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September 23, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PMHorowitz Theatre

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Stephen Lewis

“I beg you to understand that the world has turned. It hasn't just changed; it's turned. And your collective response—moral, principled, determined, tenacious, indefatigable—it can save this world.” — Stephen Lewis, ’16 LLD (Honorary)

With nationalism, divisiveness, economic uncertainty and poverty on the rise, you could be forgiven for thinking the world has gone mad. Could Canada be a beacon of hope and sanity in the world?

Former UN envoy — and hopelessly proud Canadian — Stephen Lewis, ’16 LLD (Honorary), will illustrate why he believes it’s Canada's time to lead efforts to end poverty, subdue communicable diseases, fight for gender equality, confront climate change and achieve the triumph of human rights for everyone.

About the Speaker

Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis is the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, co-director of AIDS-Free World, and a Professor of Distinction at Ryerson University. He has served as UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and as Canadian Ambassador to the UN. He holds 41 honorary doctorates.

Lewis is a past member of the board of directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and emeritus board member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He served as a commissioner on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law and in 2015 was appointed to the Lancet Commission on Drug Policy and Health.

His work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN secretary general’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Lewis was deputy executive director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada's ambassador to the United Nations.

*This event is open to alumni and their guests, including non-UAlberta alumni.

Date & Time

Sept. 23, 2017
12 p.m.


Horowitz Theatre



Space is limited. Registration will close when the event reaches capacity, or on Sept. 23, 2017.


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Tracy Salmon

Alumni | Alumni Weekend | Edmonton