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MomenTO: Toronto’s Heritage of Innovation – International Service

October 16, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Sixty years ago, Lester B. Pearson became the first Canadian to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, for his contributions to ending the 1956 Suez Crisis as Canada’s foreign affairs minister and the President of the United Nations General Assembly. The Toronto-born Pearson won support for sending a United Nations Emergency Force to the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, the first armed, large-scale peacekeeping force. His achievements established peacekeeping as the centrepiece of Canadian international relations for decades to come.

A generation later, Stephen Lewis came to represent Canada’s international leadership at the United Nations. Appointed Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations in 1984, he later served as Deputy Director of UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and then as the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2003 and awarded the Pearson Peace Medal by the United Nations Association in Canada the following year.

Join Heritage Toronto and the City of Toronto for a conversation between Stephen Lewis and Professor John English, historian and official biographer of Lester Pearson, about the Pearsonian legacy of peacekeeping and the innovative contributions that Canadians have continued to make to diplomacy and humanitarianism. The discussion will be moderated by Nana aba Duncan, host of CBC Radio’s Fresh Air.

ASL interpretation will be provided. Casual reception with light refreshments to follow.

About MomenTO – Toronto’s Heritage of Innovation: This summer and fall, Heritage Toronto is offering a series of talks on how past innovations have shaped our present and future. Presented as part of the City of Toronto’s Canada 150 program, MomenTO: Toronto’s Heritage of Innovation showcases advances in technology, healthcare, media, and other fields.

MomenTO is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario 150 Program and the Government of Canada.




Image: Lester B. Pearson at the United Nations Conference on International Organization, San Francisco, California, 1945. Credit: United Nations. Library and Archives Canada, C-018532


October 16, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Heritage Toronto / City of Toronto Museums Services


Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7 Canada
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