Canada’s 16th Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Joe Clark will give a free public CIGI Signature Lecture on the evolving role of state and non-state actors in international relations.

CIGI invites media to cover “Leading From Beside,” which will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Public tickets for this CIGI lecture, co-sponsored by the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), are at capacity. A waitlist has been created to release seats as they become available. A free live-webcast will be available to a global audience. For details, visit:

Mr. Clark’s keynote will address the modern shift in power in the world, which is not only among states, but between state and non-state actors. He will examine the significant assets which constructive non-state actors possess, including their ability to innovative more effectively with less constraint. He will discuss their opportunities and relation to the traditional power held by nation-states, in the context of leadership.

In addition to serving as Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Clark was elected eight times to the House of Commons and is a former Foreign Minister and Minister of Constitutional Affairs. He is a professor in the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University, vice-chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue and the Friends of the Inter-American Charter. In recent years, Mr. Clark has been active on governance issues in the developing world, with the Commonwealth, the Carter Center and the National Democratic Institute.

The day following Mr. Clark’s CIGI Signature Lecture, he will be participating in the Balsillie School of International Affair’s annual CIGI Junior Fellowship (CJF) Symposium.  The CJF program, jointly run by CIGI and the BSIA, is a program designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain mentorship and guidance from senior scholars and policy practitioners, as they advance their own policy research and writing skills.  On Friday, May 24, BSIA students will present their final policy briefs to esteemed panel members with international policy experience. 

Media wishing to cover “Leading From Beside” are asked to register in advance with CIGI Communications Specialist Kevin Dias, at 519-885-2444, ext. 7238 or [email protected].

Event: CIGI Signature Lecture: “Leading From Beside,” featuring the Right Honourable Joe Clark

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: CIGI Campus

67 Erb Street West

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


The Right Honourable Joe Clark was elected eight times to the House of Commons of Canada, and is a former Canadian Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and Minister of Constitutional Affairs, as well as Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, and National Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He is President of Joe Clark and Associates Ltd., a professor in the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University, vice-chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Friends of the Inter-American Charter. Mr. Clark serves on the boards of Triton Logging Inc., Globe Scan Inc., Stratus Royalty Corporation, Pearson College of the Pacific, and on the advisory boards of Meridiam Infrastructure, Save The Children Canada, SOS Children’s Villages Canada, and Canada Without Poverty and is active in other Canadian and international organizations. He was founding chairman of the Commonwealth Committee of Foreign Ministers on Southern Africa, which co-ordinated the Commonwealth campaign against apartheid, and launched the North Pacific Security Dialogue. He co-founded the underwater forestry company CSRD in Ghana, and has led international Election Observation teams in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and Lebanon. Mr. Clark is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and l’Ordre de la Pleiades, and the first recipient of the Vimy Award. Born in High River, Alberta, he is married to the Canadian author and lawyer Maureen McTeer, who specializes in law and public policy respecting health, science, and reproductive technologies.  Their home is in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit


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