CANADIAN PEACE EDUCATORS              Teach Peace bumper sticker


Here is a list of Peace Education Leaders in Canada that I have compiled with the information readily available to me (in no particular order, except gender).  I know that I have missed many who should appear on the list.  Please let me know at stewartr [at] if you become aware of others that I should add.  A great vote of thanks to all peace educators, in Canada and throughout the world.

Canadian Women:

Dr. Ursula M. Franklin, O.C. FRSC, the 22nd Recipient of the Pearson Peace Medal; a woman who has earned an enviable national and international reputation among friends and colleagues during a lifetime of service and activism.  University of Toronto, including her current position as Professor Emeritas in that university's Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science. Ursula Franklin honoured for humanitarian work 
Jennifer Simons, Ph.D. Vancouver, B.C. President of The Simons Foundation, a private family foundation, representing its members (9). Ms. Simons is also Adjunct Professor in The Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University, past Board Member of the Canadian Centre for Arms Control and Disarmament, Peacefund Canada, and a current board member of the Canadian Council for International Peace and Security.  She is also a member of the International Steering Committee of the Middle Powers Initiative, an International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons chaired by Canadian Senator Douglas Roche.  The mandate of The Simons Foundation is to promote public education in matters of global peace and security including nuclear disarmament, human rights, social justice and environmental issues.  For more information: Nanoose Bay Expropriation ; SIGNPOSTS, MILESTONES TO A CULTURE OF PEACE  (Word Document file); PERHAPS ONLY A QUESTION OF TIME: SCIENCE, ETHICS AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
Joanna Santa Barbara is a child and family psychiatrist in Hamilton and a scholar at the Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University, where she has taught Introductory Peace Studies. She has been a member of Physicians for Global Survival since 1982, and a past president of that organization. She has been actively involved in International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, serving as a board member and a vice-president. She was part of delegations of IPPNW affiliates to NATO in Brussels in June 1999 and June 2000. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Science for Peace. Besides ongoing work on the abolition of Nuclear weapons, other recent and current projects include one on trauma healing and reconciliation with war-affected children in Croatia, non-violence and respect for diversity in high-school youth, media violence, and using health as a bridge to peace.  Other related articles for reference: 
- A conversation among friends about National Missile Defence, With John Valleau, Joanna Santa Barbara, Jack Santa Barbara, and Sergey Plekhanov
- Bombing Anyone They Darn Well Please by Joanna Santa Barbara

In 1999, UNESCO's Prize for Peace Education Committee gave an Honourable Mention to the Canadian teacher Irène Drolet for "her very important work, both educational and ethical: to restore to schools their role as places where democracy is taught." Ms Drolet declared: "The present world situation expresses a deep crisis of democracy, of the economy, social organisation and moral values. This international situation poses a challenge to modern schools [to fulfil] their mission of socialisation and it calls upon them to support the development of values that are democratic, environmental, intercultural and open to the world." Irène Drolet est lauréate d'un prix international de l'UNESCO   English translation of Drolet article. ; Towards Active Citizenship

Janice Gross Stein is the Harrowston Professor of Conflict Management and Negotiation at the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  She has co- authored Rational Decision-Making, Psychology and Deterrence, and We All Lost the Cold War, and co-edited Getting to the Table: Processes of International Prenegotiation and Choosing to Cooperate: How States Avoid Loss. She recently completed Mean Times: Humanitarian Action in Complex Political Emergencies - Stark Choices,  Cruel Dilemmas. She is Chair of the Board of International Organization and a member of the editorial boards of International Negotiation and Political Psychology and currently chairs  the Research Advisory Board to the Foreign Minister of Canada.  Her special area of interest is conflict management and conflict resolution.

Anne Adelson, McMaster University Centre for Peace Studies educator and Executive Member of the Voice of Women.  Author of the following articles: ; the Voice of Women Culture of Peace Workshop kit available online at

Mary Wynne Ashford, University of Victoria, Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) ; The Power of One

Kathy Bickmore, Ontario Institute of Education, University of Toronto; Teaches social foundations of education, geography/social studies curriculum, and the politics/ practices of democratic citizenship and conflict resolution education. Current research involves the sociology and politics of curriculum practice, teacher development, student leadership roles, and equity in urban public schools. Her particular concern is with students' opportuniites to practice managing conflict in school -- through democratic governance, peer conflict resolution efforts, and the infusion of critical problem-solving into classroom curricula. Cross-appointed from the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning.    

