In honour of Grace MacInnis and her outstanding social and political service as a member of Parliament for the New Democratic Party, the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University established a Grace MacInnis Visiting Scholar Program in 1993. The Visiting Scholars are invited to Simon Fraser University to give public talks, as well as meet with faculty and students.
Gail Davidson, founder and executive director of Lawyer Rights Watch Canada, for her advocacy for human rights, work against war, torture, and other crimes against humanity, and solidarity with the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.
Libby Davies, MP of Vancouver East (1997–2015), for her lifelong dedication and service to public life.
Professor Jean Barmen, PhD, for her extensive research and writing on BC, indigenious, and Canadian history.
Linda McQuaig, in honour of her critical writing and challenging inquiry. McQuaig has written for The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Maclean’s magazine, and the National Post.
Dr. Elaine Bernard, the Executive Director of the Labour and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, was selected in recognition of her efforts to have labour rights be considered as human rights.
Myrna Kostash, author of the classic All of Baba's Children, Long Way from Home: the Story of the Sixties Generation in Canada, and of the award-winner No Kidding: Inside the World of Teenage Girls and Bloodlines: A Journey into Eastern Europe Kostash's other publications include The Doomed Bridegroom: A Memoir and the national best-seller The Next Canada: Looking for a Future Nation.
Lynn McDonald, a distinguished academic, former Member of Parliament and past president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women served as the visiting scholar.
Joy Kogowa was honoured for her literary achievements, her impassioned denunciation of injustice, and her work to provide redress to Japanese Canadians in 1988.
Shirley Williams, former British Labour MP, and president and co-founder of the Social Democratic Party in Britain (1981).