2009: The Honourable Lincoln Alexander, P.C., Q.C.
Lincoln Alexander served as Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario from 1985 to 1991. He was a Member of Parliament from 1968 to 1980 and served as federal Minister of Labour in 1979. A Companion of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Ontario, Mr. Alexander has served on numerous public service boards including the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and on the Ontario Press Council.
Motivated by his continuing concern for social justice, he has led an exemplary life as a lawyer, politician and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. He has broken many barriers during his lifetime. Known for his good judgment, tolerance, compassion and humanity, he has served the citizens of Ontario well, striving to instill these values in young people and working tirelessly for improved race relations.
He is currently Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Guelph, and Chairman of the Raptors Foundation. He continues to serve on public and private boards and as Patron of many charitable organizations. Mr. Alexander’s memoir, entitled Go to School, You’re A Little Black Boy, chronicling his remarkable life, was published in the fall of 2006.
Mr. Alexander presently serves on the Board of the University of Guelph and fifth term as Chancellor. He also serves on the Boards of Doctor’s Hospital, the Shaw Festival and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Mr. Alexander is also a consultant to the Board of George Weston Ltd. and serves on the Board of Canadian Banking Ombudsman and the Chamber Works Ensemble of Hamilton.
Mr. Alexander has received numerous honours and awards including: the Government of Ontario Award for Outstanding Achievement in Human Rights, 1998; the Vice-Regal Badge, presented by the Lieutenant Governor, 2000 and the Golden Jubilee Medal, presented by the Governor General, 2002. He has also received the Degree of Doctor of Laws [honoris causa] from the University of Toronto , McMaster University , the University of Western Ontario , York University , Royal Military College  and Queen’s University .
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON