About the Centre
The Centre’s vision is a world where human differences are valued and diverse societies thrive.
Founded in Ottawa by His Highness the Aga Khan in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Global Centre for Pluralism is an independent, charitable organization. Inspired by Canada’s experience as a diverse and inclusive country, the Centre was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.
Through research, education and knowledge exchange, the Centre’s programs:
- Deepen understanding of the sources of inclusion and exclusion in Canada and around the world
- Chart pathways to pluralism in specific places and cases
- Catalyze knowledge exchange and learning about the policies and practices that support pluralism
- Build awareness of the benefits of inclusive societies
330 Sussex Drive in Ottawa is a Canadian heritage landmark that first housed the Public Archives (1905-1967) and then the Canadian War Museum (1967-2005). The revitalization of the building to serve as the new international headquarters of the Global Centre for Pluralism came to a conclusion in 2016. The Centre moved its operations to the new facility in January and officially opened in May 2017.
330 Sussex Drive was built between 1904 and 1906 by the Chief Dominion Architect of the time, David Ewart, whose other notable Ottawa buildings include the Royal Canadian Mint and the Canadian Museum of Nature. The award-winning Canadian firm KPMB Architects have led the transformation of 330 Sussex Drive into the Centre’s headquarters. Considerable investments have been made by His Highness the Aga Khan to bring this building back to life with full respect for its important heritage.
Learn more about the history and rehabilitation of 330 Sussex Drive.
Board of Directors
The Centre is governed by an international Board of Directors chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan.
The Centre’s operations are supported by a small team headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and led by Secretary General John McNee.