Dallaire’s Story of Courage and Conviction By standing up for the rights of those he was working with, and trying to protect, Dallaire is considered a hero by the international community at large. He has faced battle and peacekeeping and returned home to boldly share his story, inspiring others to be vocal about what they believe in. The New Leadership: A Humanistic Approach Sharing his personal plight further to his experiences in Rwanda, Dallaire is lauded for his role in providing exemplary leadership in a mission fraught with obstacles. Upon his return to Canada, he spearheaded the efforts to redefine the long-term professional development and training requirements of the Canadian Forces Officer Corps. With the aim of helping make our leaders pro-active, Dallaire shares his advice on how they can regain the initiative on current situations while simultaneously anticipating what the future holds. His inspirational presentations encourage leaders to embrace a new form of heart-to-heart communications with their team, who will then have the confidence to go beyond the perception of their own abilities. A competitive edge and personal fulfillment will be yours if you put your team members and your fellow man – their skills, their continuous development and their quality of life – at the forefront. International Conflict Resolution in this New Era Dallaire challenges us: “Can we prevent conflict, or are we in a state where we’re always reacting to the initiatives of the belligerents? Are we always going to be crisis managers?” Peace operations have become one of the most important tools the international community has to achieve conflict resolution. Rather than discard peacekeeping altogether because of its checkered history, we need to learn from its failures as well as its successes. We have more resources and stronger mandates. Information should come from both human sources and from modern intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) technology to save lives and alleviate human suffering. Mental Health & Invisible Wounds Due to the PTSD he suffered from the horrors of the genocide, Dallaire was medically released from the military in 2000. Since then, he has tirelessly worked on raising awareness about mental health issues and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dallaire’s courage in going public about his own experience with mental health issues gives him undeniable credibility on the issue. This presentation will inspire audiences to break the stigma around mental health. He speaks with compassion and insight on how the challenges and disagreements on treating mental illness can affect all of us. As mental health wounds are not always visible on the exterior, Dallaire speaks on how much more needs to be done so that those suffering in silence can not just survive, but thrive.
Canada 150: A Strategic Vision In this presentation, Dallaire examines the current state of Canada as a nation. He offers up an assessment on what Canada could have done in the past and a vision of what it should be doing in the future. Dallaire also takes time to reflect on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a defining moment for Canada where the nation emerged from the shadows of colonial Britain to showcase its greatness. He explores Canada’s role in international security and peacemaking while providing an outlook on where it can provide leadership on the international stage.
Veterans Ombudsman Commendation
Calgary Peace Prize
CUSA Human Security Award
Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec
Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction
Officer in the Order of Canada
Aegis Trust Award
Officer of the Legion of Merit