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Hosted by Woodsworth College and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, this annual lecture is now named in honour of Mr. Larry Sefton and Mr. Lynn Williams. The Sefton/Williams Memorial Lecture series presents topics of interest to scholars and practitioners of labour-management relations. The lecture has recently been endowed by USW International Executive Board and its members.
Larry Sefton’s (1917-1973) career in the labour movement began on the picket line in Kirkland Lake in the gold miners’ strike during World War II. He subsequently led the 1946 Stelco strike and later held office in the United Steelworkers of America, eventually becoming the Director of District 6. He earned the respect and admiration of those who worked with him.
Lynn Williams (1924-2014) began his career initially organizing campaigns for the Canadian Congress of Labour. He was named to the USW staff in 1956, was a delegate to the founding convention of the NDP and in 1973 was elected as the USW District 6 Director. In 1977, he was elected as the USW International Secretary and went on to become the first Canadian to serve as the President of USW International. He was a leader in promoting co-operation and solidarity in the international labour movement. After retirement he served as President of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees.
The award honours those who have made a significant contribution to the field of labour relations and human rights. Labour relations practitioner as well as academics have received this award.
Overview of Past Lectures
Information about past Sefton lecturers and links to their presentation materials are available from the IRHR Library.
|2021||Ewan McGaughey||Ken Delaney and John O'Grady|
|2020||Kris Rondeau||Brad James|
|2019||Judy Fudge||Eric M. Tucker|
|2018||Juliet Schor||Carla Lipsig-Mummé|
|2017||Richard Yeselson||Elaine Bernard|
|2016||David Weil||Olivia Chow|
|2015||Miles Corak and Armine Yalnizyan||Ed Broadbent|
|2014||Jennifer Wells||Linda Briskin|
|2013||Nelson Lichtenstein, Tony Burke, and Natalie Des Rosier||Homer Seguin|
|2012||John Cartwright||Chris Schenk|
|2011||Leah Vosko||Andrew Jackson|
|2010||Don Drummond||Bob Baldwin|
|2009||Hugh Mackenzie||Leo Gerard|
|2008||Jim Stanford and Charlotte Yates||Warren Edmondson|
|2007||Stephen Lewis||Leah Casselman|
|2006||Kate Bronfenbrenner||Alan Borovoy|
|2005||Harry Arthurs||Frances Bairstow|
|2004||Gordon Betcherman||Pradeep Kumar|
|2003||Tim Armstrong||Des Morton|
|2002||Judy Darcy||Rick MacDowell|
|2001||Peter Warrian||Shirley Goldenberg|
|2000||Richard Freeman||Noah Meltz|
|1999||Julie White||Bob White|
|1998||Kevin Burkett||Lynn Williams|
|1997||Alexander (Sandy) Adam||Ralph Barford|
|1996||Graham S. Lowe|
|1994||L. Victor Pathe|
|1992||Laurel Sefton MacDowell|
|1991||George W. Adams|
|1990||Seymour Martin Lipset|
|1986||Jeffrey Sack and John Murray|
|1985||John T. Dunlop|