School of Policy Studies

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2018 Donald Gow Memorial Lecture: Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario - January 18, 2018 [image]

"A World That Works for Everyone"

Thursday January 18, 2018
12:00 PM
Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202, 138 Union Street
Queen's University, Kingston

The Lieutenant Governor will reflect on insights gained from conversations with Ontarians – their pride in community and country and their identification of challenges they face in a fast-paced, interdependent and complex world. An exploration of who we are and who we want to be.


The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell
​Lieutenant Governor, Ontario

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell was invested as Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor on September 23, 2014. Her eclectic public service career has spanned provincial, federal, and international borders, and has transcended disciplinary and sectoral lines.

Ms. Dowdeswell began her professional career as a teacher and university lecturer. After serving as the Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth for the Government of Saskatchewan, she held increasingly senior positions in the Canadian public service, most notably as head of the Atmospheric Environment Service. Throughout this period, she managed several public inquiries and royal commissions.

Her international negotiating experiences prefaced her election in 1992 as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Upon returning to Canada in 1998, she established an international consulting practice and became the founding President and CEO of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. Immediately prior to her appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Ms. Dowdeswell was the President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies. She has also served on numerous boards of corporate and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Dowdeswell was born in Northern Ireland and immigrated to rural Saskatchewan with her parents in 1947. She earned a Bachelor of Science in home economics and teaching certificate from the University of Saskatchewan (1966) and a Master of Science in behavioural sciences from Utah State University (1972). An Officer of the Order of Canada, Ms. Dowdeswell holds 11 honorary degrees.


Donald Gow Memorial Lecture

This lecture series, established in 1973, honours Donald Gow, the first director of the School of Public Administration. The Donald Gow Memorial Lecture brings a prominent figure in public affairs to Queen’s University each year to speak on a topic in Canadian public policy. It is intended to complement the basic direction of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, which encourages interdisciplinary analysis of public policy issues. In the past, the Gow Lecture was an integral part of the School's annual Policy Forum, but has now become a stand-alone event in the school's annual calendar of events.

Born in Calgary, Donald Gow received his BA (Political Science) at the University of Manitoba in 1940. He served with the Royal Canadian Signal Corps in Europe during the Second World War and was discharged with the rank of captain. Both before and after his war service overseas, Gow worked with the Civil Service Commission of Canada.

From 1953 to 1956, Gow was assistant chief of the Defence and Works Section of the Treasury Board in Ottawa. In 1957, he attended the Imperial Defence College in London and then went to the NATO offices in Paris. In 1960, he returned to the Treasury Board to become involved in the early stages of pay research and labour policy.

In 1965, he enrolled as a doctoral student in Political Studies at Queen’s University. Following his graduation in 1967, Dr. Gow became executive assistant to the principal at Queen’s University, and in 1970, the first director of what was then the School of Public Administration. Motivated by his public service and academic experience, he worked vigorously for the establishment and continual improvement of the Master of Public Administration program at Queen's until his sudden death in 1973.


2015: Jerry Dias, Unifor

Rethinking Worker Rights in a Digitized World

April 24, 2015

Jerry Dias
National President, Unifor

Jerry Dias | April 2015SunNews called him one of the most fearsome people in the country. In 2013, Maclean’s named him one of the most powerful. The women at the Halton Women’s Shelter with whom we works closely, call him a great ally. And the members of Unifor, Canada’s newest private sector union, are proud to call him their first National President.

Jerry Dias leads Unifor’s ambitious efforts to help change the country into one in which we can all benefit from good jobs, safe communities and a prosperous, inclusive economy. Jerry has been active in the labour movement for nearly four decades. Jerry began his work life in 1978 at then de Havilland Aircraft (now Bombardier Aerospace) where he served a steward, plant chair and eventually President of Local 112. In 1993, he was appointed to the union’s national staff as the aerospace sector coordinator and four years later, he was appointed an assistant to the CAW National President. Jerry is an effective negotiator, who has taken on corporate giants from General Motors to Boeing to Coca-Cola. He has also led numerous campaigns including many that have prevented workplace closures and others that have led to the implementation of important improvements for workers’ safety and rights. Over the last three years, Jerry, along with his son Jordan, has participated in the Hope in High Heels walk. Jerry is the top fundraiser – helping to provide a large chunk of the operating budget of Halton Women’s Place, a women’s shelter and centre in Burlington, Ontario.

2014: Hon. Thomas Mulcair M.P., Leader of the Official Opposition

Canada in the 21st Century: A Vision for Peace, Prosperity and Global Leadership

April 25, 2014

Thomas Mulcair M.P.
Leader of the Official Opposition

Thomas Mulcair | April 2014Tom Mulcair was elected leader of the New Democratic Party and the Official Opposition in March 2012. He previously served as the NDP’s Deputy Leader and House Leader. As Jack Layton’s right hand, he was one of the architects of the “orange wave” which elected 103 NDP MPs – including 59 in Quebec – on May 2, 2011.

