On July 15, 2019, the Canadian Centre for R2P, the NATO Association of Canada and Massey College had the immense pleasure of hosting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the George Ignatieff Theatre at the University of Toronto. Mr. Stoltenberg spoke about the relevance and importance of NATO today, followed by a 40 minute Q&A session moderated by LGen Chris Whitecross from the NATO Defense College.
Full recording of the event can be seen here.
On April 1st, 2014, at the Seeley Hall of Trinity College, University of Toronto, the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History co-hosted a student panel discussion featuring Dr.Madeleine Albright, the 64th secretary of state of the United States, and Dr.Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, chaired by Hon. Bill Graham, Chancellor of Trinity College. Four students from the University of Toronto served on the panel: Ms.Hope Caldi, Mr.Misha Boutilier, Ms.Rachel Gunn and Mr.Patrick Quinton-Brown. Dr.Albright and Dr.Axworthy reflected upon the lessons learned from the Rwandan Genocide, failures of humanitarian interventions in the 1990s, and the future of global humanitarianism. This event attracted over 150 students and faculty at the University of Toronto and served as an integral part of the Rwanda20 campaign co-hosted by the CCR2P and the Bill Graham Centre to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.
Click here for the coverage by the University of Toronto’s Media Relations Department.
Student audience from the University of Toronto (April 1, 2014) Photo by Nicolett Jakab
Below, please find a full text of Tina’s welcome address.
April 1st 2014
Dr. Madeleine Albright, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Chancellor Bill Graham and our distinguished guests:
On behalf of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, I am delighted to welcome you today for our student panel discussion here at Trinity College.
My name is Tina Park and I am a co-founder and executive director of the Canadian Centre for R2P.
Based at the Munk school of Global Affairs, the Canadian Centre for R2P is mandated with promoting scholarly engagement and political implementation of the Responsibility to Protect principle. As a leading non-profit and non-partisan research organization for R2P in Canada, we currently have over 80 students working in our research and advocacy wings. We have also recently advised the Inter-Parliamentary Union on their resolution on the role of parliamentarians in enforcing R2P.
With the International Relations Programme at Trinity College and the Bill Graham Centre, we have recently launched a campaign this spring to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide and reflect upon the past, present and future of the R2P principle. Through our campaign, we hope to reflect upon our pledge of “never again” in our efforts to curb mass human atrocities and discuss how we can make the responsibility to protect a living reality in the 21st century.
In addition to the full-day conference last Saturday, our campaign consists of a film festival, a youth and education outreach program to high schools in Toronto, and a publication project with the Canadian International Council’s OpenCanada, featuring reflections by twenty prominent Canadians on the lessons learned from the Rwandan Genocide.
Today’s panel discussion is an important part of our campaign as we engage in dialogues with two very distinguished guests, Dr.Albright and Dr.Axworthy, who have made enormous contributions in the promotion of global humanitarianism. We are honoured that they could share their insightful ideas with the students at the University of Toronto and are extremely grateful of their time and dedication.
Now, I am delighted to introduce our Chancellor, Honourable Bill Graham, to you, who will be chairing today’s panel discussion.
A graduate of Trinity College, Chancellor Graham was first elected as a Liberal MP for Toronto Centre-Rosedale in 1993 and served the Toronto Centre until 2007. He also served as a chairman of the standing committee of the House of Commons on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2004 and subsequently as the Minister of National Defense from 2004 to 2006. In February 2006, he was appointed as the Leader of the Official Opposition.
Prior to entering politics, Chancellor Graham had a very distinguished legal career. After earning his law degree at the University of Toronto as the Gold Medallist, he pursued a doctorate in law in Paris. As a partner in Fasken & Calvin in Toronto, he practiced litigation and international commercial law, primarily in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In the 1980s, he taught international law at the Faculty of Law here at the University of Toronto.
As the Chancellor of Trinity College, Professor Graham has been an exceptional mentor to many of our students and a generous supporter of our international relations program, the Canadian Centre for R2P as well as the newly launched Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History.
Without further delay, please join me in welcoming Chancellor Graham to the podium.
“The Nexus Fund recently hosted the 2nd Annual Global Convening to End Mass Atrocities. This June, practitioners from the atrocities prevention community assembled in Istanbul, Turkey, to address and reflect on the field’s most pressing issues through a combination of small-group discussions, plenaries, and presentations. Tina Park & Patrick Quinton-Brown from the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect participated at this convening to showcase the CCR2P & our work with the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly.” (http://nexus-fund.org/annual-convening/)
Lester Pearson became Prime Minister fifty years ago this April, at the head of one of the most memorable governments in Canadian history. Some of the programs and institutions introduced by the Pearson government, such as Medicare and the CPP, largely define the Canada we know. At the same time, many of the issues that dominated the politics of the day, including the future of the welfare state and Canada’s role in the world, are very much alive.
This one-day conference hosted by the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Pearson government, and placing its legacy in historical perspective. Former Cabinet members, diplomats, historians and students came together to exchange perspectives on the Pearson era.
The day’s highlights included lunchtime remarks by former Prime Minister John Turner on the Pearson Cabinet, and reflections by former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien on fifty years in politics.
History of the Award
The UTAA fosters community engagement amongst alumni through a variety of strategic initiatives. This award was created to honour an extraordinary alumnus/a who has set a high standard for community service. The UTAA will recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution of time and talent as a volunteer to civic and charitable causes. The outstanding contributions of this individual will be showcased at the UTAA’s Annual Celebration to promote community engagement and inspire others.