Stephen Toope

Stephen Toope

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Stephen Toope

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Stephen J. Toope, (born 1958) is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. He assumed the presidential post on July 1, 2006 for a term of five years. He was formerly the president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

A scholar specializing in human rights, public international law and international relations, Toope is the 12th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, succeeding Martha Piper, after 9 years of service. He also holds an academic position at the university as a tenured professor of law.


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. Finally, in 1987, he finished his PhD at Cambridge University, subsequently joining McGill's faculty.


Toope served, until recently, 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...
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