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Order of Canada
Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., C.C., O.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba [Canada]
Companion of the Order of Canada
Awarded on November 19, 2015; Invested on February 17, 2017
For his principled contributions to international human rights and for his leadership in post-secondary education, particularly in support of Aboriginal students.
Lloyd Axworthy is a statesman with a passion for social justice and higher education. Following his celebrated public service career, he continued to engage with international organizations, namely by leading peace support, electoral observation and poverty reduction projects. Concurrently, he served for a decade as president of the University of Winnipeg, where he expanded the university’s Indigenous studies program and worked to increase access to education for Aboriginals and newcomers to Canada. He remains a trusted voice whose call for global citizenship is heard in Canada and abroad.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Officer of the Order of Canada
Awarded on May 8, 2003; Invested on December 12, 2003
A member of Parliament for over 20 years, Lloyd Axworthy has played a prominent role in Canadian public affairs. As minister of Foreign Affairs, he was highly praised for his vision and diplomacy in advancing the concepts of human security and peace building. He provided exceptional leadership on challenging issues such as anti-personnel mines, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, the establishment of the International Criminal Court and the plight of child soldiers in Africa. He continues to encourage human security policies in his current role as director and chief executive officer of the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues.