Advisory Council

Stephen Toope

President and CEO, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Dr. Stephen Toope is the President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). He taught law at McGill before becoming the faculty’s youngest ever Dean of Law at age 34. Dr. Toope served as President and Vice-Chancellor at UBC from 2006-2014, and was the founding president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Before joining the University of Cambridge as Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Toope was the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He is currently a member of the Board of Canada’s International Development Research Council (IDRC) and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2015. Dr. Toope holds degrees in literature and history from Harvard, a degree in law from McGill, and received his PhD in Law from Cambridge. As a scholar, Dr. Toope has specialized in human rights, international dispute resolution, international environmental law and the use of force. He has published numerous articles and books on change in international law and the origins of international obligation.