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Hugh Segal

Honourary Doctorate, Royal Military College of Canada; Honourary Doctorate, University of Ottawa; Graduate Studies, International Trade Economics, Carlton University; B.A., Canadian History, University of Ottawa

Hugh Segal, the fifth Master of Massey College, joins Massey after four decades in the public, private, academic and not-for-profit sector.  He is a former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister in the 1990s, a former Associate Cabinet Secretary in Ontario in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and in June, 2014, he finished a nine year term as Senator representing Ontario. Hugh was a Skelton-Clark Fellow in the Queen’s Political Studies Department and holds Honorary Doctorates from his alma mater and the Royal Military College of Canada.  He is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy, Chair of the Atlantic Council and Honorary. Chair of the Navy League of Canada. 


Paul Heinbecker

Honourary Doctorate, Laurier University; Honourary Doctorate, St. Thomas University; B.A. (Hons) Laurier University

Paul Heinbecker served as Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador of Canada to Germany and Minister (Political Affairs) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, as well as in more junior positions in Ankara, Stockholm and the OECD. In Ottawa, he has been Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to then Prime Minister Mulroney, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign Policy and Defence, and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Security and Global Affairs in the Department of External/Foreign Affairs. Paul was an architect of Canada’s human security agenda, helped negotiate an end to the Kosovo war, headed the Canadian delegation to the Climate Change negotiations in Kyoto and represented Canada on the UN Security Council. At the UN he was a leading opponent of the Iraq war, and an advocate of the International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect.


Kirsty Duncan

D. Phil. Geography, University of Edinburgh

Kirsty Duncan is a Canadian medical geographer and current MP for the Liberal Party of Canada in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke North. From 1993 to 2000, Duncan taught meteorology, climatology, and climate change at the University of Windsor. In 1992, as she became increasingly aware of the increasing probability of a global flu crisis, she was led to investigate the cause of the similar 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. Duncan was an adjunct professor teaching both medical geography at the University of Toronto and global environmental processes at Royal Roads University, and served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization that won the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore.


Mark Smith

MBA, Ph. D (Psychology), York University 

A highly respected senior executive who has been a CEO of two consulting companies, and both a national and global leader of professional practices for KPMG. A skilled strategist and leader of change who builds organizations, galvanizes people and gets results.  For over 25 yearsa valued advisor to “C” level executives and Boards, working with them to develop strategies, identify and manage risks, implement organization and culture change and strengthen team and Board performance.  Called the “Dean of Canada’s change managers” by the Globe and Mail (article attached).  Asked to address the SIE Committee of the Financial Stability Board on how to manage risk culture in financial institutions.  Instructor at York University on governance and accountability


Maria Banda

D.Phil. International Relations, University of Oxford, J.D. (Law), Harvard University

Maria Banda completed her doctoral dissertation in International Relations at Oxford University, which examined the evolving doctrine and practice of the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) in 2001-2009 from the perspective of both international relations and international law.  A Rhodes and a Trudeau Scholar, Maria is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School. She has worked with several international organizations and written on Canada-U.S. relations, global governance, climate change, and the environment. She is a member of the New York State bar.


Kathleen Davis

J.D. (Law) Queen’s University 

Kathleen Davis is a Canadian lawyer who has specialized in the field of international law. She is currently completing her doctorate at The University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she is studying how the responsibility to protect and international criminal law can best be harmonized to achieve a more synergistic system of international peace, security, and justice. She also teaches international criminal law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Kathleenhas provided assistance to the prosecution teams at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. She has also served in the Peace and Security Division of UN Women, where she conducted research and assisted in efforts to reduce the prevalence and impact of conflict-related sexual violence and gender discrimination. Prior to completing her LL.M. at NYU,Kathleen obtained her B.A. from The University of Western Ontario and her J.D. from Queen’s University. She completed her articles at Torys LLP, and is a member of the Bar of Ontario.


Martha Hall Findlay

J.D. (Law), Osgoode Hall Law School

Martha is a former Member of the Canadian Parliament, and held several senior shadow Cabinet positions in the Official Opposition: Associate Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Public Works and Government Services, and International Trade.  She served on the House of Commons Standing Committees on Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Government Operations and Estimates, and International Trade.  She is known and respected across all party lines for her focus on respectful politics and her efforts to work constructively with colleagues of all parties. She has recently been appointed an Executive Fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and as Chair of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs’ 2012 Conference.


