Panel Discussion: Participatory Democracy

Canada's Move invites you to a panel discussion

Participatory democracy

Upcoming parliamentary elections and the Quest for a More Democratic Armenia

Date: Saturday, 1 December 2018 @ 11:00 am
Location: Armenian Evangelical Church of Toronto
Click on 2600 14th Ave. Markham for directions

Panelists

Please click on the names of the panelists to view their biographies.

guests from Armenia via Skyp

   Lena Nazaryan                Styopa Safaryan

Annie Demirjian BA MSc        Arakel Minassian BA      Viken L. Attarian MBA

Click on Facebook link if you are interested or you would like to attend.

STATEMENT

Canada's Move invites you to a panel discussion

Participatory democracy

Upcoming parliamentary elections and the Quest for a More Democratic Armenia

Date: Saturday, 1 December 2018 @ 11:00 am
Location: Armenian Evangelical Church of Toronto
Click on 2600 14th Ave. Markham for directions

Panelists

Please click on the names of the panelists to view their biographies.

guests from Armenia via Skyp

   Lena Nazaryan                Styopa Safaryan

Annie Demirjian BA MSc        Arakel Minassian BA      Viken L. Attarian MBA

Click on Facebook link if you are interested or you would like to attend.

STATEMENT

“Canada’s Move” [Գանատայի Քայլը / Կանադայի Քայլը] is a network of Canadian Armenians to promote awareness of the historic importance of the “Velvet Revolution”, its positive impact on Armenians throughout the world, its accomplishments and future expansion.

The network upholds sovereignty of Armenia/Artsakh, promotes the expansion and the strengthening of Armenia-Diaspora relations, advocates repatriation, rallies around specific self-relying projects that empower Armenia youth and alleviate poverty. It also advocates application of environmentally recognized best practices in utilizing natural resources, act as a platform for discussions in meritocracy, gender equality, inclusive and fair economic policies, rights of marginalized segments of society, participatory democratic governance, anti-corruption, and rule of law.

The network is well aware of the divisions within the Canadian-Armenian community, but it also recognizes and appreciates the value of cooperation with individuals or entities irrespective of political, religious and fraternity affiliations. Working in isolation has limited impact, whereas working in unison by building consensus leads to healthier relations and lasting desirable results.

Integrity, accountability and transparency will be the guiding principles that characterize the modus operandi of the network.

To accomplish its goals the network will utilize social media, the press and public gatherings.

We call upon our compatriots in Canada to join “Canada’s Move” Network.

Contact: Arusyak Karapetyan

CanadasMove@gmail.com

  • The statement is subject to review by adherents of the “Canada’s Move” Network within six months.
  • Previously held activities during the formative period of the Network

No to Dictatorship in Armenia
Armenia Needs Your Support

Gathering in Solidarity at Queen's Park 
Rally in Ottawa in Support of Democracy in Armenia
Republic Square Pashinyan’s Agora

 

3 comments
  1. Democracy BUT what kind?

    Recently I read an article in Armenian Weekly titled: “Without Economic Democracy, Political Democracy Will Falter”. And now I read that there will be a presentation on “Participatory Democracy.

    I checked Wikipedia as to what “Participatory Democracy” meant. It said: “ participatory democracy tends to advocate more involved forms of citizen participation and greater political representation than traditional representative democracy.”

    So thus far we have been traditionally exercising “representative democracy” and now gearing to embrace “participatory democracy” surely because it will lead to “economic democracy” for otherwise “Political Democracy” will falter.

    Wow, good luck to all those who can sort through the kind of democracies is out there and feel the need to be educated to advocate the right kind.

    1. No need to overcomplicate things

      Vahe jan,

      You don't need to overcomplicate things. Everyone contributes to democracy and well being of their nation their own way.

      I hope I can contribute to the best of my abilities and I encourage others to do the same.

      That's democracy for me.

      All the best,
      Eduard

  2. Regrets…but going ahead

    Dear participants and interested parties

    On behalf of the organizing team I regret to announce that Ms. Amara Possian and Prof. Alan Whitehorn will not be able to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. We will miss them and their priceless input. We are confident that we will have the chance to meet them on other occasions in future.

    On a positive note, with great excitement we welcome Viken L. Attarian to the panel. He will participate via Skype from Montreal. We are very honoured and pleased to have him on board!

    "Viken L. Attarian is the founder and president of Management, Information, Development, Consulting (MIDC) Corporation in Montreal, Canada. MIDC specializes in strategic business consulting and IT management for small and medium size businesses. Prior to founding MIDC, Mr. Attarian worked in senior management positions in the IT organizations of several Canadian hi-tech and aerospace companies, including Pratt & Whitney Canada, Nortel Networks, Computer Sciences Corporation, Bombardier Transportation and Bell-Helicopter Textron. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Attarian was elected to the Executive Board of the Montreal AGBU, for four years as its vice chairman and, from 2004 to 2006, as its chairman. He has been an active member of the Liberal Party of Canada for close to two decades. Since late 2006, Mr. Attarian is a member of the Policy Commission of the Liberal Party of Canada. In June of 2012, he was elected as the Chair of the Policy Commission of the Liberal Party of Canada in Quebec.  he is a member of its provincial Board of Directors as well as its National Policy and Electoral Platform Commission. [As of 2016 he no longer holds these positions. Since 2016 he is a founding member and current co-chair of the Armenian Canadian Council, an organization that has a mission to encourage Canadian-Armenian direct participation in Canadian public affairs.]

    He is a professional engineer and holds a MSc in Engineering from the Polytechnic of Brno in the Czech Republic (1982), and an Executive MBA from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada (1995)."

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