The Hon. Hugh Segal OC OOnt CD

The RUSI Chair, Trustees, Director-General and Staff record with deep regret the passing of our Distinguished Fellow, the Hon. Hugh Segal.


The Hon. Hugh Segal OC OOnt CD was a RUSI Distinguished Fellow, a Mathews Distinguished Fellow in Global Public Policy at the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University at Kingston and Senior Advisor at Aird & Berlis, LLP, Toronto. 

He served as a Conservative Member of the Senate for Kingston-Frontenac-Leeds from 2005 to 2014. As Chair of the Foreign Relations and Special Anti-Terrorist Committees, Special Representative to the Commonwealth and Member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, his legislative focus was on national security, defence and poverty abatement. During that time, he was also a parliamentary Member of the Trilateral Commission.

Previously, Hugh served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada and Associate Cabinet Secretary in Ontario. Between 1999 and 2006, Hugh was President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montreal. More recently, he served as Chair of the NATO Association of Canada and Co-Chair of the Democracy-10 Consortium, grouping senior foreign affairs officials and think tanks from ten of the world's key democracies. Most recently, he held the appointment of Principal of Massey College, the graduate residential college at the University of Toronto.

A graduate in History from the University of Ottawa, he held honorary doctorates from Royal Military College, Queen's University and his alma mater. He is an Honorary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy and an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds the Order of Ontario. He is the Honorary Captain for the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Vimy Award for service to democracy, defence and national security from the Conference of Defence Associations and in 2014, the Churchill Society’s Promotion of Democracy Award of Excellence.

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