Dr. Sue McGregor, Coordinator of The Peace and Conflict Studies (PAX) program at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; 902-457-6385 ; Fax (902) 457-6455; web site .  Read profile of Sue McGregor and the MSVU program.

Heather MacTaggart, Executive Director, Classroom Connections

Hetty van Gurp, President, Peaceful Schools International , PO Box 100, Clementsport, Nova Scotia, Canada B0S 1E0; Telephone: (902) 638-8611 ext. 200; Facsimile: (902) 638-8576; e-mail: ; web site

Dr. Hanna Newcombe. Telephone 905-628-2356; Fax 905-628-1830. web site Peace Research Institute - Dundas.  Please read a wonderful article on Hannah from the Hamilton Spectator (Sept 2004). 

Linda (Hunter) Bull, University of Alberta and a First Nations peace educator, has traveled across five continents, spreading a message of empowerment, solidarity and peace. She is a peace educator in word and action. In recognition and support of her continuing her work, Bull is the first winner of the Mahatma Gandhi Millennium Graduate Scholarship, funded by the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace.

Sara Coumantarakis, formerly with the Alberta Global Education project and currently promoting global education through Alberta’s The Learning Network, elaborates on the need for Global Education. email

E. Margaret Fulton, Vancouver Island

Noemi Gal-Or, Vancouver, Kwantlen University College

Mary Goldie, Vancouver, Langara

Vicki Mather, The ATA's Safe and Caring Schools Project, The Alberta Teachers' Association, Ph: (780) 447-9449, Fax: (780) 455-6481,

Sara Smith, Grandmother, is of the Mohawk Tribe, Iroquois Nation, and the Turtle Clan, has lived her entire lifetime on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. She is a leader in the movement of Traditional Peoples toward the establishment of World Peace, and has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and internationally carrying the peace message. She brings the teachings and prophecies of the Grandfathers and Grandmothers as they were taught to her in her role as a ceremonialist and Keeper of the Dreamtime Spirituality. Grandmother Sara is a member of the Spiritual Elders of Mother Earth and of the Roots 4 Peace Sharing Centre on her Reservation, which she and her husband established. The prime mandate of the Centre is to promote Peace, Unity, Harmony, and Understanding among All Peoples and is dedicated to the Children today and "Those-Yet-Not-Here," the Children of Tomorrow.  As the Sara notes in one of her workshops, "This interactive session will focus upon the Native North Americans’ appreciation of their total connectedness to all of life and the significance of how the sacred is revealed through the Natural Laws as a guide to our daytime walk."

Charmaine Hammond is a Conflict Management Specialist with a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis and Management and is a Chartered Mediator.  She works with organizations, groups and businesses to build healthy solutions to difficult issues.         phone- 780-4643828 (Sherwood Park, AB)

Margot Hovey, Montreal, 933-1243; email  

Paulette Vigeant - pedagogue in Montreal,Québec,Canada; -associate member of Global Education Associates of New York since 1995; -involved in 2 themes: the Earth Charter and the Culture of peace. -consultant and resource person for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO since 1995; for the Earth Council since 1996; for the United Nations Association in Canada / Montreal,1997 to 2000; for the Network of Public Libraries in Laval since June 2003. A teacher in a classroom from 1958 to 1984; intensive research to create a Teachers'Center in Montreal; experiment one for 3 years--empowerment. Always a teacher and a learner for life ! 

