Confederation Centre of the Arts

Confederation Centre of the Arts

October 19, 2007 17:05 ET

Former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed Speaks on the State of Canadian Confederation

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2007) - The Honourable Peter Lougheed, former premier of Alberta, will give the 2007 Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, P.E.I, on November 8, says H. Wayne Hambly, Chair of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust.

Lougheed's lecture will take place in the Centre's Mainstage Theatre at 1 p.m. He will be introduced by the Honourable Robert Ghiz, premier of Prince Edward Island, and thanked by the Honourable John Crosbie, a member of the Trust.

"The objective of the annual Symons Lecture is to encourage Canadians to think and talk about their country, and the issues facing its many-faceted society now and in the future," says Hambly. "Mr. Lougheed is a leader in the public and private sectors in Canada. We are pleased that he has accepted our invitation to give this year's Symons Lecture."

Lougheed served as premier of Alberta for 14 years from 1971 to 1985. He was a partner in the Calgary-based law firm of Bennett Jones LLP from 1986 to 1999, and is currently counsel at the firm. He is a director of several Canadian companies, a member of the Trilateral Commission, and Canadian co-chair of the North American Forum, an annual forum held to bring together distinguished leaders and experts from government, business and other communities to discuss the strategic challenges facing the United States, Mexico and Canada.

He graduated from the Harvard Business School after receiving his degrees in arts and law from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. In 1986 he was a recipient of the Harvard Business School's Alumni Achievement Award. In the late 1980's, he was the co-chair of the Canadian Alliance for Trade and Job Opportunities, which sponsored Canada's participation in the Canada - U. S. Free Trade Agreement. He became the co-chair of a high-level, bi-national group entitled the Canada-Japan Forum 2000: Partnership Across the Pacific in mid-1991. The mandate of the forum was to provide advice on enhancement of the Canada-Japan relationship. He is a member of the Privy Council of Canada and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. He is chancellor emeritus of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and holds eight honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Canadian universities.

Established in 2004, the Symons Lecture provides a national platform for a distinguished Canadian to discuss the current state and future prospects of Confederation. The lecture is held each year to mark the anniversary of the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation in Charlottetown in 1864.

The Symons Lecture honours Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter and board member of the Confederation Centre. Symons, the founding President of Trent University in Ontario, is widely recognized nationally and internationally for his work in the field of Canadian Studies, in particular the areas of heritage, education and public policy.

It is the mandate of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, which operates the Confederation Centre, to inspire Canadians to celebrate, through heritage and the arts, the founding and evolution of Canadian Confederation. The Confederation Centre brings this mandate to life by celebrating Canadian creativity in the performing and visual arts on its stages and in its galleries, by its work in arts education, and by public policy and heritage initiativess such as the Symons Lecture.

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