Dick, Ruth, and Judy Bell Lecture

Senator Kim Pate smilesThe 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.

The Bell Lecture is hosted by the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs.

The event takes place in the Winter term.

The 2019 Bell Lecture “What Should Canadians Know— and What Can They Do— About Criminal and Justice Reforms During This Election Year?” was presented by Senator Kim Pate. Kim Pate was appointed to the Senate of Canada on November 10, 2016. First and foremost, the mother of Michael and Madison, she is also a nationally renowned advocate who has spent the last 35 years working in and around the legal and penal systems of Canada, with and on behalf of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized — particularly imprisoned youth, men and women.

Senator Pate graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1984 with honours in the Clinical Law Programme. She was the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) from January 1992 until her appointment to the Senate in November 2016. She has developed and taught Prison Law, Human Rights and Social Justice and Defending Battered Women on Trial courses at the Faculties of Law at the University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University and the University of Saskatchewan. She also occupied the Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2014 and 2015.

Kim Pate is widely credited as the driving force behind the Inquiry into Certain Events at the Prison for Women in Kingston, headed by Justice Louise Arbour. During the Inquiry, she supported women as they aired their experiences and was a critical resource and witness in the Inquiry itself.

Senator Pate is a member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, the Canadian Bar Association’s Bertha Wilson Touchstone Award, and five honourary doctorates (Law Society of Upper Canada, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, St. Thomas University and Wilfred Laurier University).

Previous Speakers

2018

Jean Charest: Change, Trends and Canada

2018

2017

Rosemary Barton: Why Journalism Matters (now more than ever before)

2017

2016

Kevin Lynch: Can Canada Become an Innovation Nation – and Why Does it Matter?

2016

2015

Jim Stanford:  Economic Literacy – Getting Past ‘Supply and Demand’

2015

2014

Darrell Bricker: The Big Shift – The Battle between Old Canada and New Canada

2014

2012

Richard J. Gwyn: John A. Macdonald – A Necessary Man for an Unnecessary Country

2012

2011

Steve Paikin: The Personal Price of a Political Life

2011

2010

Chantal Hébert: The Shifting Canadian Political Landscape

2010

2009

The Honourable Michael H. Wilson: Reflections on Momentous Times in Washington

2009

2008

Margaret MacMillan: Using History in International Relations

2008

2007

Roy MacGregor: As Canadian as possible … under the circumstances

2007

2006

Edward Greenspon: Terror and the press – the same old story

2006

2005

General R.J. Hillier: Canada’s Military in a Dangerous New World

2005

2004

Pamela Wallin: Canada-U.S. Relations – The View From New York

2004

2003

National Chief Phil Fontaine: First Nations Policy –  The Road Ahead

2003

2002

The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, P.C.: Canadian Foreign Policy – Choices and Consequences

2002

2001

The Honourable Roy Romanow: Canadian Health Care – Some Critical Challenges

2001

2000

The Right Honourable Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, P.C.: Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Charter

2000

1999

The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, P.C.: The Person’s Case to the Charter – Women’s Rights in Twentieth-Century Canada

1999

1998

Hugh Segal: Nation and Enterprise – Tory Nationalism in Canadian History

1998

1997

The Honourable Flora MacDonald, P.C.: Unsung Peacekeepers

1997

1996

Dalton Camp: Cockroaches and Conservatives

1996

1995

The Right Honourable Joe Clark, P.C.: Canad – The Challenges of the Next Three Months

1995

1994

Mary May Simon: Canadian Arctic and Global Circumpolar Issues

1994

1993

The Honourable Joe Ghiz: An Insider’s Perspective of Meech Lake and Charlottetown

1993

1992

The Right Honourable Robert Stanfield, P.C: The Way Ahead – Let’s Face It

1992