CIGI Media Panel: Reporting the Refugee Crisis

Monday, April 3, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Canadian War Museum - Barney Danson Theatre, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Canada
Public Event: Panel Discussion
Apr 3

The global refugee crisis has reached record levels, with more than 20 million people around the world forced to leave their countries. And while the number of refugees continues to grow, international responses have not kept up. As governments and institutions continue to look for bold new ways to respond to this crisis, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), in collaboration with Carleton University’s Journalism Program, has asked some of Canada’s top journalists and writers to talk about their experiences and challenges reporting on the refugee crisis around the world.

Policy Options Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Ditchburn will moderate a lively discussion with stories from abroad and at home with:

  • Margaret Evans, Europe Correspondent, CBC
  • Mark MacKinnon, Senior International Correspondent, Globe and Mail
  • Naheed Mustafa, freelance writer, broadcaster and producer; OpenCanada contributor
  • Michael Petrou, 2017 R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellow; OpenCanada contributor
  • Michelle Shephard, National Security Reporter, Toronto Star


Location: Canadian War Museum, Barney Danson Theatre, 1 Vimy Place Ottawa, ON
Time: 5:30–7:00 p.m., followed by a reception

Event Speakers

Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the IRPP’s online policy forum. An award-winning parliamentary correspondent, Jennifer began her journalism career at the Canadian Press in Montreal as a reporter-editor during the lead-up to the 1995 referendum.

A veteran conflict reporter, Margaret Evans has covered civil wars and strife in Angola, Chad and Sudan as well as the myriad battlefields of the Middle East.

Mark MacKinnon is senior international correspondent for The Globe and Mail. He is currently based in London, England.

Michael Petrou, an award-winning senior writer at Maclean's, has covered wars and conflicts across Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

Michelle Shephard is the National Security Reporter at the Toronto Star and author of Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone (2011) and Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr (2008).

Naheed Mustafa is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and producer working in print, radio, television, and film.