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Lloyd Axworthy, PC CC OM

The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy is the chair of the World Refugee Council and one of Canada’s leading voices on global migration and refugee protection. After a 27-year political career, where he served as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Employment and Immigration, among other postings, Dr. Axworthy has continued to work extensively on human security, refugee protection, and human rights in Canada and abroad.
Dr. Axworthy has also made substantial contributions to his home community of Winnipeg. As Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, his work to develop and implement the vision of the Core Area Initiative – one of Canada’s largest urban regeneration efforts – and success to convert the downtown CN yards to The Forks (and subsequent winner of CIP’s 2011 Great Places in Canada) are notable achievements. In his term as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, Dr. Axworthy worked to renew the campus and its downtown community with the view to making post-secondary education more accessible to inner-city, Indigenous, new immigrant, and refugee students. He also significantly expanded the University’s outreach in the areas of Indigenous education, environmental studies, and human rights.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Dr. Axworthy has received many honours and accolades, including 14 honorary degrees, the Pearson Peace Medal by the Governor General of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross’s Humanitarian of the Year Award, the Order of Manitoba, and in 2015, he was made a Companion to the Order of Canada.