Lloyd Axworthy, president and vice-chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, will participate in two events at the CIGI Campus while in Waterloo, on May 24 and May 25, 2012. While serving as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Axworthy became internationally known for his advancement of the human security concept, and he continues to be active in discussions on global affairs.

On Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m., Axworthy will give a public CIGI Signature Lecture on “The Responsibility to Protect and the Arab Spring.” He will be joined in an on-stage conversation afterward by CIGI Senior Fellow and Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) Professor Bessma Momani. This event will take place at the CIGI Campus Auditorium. Members of the public who want to attend in person can register for through this link: http://axworthycigi.eventbrite.ca/. Those who are not in Waterloo, or who want to watch the lecture from home can view the live-webcast at no cost by registering through the same link. Questions to Lloyd Axworthy can be asked via twitter by following @cigionline and #cigilive.

On Friday, May 25 at 12:00pm, Lloyd Axworthy will give an intimate lunchtime keynote at the CIGI Junior Fellow (CJF) workshop. The CJF program is professional development program that is run jointly by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the BSIA. The program is 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 May 25, BSIA students will present their final policy briefs to esteemed panel members with international policy experience. This is an invitation-only event; members of the media are welcome to attend by registering with Kevin Dias at [email protected].

First Event (Public):   

CIGI Signature Lecture with Lloyd Axworthy: The Responsibility to Protect and the Arab Spring (Webcast available)

Date:                                                                              

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Time:                                                                               

7-9 p.m.

Location:

The CIGI Campus Auditorium

67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Second Event (Invitation only, media excepted):

CIGI Junior Fellowship Workshop with Lloyd Axworthy keynote

Date:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Time:

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Axworthy keynote at 12:00 p.m.)

Location:

Balsillie School of International Affairs

67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Participant Biography:

Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, served as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1996-2000. In the Foreign Affairs portfolio, 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. Axworthy currently serves as a commissioner on the Aspen Institute's Dialogue and Commission on Arctic Climate Change.  He is a Board member of the MacArthur Foundation, Human Rights Watch, the Educational Policy Institute, the Canadian Landmines Foundation and the University of the Arctic. In 2010, he was made an honourary member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba and was given an Ojibwe name - Waapshki Pinaysee Inini, which means White Thunderbird Man.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan 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, 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 www.cigionline.org.

The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) was launched in 2007 to offer graduate programs in global governance and international public policy. The Balsillie School is a collaborative initiative of The Centre for International Governance Innovation, the University of Waterloo (UW), and Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier). With over 60 affiliated faculty teaching in the three programs, the Balsillie School will build on the current programming of the PhD in Global Governance (joint UW/Laurier), the MA in Global Governance (UW), and the Master’s in International Public Policy (Laurier).

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