On May 8, 2017 the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem commemorated Holocaust victims and paid tribute to Shoah survivors with the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada as a keynote speaker.
Other prominent speakers were H.E. Nimrod Barkan, Ambassador of Israel to Canada, the Hon. Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Opposition and interim leader of the Conservative party of Canada and the Hon. Thomas J. Mulcair, Leader of the NDP.
Various Canadian and foreign dignitaries attended the Ceremony including the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, the Hon. Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons, Cabinet ministers, Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, close to 60 members of Parliament and over 50 representatives of diplomatic missions in Canada.
Close to 700 guests attended the National Ceremony including hundreds of Holocaust Survivors and their families, students and community members from across Ontario and Quebec.
The theme of the 2017 National Remembrance Day Ceremony was “Survivors’ Testimonies”: The Fate of the Individual during the Holocaust”. Leslie Vertes a 93 years old Holocaust survivor from Hungary gave an address during the Ceremony stressing the importance of remembering the Shoah in order to prevent it from happening again: “Never Again”, he vowed.