Tom Mulcair was first elected to the House of Commons in 2007 after a by-election in the Montreal riding of Outremont. He was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. Before entering federal politics, Tom represented the provincial riding of Chomedey in the National Assembly of Quebec between 1994 and 2007.

He served as the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks from 2003 to 2006. He resigned from cabinet in 2006 on a matter of principle after he refused to sign an order that would have transferred lands in Mont Orford Provincial Park to private condominium developers.

A seasoned public administrator, he also served as President of the Office des professions du Québec – where he was appointed by his political mentor Claude Ryan.

Tom Mulcair holds degrees in civil law (B.C.L.) and common law (LL.B.) from McGill University. He and his wife Catherine are parents to two adult sons, Matthew and Gregory, and two grandchildren, Juliette and Raphaël.

2013: Hon. Bob Rae, M.P., Interim Leader, Liberal Party of Canada

Action This Day: Why Canada's First Nations People Can't Wait

April 26, 2013

Bob Rae, M.P.
Interim Leader, Liberal Party of Canada

Bob RaeWhen people meet Bob Rae they recognize he is a politician with experience and significant expertise through years of public service. They also see a leader – someone with the wisdom and the courage to speak passionately about what matters to us as Canadians. Rae has been elected ten times to federal and provincial parliaments, winning every election he contested. Rae was Ontario’s 21st Premier, from 1990 to 1995. He has experience at the highest levels of government in Canada and was an active participant in some of the most the important constitutional talks of the day. Until recently, he served as Foreign Affairs Critic for the Liberal Party of Canada.

Throughout his political career he has put the interests of people first, and he carries that guiding principle with him today.

Bob Rae has a B.A. and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto and was a Rhodes Scholar in 1969. He obtained a B.Phil. degree from Oxford University in 1971 and was named a Queen’s Counsel in 1984. Bob has received numerous honorary degrees and awards from Canadian and foreign universities, colleges, and organizations.

He is married to Arlene Perly Rae and has three daughters, Judith, Lisa and Eleanor.

Bob was appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council for Canada in 1998, was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Ontario in 2004. He has proudly served the people of Toronto Centre in Ottawa as their Member of Parliament since March 2008.

2012: Hon. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ontario at the Crossroads

April 27, 2012

John Baird
Minister of Foreign Affairs

John BairdJohn Baird was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. In February 2006, Mr. Baird was sworn in as President of the Treasury Board. In this role, he introduced and successfully steered the new Federal Accountability Act through both Houses of Parliament. In January 2007, he was named Minister of the Environment and, in October 2008, he became Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, where he spearheaded the design, negotiation and delivery of some 12,000 infrastructure stimulus projects across the country. In August 2010, he was named Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. From November 2010 to January 2011, he undertook additional responsibilities as Minister of the Environment.

Prior to entering federal politics, Mr. Baird was a member of Ontario’s provincial legislature, where he represented the constituency of Nepean-Carleton from 1995 to 2005. During that time, he served as Minister of Community and Social Services, Energy, Francophone Affairs, Children and Youth Services, and as Government House Leader.

Mr. Baird is a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, an honorary member of the Kiwanis Club of Nepean, and a lifetime member of Canada’s largest Association for Community Living. In 2008, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Maclean’s Magazine and the Historica-Dominion Institute named him 2010 Parliamentarian of the Year, after a vote by his colleagues in all parties in the House of Commons.

Mr. Baird holds a Bachelor of Arts in political studies from Queen’s University.

2011: Hon. Peter Milliken, M.P.

Can Governments Cope?

April 29, 2011

Peter Milliken, M.P.

Honourable Peter MillikenIn a world of financial disarray, new security threats, climate change, social service pressures and fiscal constraint, how do Canadian governments meet domestic and international challenges? This is the underlying theme for the 2011 Queen’s Policy Studies Forum, to be held on April 29, 2011 at Queen’s University in Kingston.

As in previous years, the Policy Forum will include panel discussions and the Donald Gow Memorial Lecture, following an evening banquet. New this year is the addition of the Donald Matthews Lecture (at noon) and an opening panel presentation by three directors of the School of Policy Studies, who are each internationally prominent in their research fields. Also new is a one-day format and a new pricing structure that we hope will make it possible for more people to attend the full slate of events.

Join Queen’s MPA alumni, current and new students, faculty, policy professionals and other concerned with public affairs, to celebrate the beginning of the School’s 25th anniversary year, as we consider the most important policy ideas of the last 25 years and the challenges we face in the coming years.