The Ismaili Centre, Burnaby

The Ismaili Centre, Burnaby. Photo: Garry Otte
The Ismaili Centre, Burnaby. Photo: Garry Otte

The Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, a tree-lined suburb of Greater Vancouver, is the first such centre to be purpose-built by the Ismaili Muslim community in Canada.

Access to the building is gained through a courtyard garden, which is enhanced by fountains, trees and flowers. Inside, a prayer hall provides facilities for communal services and quiet contemplation. The facility also includes a social hall, administrative offices, council chamber and classrooms for religious instruction.

Video: Canadian pluralism at a crossroads, says John Stackhouse, delivering the Ismaili Centre Lecture

John Stackhouse, Editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, delivers the 2013 Ismaili Centre Lecture in Burnaby, Canada. Photo: Azim Verjee

Burnaby, Canada, 1 December 2013 — John Stackhouse, Editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail, delivered the Ismaili Centre Lecture, in which he described pluralism as being central to Canadian identity. Featuring speakers of distinction, Ismaili Centre Lectures are held regularly at Centres around the world, and seek to encourage exchange, mutual understanding and friendship between peoples of diverse communities and faiths.

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Economist turned scholar of Ismaili history speaks about success of IIS publications

Dr Farhad Daftary (right) and Dr Derryl MacLean engage in an on-stage conversation as part of the launch of the publication "Fortresses of the Intellect" at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby. Photo: Sultan Baloo

During a recent on-stage conversation held at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby, Dr Farhad Daftary spoke about what motivated him to abandon his doctoral pursuits in Economics in the 1960s in order to seek out a future in Ismaili studies. The dialogue took place as part of a book launch for a recently published collection of scholarly perspectives on areas of Ismaili history and thought titled Fortresses of the Intellect.

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Eight dynamic women share leadership stories at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby

Panelists share their thoughts at the Techovation Challenge launch hosted by the Aga Khan Education Board for Canada. From left to right: Kimberly Voll, Shaherose Charania, Louise Turner, Frenny Bawa, Alexandra Fedorova, Karimah Es Sabar, and Cybele Negris. Photo: Sultan Baloo

Prominent female entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy makers, and academics shared their experiences, challenges, and opportunities, at a launch event for Technovation Challenge, held at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby. The Technovation programme, which is sponsored by the Aga Khan Education Board, is designed to inspire teenage girls to explore studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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Karen Armstrong speaks at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby during her 12 Days of Compassion tour

Karen Armstrong speaks about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) and the relevance of his life to our present time at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby on 25 March 2012. Photo: Sultan Baloo

Prominent religious historian and well-known author, Karen Armstrong, was the keynote speaker at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby on 25 March 2012, where she delivered a lecture on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) and the relevance of his life to our present time. The visit was part of Armstrong’s “12 Days of Compassion” tour of Greater Vancouver.

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