche who is a most distinguished Canadian,” said Jeff Keshen, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal. “The list of honours he has received is quite phenomenal.”

Douglas Roche has written 23 books and contributed chapters to another 20 publications, primarily on global peace issues. Nationally, he served as a senator, member of parliament and ambassador for disarmament. In 1988, he served as the chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee at the 43rd General Assembly. Roche also chaired an international network of eight NGOs, called the Middle Powers Initiative, which works to advance nuclear disarmament.

“The two paramount problems in the world today — nuclear weapons and global warming — must be resolved for the safety of the planet,” Roche said.

Roche’s acceptance speech will be followed by a round-table discussion on international peace initiatives and challenges featuring Roche, Bev Delong, Chairperson of the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

“International peace initiatives in today’s environment require a well-rounded approach including before, during and after conflict in order to sustain peace,” said Minister Hehr. “I look forward to an engaged discussion on how we work with partners to help stop violence, provide security, and create space for dialogue and conflict resolution.”

The Calgary Peace Prize was established in 2006 by the University of Calgary. Past winners include the Commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada, Retired Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire, Dr. Samantha Nutt and Emmanuel Jal. The Peace Prize moved to Mount Royal University in 2016.

Award ceremony tickets are on sale at mru.ca/peacetickets.

More information can be found at mru.ca/PeaceInitiative

For further information, please contact:

Bryan Weismiller, Communications Officer Mount Royal University
Cell: 403.978.1365
Media cell: 403.463.6930
mediarelations@mtroyal.ca