Former Lawyer, Ambassador to Give Winegard Lecture

January 24, 2011 - News Release

A lawyer and political scientist who served as an ambassador and minister for the Chilean government will give the sixth annual Winegard Lecture in International Development Feb. 1 at the University of Guelph.

Jorge Heine will speak on "Diplomacy and Development in the 21st Century” at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of Rozanski Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

Heine holds the Chair in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo.

As Chile’s ambassador to South Africa from 1994 to 1999, he collaborated with former South African president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in establishing South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

He served as ambassador to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka from 2003 to 2007. During his tenure, a bilateral trade agreement was signed and Chilean exports increased tenfold.

Heine was deputy minister of defence for the Chilean air force and served as minister of national assets. From 2006 to 2009, he served as vice-president of the International Political Science Association. He also served on the advisory board of the Chilean Council on Foreign Relations.

A former professor of international relations at the University of Chile, Heine has been a visiting fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and a research associate at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. He has held post-docs from the Social Science Research Council and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and has consulted to the United Nations, the Ford Foundation and Oxford Analytica.

Born in Santiago, he graduated from the University of Chile Law School, earned a B.Phil. in modern political analysis from York University in England, and received a master’s and a PhD from Stanford University. He is the author, co-author or editor of 10 books and dozens of book chapters and journal articles.

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 Guelph’s MP from 1984 to 1993. Besides 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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