The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy
Lloyd Axworthy is Director and CEO of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. Lloyd Axworthy's political career spanned 27 years, during six of which he served in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and twenty-one in the Federal Parliament. He has held several cabinet positions: Minister of Employment and Immigration, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Minister of Transport, Minister of Human Resources Development, Minister of Western Economic Diversification, and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Axworthy served as Canada's foreign minister from 1995 to 2000, during which time he became internationally known for his advancement of the human security concept. For example, in 1997, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace prize for his leadership in the Ottawa Treaty, a landmark global treaty banning anti-personnel landmines. He received the North-South Institute's Peace Award for his effort in establishing the international Criminal Court and the protocol on Child Soldiers.
Since leaving public life in the fall of 2000, Dr. Axworthy has been the recipient of several prestigious awardss and honours. The Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation presented him with the Senator Patrick J. Leahy Award in recognition of his leadership in the global effort to outlaw landmines and the use of children as soldiers and to bring war criminals to justice. Princeton University awarded him the Madison Medal for his record of outstanding public service. He received the CARE International Humanitarian Award. Also he was elected Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Further, he has been named to the Order of Manitoba and to the Order of Canada.
He has received honourary doctorates from Lakehead University, University of Victoria, University of Denver, Niagara University, the University of Winnipeg, and Dalhousie University.
Currently, Dr. Axworthy holds postions on several boards and companies. He joined the law firm of Fraser Milner Casgrain as a consultant on trade and international affairs. He is a Board member of 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, on the Port of Churchill Advisory Board, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Ethical Globalization Initiative. He is also serving as Chairman of the Human Security Centre for the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE); Co-Chair of the State of the World Forum, Commission on Globalization; and Honourary Chairman of the Canadian Landmine Foundation.
He graduated in 1961 with a B.A. from United College (now the University of Winnipeg), obtained his M.A. in Political Science from Princeton University in 1963, subsequently earning a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1972.
Lloyd Axworthy remains involved in international matters and lectures widely in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. His book Navigating a New World: Canaa's Global Future, Knopf Canada, will be released this fall.
Lloyd Axworthy is married to Denise Ommanney. They have three children and live on Vancouver Island.
-- Bio of Dr. Axworthy as published in the 2003 Sol Kanee Program.
The 2003 Sol Kanee Lecture for Peace and Justice took place Monday, September 29, 2003.
Dr. Lloyd Axworthy presented on the topic of "Global Citizenship."
The transcript of the lecture can be found here: 2003 Sol Kanee Lecture transcript