Dr. Ivan Head
Faculty, Staff, and students of the University of British Columbia
Faculty of Law are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Ivan Head,
who succumbed to cancer on Monday, November 1, 2004, at 74 years
of age. Dr. Head was a distinguished UBC legal scholar, a tremendous
colleague, teacher, and mentor for professional degree students
and graduate students alike.
He was an outstanding academic whose publications include The Canadian
Way: Shaping Canada’s Foreign Policy 1968-1984 (co-authored
with Pierre Elliot Trudeau) and On a Hinge of History: The Mutual
Vulnerability of South and North. He initiated the UBC Faculty of
Law’s seminar on South-North Relations, which enabled several
generations of our students to benefit from his wisdom directly.
He contributed to the collective work of the Faculty of Law with
energy, dedication, and passion and was especially supportive of
scholars and students working on international projects.
Dr. Head was honored with a collection of essays edited by two
of his former graduate students Obiora Chinedu Okafor and Obijiofor
Aginam, and published as Humanizing our global order: essays in
honour of Ivan Head (University of Toronto Press, 2002). He founded
the University of British Columbia’s Liu Centre for the Study
of Global Issues.
Dr. Head was more than simply a scholar of global significance,
however, for he also played a major role in Canadian and global
public life. He served as senior policy advisor to Prime Minister
Trudeau for nearly a decade, as President of the Canadian International
Development Research Centre and as head of the Canadian International
Development Agency. Much admired and loved around the world for
his human decency, deep intellect, gracious manner, and humanitarian
commitment, he was also one of the truly great Canadians and outstanding
global citizens of the twentieth and twenty-first century.
Ivan Head was an inspiration to several generations of Canadians,
a major player in global affairs, and a much loved, highly admired
colleague and friend. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.