I have the honour to present Dr. Ivan Head, O.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Q.C.
Ivan Head was born in Calgary, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta in both Arts and Law and was awarded the Chief Justice's Silver Medal. He entered Harvard Law School in 1953 as a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow and was awarded an LL.M. degree in 1960. His thesis, on the topic of 'Canadian Claims to Territorial Sovereignty in the Arctic Regions' presaged a career devoted to applying academic excellence to issues of Canadian public policy.
Called to the Bar in 1953, Ivan Head practised law in Calgary until 1959. He then joined the Department of External Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer, serving in both Ottawa and Southeast Asia. In 1963 he joined the University of Alberta as an Associate Professor of Law becoming a Professor in 1966. He remained attached to the University of Alberta until 1973 but in 1967 embarked upon a career of public service which was to last, unbroken, for almost a quarter of a century. In 1967-68 he served as Associate Counsel to the Minister of Justice dealing with Constitutional Affairs. Between 1968 and 1970 he was Legislative Assistant to the Prime Minister of Canada and for the next eight years served as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister with special responsibility for foreign policy and the conduct of international relations. In that role he advised Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in his Commonwealth and foreign activities, acted as the Prime Minister's special representative in a number of missions abroad and served on Canadian delegations to a large number of international conferences.
From 1978 until March this year Ivan Head was President and Member of the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre, the IDRC. In this capacity he was responsible for building an institution with a truly international reputation both for the excellence of its research and for the unique way in which it engages in genuine partnership and co-operation with the peoples of the South and their own indigenous institutions. Under his guidance and leadership has evolved in the Centre a vision of global development which is people-centred and democratic, which is rooted in indigenous culture and gender equality and which draws upon indigenously developed technologies. It is a vision of enhanced self reliance which recognizes also the mutual interdependence of the North and the South and which strives to promote constructive and respecthil interrelationships at the global level between rich and poor nations. It is a vision of a world without poverty, insecurity and environmental degradation. It is Ivan Head's vision.
Ivan Head has written extensively on legal matters, on foreign and development policy. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which explores the theme of global interdependence, and of numerous articles in learned journals. He is an officer of the Order of Canada, a Federal Queen's Counsel and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute and as a Commissioner of the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues. He is a frequent participant in high level working groups examining various aspects of international organisations and international affairs and is the recipient of a number of honours from foreign governments and international bodies.
Lawyer, scholar, public servant and diplomat, Ivan Head has distinguished himself in Canada and internationally as both a visionary and as a person who is capable of giving practical expression to his ideas. By word and deed he has enhanced Canada's stature in the world community and has done so by putting his concern for the well-being of people at the centre of his approach to international relations.
Mr. Chancellor, it is my privilege to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you now confer upon Ivan Head the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba