The Dick, Ruth, and Judy Bell Lecture is an annual lecture that honours the contributions of individuals to the political and public life of Canada.  Speakers may include individuals who have been active in politics or public service or distinguished scholars in political science.  The lectures themselves are generally devoted to discussions of political subjects, either in a present-day or historical context.  Scholars and graduate students are encouraged to attend and use the lectures as a basis for further work in Canadian studies.


This year’s speaker is The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, P.C., O.C., PH.D, LL.D, Vice Chairman of BMO Financial Group. Dr. Lynch is a distinguished former public servant with 33 years of service with the Government of Canada, serving as Clerk of the Privy Council, the Secretary to the Cabinet and the Head of the Public Service of Canada as well as Deputy Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister of Industry and Canada’s Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund.

Can Canada Become an Innovation Nation—and Why Does it Matter? In today’s hyper-connected global economy, innovation is increasingly the core driver of sustained productivity growth and competitiveness.  But, Canada is an innovation laggard and, unless reversed, the implications for growth, living standards and the middle class are anything but favourable.

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