Join Bill Brower on February 7, 2019 at the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto as he delivers his keynote talk on how he has become President Putin's nemesis with his tireless world-wide campaigning on “The Magnitsky Act”.
Bill Browder, CEO and co-founder of investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, held at one time the largest foreign investment portfolio in Russia.
While working in Russia, Browder exposed corrupt oligarchs and revealed the companies they were robbing causing Vladimir Putin to turn on him. Browder was declared a “threat to national security” and expelled from the country after he uncovered and challenged massive unethical and corrupt business practices.
Based on his New York Times bestseller, Red Notice, Bill Browder’s talk will include his harrowing and inspiring story, from doing business in the Wild East of Russian capitalism to the murder of his attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, and his mission to bring those responsible in the Kremlin to justice. The Economist called Red Notice “a sizzling account of Mr. Browder’s rise, fall, and metamorphosis from bombastic financier to renowned human-rights activist.”
Bill Browder began a global campaign to expose corruption and human rights abuses in Russia and other countries, resulting in the Magnitsky Act, which the US Congress passed in 2012. Versions of the Magnitsky Act have already been adopted by several other countries, including Canada in 2017 and the United Kingdom in 2018 while members in the European Parliament are proposing an EU wide Magnitsky Act.
Browder is currently working to get eight other nations to take up this powerful human rights sanctions legislation. He has appeared frequently on the BBC, CNN, FOX news and most major world television and press outlets to tell his story and advance the sanctions against the world’s worst human rights abusers.
He is here to tell us, in his own words, how his harrowing saga made him into a global human rights activist and corruption fighter.
Brought to you by the International Commission of Jurists, Canadian Section
and the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute.
Dinner will be served.
When: February 7, 2019 from 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Royal Canadian Military Institute, 426 University Avenue, Toronto, ON.
6:00 p.m. - Registration and cocktail
6:30 p.m. - Dinner is served
7:00 p.m. - Talk begins
8:00 p.m. - Event ends
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Bill Browder is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, which was the investment adviser to the largest foreign investment fund in Russia until 2005, when Bill was denied entry to the country and declared a “threat to national security” as a result of his battle against corporate corruption.
Following his expulsion, the Russian authorities raided his offices, seized Hermitage Fund’s investment companies and used them to steal $230 million of taxes that the companies had previously paid. When Browder’s lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, investigated the crime, he was arrested by the same officers he implicated, tortured for 358 days, and killed in custody at the age of 37 in November 2009.
Since then, Browder has spent the last 5 years fighting for justice for Mr. Magnitsky. The Russian government exonerated and even promoted some of the officials involved so Browder took the case to America, where his campaigning led to the US Congress adopting the ‘Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act’ in 2012, which imposed visa sanctions and asset freezes on those involved in the detention, ill-treatment and death of Sergei Magnitsky (as well as in other human rights abuses). This law was the first time the US sanctioned Russia in 35 years and became the model for all subsequent US sanctions against Russia. Browder is currently working to have similar legislation passed in Magnitsky’s name across the European Union.