Aurea was established in 2006 with a $25 million endowment from the Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation. Aurea supports qualified institutions and affiliated individuals involved in the study and development of public policy. The Aurea Foundation gives special attention to the investigation of issues related to the political and economic foundations of freedom, the strengthening of the free market system, the protection and enhancement of democratic values, human rights and human dignity, and the role of responsible citizenship.
The Munk Debates are Canada’s premier public policy event. Established by the Aurea Foundation in 2008, the semi-annual debates provide leading thinkers with a global forum to discuss the major issues facing the world and Canada. Each event takes place in Toronto in front of a live audience of 3,000 business leaders, academics, policy makers and members of the public. Past participants have included Henry Kissinger, Tony Blair, Glenn Greenwald, Christopher Hitchens, Fareed Zakaria, and Paul Krugman, among others. Previous debates have considered climate change, humanitarian intervention, religion, taxing the wealthy and state surveillance.