Paul Martin served as Canadian prime minister from 2003 to 2006. His achievements include a 10-year, $41 billion dollar plan to improve health care and reduce wait times, agreements with the provinces and territories to establish a national early learning and child care program, and creating a new financial deal for Canada’s municipalities. Currently, Martin co-chairs a two hundred million dollar British-Norwegian poverty alleviation and sustainable development fund for the 10-nation Congo Basin Rainforest.
Bramwell Tovey has been the respected and much-appreciated music director of the Vancouver Symphony since 2000. He is often invited as guest conductor with leading orchestras around the world including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. A Grammy-awarded composer, Tovey is also a recorded jazz pianist and award-winning music director.
Elie Wiesel is a renowned author, political activist and professor. His personal experience of the Holocaust led him to use his talents to defend human rights and peace. In 1986, Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on behalf of oppressed people throughout the world.
Michael Wingfield’s pioneering research uncovered some of the most important pathogens of trees grown commercially in South Africa and elsewhere in the world. His work has helped to reduce losses to industry, communities and environmental organizations.
Throughout his storied career as a public servant, the Right Honourable Joe Clark has been tirelessly committed to a Canada that is progressive and globally influential, reflecting the values of integrity, unity and civility.
Through the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation, he launched the United Kingdom’s first permanent gallery of Buddhist sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum; he brought the mythical Terracotta Warriors from China for their first visit to Canada; and he began art education programs to inspire creativity among young people in Hong Kong.
Three quarters of all modern drugs come directly or indirectly from plants used in folk medicine. Walter Hepworth Lewis and Memory Elvin-Lewis, both UBC alumni, have spent their careers in a race against time to uncover new cures for diseases such as malaria, hepatitis and tuberculosis.