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Lloyd Axworthy

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The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., C.C., O.M. is past-President / Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg.  He graduated in 1961 with a BA from United College (now The University of Winnipeg), and received an MA and PhD from Princeton in 1963 and 1972 respectively.

Dr. Axworthy’s political career spanned 27 years, during six of which he served in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and twenty-one in the Federal Parliament. He held several Cabinet positions, notably Minister of Employment and Immigration, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Minister of Transport, Minister of Human Resources Development, Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1996-2000.

In the Foreign Affairs portfolio, Dr. Axworthy became internationally known for his advancement of the human security concept, in particular, the Ottawa Treaty - a landmark global treaty banning anti-personnel landmines. For his leadership on landmines, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Axworthy has been named to the Order of Manitoba and to the Order of Canada and has received honorary doctorates from 12 universities. He has served as a board member for a number of organizations, including The MacArthur Foundation,  the Conference Board of Canada and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. 

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