Stephen Toope

Past chair – biography

Stephen Toope

Professor Stephen J. Toope was named the 12th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of British Columbia on March 22, 2006. He will begin his second five-year term in July 2011.

Professor Toope serves as past chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. He was first appointed as a member on the AUCC board in 2009.

From 1994-1999, Professor Toope served as the youngest dean in the history of McGill University’s Faculty of Law. As an International Law scholar, Professor Toope represented Western Europe and North America on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances from 2002 to 2007.

Professor Toope has served as board chair and member of various non-governmental organizations promoting human rights and international development, including the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, the World University Services of Canada and the Canadian Council on International Law. He has worked on issues of human rights and legal reform in the Caribbean, East Africa and Southeast Asia.

Professor Toope earned his PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge, England and his undergraduate degree in common law (LLB) and civil law (BCL) with honours from McGill University (1983), and graduated magna cum laude with his AB in History and Literature from Harvard University (1979).