Dr. Axworthy is the Chancellor of St. Paul’s University in Waterloo, Ontario. He also serves as Board Chair of CUSO International, a Canadian based international development agency..Until recently he was the President, and Vice Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. In his ten years as president, he pioneered community learning programs for Aboriginal and low income youth.
He also served more than twenty- eight years as an elected member of the Manitoba Legislature and the Canadian Parliament holding several Cabinet posts, including Minister of Foreign Affairs. In that position he was known for his work in advancing the Human Security agenda that included the Treaty on anti- personnel Land mines, the International Criminal Court, and the Protocol on Child Soldiers. In 1997, he was nominated by United States Senator Patrick Leahy to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on banning land mines.
In 2002, he was awarded The Order of Canada, Princeton University’s Madison Medal and the Council of Europe’s North-South Peace Prize. He has served on the boards of The MacArthur Foundation and Human Rights Watch and is currently on the CUSO board and that of the Institute of Sustainable Development
He lives with his wife Denise in Winnipeg. He holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg and a Ph.D from Princeton University.