Stephen Toope

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Stephen J. Toope
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Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Assumed office
Preceded by Janice Stein
Personal details
Born (1958-02-14) February 14, 1958 (age 59)
Nationality Canadian
Spouse(s) Paula Rosen
Children 3
Alma mater Harvard University, McGill University, Cambridge University
Occupation Administrator
Profession Academic, Lawyer, Legal scholar, Pedagogue

Stephen J. Toope, OC (born 1958) is the current Director of the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. He assumed the position of director in January, 2015.[1]

Previously, he was the president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia. He assumed the presidential post on July 1, 2006 and held the position for eight years, until June 30, 2014. Before that, he was the president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

A scholar specializing in human rights, public international law and international relations, Toope was the 12th president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia, succeeding Martha Piper, after nine years of service. While at UBC, he also held an academic position at the university as a tenured professor of law.

On April 3, 2013 it was announced that Toope would leave the UBC presidency effective June 2014 to "pursue academic and professional interests in international law and international relations".[2]

He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2015.[3]

On September 26, 2016 it was announced that Toope would become the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge on October 1, 2017.[4]


Toope graduated from Harvard University in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in English Literature and European History. Then, he received two law degrees from McGill University in 1983, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Law Journal. Finally, in 1987, he finished his PhD at Cambridge University, subsequently joining McGill's faculty. [5]


Before he became president of the University of British Columbia, Toope served as head of an independent, private, and non-partisan Canadian educational foundation, the Trudeau Foundation, named in honour of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The Foundation focuses on identifying outstanding talent in the social sciences and humanities, thereby building a network to promote public debate on issues of societal importance. The Foundation awards five fellowships and 15 doctoral candidate scholarships annually to recognize outstanding achievement in the humanities and social sciences that exemplify innovative public policy approaches and a commitment to public engagement. Established in 2002, the foundation manages an endowment of more than C$140 million.

Earlier, Toope served as dean of McGill University Faculty of Law from 1994 to 1999. He is the youngest person to have held the position. During his tenure as dean, he led the then-largest capital campaign in Canadian law faculty history to build a new Law library, and oversaw the renewal of the faculty’s curriculum.

Toope has consulted extensively to the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and to the Canadian International Development Agency. He has won publishing awards from the American Society of International Law and the Canadian Tax Foundation.

He has conducted human rights seminars for government officials in Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, and was a member of the UN observer delegation to the first post-apartheid South African elections. He has also served as Research Director, Office of the Special Representative concerning the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People in 1991.

His service to the community includes serving on the boards of non-governmental organizations that promote human rights and international development, including the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, the World University Service of Canada and the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.


Toope currently lives in Toronto with his wife, Paula Rosen, and their three children. [6]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Martha Piper
President of the University of British Columbia
Succeeded by
Arvind Gupta
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  2. ^ UBC Public Affairs. "Stephen Toope to leave UBC Presidency in June 2014.". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Four Nova Scotians among Order of Canada honourees". The Chronicle-Herald, July 1, 2015.
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  5. ^ "Tuum est, Mr. President". Ubyssey. 2006-03-24. Retrieved 2006-05-20. 
  6. ^ "University of British Columbia names new President". UBC Public Affairs. 2006-03-22. Retrieved 2006-07-22. 

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