About the Hurtig Lectures:
The Hurtig Annual Lecture on the future of Canada was launched by the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts in 2006 to mark Alberta’s Centennial Year and to honour an outstanding Edmontonian and Canadian citizen.
The primary goal of the Hurtig Lecture series is to cultivate a national platform at the University of Alberta for leading opinion leaders to deliver lectures that provoke, educate, and generate a more inclusive understanding of our collective experiences and responsibilities as engaged citizens in an ever-more interdependent and complex world.
Mr. Hurtig provides a sterling example of engaged Canadian citizenship. With vision and determination, this entrepreneur and publisher crafted a lasting contribution to our national heritage and culture– The Canadian Encyclopedia, first published in 1985. As the author of many best-selling books, Mr Hurtig has invited Canadians to reflect upon fundamental values that shape our daily lives and our collective future.
Mr. Hurtig’s distinguished contributions to national life have been celebrated with many accolades, not the least, the award of an Order of Canada and six honorary doctorates from leading Canadian universities, including the University of Alberta.