Global Citizen Award

The Global Citizen Award is given to an individual who is making a contribution through their professional and personal lives to building a better world. Join us for the 2020 Global Citizen Award Ceremony!

UNA-Canada's Global Citizen Award


With a mandate to ‘grow global citizens’, the United Nations Association in Canada recognizes role models who have shown generosity, creativity, leadership and solution-seeking, and applied their talents to the challenges they have identified in their local communities, in the country and in the world.

A Global Citizen need not be a world traveller or professional diplomat. Each of our Global Citizen laureates has, however, contributed to their community, country and world, understood, and shown through their lives that their actions and decisions can be taken for short-term benefit – or long-term elevation of all. As a  whole, UNA-Canada’s laureates have shown the courage and determination to lift others.

Mark Carney

2020 Global Citizen Laureate

UNA-Canada congratulates Mark Carney as our 2020 Global Citizen Laureate. 

Mark Carney has achieved prominence as an economist and banker who served as the Governor of the Bank of England from 2013 to early in 2020. Before that he served as Governor of the Bank of Canada (from 2008 to 2013). He holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship and was Chairman of the Financial Stability Board from 2011 to 2018. 

Mr. Carney has recently accepted appointments as UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and as UK Prime Minister Johnson’s Finance Adviser for COP 26


As UN Special Envoy, he will focus on ambitious implementation of climate action, with particular attention to significantly shifting public and private finance markets and mobilizing private finance to the levels needed to achieve the 1.5°C goal of limited emission growth of the Paris Agreement.  This will include building the frameworks for financial reporting, risk management and returns in order to bring the impacts of climate change to the mainstream of private financial decision making and to support the transition to a net zero carbon economy.

The impact of the  global pandemic forced us to change plans from our usual format  To address the safety and social distancing requirements, UNA-Canada reimagined its 2020 Global Citizens Awardto include a dynamic Arm-Chair discussion on Climate Finance & COVID-19 Recovery among a group of experts, presented as a virtual webcast event.

The Arm-Chair discussion engaged Doug Guzman, Group Head, RBC Wealth Management, RBC Insurance, and RBC Investor & Treasury Services; Louis Vachon, CEO of the National Bank / Banque Nationale, and 2016 Global Citizen Laureate;  and our 2020 Global Citizen honoree Mark Carney.


Walied Soliman, Global Chair, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Chair of the recently reporting Ontario Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce, and 2019 Global Citizen Laureate, moderated the discussion.

Mark Carney Global Citizen Laureate 2020

The 2018 Global Citizen Award, Honoring: Louis Audet

Criteria for the Global Citizens Laureate

UNA-Canada is proud to honour and pay special tribute to unique and ambitious models of leadership. We recognize our Laureates for their positive vision for a better world, starting in Canadian communities, and for their outstanding and generous commitment to children and youth, education, health and wellness and social growth and stability not only for individuals, but for whole communities. The recipient is recognized for their outstanding global citizenship in their community, for Canada and for the world by exemplifying how social responsibility and sterling leadership can be enormously successful in fostering inclusive societies and prosperity.

Global Citizens Award Honourees

Louis Audet
Bill Graham
M. Louis Vachon
Murad Al-Katib

Louis Audet
2018 Global Citizen

Louis Vachon
2016 Global Citizen

Murad Al-Katib
2016 Global Citizen

Bill Graham

2017 Global Citizen

Terry Hui
2015 Global Citizen

Walied Soliman
2019 Global Citizen

The 2017 Global Citizen Award, Honoring: Bill Graham