Dear Friends,

I hope you and your family are in good health and good spirits. I am pleased to let you know how the Mosaic Institute will redeploy our 2020 Peace Patron Award in light of our responsibility to maintain physical distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

As you may recall, we were delighted to announce that Margaret MacMillan accepted the honour of becoming our Peace Patron this year. This is our highest accolade, which we present annually to one person who has made a preeminent contribution to peace and intercultural understanding.

We selected Margaret for her extraordinary work as a historian and author, advancing public understanding of the causes of war and the opportunities for lasting peace. We had planned to formally invest Margaret with the Peace Patron Award at a dinner during the first week of June. However, in place of a physical gathering, we will hold a series of online events during that period, including an interactive discussion with Margaret, an overview of our peacebuilding projects, and a presentation of our Muldoon-Mosaic University Bursary scholars.

Click here to join our online programming, including our interactive fireside chat with Margaret macMillan

As we proceed with our virtual celebration, we are immensely grateful to the BMO Financial Group for maintaining its Presenting Sponsorship Level of the Peace Patron Award. We are equally indebted to our individual supporters and institutions who had purchased tickets to our original dinner, all of whom have converted their purchases to donations.

Mosaic was founded on the ideal that our interests as individuals are inextricably linked to the wellbeing of every other human being, that each of us can only enjoy a peaceful and prosperous world if all of us build that world together.

Coronavirus is a stark reminder of that truth. While we must remain physically distant from one another, we must find new ways to stand together.

Should you need any additional information, please feel free to contact us at

With best wishes,
Akaash Maharaj

The Peace Patron Award is made possible through the generous patronage of

Our Peace Patrons:
2019 Peace Patron – General John de Chastelain, CC, CMM, CD, CH
2018 Peace Patron – Edward Burtynsky, O.C.
2017 Peace Patron – His Worship, Naheed Nenshi
2016 Peace Patron – Senator Murray Sinclair, O.C.
2015 Peace Patron – Louise Arbour, O.C.
2012 Peace Patron – Senator Hugh Segal, O.C.