Ewing Morris and the Haynes-Connell Foundation were proud to sponsor the Canadian Arab Institute Gala Dinner at The Carlu on April 4, 2016, which was a celebration of multiculturalism, civic engagement, leadership and excellence. The event attracted a wide array of Municipal, Provincial and Federal politicians and cultural and community leaders. It was a scintillating evening with rare insights into Middle Eastern culture and history. The Canadian Arab Institute was founded to promote the valued presence of Canadian Arabs in our country, expose their rich culture and heritage and to educate the general public on their valued contributions to society. It is an an important new voice on public policy, cultural understanding and community engagement. The Institute is a strong supporter of Lifeline Syria and its chair, Ratna Omidvar, was a special guest along with award-winning journalist, Mohamed Fahmy. The Canadian Arab Institute honoured Mary Jo Haddad, former CEO of Sick Kids, and Sheldon Levy, former president of Ryerson University with the Leadership and Excellence Award which recognizes the outstanding achievements of community leaders who embody the genius of Canadian multiculturalism. John Honderich, of the Toronto Star, led a discussion with the honourees on diversity and inclusion.