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David Smolansky


thePanel Exclusive ​— a special new event
series of networking and intimate conversation with fascinating young newsmakers.




Join us at the Ottawa Art Gallery on June 10 for a fascinating evening with David Smolansky, a 32-year-old former student activist and mayor forced to smuggle himself out of Venezuela after standing up to the Maduro regime. Today, he’s in Washington leading the Organization of American States response to the country’s migration crisis. A key figure in opposition politics, Americas Quarterly named him one of the 10 people expected to rebuild Venezuela.

Following a social hour with cocktails and canapés, Global News’ Mercedes Stephenson will interview Mr. Smolansky about his story, the future of Venezuela, and what he’s learned about leadership.


Mercedes Stephenson

Mercedes Stephenson

Global News

Mercedes Stephenson is Global News’ Ottawa Bureau Chief and the host of the network’s flagship national political affairs program The West Block. Leading Global News’ coverage from the nation’s capital, Stephenson interviews the biggest names in Canadian and international politics.


Ottawa Art Gallery
50 Mackenzie King Bridge
Ottawa, ON

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