Canadian Development Policy Topic of Annual Winegard Lecture

January 16, 2009 - News Release

The fourth annual Winegard Lecture in International Development will be given by Michael Hart, a professor, author and trade analyst, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 103 of Rozanski Hall. The talk, titled "Rhetoric and Reality in Canadian Development Policy," is free and open to the public.

Hart holds the Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, where he teaches courses on international trade and Canadian foreign policy.

He was a Fulbright-Woodrow Wilson Center Visiting Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations, a scholar-in-residence in the School of International Service and a senior fellow in the Center for North American Studies at American University in Washington.

Hart is a former official in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, where he specialized in trade policy and trade negotiations. He provided strategic advice in the Canada-U.S. free trade negotiations, the North American free trade negotiations and various other textile, commodity and air transport negotiations

He is the author, editor or co-editor of more than a dozen books and numerous articles and book chapters on international trade issues. His book A Trading Nation was short-listed for the Donner Prize, J.W. Dafoe, Donald V. Smiley prizes and the Purvis prizes in 2003. He co-wrote Decision at Midnight on the negotiations leading to the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which was short-listed for the Gelber Prize and the Canadian Business Book Award in 1995. His latest book is From Pride to Influence: Towards a New Canadian Foreign Policy.

The Winegard Visiting Lectureship in International Development was created in 2005 with an endowment by former University of Guelph president Bill Winegard and his family to stimulate interaction among faculty, students and international leaders on the need for official development assistance and Canada's role in this important issue.

Winegard served as U of G’s president and vice-chancellor from 1967 to 1975 and was a member of Parliament for Guelph from 1984 to 1993. In addition to being named Canada’s first minister of science, he chaired the House of Commons standing committees on external affairs and national defence and external affairs and international trade. He also served as parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998.

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