NOW Talks: Robert Fowler discusses being held captive by Al Qaeda

Sunday, January 15, 2012
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto

While serving as the Special Envoy to the Secretary General of the United Nations in Niger in 2008, Robert Fowler was kidnapped and held captive by Al Qaeda for 130 days.

On Sunday January 15, he sits down with Michael Hollett at the Drake Hotel to discuss his new book, A Season in Hell, his long journey in international diplomacy and his outspoken criticism of the current Conservative government’s foreign policy.

In nearly 40 years of public service, Robert Fowler has been the Canadian ambassador to Italy, Albania, San Marino, the three Rome-based UN Food Agencies, and High Commissioner to Malta.

He is distinguished as Canada’s longest serving Ambassador to the UN. Recently awarded the Order of Canada, and now a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Fowler has some interesting stories to tell.

Tickets are $15 and available online at, at NOW Magazine (189 Church Street) Monday to Friday 9a.m. - 6 pm, or the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) the day of.

Doors open at 3:30 pm, and the event begins at 4 pm.
Tickets and space are limited.