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The Honourable William G. Davis in conversation with Steve Paikin

Wednesday, March 27, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON  M5S 1V6
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He built a legacy as one of Ontario’s most renowned and influential politicians, and his vision and leadership changed the course of education in the province.

We are thrilled to announce that on March 27, The Honourable William G. Davis will be talking about his extraordinary life at OISE's 2019 R.W.B. Jackson Lecture with his biographer and award-winning journalist Dr. Steve Paikin.

Join us for an exciting conversation with the "Education Premier."


OISE’s annual R.W.B. Jackson Lecture is free and open to the public. Register today to join us in person, or tune in online to watch the livestream

William Grenville "Bill" Davis is a former Canadian politician who served as the 18th Premier of Ontario from 1971 to 1985 as well as Minister of Education from 1962–1971.

As Ontario's longest-serving Premier in the 20th century, Davis played an instrumental role in the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution as well as the entrenchment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Before he was Premier, he served as Minister of Education and spearheaded the modernization of the school board system as well as the creation of the community college system, five new universities, TVO, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Steve Paikin is one of Canada’s premier current affairs journalists. The anchor and senior editor of The Agenda on TVO, Paikin has moderated leaders' debates for three federal and two provincial elections, and authored seven books – the last of which is Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland After All.

He holds four honorary doctorates and three honorary diplomas, and is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. He is currently the Chancellor of Laurentian University.

Make a difference

To honour the person whose vision changed the course of education in Ontario and beyond, OISE has created the William G. Davis Golden Anniversary Leadership Scholarship to support promising graduate students who will be the next generation's change-makers.

We invite you to make a gift today in support of the future of education.