Faith-based institutions are progressively struggling to articulate their identities and missions in the secular climate of Canadian legal, academic and political conversations. In the wake of the Christian Horizons case, and the challenge of academic freedom at Trinity Western and other post-secondary institutions, what are the next steps for institutional religious freedom in Canada and beyond?
All events are free to attend.
3:00 PM, Panel: “God in the Lecture Hall: Religion and Post-Secondary Education”
- Chair: Peter Stockland
- Faye Sonier (EFC), Ray Pennings (Cardus), Kevin Boonstra (LexView), Don Hutchinson (EFC)
7:00 PM, Keynotes: Liberty or Liability? The Future of Institutional Religious Freedom
Stanley Carlson-Thies is the founder and president of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance in Washington, D.C. Prior to founding the IRFA he served as Director of Social Policy Studies at the Center for Public Justice, where he remains a Senior Fellow. He was named as one of twelve advocates who are “reinterpreting God and country” by the National Journal in May, 2004, and received the William Bentley Ball Life and Religious Liberty Defense Award from the Center for Law and Religious Freedom and the Christian Legal Society in October, 2004.
Kevin Boonstra is a partner with Kuhn & Company and practices in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and the Editor of the Cardus Center for Cultural Renewal’s legal journal, LexView. Kevin serves as a director for local, national and international charitable organizations. He is also a past member of the Abbotsford Police Board. He has published articles in a variety of trade, academic and general media publications in the areas of construction law, constitutional and human rights law and religious freedom issues. He has lectured on a broad array of topics across Canada, has given seminars for many groups, including the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, and has been a commentator in print and television media.