Jasmine Zidaric, Montreal

Canadian Men:
Author, parliamentarian and diplomat, Douglas Roche was appointed to the Senate of Canada on September 17, 1998. Senator Roche was Canada's Ambassador for Disarmament from 1984 to 1989. He was elected Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee, the main U.N. body dealing with political and security issues, at the 43rd General Assembly in 1988.  Senator Roche was elected to the Canadian Parliament four times, serving from 1972 to 1984 and specializing in the subjects of development and disarmament.  In 1989, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, where he teaches "War or Peace in the 21st Century?" In 1997, he was chosen by the Students' Union to receive a SALUTE Award for "outstanding contributions to students."  Senator Roche is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Chairman of Canadian Pugwash and Chairman, Middle Powers Initiative, a network of seven international non-governmental organizations specializing in nuclear disarmament.  He is the author of fifteen books, and has contributed chapters to eight more. His latest is "Bread Not Bombs: A Political Agenda for Social Justice".  Senator Roche has served as President of the United Nations Association in Canada and was elected in 1985 as Honorary President of the World Federation of United Nations Associations, the first Canadian to receive this honour. He was named Chairman of the Canadian Committee for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations in 1995. He was the founding President of Parliamentarians for Global Action, an international network of 1,300 parliamentarians in 99 countries; founding editor of the Western Catholic Reporter (1965-72); and International Chairman (1990-96) of Global Education Associates, New York.  An Honorary Doctor of Divinity was awarded to him by St. Stephen's College, Edmonton, in 1977. He has also received Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Simon Fraser University (1985) and the University of Alberta (1986), and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Peter's College, Jersey City, N.J., for his work at the United Nations. In 1992, he was given the Thakore Foundation Award "in recognition of his prolonged and distinguished work towards disarmament, global peace and peace education." In 1995, he received the United Nations Association's Medal of Honour. The N.G.O. Committee on Disarmament at the United Nations presented him with The 2000 Josephine Pomerance Award for Meritorious Service in the cause of Disarmament in a U.N. context.  In 1995, Pope John Paul II presented him with the Papal Medal for his service as Special Adviser on disarmament and security matters. In 1998, the Holy See named him a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. Other related articles for reference:
- Senator Douglas Roche, O.C. (Official Site)  
- Canadian Senator Douglas Roche speech "The Right to Peace"
- Canada's voting record at the UN First Committee By Senator Douglas Roche (mid-page)
-  Bread Not Bombs: A Political Agenda for Social Justice by Douglas Roche.  Housing, health, and education services are desperately needed for the world's poorest people but instead, governments spend billions on war.  The international community must be mobilized to provide human security, and Senator Roche asserts that this is where Canada can play a crucial role.  184 pages; ISBN 0-88864-357-8; $19.95 paper.  For more information contact Cathie Crooks, Sales/Marketing, Ring House 2, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, T6G 2E1; Fax: (780) 492-0719; Direct line: (780) 492-5820; E-mail: ; Website: .  Order University of Alberta Press books from: Raincoast Books, 8680 Cambie St, Vancouver BC  V6P 6M9; (604) 323-7100; Toll free voice: 800 663-5714 , Toll free fax: 800 565-3770
- just hot off the presses, Senator Roche's latest book The Human Right to Peace - The central idea of this book is that the culture of war must and can be changed into a culture of peace
Toh Swee Hin, Edmonton (University of Alberta)  - During 2000, a Canadian professor won the equivalent of the "Olympic gold medal" for peace educators - who, then, could be better qualified for our First Canadian Peace Education Award? - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has decided to award the 2000 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education to Professor Toh Swee-Hin, who is of Malaysian origin and whose candidature was submitted by the Philippines. He was designated as the winner of this year's UNESCO prize on the unanimous recommendation of an international jury.  In nominating Toh Swee-Hin to receive this year's UNESCO prize, the jury sought to reward "the candidate's exceptional contribution to the promotion of the ideals of peace and non-violence and for his practical action in favour of peace through the education of a wide range of social actors." Mr Toh was born and grew up in Malaysia, has Australian citizenship and now lives in Canada. A professor and researcher, Mr Toh has helped to pioneer and promote peace education in many countries - such as Uganda, South Africa, Jamaica, Japan and the USA - but above all in Mindanao, Philippines, a site of longstanding armed, social and cultural conflicts. As the Director of the Centre for International Education and Development from 1994 to 1999, Mr Toh was able to integrate peace education into several bilateral educational development projects in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He has always been very active in numerous international associations, networks and agencies that promote peace education.  The US$25,000 Prize for Peace Education, created in 1980 through a donation from the Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation, promotes actions that increase public awareness and mobilize opinion in favour of peace.

Dr. Larry Fisk, joined the Conflict Resolution Studies faculty of Menno Simons College as the Paul and Esther Esau Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2000 - 2001. Dr. Fisk taught two specialty courses at Menno Simons College. "Pedagogy, Politics and Peace: the Inspiration of Ivan Illich and Paulo Freire" contemplated some of the basic writings of Illich and Freire which have turned pedagogy and politics upside down. "Love, Friendship And Politics: Reenvisioning Peace Education And Research" examined the question can we conduct peace education and research in such a manner that it enlarges our common humanity, contributing to the ecological, political and spiritual well-being of all? Other related articles for reference:

- Patterns of Conflict, Paths to Peace
- Larry Fisk Biography
- "Inspiring Peace or Institutionalizing Passivity?: Cautions Surrounding a Canadian Peace Institute"

Craig Keilberger - Free the Children was founded by Craig Kielburger, a young Canadian. .  When he was twelve, Craig Kielburger read a newspaper report about the murder of a liberated child labourer in Pakistan who had been working to free other youngsters from bonded labour. Reading the article changed Craig's life: he went on a seven-week trip to South Asia to find out for himself about the lives of working children. While there, he upstaged the Canadian prime minister's trade mission to India and managed to put the issue of child labour on the international agenda.  An organization he founded with school friends, Free the Children, now has chapters in more than twenty countries.  Free the Children is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to eliminating the exploitation of children around the world, by encouraging youth to volunteer in, as well as to create programs and activities that relieve the plight of underprivileged children.  Free the Children has two main goals: (1) to free youth from exploitation and provide the opportunity for an education; and (2) to empower youth.  The first goal of Free the Children is to stop the abuse and exploitation of children around the world. Actions are taken in order to work against the many forms of child exploitation, including that of harmful child labour, situations of sexual abuse, and children in armed conflict. .  Craig and Free the Children raise money to help abused and exploited children worldwide and carries the message that children should have a voice in decision-making. Other related articles for reference:
- It Takes a Child... Craig Kielburger's Journey Into the World of Child Labour   The film follows Craig from age twelve to fifteen, showing how he has used international acclaim to fight for the rights of working children around the world.
- Oprah Winfrey was so moved by Craig's passion and impressed with his organization's accomplishments that she pledged $200,000 to "Free the Children" from Oprah's Angel Network to build schools in countries around the world. "Free the Children" is using the Angel Network grant to build schools in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ecuador, Tanzania, Nicaragua, and India. Schools can be built very economically in many regions of the world, some for as little as $2,000. Read more at;jsessionid=SIXYTGSEZL2E5LARAYFSFEQ
- Free the Children by Craig Kielburger with Kevin Major, McClelland & Stewart, 1998, 0-7710-4592-1  $29.99 hc
The extraordinary story of Craig Kielburger, the 12-year-old boy who formed his own human rights organization to expose the horror of child labour in the Third World.  

Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, currently Chair of  Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues, University of British Columbia,  6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z2; Tel: (604) 822-1558; Fax: (604) 822-6966; E-mail: ; web site .  The Simons Centre for Peace and Disarmament Studies - Press Release  As Canadian foreign affairs minister, was among the leaders of the anti-land mine campaign. Both Axworthy and the committee were nominated early on for the Nobel Peace prize.  The United States, which makes most of the world’s land mines, dismissed the campaign early on as naive posturing, but with Axworthy leading the way, the campaign has become a Canadian diplomatic coup, with other nations scrambling onto the bandwagon.  In addition, Mr. Axworthy was a leader of Canada's Foreign Policy for Human Security.  Human security places a focus on the security of people. This constitutes a major and necessary shift in international relations and world affairs, which have long placed predominant emphasis on the security of the state.  Other initiatives: Canada to promote increased capacity for rapid reaction for UN Peacekeeping Missions; support of an International Criminal Court; War Child Conferences; proponent of Soft Power; the launching of the Canadian Peacebuilding Initiative; review of NATO nuclear policy.  Some initiatives have been controversial: participation in the "humanitarian bombing" of Serbia and Kosovo and Canada's stated readiness "to go to war again for humanitarian reasons even if the action defies international law and the United Nations Charter"; lack of support for the United Nations Culture of Peace Program and action on Talisman Oil's Sudan involvement.   In the world of politics, we can not expect to achieve everything - Lloyd Axworthy did achieve a lot, and leaves a large pair of shoes for his successor to fill.  We can only hope that Mr. Axworthy's legacy will inspire the Canadian government to do more to build a Culture of Peace and Non-violence at home and abroad.  For more information: biography  and ; Choosing Nobel Prize Winner Clouded in Secrecy A Mysterious Process ; The Challenge of Soft Power,3266,21163,00.html

