The Massey Dialogues – If No Seat, Then Stand: Putting Canada on the United Nations Map

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The Massey Dialogues – If No Seat, Then Stand: Putting Canada on the United Nations Map

Wednesday, October 28 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

This event will be broadcast online and is welcome to all – there is no login or registration required to tune in from the comfort of home. Click here to watch the livestream.


Senior Fellow Bob Rae joins the Massey Dialogues to discuss his new role as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN and the challenges facing Canada and democracies on the international scene. Ambassador Rae will be in conversation with Quadrangler Steve Paikin, President and CEO of United Nations Association in Canada, Kathryn White, and Junior Fellow Keshna Sood.



Click here to watch the livestream of this event. The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function. For information about the Massey Dialogues salon series, click here.


The Honourable Bob Rae, P.C., C.C., O.Ont., Q.C., former Premier of Ontario, and former interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, was born in 1948, in Ottawa. Mr. Rae received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Modern History in 1969 from the University of Toronto, a Master of Philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in 1971, and graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1977.

Mr. Rae’s passion for social justice dates back to his early days in student politics and community service. Between 1978 and 2013, he was elected 11 times to federal and provincial parliaments, and served as the Premier of Ontario from 1990 to 1995.

Returning to the practice of law in 1996 as a partner at Goodmans LLP, Mr. Rae led the restructuring of the Canadian Red Cross, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and also chaired the board of the Royal Conservatory of Music. He also wrote Lessons to be Learned on the Air India bombing, and Ontario: A Leader in Learning, a study of the higher education system for the Government of Ontario.

Mr. Rae stepped down as a Member of Parliament in 2013 to return to legal practice and, in particular, to work with Indigenous communities and continue his work in education, governance, and human rights. He currently serves as senior counsel at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Rae is a Fellow of the Forum of Federations, Massey College, and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. He teaches at the University of Toronto in the School of Public Policy and Governance, the Faculty of Law, Massey College, and Victoria University. He is also a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Chambers. He is the author of five books.

In October 2017, Mr. Rae was appointed as Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar. In this role, he engaged in diplomatic efforts to address the crisis in the country’s Rakhine State and wrote the report Tell Them We’re Human in 2018. In March 2020, he was named Canada’s Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues to continue the important work he started as Special Envoy to Myanmar, while also addressing other pressing humanitarian and refugee issues around the world.

Bob Rae is a Privy Councillor, a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world.

Along with music, reading, and writing, he loves tennis, golf, and fishing. He is married to Arlene Perly Rae. They have three daughters and five grandchildren and live in Toronto.


Steve Paikin is the host of TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, the gold standard for in depth of analysis and thoughtful debate in Canadian media. In more than 35 years in the business, Steve has built a sterling reputation as an eminently fair journalist, who has moderated federal and Ontario election debates. Earlier in his career, Steve worked at CBC News as an anchor and correspondent, a reporter for the Hamilton Spectator and CHFI radio, as well as radio and television stations in Boston. Steve has authored seven books including his latest, Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland After All, has produced several feature-length documentaries, and reported from two different war zones. In October 2013, Steve became an educational ambassador and was appointed Chancellor of Laurentian University in Sudbury. He was re-appointed in 2018. He is also a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. Steve has honorary degrees from Laurentian, Victoria University at the University of Toronto, McMaster University in Hamilton, and York University. He also has honorary diplomas from Humber, Centennial, and Mohawk Colleges. In December of 2013, Steve was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions as a journalist who engages, informs and educates viewers on a broad range of public policy issues, and was invested into the Order of Ontario in 2014.
Steve was born in Hamilton, Ontario and lives in Toronto.


Keshna Sood is PhD candidate the Department of Molecular Genetics and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Junior Fellow at Massey College. Keshna’s doctoral research focuses on the development and engineering of synthetic antibodies to support clinical applications in the context of immune oncology. Keshna is a recipient of the Norman Bethune Award (2018) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2018 and 2019), and has won a number of Presentation awards for her strong style of science communication. In the lab, Keshna is fascinated by the way cancer cells adapt to migrate in different cellular environments and is targeting these phenomena to identify novel therapeutic targets. Outside of the lab, Keshna is equally interested in how different environments contribute to academic student development and wellness. Keshna is a life-long mental health advocate, international yoga instructor and mindfulness coach. Keshna is also a science communicator, presenting science communication and STEM-curiosity lectures and workshops at over 20 public schools in the Toronto and Peel District School Boards. Keshna invests her spare time by mentoring young women in STEM and is passionate about the intersections at which her technical training can influence science policy and the future of mental health care.





Wednesday, October 28
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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