At CIGI's Issues for 2010 Summits conference (May 2010), Gordon Smith analyzes the challenges surrounding the composition and legitimacy of the G20 and the role of the G20 moving forward. Gordon Smith is a Distinguished Fellow at CIGI as well as the Executive Director of the Centre for Global Studies, and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria.
Gordon Smith is a Distinguished Fellow at CIGI and the Executive Director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. His research is currently focused on the future evolution of the G20 and global summitry.
Throughout a long career in the public sector, Smith has also gained expertise on Canadian foreign and defence policy, specifically on the Afghanistan file. He was the recent recipient of the 2009 Vanier Award, granted by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada in recognition of "exceptional achievement to a person who has shown distinctive leadership in public administration and public service in Canada."
Smith's involvement in Government of Canada began in the 1960s with a focus on security issues and national defence. He quickly advanced to become the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canadian Ambassador to the European Union, Ambassador to the Canadian Delegation to NATO and Secretary to Cabinet for Federal-Provincial Relations.
Upon retirement from Government, Smith has continued his public service, writing prolifically on diplomacy, international summitry and climate change policy. His leadership helped to form the "L-20" a a collaborative project between CIGI and the Centre for Global Studies that "paved the way for the recent meeting of heads of government in Washington and the London meeting that focused on solutions to the financial crisis."