As Chair of the United Nations University for Peace, Maurice Strong is the Canadian in the highest post for Peace Education.  His past achievements are significant, and he is currently likely to be the Canadian with the most potential influence over Peace Education in Canada. Mr. Strong is a leading Canadian industrialist and business leader who has maintained an overriding involvement in development and environmental concerns. Before most of the rest of the world recognized the clear environmental warning signs he was immersed in the issues- first as the Secretary-General of the 1972 UN Conference on the Environment in Stockholm and then as the first Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme. He was deeply involved in preparations leading to the 1992 Conference on the Environment and Development.  Mr. Strong was promoting the establishment of a global security and risk management programme under the auspices of the World Federation of UNA’s of which he was then the President. The aim was to define the minimum or boundary conditions necessary to ensure the survival of this planet and civilization as we know it. He challenged Canada and other industrialized countries to play an important role in this crucial pursuit.  As the guest of honour at a UN day dinner later that evening, Mr. Strong made an important statement on "Global Security and the Perils of Peace". He was particularly concerned that the dramatic changes in American-Soviet relations, welcomed as they were, have led many people to mistakenly assume that the risk of nuclear war and other global catastrophe had all but ended. "Rather we are in a dangerous and risky transition period with its own turbulence, uncertainty and peril. Although the present state of international affairs holds out the hope of a secure and lasting peace, it also presents great challenges. We need to convert this period of relaxation of rivalry between the great powers to one long-term, positive cooperation."  Mr. Strong paid particular attention to the global threats represented by debt, drugs and a deteriorating environment. He predicted that multilateral institutions -and particularly the United Nations- will be the effective forum through which these issues can be addressed. "We have seen much evidence of what many are calling the renaissance of the United Nations and its specialized agencies. this new relevance is built on nearly half a century of solid painstaking work. Canada is well positioned to see that the United Nations is given the scope and support necessary to its making a still larger contribution to global security." The United Nations University for Peace , which is chaired by Canadian Maurice Strong, was established in December 1980 by Assembly resolution 35/55 to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting, among all human beings, the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence. It also aims to stimulate cooperation among people and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress. The University's headquarters are in San Jose, Costa Rica.   The United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace adopted by the General Assembly last September (resolution 53/243) could provide useful guidance and substantive input in the elaboration of the future programme and course contents of the University. That document should be included in the existing Master's degree course in human rights and education for peace. He also expressed concern about the University's financial situation and the fact that resource constraints had curtailed its activities. The UNESCO Culture of Peace Program articles approved by the United Nations states that education at all levels is one of the principal means to build a culture of peace.  Other related articles for reference:
- United Nations Association of Canada tribute of the Pearson Medal to Maurice Strong
- The Earth as we know it has less than 30 years to survive if we continue our destructive course
- The United Nations - better performance will help build confidence and political support by Maurice Strong .  The Commission on Global Governance , an independent group of 28 public figures, was inspired by the belief that the end of the cold war offered opportunities to build a more co-operative, safer and fairer world.  It presented proposals for improving the world's governance and better managing its affairs in a report published in 1995 - the year the United Nations marked its fiftieth anniversary.  The message of the report was encapsulated in its title: Our Global Neighbourhood . The book-length report was commended by such world figures as Nelson Mandela, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Vaclav Havel.  The Commission's recommendations centre principally on the United Nations, the only forum in which governments come together regularly to tackle world problems. Our Global Neighbourhood suggests how the UN should be revitalised so it can better respond to the needs of the modern world - a world that has changed in many ways since the UN was formed in 1945.
- Transcript: Maurice Strong on a People's Earth Charter  
- International Man of Mystery: Who Is Maurice Strong?  
- Dossier - Maurice Strong  
- Maurice Strong - the true King of the World?  

Keith Spicer - Director of Institute for Media, Peace and Security, U.N. University for Peace. His job consists of defining and following a strategy to study and teach the many interactions between media, conflict, peace and security. He supervises all the Institute's activities, the central one being the design, production and delivery of academic and training courses in the above field.  Click here for more detail.

Murray Thomson was born in December, 1922, in Taokow, China, the son of Canadian missionaries. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 1947, Murray worked in adult education in Saskatchewan, where a government led by the CCF, the forerunner of the NDP, had come to power. His job was in the Adult Education Division. He also worked at Qu'Appelle Valley Centre, which had been opened by Father Moses Coady, the founder of the Antigonish Institute in Nova Scotia, and a pioneer in the Canadian co-operative movement. A UNESCO fellowship took him back to Asia in 1956, to the International Institute for Child Study in Bangkok. Later, he began working at the Quaker Conferences in Southern Asia, headquartered in Delhi, organizing conferences for young leaders and diplomats in the region. At the Quaker Centre in Delhi, he met Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King. Returning to Toronto in 1962, he became Peace Education Secretary for Canadian Friends Service Committee, the peace and development wing of Canadian Quakers. Working there until 1969, he helped found Grindstone Island as a peace education centre, an institution which lasted from 1962 to 1990. At a Quaker peace seminar in 1964 he met Suteera Vichitranonda, a Thai microbiologist. They were married in 1964. Their daughter Sheila was born in 1969. His second stay in Thailand began in 1970, this time with CUSO (formerly Canadian University Service Overseas). He came back in 1974 to become their Executive Director. Returning to peace education, he helped to found Project Ploughshares, the interchurch peace agency of the Canadian Council of Churches in 1976. In 1981, he helped to found the Group of 78. He helped found Peacefund Canada in 1985 and the Canadian Friends of Burma in 1991. Murray was awarded the Pearson Peace Medal by the United Nations Association of Canada in 1990. He was one of three Canadian Quakers to be so honoured (Nancy Pocock and Muriel Duckworth were the others). From 1985 to the present, he has been the Executive Secretary of Peacefund Canada.

Major David Last, PhD., Royal Military College - among other things, writes and teaches on Conflict Resolution Theory and the Practice of Peacebuilding ; bio ; see article attached ; Also read David Last's article "What Kind of Friends Does America Need?"

Nobel Peace Prize Nomination: Canada World Youth's founding President, the Honourable Jacques Hébert, has been nominated for the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for a life time dedication to youth development as a means to achieving lasting peace. The nomination acknowledges his vision and determination in creating the Canada World Youth program model that turns the youth exchange notion into a global peace-building apparatus.

Soka University, Japan, presents the 2002 "Award of Highest Honour" to Prof. Helmut Burkhardt, Council on Global Issues.  Professor Helmut Burkhardt, President, Council on Global Issues (CGI), an eminent System Scientist of Toronto, will be honoured with the "Award of Highest Honour" by the President Dr. Masami Wakae of Soka University, in Tokyo, Japan, March 12, 2002. Prof. Burkhardt will receive the award for his significant and outstanding work on the three Interdisciplinary Conferences on the Evolution of World Order and a lifetime commitment to the wide angled systemic view of the world. His work has covering the full spectrum of ecological, social, and individual issues for world peace and sustainability. The conferences have been  held at Ryerson Polytechnic University, in Toronto, every two years, since 1990.  Homepage of Helmut Burkhardt

Jack Santa-Barbara's current focus is on bringing the concepts and tools of ecological sustainability to the effective operation of public and private sector organizations. A 25+ year record of founding and operating successful businesses (1997 Recipient of the Financial Post’s ‘50 Best Managed private Companies’), and a long-time interest in ecological economics, has led to this focus. Jack recently chose to step down from the CEO position of the company he founded, CHC-Working Well, which he grew to be the largest behavioural health company in Canada, following its sale to Magellan Behavioural Health. CHC served many of Canada's largest corporations and private sector organizations, as well as hundreds of smaller organizations in every sector of the economy across the country. Jack is interested in applying his business experiences, and commitment to principles of ecological sustainability, to bridging the gap between the business and environmental communities. He has also held faculty positions at both McMaster University and the University of Toronto, where he both taught and managed large-scale research projects. He was the Founding President of the Canadian Evaluation Society, which brings together academics, the consulting community and government officials. His formal training (PhD, McMaster University, 1971) is in Experimental Social Psychology. He is currently on the Board of Directors of ACTION 2020, a community group dedicated to making Hamilton a " Sustainable City." Jack has also had a long-standing interest in peace issues, and has been an active supporter of McMaster University's Centre for Peace Studies. Recently he was invited to be a member of TRANSCEND: A PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT NETWORK founded by Johan Galtung. For the past two years Jack has organized a Peace Journalism Workshop conducted by Professor Galtung, and in 2001 was part of the McMaster team, which conducted conflict transformation and related workshops for Afghans living in Peshewar, Pakistan.

