International Champion of Human Rights, Leader & Award-Winning Author
Lt. Gen Roméo Dallaire’s rescue of thousands in the Rwandan genocide as commander of a UN peacekeeping force and heartfelt message of humanity has made him one of the most sought-after speakers in the business and the star of books and films
A passionate and moving speaker, Dallaire inspires audiences to challenge the status quo and take action in shaping a new future. His candid presentations weave together complex ideas in a way that is fully accessible. A kind, thoughtful and generous man, Dallaire has the unique ability to make each audience member feel special about what is they do. He is able to put a positive spin on seemingly difficult subject matter by focusing on the solutions, rather than the problems. Dallaire’s words will echo in the hearts and minds of audiences long after an event concludes.
His humanitarian commitment, honesty, and integrity have made a lasting imprint around the world. A decorated Lieutenant General and former Canadian Senator, Dallaire served 35 years with the Canadian Armed Forces. His bestselling book, Shake Hands with the Devil, is a stirring account of his personal experiences as the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Rwanda. It shines a light on the most extreme results of being given responsibility without authority. He was limited by immovable parameters, overseen by an organization that didn’t fully support the mission, and put into situations that forced him to question ethics every step of the way. The book was also released as a full-length feature film and won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary.
Dallaire works tirelessly in shaping the dialogue within public discourse to create a momentum towards tangible solutions on important issues of our time including: mental health & PTSD, conflict resolution, veteran’s affairs, eradicating the use of child soldiers, genocide prevention and humanitarian intervention.
He served in the Canadian senate from 2005-2014 where he was the Vice-Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence as well as President of the Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs.