Ernie Regehr

 

Ernie Regehr is one of Canada's most prominent and respected voices on international development and peace. Known for his sound judgement, balanced views and extraordinary integrity. Canadian and foreign governments, as well as the United Nations, regularly call on him as an expert on disarmament. He is a tenacious and seasoned advocate of the causes of nuclear disarmament in particular, arms control in general, and sustainable approaches to human security and peace. As a leader and mentor in Canadian civil society, Mr. Regehr has played a key role with Canada’s national churches through his long work with Project Ploughshares (as Co-Founder, Director and in an emeritus status), and he has supported the peace and disarmament work of some 20 community-based groups affiliated with Ploughshares. He has also been a citizen diplomat, contributing to public debate and dialogue: in this role he has always been recognized as an independent and highly respected voice by politicians, government leaders and department officials, not infrequently when he was promoting a polar opposite view of an issue under discussion.  

  

While the early years of his contributions were during the sensitive Cold War period, when proposals for a nuclear freeze were regarded as marginal, he has been an active player in, and witness to, the remarkable evolution of that perception. Today there is an acknowledgment by nuclear weapons states of the obligation to work toward elimination of nuclear arsenals. Similarly, he has been engaged in the development of international norms on a broad spectrum of interrelated issues, including outer space and global security; small arms and light weapons and an arms trade treaty; and the concept of the Responsibility to Protect and interventions to protect vulnerable populations. He represents the best of Canada’s international leadership in the fields of disarmament and peacebuilding. 

Ernie Regehr

 

Ernie Regehr is one of Canada's most prominent and respected voices on international development and peace. Known for his sound judgement, balanced views and extraordinary integrity. Canadian and foreign governments, as well as the United Nations, regularly call on him as an expert on disarmament. He is a tenacious and seasoned advocate of the causes of nuclear disarmament in particular, arms control in general, and sustainable approaches to human security and peace. As a leader and mentor in Canadian civil society, Mr. Regehr has played a key role with Canada’s national churches through his long work with Project Ploughshares (as Co-Founder, Director and in an emeritus status), and he has supported the peace and disarmament work of some 20 community-based groups affiliated with Ploughshares. He has also been a citizen diplomat, contributing to public debate and dialogue: in this role he has always been recognized as an independent and highly respected voice by politicians, government leaders and department officials, not infrequently when he was promoting a polar opposite view of an issue under discussion.  

  

While the early years of his contributions were during the sensitive Cold War period, when proposals for a nuclear freeze were regarded as marginal, he has been an active player in, and witness to, the remarkable evolution of that perception. Today there is an acknowledgment by nuclear weapons states of the obligation to work toward elimination of nuclear arsenals. Similarly, he has been engaged in the development of international norms on a broad spectrum of interrelated issues, including outer space and global security; small arms and light weapons and an arms trade treaty; and the concept of the Responsibility to Protect and interventions to protect vulnerable populations. He represents the best of Canada’s international leadership in the fields of disarmament and peacebuilding. 

Ernie Regehr

 

Ernie Regehr is one of Canada's most prominent and respected voices on international development and peace. Known for his sound judgement, balanced views and extraordinary integrity. Canadian and foreign governments, as well as the United Nations, regularly call on him as an expert on disarmament. He is a tenacious and seasoned advocate of the causes of nuclear disarmament in particular, arms control in general, and sustainable approaches to human security and peace. As a leader and mentor in Canadian civil society, Mr. Regehr has played a key role with Canada’s national churches through his long work with Project Ploughshares (as Co-Founder, Director and in an emeritus status), and he has supported the peace and disarmament work of some 20 community-based groups affiliated with Ploughshares. He has also been a citizen diplomat, contributing to public debate and dialogue: in this role he has always been recognized as an independent and highly respected voice by politicians, government leaders and department officials, not infrequently when he was promoting a polar opposite view of an issue under discussion.  

  

While the early years of his contributions were during the sensitive Cold War period, when proposals for a nuclear freeze were regarded as marginal, he has been an active player in, and witness to, the remarkable evolution of that perception. Today there is an acknowledgment by nuclear weapons states of the obligation to work toward elimination of nuclear arsenals. Similarly, he has been engaged in the development of international norms on a broad spectrum of interrelated issues, including outer space and global security; small arms and light weapons and an arms trade treaty; and the concept of the Responsibility to Protect and interventions to protect vulnerable populations. He represents the best of Canada’s international leadership in the fields of disarmament and peacebuilding.