The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney’s distinguished career in public service created a legacy of achievements that will shape Canada’s future for generations. During his tenure as the country’s 18th prime minister, Mulroney’s government advanced policies that continue to foster economic growth and environmental sustainability, and pursued bold new initiatives such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement.
Mulroney has also been lauded for his commitment to social justice and equality, receiving high honors from multiple governments for his efforts to combat apartheid in South Africa and to promote rights for Canadians with disabilities.
On April 17, Mulroney was awarded the James A. Baker III Prize for Excellence in Leadership to honor his decades-long career as a global leader and visionary. The event marked just the seventh time the award was conferred in the history of the Baker Institute.
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The James A. Baker III Prize for Excellence in Leadership
The James A. Baker III Prize for Excellence in Leadership recognizes nationally and internationally renowned individuals for outstanding achievements in government, business, science, education or philanthropy. It is awarded to those who exemplify the vision of building “a bridge between the world of ideas and the world of action,” conceived by the Honorable James A. Baker, III, when he established the Baker Institute. Recipients embody the institute’s mission to nurture the ties between academia, government and the private sector.
The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney became Canada’s 18th prime minister in September 1984 after leading the Progressive Conservative Party to the largest victory in Canadian history. He was re-elected with a majority government four years later, becoming the first Canadian prime minister in 35 years to win successive majority governments and the first conservative prime minister to do so in 100 years. Mulroney served as co-chairman of the United Nations World Summit for Children, and his government played leading roles in the first Gulf War and the creation of Le Sommet de la Francophonie, a conference of heads of state and government of French-speaking countries. In addition to pursuing a range of economic initiatives, Mulroney’s government advanced policies such as the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement and the Canada-U.S. Arctic Sovereignty Agreement. Mulroney is currently senior partner at Norton Rose Fulbright and chairman of the board of directors of Quebecor Inc. He serves as a director of The Blackstone Group L.P. and of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, and is chairman of Barrick Gold Corporation’s international advisory board. He has been awarded Canada’s highest honor, the Companion of the Order of Canada, and has also received top honors from the nations of Haiti, Ukraine, Japan, South Africa and France.