The largest multi-faith event in Canada is celebrating its 30th anniversary today at the University of Waterloo. The World Religions Conference aims to promote diversity and respect among faiths.

Organizers expect about 700 to 800 people at the free event, which will discuss how to keep faith alive in today’s society. Eight panelists will speak at the event, representing a range of different faiths and ideologies from Islam to Judaism to Humanism. Various student and community groups will also present at the conference.

The World Religions Conference has called the Region of Waterloo home for the past ten years. Before that point, it was hosted in Brantford.

Nabeel Rana, Chief Planning and Event Coordinator, says the size of Waterloo Region and the multiculturalism throughout the region are key to the growing success of the event.

570′s Gary Doyle is moderating the conference, which begins at 10 this morning (Saturday) at University of Waterloo’s Hagey Hall.

For more information, check out: www.worldreligionsconference.org.