The Trailblazer Luminary Award

Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE

Dr. Augustine was born in Grenada. Coming to Canada in 1960, She attended the University of Toronto, earning BA & Master’s degrees in Education, and later becoming an elementary school principal in Toronto.

She was the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to the House of Commons. Dr. Augustine introduced the motion proposing Black History Month in Canada which passed with all party consent. Every year, she makes a better future for young women through the Jean Augustine Scholarship, a fund that helps single mothers attend George Brown College and a Young Entrepreneur at Centennial College in Toronto. Hon. Jean Augustine was appointed as the first Fairness Commissioner for Ontario in March 2007. It was the first public office of its kind in Canada overseeing fairness and transparency among various professional regulatory bodies. In 2009, the Women’s Executive Network named her as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards winner.  She was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada (CM), received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).  In June 2014, the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment opened in south Etobicoke. In January 2016, the Peel District School Board named a new state-of-the-art high school in Brampton, the Jean Augustine Secondary School. In November 2017, she was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Dr. Augustine has two daughters and two grandsons.

The Leadership Luminary Award 

Dr. James Orbinski

Dr. James Orbinski is the inaugural Director of York University’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. Dr. Orbinski holds a BSc from Trent University, an MD from McMaster University, and an MA in international relations from the University of Toronto.

As a medical doctor, humanitarian practitioner and advocate, best-selling author, and a leading global health scholar, Dr. Orbinski believes in actively shaping our world so that it is more just, fair, and humane. Prior to joining the Dahdaleh Institute, Dr. Orbinski provided medical humanitarian relief in situations of war, famine, epidemic disease, and genocide with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). For this and other work, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross. Dr. Orbinski is an avid canoeist and lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife and their three children.