Naomi Kikoler

L.L.B. and B.C.L., McGill University, M.Sc. (Forced Migration), University of Oxford

Naomi Kikoler is the Director of Policy & Advocacy with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect where she oversees the Centre’s work on populations at risk of mass atrocities. Prior to joining the Centre she was a legal fellow with Amnesty International Canada, where she focused on national security and refugee issues. Naomi has worked as a legal consultant on genocide prevention, clerked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and interned with the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement at the Brookings Institution. She has a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto, an L.L.B. and B.C.L. from McGill University, and an M.Sc. in Forced Migration from Oxford University, where she wrote her thesis on the Rwandan Genocide. She is a member of the Bar of Upper Canada.


John Kirton

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, M.A., Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University

John Kirton is the director of the G8 Research Group, established at the University of Toronto in 1987. In 1992-93, he served as a Special Projects Officer in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, devising a strategy for Canada’s G7 participation. He has conducted media analyses of the G7/G8 Summits on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He served on the Foreign Policy Committee of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, an advisory body to the Prime Minister of Canada, and participated in the preparations for the 1995 Halifax Summit. He was a member of the Canadian Government’s International Trade Advisory Committee from 1995 to 1997.

Professor Kirton is an Associate Professor of Political Science, a Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies and a Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He has advised the Canadian government on G7 participation and international trade and sustainable development, and has written widely on G7/G8 summitry. Professor Kirton is the Principal Investigator of “Strengthening Canada’s Environmental Community through International Regime Reform” (the EnviReform project). He is editor of the G8 and Global Governance Series published by Ashgate.


Erin Mooney

M. Phil., University of Cambridge, Ph. D., University of Cambridge


Gilberto Rodrigues

Ph. D., Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo

Professor Rodrigues is currently a professor at the International Relations Program, Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil, and a Board Member of the Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES), a Latin American Civil Society Organizations Network based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which is a founder and Steering Committee member of the International Coalition for RtoP (ICRtoP). He was the inaugural holder of the Brazilian Fulbright Scholarship Program on Human Rights for a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame (2010). He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations, a LL.B. from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, a MSc. in International Relations from the UPEACE, Costa Rica, and a Diploma in Conflict Resolution from the Uppsala University.


Michael Valpy

Award-Winning Journalist, The Globe and Mail, D. Litt., Trent University

Michael Valpy is a journalist. He writes on politics, public policy, culture, ethics and religion. He also teaches media theory.

He began his journalistic career on The Vancouver Sun and became that newspaper’s associate editor and national political columnist. For The Globe and Mail, he has been a member of the editorial board, Ottawa political columnist, Africa correspondent, deputy managing editor and columnist on social and political issues.

He has produced public affairs documentaries for CBC Radio (Sunday Morning), written for Maclean’s, Elm Street, Shambhala Sun, Policy Options, Literary Review of Canada and Time (Canada) magazines, contributed chapters to several books on public policy issues, won three national newspaper awards (two for international reporting and one for the impact of children from dysfunctional families on the public education system) and been nominated for a fourth (for a profile of Michael Ignatieff), co-authored two books on Canada’s Constitution — The National Deal (1982) and To Match A Dream (1998) — and one on Canada’s emerging generation of adults — New Canada: Report on the Next Generation (2003).

He was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature in 1997 by Trent University and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his journalism in 2002. He is a senior fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto and a fellow at U of T’s School of Public Policy and Governance. He also is the 2012 CanWest Global Fellow at University of Western Ontario’s  Faculty of Information and Media Studies. He teaches media theory in U of T’s St. Michael’s College book and media studies programme. His home is in Ontario’s Grey County.

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The Very Reverend, The Honourable Lois Wilson

Ecumenist in Residence, The Toronto School of Theology

The Very Reverend, The Honourable Dr Lois Wilson, C.C., O.Ont. B.A. (Manitoba); B.D., M.Div., D.D. (Winnipeg) D.D. (Mt. Allison), D.D. (Queen's Theological, D.C.L., (Acadia), D.D. (United Theological), D.D. (Wycliff), D.D. (Victoria U.), LL.D. (Dalhousie), LLD. (Manitoba), LL.D. (Trent), LL.D. (UToronto), D.Hum.L. (Mt. St. Vincent), S.D.T. (Ripon), Fellow Massey College.

Ordained a United Church minister in 1965, Dr. Wilson shared team congregational ministry for fifteen years with her husband Rev. Dr. Roy Wilson, before becoming the first woman Moderator of the United Church of Canada. As President of both the Canadian and World Council of Churches, Dr. Wilson visited partner churches in Asia, Latin America, India and Africa as well as being a leading advocate of inter-faith encounters within Canada. She monitored elections in El Salvador, Mexico, Chile, Sri Lanka and Guatemala, and developed a grass roots knowledge of the challenges facing the developing world. She became a leading advocate of international human rights, a Board member on The Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, the Chair of the Board of Rights and Democracy, and served as Officer with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. She has authored seven books, and served as Chancellor of Lakehead University. Her full bio can be accessed here.