UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speaker Series -- Lloyd Axworthy


A Canadian Conversation
with the new U.S. president

Date: Thursday, Jan. 22
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre -- 1375 Water St., Kelowna

On January 22, just two days after Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th president of the United States, Lloyd Axworthy -- former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs -- will be in the Okanagan sharing his insights on a new era for Canada-U.S. relations.

In an increasingly challenging world, Canada must breathe new life into its foreign policy and revive its international leadership by undertaking new innovative initiatives, says Axworthy. He sees a new U.S. presidency as an opportunity to advance a new internationalism to address the global challenges that we face. It will also present an opportunity to engage our southern neighbour on the major North American issues of energy, water and the situation in the Arctic.

About Lloyd Axworthy

A statesman in his own right, Lloyd Axworthy is currently president and vice chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. Previously, he was director and CEO of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC.

Axworthy served six years in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and 21 years in the federal Parliament. He has held several cabinet positions, notably Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Employment and Immigration, and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.

Axworthy is a member of the Commission on Legal Empowerment for the Poor. He is a Board member of the Canadian Landmine Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Human Rights Watch - where he chairs the Advisory Board for Americas Watch, Lester B. Pearson College, University of the Arctic, the Pacific Council on International Policy, as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the Ethical Globalization Initiative.

Minister Axworthy became internationally known for his advancement of the human security concept, in particular the Ottawa Treaty, a landmark global treaty banning anti-personnel landmines for which he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

For his efforts in establishing the International Criminal Court and the Protocol on Child Soldiers, he received the North-South Institute's Peace Award. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Minister Axworthy as his special envoy for Ethiopia-Eritrea to assist in implementing a peace agreement between the East African countries in 2004. Minister Axworthy graduated with a BA from United College (now the University of Winnipeg) and obtained an MA and PhD from Princeton University.

Last reviewed shim8/5/2014 3:57:30 PM

inspired. informed. insightful.


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