The Davidson Lecture is held annually and brings a distinguished Canadianist to campus to speak on a matter of importance to Canada.
Past Davidson Lecturers have included Mr. Edward Goldenberg, formerly chief of staff to Prime Minister Jean Chretien; Dr. Kevin Lynch, then-Chief Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada and Secretary to the Federal Cabinet; political scientist Janet Gross Stein; former UN Ambassador Stephen Lewis; noted journalist Graham Fraser; and political activist and academic Judy Rebick.
Lecturers since 2010 have included:
- 2010-2011 — Dr. Thomas King
- 2011-2012 — Dr. David Schindler
- 2012-2013 — Dr. Stéphane Dion
- 2013-2014 — Dr. Sally Armstrong
- 2014-2015 — Jane Urquhart and Tony Urquhart
- 2015-2016 — Dr. Pamela Palmater
- 2016-2017 — Dr. Bruce Kidd
- 2017-2018 — Dr. Niigaan Sinclair