Luminary Leader Speaker Series ft. Stephen Lewis | College of Business and Economics

Luminary Leader Speaker Series ft. Stephen Lewis

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Creelman Hall, University of Guelph


Join us on June 1 as we welcome Stephen Lewis, Canadian politician, public speaker, broadcaster and diplomat, to our Luminary Leader Speaker Series.

RSVPs are required. For more information, please contact Alicia Cronsberry,

About Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis is a Professor of Distinction at Ryerson University and a Professor of Practice in Global Governance at the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University.  He is the co-founder and board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and he is co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization.

Mr. Lewis is a Senior Fellow of the Enough Project.  He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.  He served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on HIV & the Law and in 2015 was appointed to the Lancet Commission on Drug Policy and Health.

Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades.  He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006.   From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations.   

From 1970-1978, Mr. Lewis was leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, during which time he became leader of the Official Opposition.

Mr. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book, Race Against Time.  He holds 41 honorary doctorates: 38 from Canadian universities, plus degrees from Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Miami in the United States. 

In 2003, Stephen Lewis was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.  In 2007, King Letsie III, monarch of the Kingdom of Lesotho (a small mountainous country in Southern Africa) invested Mr. Lewis as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe.  The order is named for the founder of Lesotho; the knighthood is the country’s highest honour.  And in 2012, Mr. Lewis was an inaugural recipient of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

About the Luminary Leader Speaker Series

The College of Business and Economics' Luminary Leader Speaker Series showcases exceptional leaders in a broad range of private business, non-profit and public sector fields. Distinguished authors, executives and entrepreneurs share their experiences and lessons learned regarding leadership within their respective industries. Jointly developed by Executive Programs and the College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph, this annual event is part of the (MA) Leadership residential week and is designed to inspire, influence and ignite positive leadership development amongst our graduate students, alumni and faculty.

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