Distinguished Senior Fellows
Thomas S. Axworthy has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and philanthropy. Early in his career, he served as Senior Policy Advisor and Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, before leaving politics to teach. In 1984, Dr. Axworthy went to Harvard University as a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. He was subsequently appointed visiting Mackenzie King Chair of Canadian Studies. In 1999, Dr. Axworthy helped to create the Historica Foundation to improve teaching and learning of Canadian history, becoming its Executive Director until 2005. To recognize his achievements in heritage education (he initiated the Heritage Minutes), civics, and citizenship, Dr. Axworthy was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada (2002). In 2003, he became Chair of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, pursuing the themes of expanded human rights and responsibilities, democratic reform, Canadian-American relations, and modern liberalism that characterized his research, teaching and advocacy career. He is a distinguished senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and a senior fellow at Massey College. Dr. Axworthy was recently appointed Secretary General of the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government.
Dr. Axworthy has had a long association with the Gordon family and The Gordon Foundation prior to becoming its CEO in 2009. He began his career as a Research Assistant to Walter L. Gordon, then President of the Privy Council Office in the government of Lester Pearson. In the 1980s, Dr. Axworthy helped the second generation of the Gordon family define their interests, which included, for the first time, Canada’s North. In 1976 he helped organize the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, held in Vancouver, which initiated his interest in water and sanitation issues, a priority in his current work with the Gordon Foundation.
Dr. Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto, and Professor Emerita of International Relations and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at Western University.
Whitney Lackenbauer is a Canadian historian and frequent commentator on contemporary circumpolar affairs. Born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, he completed his undergraduate studies at the St. Jerome’s University and was honoured to return back to him alma mater as a faculty member soon after completing his doctorate. Although actively engaged in various research programmes related to Canadian defence, foreign policy, and Arctic issues, he is passionate about undergraduate teaching – an outlet for his passion and enthusiasm for all aspects of Canadian history.
Whitney was a Fulbright Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in 2010 and a Canadian International Council Research Fellow in 2008-09. He has travelled extensively with the Canadian Rangers from coast to coast to coast over the last decade, and he was made Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group in 2014.
His current research includes Arctic sovereignty and security issues since the Second World War; the Canada-United States Joint Arctic Weather Station (JAWS) program, which operated in the High Arctic from 1947-72; the history of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line; and the evolution of Canada’s Northern strategies.
Dr. Jessica Shadian is a Nansen Professor at the University of Akureyri and Senior Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History History. Prior to this Shadian was an associate professor and AIAS-Marie Curie COFUND Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University. Her current research focuses on the legal and governance challenges for coastal Arctic indigenous communities as regards Arctic offshore energy and maritime safety. Shadian has a wide range of publications focusing on Arctic resource governance and law, Inuit governance, the role of the EU in Arctic affairs, and the politics of Arctic science (with a focus on TK). Her most recent book is entitled: The Politics of Arctic Sovereignty: Oil, Ice, and Inuit Governance (Routledge). It is the first academic account of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and offers a history of Inuit sovereignty reaching back to pre-European discovery. Shadian holds a PhD in Global Governance from the University of Delaware during which she spent one year at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) in Cambridge, UK on a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to complete her dissertation. Shadian is also a co-creator of the University of the Arctic Pan-Arctic Ph.D. Program in Extractive Industries as well as the book review editor for The Polar Journal.
Richard O’Hagan attended Saint Mary’s University and Fordham University, before becoming a reporter with the Toronto Telegram. He then worked in the field of public relations before becomingSpecial Assistant to Lester Pearson in 1961, when Pearson was Leader of the Opposition. From 1963 to 1966, he was Special Assistant and Press Secretary to Pearson, who was then Prime Minister. From 1966 to 1976, he ran the information division of Canada’s Embassy in Washington. In 1976, he became Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s Special Advisor on Communications, and ran the Prime Minister’s Press Office and shared responsibility for speechwriting. He joined the Bank of Montreal as Vice President, Public Affairs, in 1976 and in 1984 became a Senior Vice President.
Julie Gilmour is a historian of International Relations based at Trinity College, the University of Toronto. Her work investigates the connections between ideology, race, policy, and lived experience. In the 1990s she did research in the newly opened archives of the former Soviet Union on questions of citizenship, gender, sport and diplomacy. Subsequently she investigated the movement of Displaced Persons from Europe to Canada in the years 1947-1953 and questions of ethnicity and immigration during the tenure of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. Following from this she published Trouble on Main Street: W.L. Mackenzie King, Race, Reason and the 1907 Vancouver Riots, which followed the younger W.L. Mackenzie King in the years when he was known primarily as Canada’s expert on Asian immigration and opium control.
