The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) was the dream of the late Israel Asper, a philanthropist and founder of CanWest Global Communications Corporation. The CMHR is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Their aim is to build not only a national hub for human rights learning and discovery, but a new era of global human rights leadership.
Creating inspiring encounters with human rights, the goal is to engage Canadians and international visitors in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others. Visitors are welcomed as partners on a journey to erase barriers and create meaningful, lasting change.
Established by Parliament through amendments to the Museums Act on March 13, 2008, the CMHR was established as a national and international destination – a centre of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression.1
The project was a joint venture of Canadian municipal, provincial and national governments as well as The Asper Foundation, who spearheaded the initiative and obtained generous private funding. Completed in 2013, this challenging three-year roofing project had three sections: Section 1 – the base with green roofing; Section 2 – the “Cloud,” a wrapped section, which includes the glass tower; and Section 3 – the “Mountain.”
According to Oakwood Roofing Project Manager Greg Groenheide, “A modified bitumen roofing system was specified for the roof but we worked with the specifier to make adaptations. We made some major changes to make the project more user-friendly and easier to install, with an IKO Modified Bitumen Roofing System.” Oakwood was responsible for sections two and three. “The Cloud section was by far the most challenging,” shared Groenheide. The CMHR has an IKO 10-year Diamond Shield warranty.
1CMHR background information obtained from https://humanrights.ca.