Sefton-Williams Memorial Lecture & Award

History and previous speakers and award winners

Sefton-Williams Memorial Lecture Series
The lecture presents topics of interest to scholars and practitioners of labour-management relations as well as the general public. This annual lecture is named in honour of Larry Sefton and  Lynn Williams and is hosted by Woodsworth College and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.  The lecture is supported by USW International Executive Board and its members.

Larry Sefton and Lynn Williams
Larry Sefton’s (1917-1973) career in the labour movement began on the picket line in Kirkland Lake in the gold miners’ strike during World War II.  He subsequently led the 1946 Stelco strike and later held office in the United Steelworkers of America, eventually becoming the Director of District 6.  He earned the respect and admiration of those who worked with him.

Lynn Williams (1924-2014) began his career initially organizing campaigns for the Canadian Congress of Labour.  He was named to the USW staff in 1956, was a delegate to the founding convention of the NDP and in 1973 was elected as the USW District 6 Director.  In 1977, he was elected as the USW International Secretary and went on to become the first Canadian to serve as the President of USW International.  He was a leader in promoting co-operation and solidarity in the international labour movement.  After retirement he served as President of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees. 

List of Lecturers
Complete list of all previous lecturers and audio and text transcripts

Sefton-Williams Award for Contributions to Labour Relations 
The award honours those who have made a significant contribution to the field of labour relations and human rights.  Labour relations practitioner as well as academics have received this award.

The Sefton-Williams Award  
1997 Ralph Barford
1998 Lynn Williams
1999 Bob White
2000 Noah Meltz
2001 Shirley Goldenberg
2002 Rick MacDowell
2003 Des Morton
2004 Pradeep Kumar
2005 Frances Bairstow
2006 Alan Borovoy
2007 Leah Casselman
2008 Warren Edmondson
2009 Leo Gerard
2010 Bob Baldwin
2011 Andrew Jackson
2012 Chris Schenk
2013 Homer Seguin
2014 Linda Briskin
2015 Ed Broadbent
2016 Olivia Chow
2017 Elaine Bernard