A Gala Event

Former U.S. intelligence officer turned whistleblower Edward Snowden is this year's special guest and honouree at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association annual gala. He'll be joining us via a live link from Russia as part of the evening in which we celebrate civil liberties and human rights activists, toasting the achievements of remarkable Canadians. 

On April 27, 2017, the CCLA will celebrate the achievements of extraordinary Canadians from all walks of life — film, sports, journalism, music, business, law, activism, literature, and more. We expect up to 200 guests from the Toronto legal community, as well as prominent figures from the political and business worlds. This year we are honouring Katherine Govier, Irwin Cotler, Ben Makuch, Jim Bronskill, Roberta Bondar, and more.

Proceeds from the evening will support Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) and CCLA’s work in defending and upholding civil liberties in Canada. (Learn more about CCLA)



April 27, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

6:00 PM
Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:30 PM
Dinner and Program



The Eglinton Grand

Formerly the Eglinton Theatre, The Eglinton Grand is an historic landmark restored to its original 1936 grandeur, recapturing the elegant design and sophistication of this majestic facility. 

400 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto


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Special Guest Honouree 


Edward Snowden


Our Honourees

For our anniversary gala this year, the CCLA has brought together an inspiring group of honourees — men and women who have contributed, in diverse ways, to building a vibrant and inclusive society. Some of our honourees are storytellers, bringing tales of hardship and triumph to the Canadian public. Other honourees are fighters, leading the charge for social change. We thank them for their tireless work and their passionate support of the CCLA's goals.


Excellence In The Arts

Katherine Govier

Jim Bronskill

Patricia Gagic

Ben Makuch

Margie Wolfe


Excellence In
Public Engagement

Roberta Bondar

Craig Forcese

Kent Roach

Roberto Martella

Excellence In Advocacy

Irwin Cotler

Shelagh Day

Linda Bertoldi

Frances Waithe

Mary Spencer


Lisa Borsook

Dennis Edney

Yavar Hameed

Bill Bogart

Jasmine Akbarali


Ursula Franklin


In celebrating 52 years of working to defend the rights and freedoms of all Canadians we have had the opportunity to honour such remarkable people as: Adrienne Clarkson, Anna Maria Tremonti, David Cronenberg, and many others. This year we are honouring Margie Wolfe, Irwin Cotler, Bill Bogart, Lisa Borsook, and more.

Please contact Caroline Hill, Gala Coordinator, to learn more about sponsorship options.
Email: | phone: 416-363-0321 x258

Title Sponsor: $25,000

• Title Sponsor logo placement and brand acknowledgement in all social media promotional advertising and collateral materials, including event program, website and post-event newsletter

• Double page spread ad in program

• One sponsor table for 8 guests

• Preferred seating with honouree of your choice

• Recognition in multimedia materials on the day of the event

• Logo on the nametag

• Opportunity to present awards


• Recognition with logo placement and brand acknowledgement in all social media promotional advertising and collateral materials, including event program and post-event newsletter

• One sponsor table for 8 guests

• Preferred seating with honouree of your choice

• Recognition in multimedia materials on the day of the event

Silver Sponsor: $10,000

• One sponsor table for 8 guests

• Preferred seating with honouree of your choice

• Brand acknowledgement in gala slideshow, website and event program

Cocktail sponsor: $10,000

• Particular brand acknowledgement at the cocktail reception

• Brand acknowledgement in gala slideshow, website and event program


Table Sponsor: $3,750

• One sponsor table for 10 guests


There will be a silent auction full of great prizes at the Gala. All funds raised through the event will support the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET), an education program that engage students and teachers in understanding their rights and freedoms. A democracy cannot exist without an engaged, well-educated citizenry and such citizens exercising their human rights and civil liberties are what make our dynamic and creative society possible.


