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The 2020 Symons Medal Lecture was webcast via the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube on Friday October 30 at 8 p.m. AT and recognized The HONOURABLE BOB RAE| Read More

Held annually, The Symons Medal Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation provides a national platform for a distinguished Canadian to discuss the current state and future prospects of Confederation. It provides all Canadians an opportunity to reflect upon their country and its future. The Medal Ceremony and Lecture is held each fall in Charlottetown to mark the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation in September 1864.

The lecture honours Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter and board member of the Confederation Centre for many years. Professor Symons, the founding President of Trent University in Ontario, is widely recognized for his work in the field of Canadian Studies, in particular in the areas of public policy, heritage and education.

It is the mandate of Confederation Centre of the Arts, Canada’s national memorial to the founding of Confederation, to inspire Canadians to celebrate, through heritage and the arts, the founding and evolution of Canadian Confederation. Confederation Centre fulfills this mandate in part by presenting Canadian leaders  through public policy initiatives such as the Symons Medal and Lecture series.

Professor Thomas H. B. Symons, C., OOnt, LLD, DU, DLitt, DCnL, FRSC, FRGS

2020 Lecture The Honourable Bob Rae, Canada’s Ambassador to the UN
2019 Lecture The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair
2018 Lecture Dr. Margaret MacMillan, historian
2017 Lecture The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
2016 Lecture Antonine Maillet, novelist and playwright
2015 Lecture Paul Gross, actor, writer, and director
2014 Lectures Stephen Lewis, human rights activist; and,

His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales

2013 Lecture The Right Honourable Paul Martin
2012 Lecture Dr. David Suzuki
2011 Lecture Dr. Ivan Fellegi, former Chief Statistician of Canada
2010 Lecture The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
2009 Lecture Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, national Inuit organization
2008 Lecture The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada and Dr. Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
2007 Lecture The Honourable John Crosbie and The Honourable Peter Lougheed
2006 Lecture Mark Starowicz, producer and journalist
2005 Lecture The Honorable Roy McMurtry, Chief Justice of Ontario
2004 Lecture The Honourable Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec


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