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THE SYMONS MEDAL LECTURE

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.

THE SYMONS MEDAL 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 Senator Murray Sinclair
2018 Lecture Historian Margaret MacMillan
2017 Lecture The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
2016 Lecture Novelist Antonine Maillet
2015 Lecture Actor/director Paul Gross
2014 Lecture His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Human rights activist Stephen Lewis
2013 Lecture Prime Minister Paul Martin
2012 Lecture Environmentalist David Suzuki
2011 Lecture Canada’s Chief Statistician Emeritus, Ivan P. Fellegi
2010 Lecture Governor General David Johnston
2009 Lecture President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon
2008 Lecture The Right Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., former Chief Justice of Canada and Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
2007 Lecture The Hon. John Crosbie, former Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and The Hon. Peter Lougheed, former premier of Alberta
2006 Lecture Mark Starowicz, broadcaster 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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Box Office

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Please call 1-800-565-0278 or 902-566-1267 for information.

The Story of Confederation 

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