Benefits of Supporting
the silent auction

  • An in-kind donation tax receipt equal to the value of the donation

  • Exposure to a diverse, high-profile clientele—over 200 guests from a wide variety of professions

  • Elegant showcasing of your company at our event

  • Your company’s name and logo included on our website

Please contact Caroline Hill to renew your support of CCLA or donate for the first time, or to discuss alternate partnership opportunities:

Email: | phone : 416-363-0321 x258





Media Sponsors:



 Diana Gonzalez

Silent Auction Donors

 Gary James
 Nicole Davis
 Linda Ojeda
 Jennifer Torres
 Janet Eckart
 Michael James
Previous Honorees

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association Annual Gala honours individuals who courageously contribute to the advancement of human rights, human dignity, fundamental freedoms and democracy in Canada and worldwide. Listed below are some of the extraordinary honourees of recent years.



Robert LePage

Hossman Bahgat

Cindy Blackstock

Tina Keeper

Lois Wilson

Michael Wilson

Adrienne Arsenault

Colin Freeze

Andre Picard

Louise Arbour

Cherie Blair

Nathalie Des Rosier

Dennis O’Connor

Michael H. Posner

Anthony Romero



Cameron Bailey

David Cronenberg

Nelly Furtado

Sarah Harmer

Nahlah Ayed

Adrienne Clarkson

Andrew Coyne

Michele Landsberg

Danielle McLaughlin

Haroon Siddiqui

Michèle Taïna Audette

Ian Binnie

Paul Cavalluzzo

Colin K. Irving

Barbara Jackman

Chris Taylor

Alan Broadbent

Monique F. Leroux


George Elliott Clarke

Lawrence Hill

Mozhdah Jamalzadah

Norman Jewison

Kim Thúy

M G Vassanji

Irving Abella

Wade Davis

Michelle Shephard

Jim Stanford

Anna Maria Tremonti

Lloyd Axworthy

Phil Fontaine

Ruth Goldbloom

Elise Groulx

James Orbinski

Kim Pate


Deepha Mehta

Niv Fichman

Sarah Polley

Rohinton Mistry

Nina Arsenault

Joseph Boyden

Janice Stein

Steve Paikin

Marie Clarke Walker

Alan Borovoy

Joannie Rochette

Earl Cherniak

Roberta Jamieson

Marlys Edwardh

Lorne Waldman

Alex Neve

Salah Bachir

Tim Reid

Purdy Crawford

Read our honourees in
Act for Freedom 2014 
(PDF 6.8M)

Read our honourees in
Act for Freedom 2013
(PDF 3M)

Read our honourees in
Act for Freedom 2012
(PDF 5.1M)

Read our honourees in
Act for Freedom 2011
(PDF 7.1M)

About CCLA and CLET

About CCLA

For over 50 years, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has been Canada’s national civil liberties organisation. Working with dedicated pro-bono lawyers from across the country, CCLA intervenes in courts at all levels, is vocal in the press and broadcast media, and advocates strategically and effectively to protect the rights and freedoms of all persons in Canada. CCLA has been at the forefront of all of the cutting edge civil liberties debates since our founding in 1964. CCLA is a leader in protecting rights, and has earned widespread respect for its principled stand on such issues as national security, censorship, capital punishment, and police and state accountability. CCLA promotes equality and non-discrimination while also pushing for freedoms.


Since the early 1990s the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET), the research and education branch of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, has had an outreach program of public civil liberties education in Ontario and New Brunswick’s schools and universities. Teaching Civil Liberties and Civil Liberties in the Schools, the two arms of this educational program, have engaged many thousands of Ontario’s pre-service teacher candidates and high school students in lively consideration of their rights and freedoms.


CCLA continues to be a leading defender of rights, freedoms and justice in Canada. We are fighting in the courts to protect privacy, to end the unfettered use of solitary confinement in federal prisons, and to strike down Bill C-51. We are engaged in advocacy to put the Charter First in federal lawmaking and to affect debates on rights issues at all levels of government. We are also active in schools to teach young people about their rights and freedoms, and encourage civic engagement. Our supporters make this work possible and together we continually strive to build a freer and fairer Canada.