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At UNAC-Quinte, we have been very lucky to have an esteemed group of speakers who have taken part in some of our events. Here is a list and short summary of their accoplishments.



Allan Rock, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations

Allan Rock is a lawyer, former Canadian politician, diplomat and now the president of the University of Ottawa. He was Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations from 2004-2006 and had previously served on the Cabinet of Jean Chretien (Justice minister 1993-1997 and health minister 1997-2002)







The Honorable Lyle Vanclief, Minister of Agriculture

Lyle Vanclief was Canada’s Minister of Agriculture from 1997 until 2003. Mr. Vanclief was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal Member of Parliament, representing the rural Ontario riding of Prince Edward-Hastings in 1988.








Ambassador Geoffrey Pearson

Geoffrey Pearson was a Canadian diplomat and author. He is the son of former Prime Minister of Canada Lester B Pearson. Pearson joined the department of External Affairs in 1952. He held diplomatic appointments at the Canadian embassies in Paris and Mexico City and at the high commission in New Delhi. From 1980 to 1983 he served as Canada’s ambassador to the Soviet Union. Pearson was also a past president of the United Nations Association in Canada.







Major General Lewis McKenzie

Major General Lewis McKenzie is a retired Canadian general, author and media commentator. Mackenzie is most famous for establishing and commanding Sector Sarajevo as part of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the former Yugoslavia in 1992.






Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians:

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is a board member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councilor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN




George Finney, Director of Conservation for the Maritimes, Canadian Wildlife Services

Finney is President of Bird Studies Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild birds and their habitats in Canada and abroad.As one of the architects of the NAWMP, Finney was one of six Canadian negotiators assigned to develop the Plan with U.S. officials. His leadership was instrumental in establishing the Plan in Eastern Canada, as well as in developing the Sea Duck Joint Venture. Through his current position with Bird Studies Canada, Finney is focused on integrating the conservation of other water and wetland bird species into the strategic plans of each Joint Venture. In 1999, Finney received the Prime Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his career achievements and leadership abilities.





Shane Roberts: Futurist and Strategic Analyst

Shane is a member of several non-governmental organizations involved in science and global affairs: the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, the Canadian Pugwash Group, the United Nations Associations in Canada, the World Future Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In the UNA for nearly 30 years, he has served as a Branch President, VP, Treasurer and newsletter editor as well as on the United Nations Association Board of Directors. As an award winning analyst, Shane developed a broad awareness of global trends and participated in the production of strategic intelligence on diplomatic, economic, military and technological issues in world affairs, including tracking 20 conflicts on five continents.






Meghan Brooks, Program Officer, Social and Human Sciences UNESCO

Responsible for idenitfying and implementing a range of UNESCO programs in the Social and Human Sciences in Canada. One of these programs is the Canadian Coalition for Municipalities against Racism and DIscrimination.










Michael Bach is nationally and internationally recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of diversity, inclusion and employment equity, bringing a vast knowledge of leading practices in a live setting to his work. He has deep experience in strategy development, stakeholder engagement, training and development, research, solution development and execution, employee engagement, data analytics, measurement and diversity scorecards, targeted recruiting strategies, marketing and communications, Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils, and diversity related legislation (Employment Equity Act, AODA, etc.) among other skills and experiences related to field of diversity and inclusion

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