Upcoming Events

Seminar: NDP Leadership Race Analysis

Seminar: NDP Leadership Race Analysis

September 27, 2017 14h00-15h30

Mr. Robert Fox, National Director of the New Democratic Party of Canada, will give a briefing on the New Democratic Party of Canada’s leadership race. The presentation will be followed by an interactive question and answer session.

Because space is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible.

Une interprétation simultanée en français sera disponible sur demande.

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“Leading With Courage” with The Rt Hon. The Baroness Cox

“Leading With Courage” with The Rt Hon. The Baroness Cox

September 25, 2017

Leaders were riveted as they heard the The Right Honorable Baroness Cox recount a several stories about her life’s work at a Christian Embassy roundtable luncheon on September 25, 2017. As the founder Trustee of MERLIN (Medical Emergency Relief International), and the founder and President of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust), she has visited many remote areas of the world.

Seeking to be a voice for the voiceless, she has found herself in situations where she has been afraid and dismayed, “[You] have to learn to cross that frontier of fear…and when you do cross that frontier of fear, you meet the most amazing people. You meet heros and heroines of faith. And we always come back humbled and inspired, receiving more than we could ever ever give.”

She took her listeners on a journey to three different conflict zones where she witnessed first hand the people affected by horrific tragedies carried out under the radar from most of the world. These tragedies included the destruction of churches and mass persecution of Christians. She has clearly been impacted by the powerful stories of suffering of brave men and women and emphasized that we live in countries where we have the freedom to stand up for those with no voice and that we must not take this valuable freedom for granted.

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Roundtable Analysis: Conservative Party Leadership

Roundtable Analysis: Conservative Party Leadership

May 30, 2017 at 9h30-11h00 and 14h00-15h30

On May 27th, members of the Conservative Party of Canada chose their new leader.

– What were the key events of the leadership race?
– What are some of the expected outcomes under the new leader?
– What are the potential divisions? How might the party work through these divisions?

From his rich experience of participation in 18 electoral and leadership races, Mr. Donison will share insights and thoughts on these questions.

The same roundtable will be offered twice on May 30, 2017, first from 9h30-11h00 and again from 14h00-15h30. Because space is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible. We will seek to honour your time preference.

Une interprétation simultanée en français sera disponible sur demande.

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Business Tour: Greater Toronto Area

Business Tour: Greater Toronto Area

May 24-26, 2017

Since 1998, the Christian Embassy has taken over 170 ambassadors and high commissioners from 92 different nations on three-day business tours to different cities within Canada. These tours provide you valuable opportunities to:
– discover and enjoy Canadian innovation, culture and hospitality
– expand your network of Canadian contacts
– promote business and economic opportunities in your country

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52nd National Prayer Breakfast: HE the Right Honourable David Johnston

52nd National Prayer Breakfast: HE the Right Honourable David Johnston

May 18, 2017

The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual event held in Ottawa under the authority of the speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons and is organized by a group of volunteers. This year’s breakfast features an address by Governor General David Johnston. The theme of this year’s event is “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea.” (Psalms 72:8)

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National Prayer Leadership Dinner

National Prayer Leadership Dinner

May 17, 2017 from 18h30 to 21h30

The National Prayer Leadership Dinner is an annual ecumenical event held in Ottawa inviting leaders to come together for an inspirational message, music and the opportunity to pray together. The dinner is offered under the auspices of the speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons and is organized by a group of volunteers.

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“Debate without Hate” with Abdu Murray

“Debate without Hate” with Abdu Murray

May 16, 2017

Our world seems increasingly divided over politics, social issues, and religion. As emotions run high, people make hostile and insulting statements about “the other side.” In the process, much anger is generated with very little understanding. The issues are forgotten and people are devalued.

Is there a way out of this cycle of anger? Abdu Murray discusses how we can respectfully discuss our deepest differences by rediscovering the source of human dignity.

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Couples’ Weekend Getaway: Montebello, QC

Couples’ Weekend Getaway: Montebello, QC

April 21-23, 2017

Some of our stories are unfolding beautifully, some have more bumps and twists than we would like. The good news is, all our marriage stories are still being written.

Maybe yours could use some spicing up, some help getting unstuck, or maybe you need a new plot line entirely. A Weekend Getaway, presented by FamilyLife Canada, can help you and your spouse write a great story together, God’s way.

It’s just one weekend, but it can take your relationship to a whole new level. Because when two people get on the same page…the sky is the limit!