Daniel Livermore holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University and was a foreign service officer in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade for more than 30 years, prior to his retirement in 2007. He served abroad at the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in New York, at the Canadian embassies in Santiago, Chile, and Washington, D.C., and as Ambassador to Guatemala and El Salvador from 1996 to 1999. In Ottawa he served in the Policy Planning Staff and headed divisions responsible for both human rights and regional security. He was Canada’s ambassador for the international landmine campaign from 1999 to 2002, and from 2002 to his retirement he was director general for security and intelligence. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, and he serves as a senior mentor in the National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College, Toronto.
Stephen J. Randall, FRSC, (PhD Toronto 1972), is Professor Emeritus and Faculty Professor at the University of Calgary. He served as Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (1994-2006) at the University of Calgary. He served as director of the Institute for United States Policy Research in the School of Public Policy (2006-2009) and of the Latin American Research Centre (2010-14) He held previous appointments at McGill University (1974-1989) and the University of Toronto (1971-1974). He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Senior Fellow in the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was a Senior Fellow with the Canadian International Council for 2009-2010 working on Canada and the Americas. Randall is a Fulbright scholar (2007). He was a member of the editorial board of the Latin American Research Review (2004-2009), and was co-editor of International Journal of the Canadian Institute for International Affairs.
A specialist in United States foreign policy and Latin American international relations and politics, he holds the National Order of Merit, Grand Cross, and the Order of San Carlos from the Foreign Ministry of Colombia. In 2012 he received the Lifetime Public Service Award from the Canadian Council for the Americas. Randall has served with the United Nations, Organization of American States and Carter Center in international election supervision in the Caribbean, Latin America and Southeast Asia. He has published extensively in the areas of American foreign oil policy, Canada-US relations, and inter-American relations.
Danielle is a Canadian business journalist with Bloomberg News in Toronto. Before joining Bloomberg she worked as a national television and radio host for CBC News, hosted her own daily business program on Canada's Business News Network, and spent seven years with Reuters in Chicago, Tokyo and London where she covered a number of global business stories including the Asian Economic Crisis and the launch of the euro. She majored in International Relations and English Literature at Trinity College and studied Journalism at Ryerson University. She also teaches a broadcast performance course through the Munk School's Fellowship in Global Journalism program.
Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University's Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author and editor of seven books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. Professor Suri's research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the Arts and Sciences. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media. Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television.
David Mulroney is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College, the Catholic federated university within the University of Toronto.
He came to St. Michael’s after more than 30 years in Canada’s Public Service. A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Mulroney was Canada’s ambassador to the People's Republic of China from 2009 to 2012.
Prior to his appointment to Beijing, Mr. Mulroney was assigned to the Privy Council Office in Ottawa as the Deputy Minister responsible for the Afghanistan Task Force, overseeing coordination of all aspects of Canada's engagement in Afghanistan. He also served as Secretary to the Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role in Afghanistan. Mr. Mulroney's other assignments included serving as Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and, concurrently, as the Prime Minister's Personal Representative to the G8 Summit.
Mr. Mulroney is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of St. Michael's College. Like his mother, his sister and his daughter, he is a graduate of St. Michael’s.
Mr. Mulroney is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, the University of Toronto's Arbor Award and in June 2015 received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Western University. His book Middle Power, Middle Kingdom was awarded the J.W. Dafoe Prize for 2015.
Tim Sayle is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History. He received his BA (Hons) and MA from the University of Toronto and an MPA from the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. His doctoral dissertation, defended at Temple University, focused on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and transatlantic relations during the Cold War. He was previously a Doctoral Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Thomas J. Davis Fellow in Diplomacy and Foreign Relations at Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. His research has appeared in the International Journal, Cold War History,Canadian Military History, Intelligence & National Security, and in edited collections. He has held awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Department of National Defence, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
Brian Stewart was for over three decades a senior reporter and foreign correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), known for his coverage of many crisis zones and for his award-winning political and historical documentaries. He was also studio host of current events shows such as CBC:Our World. Now retired, he still appears regularly on CBC and is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
Antony Anderson is the author of The Diplomat: Lester Pearson and the Suez Crisis, reviewed in Canada’s History, “A penetrating character analysis of Mike Pearson but also a clear-headed analysis of the evolution of Canadian foreign policy”; The Dorchester Review, “Someone should suggest to Justin Trudeau that he read this book…This is not a work of Canadian (or Liberal) hagiography or a paean to peacekeeping”; The Literary Review of Canada, “Anderson does a brilliant job of isolating nuggets of political and diplomatic life…that breathe energy into the daily grind of crisis management.” Anderson produced television programmes for The Dominion Institute (since merged with Historica Canada) including Foreign Fields (2003) which examined Canada’s fading role on the world stage. He has also produced documentaries about defence procurement, the CF in Afghanistan and the role of parliamentary committees as well as video segments for the Munk Debates. He has written op-ed pieces about Pearson and Canadian foreign policy for numerous Canadian newspapers. He attended Queen’s University.