Canadian Studies is pleased to welcome Hugh Segal to Trent University as part of CAST's 50th Anniversary year. This event can be attended in person at Bagnani Hall, Traill College (310 London St, Peterborough), or remotely over zoom. Registration is required for remote attendance only.
This talk will reflect on where we have been and why, and where we need to go after five decades of Canadian Studies; the challenge of inclusion, balancing the subjective and the objective, and how best to shape a dynamic intellectual future for a discipline still central to understanding the promise of Canada.
Principal Emeritus of Massey College at the University of Toronto (2014 - 2019), Mr. Segal has spent many years in public service, political and private sector roles, including Associate Cabinet Secretary (Federal-Provincial Affairs) in Ontario and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, including negotiations to patriate the Canadian constitution from the U.K. and create the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He chaired the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism between 2005 and 2014. During this period he served as Canada's Special Envoy to the Commonwealth and a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group on reform and modernization.
Segal is a former President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montreal, a present Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Global Affairs, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute in the UK. Currently, he is currently a Mathews Fellow in Global Public Policy at the Queen's School of Policy Studies, where he also chairs the Board of Advisors.
Segal has written seven books on public policy, politics, and international affairs, of which the most recent, "Bootstraps Need Boots" was published by UBC Press.