CIGI Hosts Public Panel Discussion – “WikiLeaks: Security, Diplomacy and Global Gossip”

Media Advisory

January 10, 2011


Waterloo, Canada - January 10 - The WikiLeaks website has gained international notoriety and generated much debate in public and private spaces. As founder Julian Assange wrestles with legal matters, the information released by his website and the threat of further releases continues to raise questions as to whether it has benefited or detracted from global security and government accountability.

From 7 to 9 p.m. on January 12, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to host a public panel discussion that will feature several unique perspectives on Wikileaks. Participants include:

  • CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker
  • University of Waterloo History professor Andrew Hunt
  • High-Tech expert Mark J. McArdle
  • With journalist and Wilfrid Laurier University professor Geoffrey Stevens as moderator.

The panellists will shed light on why WikiLeaks has garnered such attention and whether it is a benefit or detriment to society and good governance.


This event will be available live via webcast, which you can register for by visiting:


CIGI Panel discussion – “WikiLeaks: Security, Diplomacy and Global Gossip”


Wednesday, January 12, 2011


7-9 p.m.  


The Centre for International Governance Innovation

 57 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 


Paul Heinbecker, CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Mr. Heinbecker is the inaugural Director of the Laurier University Centre for Global Relations and a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), both in Waterloo, Ontario. He writes extensively for the print media in Canada and abroad and comments frequently in the electronic media on international relations.

Andrew Hunt, Professor

Professor Hunt is an associate professor of history at the University of Waterloo and the Director of the Tri-University Graduate Program in History. He received his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

Mark J. McArdle, High-Tech Expert

Mark is a seasoned technology executive, with over 18 years of technical experience in some of the best brands in Technology. He has worked at MKS, Open Text, PGP and McAfee and is also a member of the Venture Services Group as an Executive-in-Residence at Communitech. Mark is now CEO of tinyHippos.

Geoffrey Stevens, Professor

Geoffrey has been the Ottawa columnist, sports editor and managing editor of the Globe and Mail, Ottawa correspondent for Time magazine, and managing editor of Maclean's magazine. At Wilfrid Laurier University, he teaches politics and media ethics.

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 238, Email: [email protected]

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