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Hon. Bob Rae

Political Leader, Lawyer & International Champion of Human Rights

Hon. Bob Rae is a practicing lawyer and educator at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy. He served as Ontario’s 21st Premier and as the Interim Leader of the federal Liberal Party. Bob works with indigenous communities across the country, and serves as a mediator and arbitrator on their behalf. His presentations offer politically-informed insights on current events and human rights. Bob identifies the shortcomings of the current framework, and empowers audiences to be the agents of change.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Human Rights
Bob offers politically-informed insights on current events and Human Rights. He identifies the shortcomings of the current framework, and empowers audiences to be the ones to remedy the situation. Audiences leave inspired to participate instead of feeling disenfranchised. His inspirational speaking focuses on such Human Rights issues as housing, safety, income inequality and male/female issues.

Canada: Our Future and Our International Role
In this presentation Bob looks at the current state of the nation and where we fit within the international community. He touches on international security and working together collaboratively. Drawing from his past experience as leader of the Liberal Party, Bob offers unique insight on our geopolitical situation.

Aboriginal Issues
How do we build institutions that are based on respect? It is going to take some fundamental changes at the federal and provincial levels in terms of governance in order to make sure that the dignity of First Nations people is recognized. Bob looks at such issues as education, inequality, reparations and mental health-addictions.   It’s time for a new, respectful, practical partnership that fully recognizes First Nations rights and title, but goes beyond that to deal with self government and economic partnership

Healthcare
Bob touches on a range of personal experiences to bring to life his story on healthcare. He shares a range of insights and recommendations formed during various governmental and private engagements in the health sector including his role restructuring the Red Cross after the tainted blood scandal, donating bone marrow to his brother and his advocacy in Mental Health issues spanning decades.

Education
Bob draws from his involvement in provincial and federal politics to look at the education system. In 2005,  Bob led the post-secondary commission in recommending changes to improve performance.

Platform Plus

In-Conversation

Bob brings decades of experience as a lawyer and public leader at the highest levels of government to discuss a range of issues including Social Justice, Geopolitics, Educaiton, Indigenous Advocacy, Canada & Healthcare. Audiences get informed, candid and inspiring insights on the topics most relevant to them.

Awards

2015
Companions | Order of Canada

2012
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

2003
Order of Ontario

2002
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

2001
Officer of the Order of Canada

  • Bob Rae’s keynote address was excellent – his talk was very well received by conference delegates, and he was a perfect fit for our conference.

    - Municipal Advisor, City of Timmins
  • He was fantastic! The team was so thrilled with his talk.

    - Director, Federal Affairs & Health Policy, Janssen
  • The Best Prime Minister Canada Never Had

    - John Duffy - The Globe and Mail.

Summary Profile

On stage, Bob is an inspired, candid presenter offering unique perspectives on current events, Human Rights, Education, Healthcare and Indigenous Rights. He explains issues with passion, humour, and a wealth of information. Bob is an eloquent and capable speaker who draws from a wealth of experience in politics and leadership to guide audiences through the topic at hand. He was twice named “Orator of the Year” by his parliamentary colleagues.’

Most recently Bob was appointed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the Special Envoy to Myanmar.  His report “Tell Them We’re Human” has been widely praised as a call to action to deal with the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Bob was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013. He was Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995 and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013.

He is currently working as a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a particular focus on first nations, aboriginal, and governance issues. He also teaches at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy and is a widely respected writer and commentator.

Throughout his career, Bob has been strongly committed to advancing Aboriginal rights and the critically important goal of reconciliation between Aboriginal people and all Canadians. Bob participated in the negotiations which resulted in the inclusion of Aboriginal rights in Section 35 of Canada’s constitution in 1982, and also represented Ontario in the negotiations for the Charlottetown Accord. 

While Premier of Ontario he developed the “Statement of Relationship” which set the framework for a new political relationship based on mutual respect and consultation between First Nations and the province. He also served as a mediator during the Burnt Church fishing dispute in New Brunswick.

Bob has written five books including What’s Happened to Politics, a candid look at the problems plaguing national politics. Bob has appeared on numerous media outlets including CBC, CTV, Global TV, and TVO. He is a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail.