2020 Symons Medal

Bob Rae to receive the prestigious honour

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The Confederation Centre of the Arts recently announced that the 2020 Symons Medal will be awarded to Mr. Bob Rae, PC, CC, OO, QC on October 30 in Charlottetown.

The Symons Medal recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Each fall, the medal ceremony and its associated lecture offer a national platform for an eminent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state, shared histories, and future prospects using themes related to their professional pursuits.

Bob Rae is currently serving as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues. He is Senior Counsel at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, a law firm that focuses on Indigenous issues, and also teaches at the University of Toronto as a Professor of Public Policy in the Munk School, the Faculty of Law and Victoria College.

Elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Legislature of Ontario, Mr. Rae served as Ontario’s 21st Premier as well as Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He is the author of five books and three government reports, most recently on the Rohingya Refugee crisis, where he has served as Special Envoy for the Government of Canada.

Mr. Rae is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, a Privy Councillor, and a Queen’s Counsel. He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College and of the Forum of Federations, an international NGO, which he co-founded in 1998. He received a Lifetime Parliamentary Achievement Award in 2018.

The 2020 ceremony, taking place in the Centre’s Homburg Theatre will also be live-streamed.

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