Truth and Reconciliation - what does it really mean for Canada ?

  • April 15, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Aurora Cultural Centre

Bob Rae

Born in Ottawa and a graduate of the University of Toronto and Oxford, Bob Rae was first elected to the Parliament of Canada as MP for Broadview in a by-election in 1978. He was re-elected in 1979 and 1980, and resigned his seat in 1982 when elected Leader of the Ontario NDP.  Bob served as Ontario's 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995.  After more than a decade as a partner at Goodmans LLP, Bob returned to federal politics as the MP for Toronto Centre in 2008 in a by-election and then in general elections in that year and 2011.   He was Interim Federal Leader of the Liberal Party in 2011- 2013.  Bob resigned his seat in 2013 to become senior partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, where he works with First Nations as legal counsel, advisor, and negotiator. 

He was named Queen's Counsel in 1984, appointed to the Privy Council of Canada in 1998, named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, received the Order of Ontario in 2004 and Companion of the Order of Canada in 2015.

In October, 2017 Bob was appointed as Special Envoy to Myanmar by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In addition to his legal practice, Bob teaches at the University of Toronto as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG), and as Distinguished Professor at Victoria College. He is a Fellow at the Forum of Federations, and consults internationally on governance issues. He has also written five books and two major reports, on the Air India bombing and higher education in Ontario. He writes and speaks regularly on public issues and also does dispute resolution work with ADR Chambers.

Truth and Reconciliation - what does it really mean for Canada?

“Truth and Reconciliation” are words we often hear.  What do they really mean for Canada and Canadians?  Our awareness of Canadian history and the Canadian experience is changing as we learn more about our past and our present.  These we cannot change.  But the future is different - how do we want to succeed as a country going forward?  

This event is part of the Spring 2019 Speaker series. Register for the Spring 2019 Event Series.

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