About Michael Valpy

Michael Valpy is a teacher and journalist. He began his journalistic career on the Vancouver Sun and became that newspaper’s associate editor and national political columnist. For the Globe and Mail, he has been a member of the editorial board, Ottawa political columnist, Africa correspondent, deputy managing editor and columnist on social and political issues.

He has produced public affairs documentaries for CBC Radio (Sunday Morning), written for Maclean’s, Elm Street, Shambhala Sun, Policy Options and Time (Canada) magazines, contributed chapters to several books on public policy issues, won three national newspaper awards (two for international reporting and one for the impact of children from dysfunctional families on the public education system) and been nominated for a fourth (for a profile of Michael Ignatieff), co-authored two books on Canada’s Constitution -- The National Deal (1982) and To Match A Dream (1998) -- and one on Canada’s emerging generation of adults -- New Canada: Report on the Next Generation (2003).

He was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature in 1997 by Trent University and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his journalism in 2002. He is a senior fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto,  a fellow at U of T’s School of Public Policy and Governance,  the 2011-2012 Canwest Global Fellow in Media at University of Western Ontario and the 2012-2013 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy during which he carried out an 18-month inquiry into the state of social cohesion in Canada.

AST is pleased to welcome Michael Valpy as the guest speaker at the Gala Dinner 2014. He will also deliver the convocation address on May 3.