We are very pleased to feature the participation
of three renowned keynotes:
Lewis, Chair of the Board of the Stephen
Stephen Lewis is a Professor in Global
Health in the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster
University. He is Chair of the board of the Stephen
Lewis Foundation (www.stephenlewisfoundation.org),
which is dedicated to turning the tide of HIV/AIDS
in Africa. And he is Co-Director of AIDS-Free World
in the United States.
Stephen Lewis’ work with
the United Nations spanned more than two decades.
He was the UN Secretary-General’s
Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001
until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis
was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s
global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through
1988, Stephen Lewis was Canada’s Ambassador to
the United Nations.
Mr. Lewis was an elected member
of the Ontario Legislative Assembly from 1963 to
1978. In 1970, he became leader
of the Ontario New Democratic Party, during which
time he became leader of the Official Opposition.
is the author of the best-selling book, Race Against
Time. He holds 30 honorary degrees from Canadian
universities and is a Companion of the Order of Canada,
Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.
He was awarded the Pearson Peace Medal in 2004 by the
United Nations Association in Canada; the award celebrates
outstanding achievement in the field of international
service and understanding. In 2007, the Kingdom of
Lesotho (a small mountainous country in Southern Africa)
invested Mr. Lewis as Knight Commander of the Most
Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe. The order is named for
the founder of Lesotho; the knighthood is the country’s
Mr. Manning served as a Member of
the Canadian Parliament from 1993 to 2001. He founded
two new political parties – the Reform Party
of Canada and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance – both
of which became the official Opposition in the Canadian
Parliament. Mr. Manning served as Leader of the Opposition
from 1997 to 2000 and was also his party’s
critic for Science and Technology. In 2007 he was
made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
from Parliament in 2002, Mr. Manning has released
a book entitled Think Big, describing
his use of the tools and institutions of democracy
to change Canada’s national agenda. He has also
served as a Senior Fellow of the Canada West Foundation
and as a Distinguished Visitor at the University of
Calgary and University of Toronto. He is a member of
the Institute of Corporate Directors and is an Institute
Certified Corporate Director. Mr. Manning is currently
a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute and President
and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy.
Mr. Manning continues to write, speak,
and teach on a variety of subjects including the
of democracy and Canadian conservatism, strengthening
relations between the scientific and political communities,
the application of market mechanisms to environmental
conservation, and the management of the interface
between faith and politics.
David Suzuki, Co-Founder of the David
Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist,
environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned
for his radio and television programs that explain
the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling,
easily understood way.
Dr. Suzuki is a geneticist.
He graduated from Amherst College (Massachusetts)
in 1958 with an Honours BA
in Biology, followed by a Ph.D. in Zoology from the
University of Chicago. He held a research associateship
in the Biology Division of Tennessee’s Oak
Ridge National Lab (1961 – 62), was an Assistant Professor
in Genetics at the University of Alberta (1962 – 63),
and since then has been a faculty member of the University
of British Columbia. He is now Professor Emeritus of
The University of British Columbia, Sustainable Development
In 1972, he was awarded the E.W.R.
Steacie Memorial Fellowship for the outstanding research
Canada under the age of 35. He has won numerous academic
awards and holds 24 honourary degrees in Canada,
the U.S. and Australia. A member of the Royal
Canada and a Companion to the Order
of Canada, Dr.
Suzuki has written 47 books, including 17 for children.
His 1976 textbook An Introduction to Genetic
Analysis (with A.J.F. Griffiths), remains the most
widely used genetics text book in the U.S. and has been
into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Indonesian, Arabic,
French and German.
Dr. Suzuki has received consistently
high acclaim for his thirty years of award-winning
work in broadcasting.
In 1974 he developed and hosted the long running
science program Quirks and Quarks on CBC
He has since presented two influential documentary
radio series on the environment, It’s
a Matter of Survival and From
Naked Ape to Superspecies.
His television career began with CBC in 1971 when
wrote and hosted Suzuki on Science. He then created
a number of television specials, and in 1979 became
the host of the award-winning The Nature
of Things with David Suzuki. He has won four Gemini
Awards as best host of a Canadian television series for
of Things, which he has been with for 30 of the
46 seasons they have been on air. His eight part
series, A Planet for the Taking, won an award from
the United Nations. His eight part PBS
series, The Secret of Life, was praised internationally,
his five part series The Brain for the Discovery
Channel. On June 10, 2002 he received the John
for broadcasting excellence.
Dr. Suzuki is also
recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology.
He is the recipient of
Kalinga Prize for Science, the United
Nations Environment Program Medal and the Global
500. He is a fellow
of the American Association of the Advancement
First elected in 1986, Mr. Day served in the Alberta
Legislature for 14 years before being elected to
the House of Commons in 2000 as Leader of the Official
Opposition and later as the Official Opposition Critic
for Foreign Affairs. Following the 2006 election,
Mr. Day was appointed Minister of Public Safety and
served as Minister of International Trade. In January
2010, he was named the President of the Treasury
Board and continues to serve as Minister for the
Asia Pacific Gateway.
Born in Barrie, Ontario, Mr. Day attended the University
of Victoria and has lived in various regions of Canada.
He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the
Rotary Club. He and his wife, Valorie, have three