Past 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.

The Hurtig Lecture on the Future of Canada reflects  the longstanding value the Department of Political Science places in fostering interdisciplinary research and dialogue, particularly in the area of Canadian Studies.  


2022: Anne Wheeler

Recorded video of the 16th Annual Hurtig Lecture can be viewed here.


2020-21: The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., CC, CStJ

Recorded clips of the 15th Annual Hurtig Lecture can be viewed below:

  1. Hurtig Lecture Clip #1
    with Dr. Jared Wesley and the Right Honouable Beverley McLachlin
  2. Hurtig Lecture Clip #2
    with Dr. Jared Wesley and the Right Honouable Beverley McLachlin
2019: Kamal Al-Solaylee, Professor of Journalism Ryerson University
2018: David MacNaughton, Canada's former Ambassador to the United States of America


2017: Tomson Highway CM, Acclaimed Indigenous Playwright, Author and Musician


2016: Samantha Nutt CM OOnt, "Canada and the world: A new perspective on the oldest problem - War"
2015: Don Iveson and Naheed Nenshi, "Cities and the Future of Canada"
2014: Alex Himelfarb, "Taxes, Austerity and Inequality"
2013: Armine Yalnizyan, "Why Inequality is a Problem"


2012: George Elliot Clarke OC ONS, "Obama, Race and Canada"


2011: Lawrence Martin, "The Decline and Fall of Canadian Democracy"


2010: Mary Simon, OC OQ, "Inuit in Canada - Embracing the Maple Leaf"


2009: Neil Macdonald "Them and US: Nationalism's Dangerous Attraction"


2008: Margaret Atwood CC OOnt CH FRSC, "Which Canada?"


2007: Heather Mallick, "Pox Americana: How the US will take over Canada"


2006: Peter C. Newman CC CD, gave the Inaugural Hurtig Lecture