Atlantic Canada Studies

Higgins Lecture

As a professor of Polical Science, Donald Higgins carved out an international reputation as a respected scholar of Canadian local and urban politics. In 1989, the Saint Mary's Faculty Union established the Donald Higgins Memorial Fund to honour this remarkable person. The fund supports a graduate student in Atlantic Canada Studies and the Donald Higgins Lecture.

2018 Donald Higgins Lecture

Mr. Andy Fillmore, M.P.
Title: “Halifax on the Verge: People, Place, and Prosperity in Canada’s Ocean City.”

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Time: Reception at 6:30 pm, Lecture at 7:00 pm
Location: Burke, Theatre B, Saint Mary’s University

Donald Higgins Poster

Donald Higgins Memorial Lecture

1989    John Sewell (former Mayor of Toronto) “Fresh Ideas for Urban Reform”
1990    L.D. McCann (Mount Allison University) “Cities to the Left: The Maritime Provinces in Urbanizing Canada”
1991    Phyllis Lambert (Director, Canadian Centre for Architecture) “Making a Case for Architecture”
1992    Viola Robinson (former President, Native Council of Canada) “Aboriginal Issues in Canada: The Royal Commission and Beyond”
1993    Evert Nieboer (McMaster University) “Environment and Health: An Integrated Perspective”
1994    Joe Clark (former Prime Minister of Canada) "Changing Political Realities”
1995    Andrew Sancton (University of Western Ontario) “Size, Democracy and Efficiency: The Halifax Regional Municipality in Perspective”
1996    Janet Conners (Aids Activist) “On Becoming an Activist”
1997    James Walker (University of Waterloo) “Field of Dreams: ‘Race’ and Law in Canadian History”
1998    Sister Peggy Butts (The Senate of Canada) “Is there a Place for Ethics in the Making of Public Policy”
1999    John Sewell (former Mayor of Toronto)
2000    David Pearson (Laurentian University) “A Tale of Two Cities”
2001    Margrit Kennedy (University of Hanover) “Money Rules the World:  Who Rules Money?”
2005    Robert G. Evans (University of British Columbia) “Can We Afford Medicare?”
2007    Wayne Johnston (Author)
2009    Jeff Webb “The Voice of Newfoundland”
2011    Ian McKay (Queen’s University) "Pax Britannica and the White Man’s Burden: Is Canada Re-Embracing the Empire?"
2011    James Walker (University of Waterloo) “The Caribbean Connection: Canadian Immigration Policy, Caribbean Immigration, and Consequences for Nova Scotia"
2014    Mark McGowan (University of Toronto) “Beyond the Reel: The Irish Famine, Filmmakers and a Historian”
2016    Jill Grant (Dalhousie University) “Planning the Good Community: Reconsidering the way we Plan”