Spend a refreshing weekend in Montebello, QC hearing speakers sharing insights and perspectives on marriage with a group of 75 couples interspersed with time for individual couples to reflect on the presentations and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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Leading the Leaders Seminar – Part 4: Conflict Management

Leading the Leaders Seminar – Part 4: Conflict Management

April 4, 2017

What are the most common sources of conflict? Mr. Bowater highlighted four main sources of conflict resulting from differences in:
– roles and responsibilities – especially when there is misunderstanding over a person’s level of authority.
– management styles – Producer, Administrator, Entrepreneur and Integrator
– interests
– values and beliefs

How does one go about managing these different sources of conflict? Mr. Bowater underlined the critical roles of mutual trust and respect within the organisation. Mutual trust and respect are fostered by staying engaged, dealing with the issue at hand, being willing to work with all in the room, owning the conflict, staying focused on solving the issue and respecting one another. Character plays a significant role in building a culture of mutual trust and respect, the ground rules for constructive conflict.

The employees must also develop a clear understanding of why the organisation exists in the first place. What is the service that the organisation offers to society? The answer to the why drives what the organisation does, how it does it, who within the organisation does it and when it gets done.

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Roundtable: “From 2016 Populist Pivot to 2017 Policy Pivot?” with Peter Hall

Roundtable: “From 2016 Populist Pivot to 2017 Policy Pivot?” with Peter Hall

March 9, 2017 from 7h00-8h30 or 12h00-13h30

In 2016 the Brexit referendum, the United States presidential election and other European election campaigns have witnessed a swing towards what has been called a “Populist Movement.” Now in 2017 there is much speculation on how these 2016 political pivots will impact the global economy. Mr. Peter Hall, Chief Economist with Export Development Canada, will speak at this roundtable for heads of diplomatic missions and parliamentarians about his current analysis and how he personally approaches so much uncertainty.

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How Global Mobility Affects Adults and Children – Insights Diplomats with Tina Quick

February 16, 2017

Tina Quick, a nurse, cross-cultural trainer, author and founder of International Family Transitions, taught and facilitated an interactive workshop for 40 diplomats and their spouses. Her insights – based on lifelong experiences growing up in a military family and marrying a medical doctor working in global health management – provide guidance to families in transition or living cross-culturally.

Tina asked the audience to consider what actually takes place in families during a global relocation. What are the challenges they face and what strategies can they implement? Specifically, why do the children in such families feel different: “from everywhere but belonging nowhere”?

She said the overarching challenge for such families is understanding and managing the five stages of transition:
– Involvement (a sense of belonging)
– Leaving (anticipation vs. sadness)
– Transition (chaos, emotional instability)
– Entering (desire to connect, vulnerability)
– Re-Involvement (feelings of security & intimacy)

Quoting Robin Pascoe, author of Raising Global Nomads, Tina said, “Children are silent partners in relocation,” and that transitions work best when children are informed, know what they are getting into, and have at least one parent to count on as a stable presence.

While acknowledging that a few transitions can be so difficult as to require help outside the family, the reality is that the transition experience offers positive ways for families and children to grow. “It is my conviction that being a TCK is not a disease, something from which to recover. It is a life healthily enriched by this very TCK experience and blessed with significant opportunities for further enrichment” (Pollock and Van Reken).

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Roundtable: Recognizing and Reinforcing Canada’s Contributions Toward a World Safe from Pandemic Threats

February 16, 2017 from 7h00 to 8h30

Join fellow parliamentarians at a breakfast roundtable with Dr. Jonathan Quick.

When a pandemic virus explodes anywhere in the world, we are all at risk for its potentially devastating consequences. We know how to keep local disease outbreaks from becoming devastating pandemics. Yet, as Dr. Jonathan Quick will argue, only one in three countries worldwide are up to the task. An often unnoticed asset is the tenacity faith-based workers have demonstrated in confronting pandemics, from early Roman plagues to the recent West Africa Ebola epidemic.

During his March, 2016 meeting with President Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau cited “health security for people around the world facing pandemics” as a high-potential area for Canada-U.S. cooperation. Canada is already making unique contributions through active participation in the 55-country Global Health Security Agenda and its own pandemic preparedness efforts. This roundtable will explore the tremendous benefits as well as the daunting challenges of ensuring ongoing support from Canada and all countries toward a world safe from pandemic threats.

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Facing Global Health Challenges – Pursuing your Passions without Losing your Family

February 15, 2017

Dr. Jonathan (Jono) Quick, who served for eight years with the World Health Organization (WHO) as Director of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy, and his wife Tina, formerly a health officer for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, addressed an audience of almost 100 heads of mission, diplomats, parliamentarians and business people. Their presentation was a study in contrasts between a workaholic doctor and a wife raising three children alone – and the turning point which brought their family from the brink of disaster to wholeness and reconciliation.

