Mr. Barton dedicated his life to international peace and security and to the betterment of Canada. He served first as an officer in the Canadian Army during the Second World War and then as a distinguished diplomat whose career spanned more than three decades. In retirement, Mr. Barton was a sought-after international affairs expert and active philanthropist supporting the education of future generations of diplomats. Mr. Barton represented Canada in Vienna, Geneva and New York. He held leadership roles with the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and represented Canada on the UN Security Council. Mr. Barton received the Order of Canada in 1994.
Established in 2021, the Barton award is bestowed annually to a graduate student entering or proceeding from one year to another and is pursuing research in the area of International Security, Arms Control or Disarmament.
The primary objective of this award is to encourage and stimulate research and education on disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation, which are vital areas of study for global security and peace. Moreover, this award also aims to spark and invigorate dialogues and discussions around Canadian multilateralism, which can contribute to building a more cooperative, inclusive, and sustainable world order.