Graeme MacQueen is a member of the Religious Studies Department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where he is currently Associate Professor. His academic specialization is Buddhist Studies, in which he received his doctorate from Harvard University. In 1989 Graeme helped found McMaster’s Centre for Peace Studies, of which he became director from 1989 until 1996.  He was also a founder and co-director of the Centre's War and Health programme committee and was co-director of the three year Health of Children in War Zones project funded by Health Canada. The project was active in three war zones. He is currently co-director of the project Media and Peace Education in Afghanistan funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. With colleagues, he has expressed some of the principles utilized in the war and health work of the Centre for Peace Studies in Peace and Change (1997), British Medical Journal (1998), Medical Crossfire (2000) and The Lancet (2001). Graeme has been active in organizations committed to peace and human rights for many years and has at various times at various times chaired the Hamilton Disarmament Coalition, the Board of Directors of Peace Magazine, and the National Coordinating Committee of Peace Brigades International (Canada). He is also a committed teacher and has been awarded a teaching award for his undergraduate course, Theory and Practice of Nonviolence.

Ernie Regehr, co-founder and director of the peace organization Project Ploughshares, has been named an officer in the order (2004).  His appointment was announced by Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson.  "It's a surprise and a pleasure," said Regehr, who was not aware he had been nominated for the award.  "It's a personal pleasure but it's also a recognition of the field we work in. It's nice to see our field of work acknowledged as being part of what contributes to public good."  Regehr's Waterloo-based organization, which was founded in 1976, works towards peace and disarmament around the world. One of its current projects is to research the impact of small arms in East Africa and develop policies that aim to control them.  The group has also recently released a report in conjunction with the University of British Columbia that examines ballistic missile defence.

Thomas Homer-Dixon, University of Toronto, Director of the Centre for the Study of Peace and Conflict at the University of Toronto, political scientist and well known author.  Home page

Anatol Rapoport - Anatol Rapoport is a pioneer and lead-figure of the systems sciences, studies in conflict & cooperation, and peace research. He is professor emeritus of Psychology and Mathematics at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Donald Grayston, Director, Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University.  Donald Grayston retires from undergraduate teaching of religious studies in the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University and as director of the Institute for the Humanities there as of the end of the summer. He will continue to teach in the seniors program, the Pacific Jubilee Program at Vancouver School of Theology, and through the study tours in the Pilgrimage Program. His published work mainly concerns the life and work of Thomas Merton, and the literature of pilgrimage. Active in the peace movement since 1980, he has worked with churches, theological schools, community groups and universities in the search for peace which is essential in our time. He is also an Anglican priest, and is currently vicar of St Oswald's Anglican Church in Port Kells, Surrey, BC.

Peter Langille, University of Western Ontario

John Munro, Vancouver (See John's significant article WHITHER A UNIVERSITY PEACE ACADEMY? at )

MV Naidu, Brandon University, Manitoba

Floyd Rudmin, University of Tromso, Norway

Hank Stam,  University of Calgary

Mark Vorobej, McMaster University

Terry Widrick, a Mohawk cultural educator with Peace Tree Cultural Consultants

 Raffi (his real name) Cavoukian was born on July 8, 1948 in Cairo, Egypt. His family immigrated to Canada in 1958. He began his career as a Toronto-based singer/songwriter in 1970 and began performing for young children in 1974.  Raffi is devoting his energies to writing a book about Child honouring as an integrated philosophy with potential to transform the world for this and future generations.   Raffi paid tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela with his moving song "Turn This World Around" at a November 2001 ceremony in Toronto that saw Mandela and wife Gracia Machel receive honourary doctorates from Ryerson University. Raffi has recently written a number of inspirational songs for parents, educators and other advocates for children. They include "Blessed Be," which is featured on the video Begin With Love, hosted by Oprah Winfrey, and "Counting On You," inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall. Raffi's Covenant for honouring Children, a poetic declatration of our responsibilities to children and the Earth, is being circulated widely through child advocacy and environmental health groups.  For more information, see Raffi's web site at .  Please send any questions about Raffi to: Troubadour Music Inc., S3, C40, 610 Fernhill Road, Mayne Island, B.C., V0N 2J0; Telephone: 250-539-3588; Facsimile: 250-539-3589

Ross Smyth, World Federalists of Canada; email ; 8965 Tolhurst Street, Montreal - phone 388-7445