Jono said that we all need a passion – a sense of purpose – for our lives, but that no passion, job or pursuit is worth losing one’s family for. In his journey of faith where Jono grew in his relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, he learned that, when God and family become one’s primary passion, other priorities fall into place.

When the Quicks were asked what their primary recommendation is for families that are threatened by a busy lifestyle, Tina replied that, the most stabilizing activity for families is to eat one meal together each day, even if it requires some members to skype in.

Together, they now enjoy wholeness and fulfilment in their faith, marriage and relationships with their children. Says Tina, “It’s never too late, and things are never too bad, to mend a strained or broken relationship – if everyone is willing.”

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Dually Accredited Ambassadors’ Briefing

Dually Accredited Ambassadors’ Briefing

February 1, 2017 from 10h30 to 12h00

Canadian members of Parliament will give Ambassadors accredited to Canada and the US a briefing on the following topics:

– overview of Canadian Parliament and its current composition
– explanation of what has been in the past decade and both federal leadership races
– overview about the importance of Canada’s trade relationships, as well as human rights in Canada and internationally
– current social issues facing Parliament
– immigration in Canada

MPs will also talk about the impact of their faith in all they do and what their faith in Jesus means to them as a member of Parliament.

Question and answer session will follow.

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Leading the Leaders Seminar – Part 3: Character and Values in Leadership and Conflict Management

Leading the Leaders Seminar – Part 3: Character and Values in Leadership and Conflict Management

January 31, 2017

What are the most practical tools for leaders and managers? What are the most important qualities to model to your team? What are the primary sources of conflict and how can we make it work for us instead of against us?

The Leading the Leaders seminars are designed to develop current and next-generation leaders and managers. The third seminar, held on January 31, was led by Barry Bowater, a Certified Adizes Associate with Adizes Institute Worldwide, for an audience of diplomats.

Barry discussed the differences between leadership and management; and what leaders should know about themselves, about working with others and about how to strengthen their leadership style.

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MP Lunch: Leading and Living for a Lasting Legacy with David MacLean

MP Lunch: Leading and Living for a Lasting Legacy with David MacLean

November 30, 2016 from 12h00 to 13h30

David MacLean is a Best Practice Chair for The Executive Committee (TEC) Canada, equipping CEOs, entrepreneurs and executives to lead well. In this interactive, informal leadership session, David will help participants discover the true essence of great leadership.

Prior to TEC, David served as a sports marketing specialist in the National Hockey League, working with the Winnipeg Jets. He then established MacLean Group Marketing, an award-winning marketing agency; and MacLean Sports Marketing, which served the promotional needs of professional sports teams across North America.

David is recognized for outstanding creativity and innovation in the art of leading leaders. A TEDx speaker, he writes and speaks on Wholehearted Leadership.

On Tuesday November 29, David will also be speaking at our Christmas Dinner on The HEART – A Leader’s Most Valuable Asset.

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33rd Christmas Dinner: The HEART – A Leader’s Most Valuable Asset, with David MacLean

33rd Christmas Dinner: The HEART – A Leader’s Most Valuable Asset, with David MacLean

November 29, 2016

We welcomed almost 200 diplomats, parliamentarians and business leaders to our 33rd Christmas Dinner. David MacLean, Chair for The Executive Committee Canada, gave the keynote address: The HEART – A Leader’s Most Valuable Asset. He identified the fundamental qualities of an effective leader using the acronym HEART:
– Humility
– Empathy
– Authenticity
– Risk
– Tenacity

David went on to say that with the birth of God’s Son on earth, God offers to all people the greatest free trade opportunity in history. Jesus’ birth opened up the exchange of:
– a hard heart for a heart of flesh
– a broken heart for a healed heart
– a proud heart for a humble heart
– an angry heart for a kind heart
– a passive heart for a passionate heart
– a weak heart for a strong heart

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Business Tour: Kitchener & Waterloo

Business Tour: Kitchener & Waterloo

November 8-11, 2016

Each year, the Christian Embassy offers several three to four day business tours to different provinces for two to three ambassadors and high commissioners at a time. These tours provide valuable opportunities for ambassadors to present their countries, expanding their network of Canadian contacts and promoting business and economic opportunities in their nations. Ambassadors are also offered the opportunity to experience Canadian culture and hospitality first hand by staying in the homes of Canadian business executives and other leaders.

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