Policy Speaker Series
January 20, 2011
Hugh Segal joined the Canadian Senate in 2005, after four decades of public service which included Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Associate Cabinet Secretary (Ontario) for Federal-Provincial Affairs and Policies and Priorities, Legislative Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition (Ottawa), President of the independent Institute for Research on Public Policy. Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism, he is a former Chair and present member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was appointed in July 2010 to the nine person Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, to advise on the Commonwealth's future.
A University of Ottawa graduate in history, he is a Senior Fellow at the Queen's School of Policy Studies and Business, the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and a member of the Working Group on National Security at Cranfield University's Centre for Security Sector Management at Shrivenham, UK. he chaired the Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies and was founding Vice-Chair (Research) of the Canadian International Council. He sits on the Council of the International Institute for Democratic and Electoral Assistance (Stockholm) and sat on the Council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London). He sits on corporate boards in the engineering and construction, financial service and energy sectors. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003, holds honourary doctorates from his alma mater and the Royal Military College of Canada, and is an Honourary Captain in the Canadian Navy.