Jeffrey Simpson

2014 Ottawa Speaker

Jeffery Simpson

Jeffrey Simpson

Keynote Panel Moderator
National Affairs Columnist
The Globe and Mail

Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail's national affairs columnist, has won all three of Canada's leading literary prizes -- the Governor-General's award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice). He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January, 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

His career with the newspaper began at City Hall in Toronto and with coverage of Quebec politics. In 1977, he became a member of the paper's Ottawa bureau, and eighteen months later he was named The Globe and Mail's Ottawa bureau chief. From 1981-1983, Mr. Simpson served as The Globe's European correspondent based in London, England. He began writing his national affairs column in January, 1984.

Mr. Simpson has been awarded honorary doctorates of laws from the University of British Columbia, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Manitoba, King’s College (Halifax), l'Université de Moncton, Queen's University and the University of Windsor.

Mr. Simpson has taught as an adjunct professor at the Queen’s Institute of Policy Studies and The University of Ottawa Law School. He is now senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

He lives in Ottawa with his wife Wendy. They have three children.