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Lloyd Axworthy

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada and President of The University of Winnipeg

Dr. Lloyd Axworthy served as President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg from 2004-2014. There, he worked to renew the campus and its downtown community with the view to making post-secondary education more accessible to inner-city, Aboriginal, new immigrant and refugee students.

Before becoming President of The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Axworthy’s political career spanned 27 years, six of which he served in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and 21 in the Federal Parliament. He held several Cabinet positions, notably 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 from 1996-2000. On leaving public office, Dr. Axworthy served as Director and CEO of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Colombia prior to his appointment at The University of Winnipeg.

In the Foreign Affairs portfolio, Dr. 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 his leadership on landmines, 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 Prize of the Council of Europe.

He has been a board member for a number of organizations, including The MacArthur Foundation, STARS Air Ambulance, CUSO International, the Conference Board of Canada, Apathy is Boring – Council on Youth Electoral Engagement, the Aspen Ministers Forum and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

In 2010, Dr. Axworthy was made an honourary member of Sagkeeng First Nation and was given the name Waapshki Pinaysee Inini, which translates to White Thunderbird Man. In 2012, Dr. Axworthy become a Pipe Carrier in a community ceremony conducted by local Aboriginal elders and chiefs. Dr. Axworthy has been named to the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada and has received honorary doctorates from 12 universities.

His book Navigating a New World - Canada’s Global Future, Knopf Canada, was published in the fall of 2003.
Lessons From Malaysia and Russia: Sovereignty Has Put the World in

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What can the missing Malaysian airliner and the Russian takeover of Crimea have in common, aside from competing for airtime on the 24-hour news channels? Let's consider this common thread: both events demonstrate the absence of any working, collaborative governance system to deal with crisis coupled with the irrelevance of many of the post-World War II multilateral agreements and practices.
03/27/2014 08:08 EDT
Kofi Annan's Advice to the United

Kofi Annan's Advice to the United Nations

Recently, I had the privilege of hearing Kofi Annan speak in New York. Freed from the constraints of office, armed with a newly-written book and perspective to view the world a little closer to the ground than from his previous perch on the 52nd floor of the UN building would allow, there was a sharper edge to him.
02/21/2013 05:32 EST
Will Barack Obama Help

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While post-election attention focuses on the looming battle between President Obama and congressional Republicans about the fiscal cliff, it is important also to remember the abyss in Syria. Thousands are being killed every month. It is time that Barack Obama is asked to show the leadership needed if we are to end the slaughter and stop the cross-border spread of violence that threatens the whole region
11/14/2012 05:14 EST
Canadians Can Help Stop the Persecution of Iran's

Canadians Can Help Stop the Persecution of Iran's Baha'i

With the eyes of the world on the Arab Spring, the populist struggles in Iran have faded from view. Yet some in Iran continue to face appalling levels of abuse, oppression, and injustice, including the Baha'i, Iran's largest non-Muslim religious minority. We encourage all Canadians to add their voice to halt all further aggression towards the Baha'i.
01/05/2012 12:05 EST