Dr. Jennifer Allen Simons, C.M. is founding partner and Canada chair of Global Zero and founder and president of The Simons Foundation, Vancouver, Canada, with a mission to advance positive change through education in peace, nuclear disarmament, international law and human security.
As an award-winning educator, thought leader and policy advisor, Dr. Simons and her foundation have supported major international initiatives, providing critical financial support, convening international leaders in policy dialogue, and driving academic research. Her partnerships with other NGOs, academic institutions, the Government of Canada, international governments, and the United Nations have made her an important and effective actor in the effort to address peace and disarmament. She is a member of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Australian National University. Dr. Simons was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to the promotion of peace and disarmament and, among her many other awards and acknowledgements, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for her service to the global effort to eradicate landmines and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She also received the 2006 Vancouver Citizens Peace Award.
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