UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 13 | Nov.
Roy MacLaren, PC, BA55, MSc, MDiv
Alumni Award of Distinction
The Honourable Roy MacLaren has distinguished himself as
a politician, diplomat, writer, publisher, corporate director
He spent 12 years with the Canadian Foreign Service in Hanoi,
Saigon, Prague and the United Nations in New York and Geneva.
From 1996 to 2000 he was High Commissioner for Canada in the
UK and Northern Ireland.
His professional writings draws from his experiences as a
diplomat, much of it concentrating on Canada's historical
role in international affairs.
MacLaren was first elected as an MP in 1979. He served as
Parliamentary Secretary for Energy, Mines and Resources, Minister
of State (Finance) and Minister of National Revenue. As Minister
of International Trade he negotiated the final stages of NAFTA
and the Uruguay Round of GATT, which created the World Trade
He is a strong proponent of multilateral free trade. When
in 1998 he stood as Canada's candidate for the directorship
of the WTO, he stressed the disadvantages faced by developing
countries in the global system and the need for fairness.
He is presently Canadian Chair of the Canada-Europe Round
Table, the Canada-India Business Council and the Canadian
Institute for International Affairs.
MacLaren gives back to his alma mater by sitting on the advisory
council for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.