The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

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26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005) and co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Adrienne Clarkson arrived in Canada in 1942 as a refugee from Hong Kong and made the astonishing journey from penniless child to accomplished broadcaster, journalist, and distinguished public servant in a multi-faceted lifetime. Her mandate as Governor General is universally acknowledged to have transformed the office, and her energy, enthusiasm, and passion have left an indelible mark on Canada’s history. 

 In 2005, Madame Clarkson co-founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship ( which helps new citizens to become actively involved and included in Canadian life. The Institute hosts 6 Degrees — the global forum on citizenship, immigration, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the 21st century — which takes place annually in Toronto and in its global hubs of Berlin and Mexico City.

 In 2006, Madame Clarkson established the Clarkson Cup, the championship trophy for Women’s Hockey.

 She is the bestselling author of the 2014 CBC Massey Lectures Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship and Room for All of Us: Surprising Stories of Loss and Transformation, among others. A Privy Councillor and Companion of the Order of Canada, Madame Clarkson lives in Toronto with her husband, writer and philosopher John Ralston Saul. 

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