Club News

Order of Ontario Appointees have Harvard Connection

The Harvard Club of Ottawa would like to congrate two appointees to the Order of Ontarioggjkj

Allan Rock is a former visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School. During his career, he served as a federal Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, Ambassador to the United Nations, and President of the University of Ottawa.

Michael Geist is a recent salon speaker for the Harvard Club of Ottawa. As an expert in internet policy, copyright law, and digital rights, he often shapes government policy and infuences public debate. Congratulations!




Alain Paul Martin to Speak at Conference on Governance, Ethics and Leadership in WWII



Alain Paul Martin, the former President of the Harvard Club of Ottawa, will speak at the first of seven conferences on Governance, Ethics and the Practice of Exemplary Leadership.

The conference will review the actions of president Franklin D. Roosevelt, prime minister Winston Churchill, generals Charles de Gaulle and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and prime minister William L. Mackenzie King during WWII. The objective is to permit participants to draw lessons applicable to the practice of contemporary leadership in a context of uncertainty and complex stakes. 

The conference will be delivered in French on November 14 at Carleton University. To register, please click here.




Prof. Dodek (HLS, 1995) named new Dean of Common Law at OttawaU

8798Professor Adam Dodek, who earned his JD from Harvard Law School in 1995, has been named the new Dean of Common Law at the University of Ottawa!

Professor Dodek teaches first year courses in Public Law and Legislation as well as Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He also teaches an upper year seminar on the Supreme Court of Canada. For his teaching, he received the Capital Educators Award in 2012.

Outside the classroom, Professor Dodek is an accomplished author and editor. Among other topics, he has published books on the Canadian constitution and solicitor-client pivilege. The latter won the Walter Owen Book Prize in 2015.

In his spare time, Professor Dobek is a trustee of the OBA Foundation, a member of the Chief Justice of Ontario's Advisory Committee on Professionalism, and a founding member of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics. His outstanding service to the legal profession was recognized in 2015, when the Law Society of Upper Canada awarded Professor Dodek its Law Society Medal. 

To read Professor Dobek's full biography, please click here.



Ottawa's Michael Petrou named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard



Michael Petrou, who hails from Ottawa, has been named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University! Alongside 23 other journalists, Michael will begin his year of study at Harvard this fall.

Michael is a a freelance foreign correspondent who has covered conflicts across the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. At Harvard, he will research "how Russia and Western nations try to shape accepted narratives and the democratizing opportunities presented by new technologies and media platforms". Best of luck, Michael!



Krokodiloes Wow the Harvard Club of Ottawa

On January 12, the Harvard Krokiloes stopped by Ottawa as part of their 2017 tour! They performed such hits as the House of Blue Lights, Barbara Ann, and of course, Rubber Ducky! 

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They also had the opportunity to meet Governor General David Johnston (Class of 1963) at Rideau Hall.

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Dr. Malhotra Launching New Book on Disability Politics

89798Dr. Ravi Malhotra, a Harvard graduate and Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, is launching his new book on October 20! The book is an anthology entitled "Disability Politics in a Global Economy: Essays in Honour of Marta Russell". Other speakers will include Dr. Jihan Abbas, Dr. Richard Jochelson and Mr. Matthew Smith.

The book launch will commence at 4:00pm at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (Room 570, Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis-Pasteur). All are welcome - and food will be served!

Photo: Steve Johnson



Show Produced by Lew Auerbach Appears on CBC



A recent episode of the CBC radio show “IDEAS” commemorated the recent death--and celebrated the remarkable life--of Ursula Franklin. 

Ursula contributed to IDEAS in FIVE separate decades - from 1971 to 2013.  The broadcast concluded with a panel discussion involving Ursula, Robert Fulford, and Lister Sinclair. This discussion was produced by HUCO’s Lew Auerbach.




Club Enjoys Private Tour of Vigée-Le Brun Exhibit



The Harvard Club of Ottawa's Vigée-Le Brun evening proved a master class in the painting, fashion, culture and politics of France from the court of Marie Antoinette to the post-Napoleon era. National Gallery Chief Curator Paul Lang really wowed our group with his enthusiasm, knowledge and humor during an amazing two hour tour of this exceptional exhibition, drawn from museums and collections around the world. 


Participants then enjoyed lively discussion over dinner in nearby 'Play' restaurant. 






Artistic Director of NAC Orchestra joins the Club for Lunch



On Monday, May 16 over lunch, the Harvard Club was delighted to host Alexander Shelley, the Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, as well as Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, to discuss “Conducting as a Vocation”.  Past Harvard Club President and former CBC Ideas Producer, Lew Auerbach, interviewed Mr. Shelley. Mr. Shelley then responded to fascinating questions from Club members.


Alexander recalled his early experiences in a highly musical home; how he connects, both emotionally and technically, to significant pieces of music in his life; and the importance of collaboration not only with members of the orchestra, but with visual artists, choreographers, and even app makers. To illustrate his collaborative creative process, he described the making of the app, “Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood”, and, more recently, the process of creating the wonderful NAC concert production of Life Reflected, Creative Vision, the stories of four fascinating Canadian women -- Alice Munro; Amanda Todd; Roberta Bondar; and Rita Joe. The production is described on the NAC website, as “the most ambitious creation project in the Orchestra’s history.”


Mr. Shelley reflected on the human relations side of the conducting vocation and offered observations about how orchestras differ psychologically as well as musically.  He also commented on his vision of what he hopes to achieve at the NAC, for himself and for music in Canada and elsewhere. 




Dr. Jarding Talks US Politics and the Presidential Race



On May 5, the Harvard Club of Ottawa welcomed Dr. Steve Jarding, a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Dr Jarding is a leading expert in US campaigning and political strategy. He has advised or run campaigns for such presidential hopefuls as John Edwards (D-NC) and Jim Webb (D-VA). During his lecture, Dr. Jarding described the critical role of government and leadership before delving into the race for America next leader. His talk was hailed as "inspirational" and "engaging".

Prior to his lecture, Professor Jarding also sat down with Canadian news outlet iPolitics. Read the article by clicking here!



Club Member Alayna Miller wins Prestigious Law Award



Congratulations to our own Alayna Miller! Alayna was recently named the 2015 Regional Senior Justice Award recipient by the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)!

The CCLA established the Regional Senior Justice Award in 2003 to honour lawyers in practice 10 years or less, who are members or former members of the CCLA, and who have made an outstanding contribution as a litigator/solicitor or to the community. In recognition of the recipient's contribution, the CCLA will donate $1,000 to the charity/charities of the recipient's choice.

Alayna also serves as Vice President (Harvard College) and Book Club Convenor for the Harvard Club of Ottawa.