The Ismaili Centre, Burnaby was opened on 23 August 1985 by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and British Columbia Premier Bill Bennett. They were joined by federal and provincial government ministers, diplomats and leaders of the Ismaili community from around the world.
The building, which combines traditional elements of Islamic design with contemporary architecture, was designed by Vancouver architect Bruno Freschi. It was the first such centre to be built in North America.
Press release and speech
- Press release announcing the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby
- Speech made by Mawlana Hazar Imam during the Opening Ceremony
- Speech made by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney during the Opening Ceremony