Canadian experts to come together at Rideau Hall and join forces to create a safer and more respectful digital world  

April 10, 2024

OTTAWA, Ontario—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, will host a one-day event called The Governor General’s Symposium: Building a Safe and Respectful Digital World, on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Rideau Hall.

In recent months, the issue of online abuse has been gaining momentum, as more and more individuals have bravely shared their experiences. This symposium will bring together individuals who have been impacted by online abuse and subject-matter experts from across the country. The event will raise awareness of the prevalence and impacts of online abuse, facilitate the creation of networks of resilience, and encourage professionals from a range of disciplines to work collaboratively to develop solutions.

Symposium Agenda

10:00 a.m.       Lighting of the Qulliq and words of welcome

10:10 a.m.       Fireside discussion between the Governor General and Lisa LaFlamme

10:30 a.m.       Panel 1: The Lived Experience of Online Abuse

Dr. Theresa Tam, Rachel Gilmore, Kevin Raphaël, Santee Siouxx and Fae Johnstone

1:00 p.m.         Panel 2: Emerging Solutions for a Safer Digital World

Matthew Johnson, Aline Nizigama, François Savard, Anila Umar and Vanessa Brousseau

2:50 p.m.         Closing remarks from the Governor General

The panel discussions will be moderated by Emilie Nicolas, a renowned anthropologist, anti-racism advocate and media commentator.

Find out more information about the Symposium and speaker biographies

Notes for media:

  • To guarantee your access to the event, we ask that you please confirm your attendance in advance.
  • Photos of the event taken by the Governor General’s official photographer will be made available upon request.


Media information:
Rideau Hall Press Office

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