Confederation Centre of the Arts will present the 2020 Symons Medal to the Honourable Bob Rae, PC, CC, OO, QC through an online broadcast on October 30.
The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre and a Board Governor. The Symons Medal recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life and is presented annually at the Centre.
The Symons Medal Ceremony and Lecture will be streamed online via the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube channels on October 30 at 8 pm.
The Medal Lecture, entitled: “Learning from The Past, Imagining the Future: Reflections from a Political Life” will be followed by a live Q&A component with viewers.
“I am delighted to be following so many distinguished Canadians as this year’s Symons Medal recipient,” states Hon. Rae. “I have long admired Tom Symons’ vision and leadership and it is also wonderful to be associated with Confederation Centre of the Arts and my many friends on PEI.”
Throughout the video address, Hon. Rae will explore themes around Canada’s improbable origins as a nation; its post-war emergence onto the global stage; active membership within the United Nations; and the significance of the Canadian constitution as an evolving “living tree document.”
Hon. Rae is the 2020 recipient in part for his many years of work on humanitarian issues, most recently the Rohingya Refugee crisis, as well as his time focusing on Indigenous issues with Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, and his decades of public service and teaching. He has always been deeply involved in the political life of Canada including as MP, former Premier of Ontario, and interim leader of the federal Liberal Party. While Premier, he was involved in many of the initiatives for constitutional reform.
In July, Hon. Rae was appointed Canada’s ambassador to the UN by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues.