Upcoming Events

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

Leading the Leaders Seminar – Part 2: Working With People Who Are Different From You and Strengthening Your Leadership Style

October 25, 2016 Barry addressed the core management capabilities of the four leadership styles, asking, “What do we need to know about ourselves and those with whom we work?” He pointed out that leadership styles impact work pace, relationships, expectations, perceptions of reality, communication and decision-making. He also gave insights on how to recognize different styles and how to communicate most effectively with others of each style. Leadership is becoming a thumb. Like a thumb in relation to the other fingers on a hand, an effective leader integrates the individual parts toward a common interest. A change leader is an “integrator” or a “thumb”, able to integrate a group of people with differing management styles to make effective, quality decisions and to discern common interest for the purpose of implementation.
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2016 Morning at the Summit: World Class Leadership Training

2016 Morning at the Summit: World Class Leadership Training

October 20, 2016 from 8h30-12h30 The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day world-class leadership training infusion of VISION, INSPIRATION and PRACTICAL SKILLS. Every year, the Summit is broadcast from Willow Creek in Chicago to 1000+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages. You are invited to join an expected 450,000 people committed to getting better as leaders in 2016. Faculty members Melinda Gates, Alan Mulally and others deliver a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills.
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Leading the Leaders Seminar – Part 3: Character and Values in Leadership and Conflict Management

Leading the Leaders Seminar – Part 1: Management versus Mismanagement and Understanding My Leadership Style

September 20, 2016 Presenting time-tested principles developed by Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes, Barry Bowater focused on the basics of leadership, the roles of leaders versus managers and how to navigate the unavoidable presence of change in our careers and personal lives. Each person in attendance was invited to work through a short Management Style Questionnaire in order to identify what makes them “tick” as leaders. The results will help them understand how to build complementary teams and how to increase their effectiveness.
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Roundtable: Transformational Generosity

Roundtable: Transformational Generosity

September 1, 2016 Bishop Hannington's story is one of the power of faith and the strength of self-help; a story he has told in a dozen countries throughout the world. In 2001, western Uganda was invaded by rebel forces that destroyed villages and farms, forcing over 80,000 survivors into refugee camps. As the war raged on, hope along with the moral fibre of the people faded, leaving the people asking the all too common question, "How can the people from the west help us?" But there was one who chose to inspire through generosity and gracious giving. He inspired his people to ask a different question, "How soon can my people rise to the challenge of funding not only our immediate needs, but our futures as well?"
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“Living With Our Deepest Differences” with Dr. Os Guinness and Mr. Abdu Murray

“Living With Our Deepest Differences” with Dr. Os Guinness and Mr. Abdu Murray

May 3, 2016 In a world ravaged by conflict, there is a real threat to human dignity. While some face persecution and sectarian violence, others question whether religion has any place in public life. Dr. Os Guinness and Dr. Abdu Murray insightfully address the question "How do we live with our deepest differences?" Os Guinness proposes that the way forward in the making of a world that is safe for diversity is through the Civil Public Square, where freedom of religion and belief are promoted for people of all faiths and of none. Every nation must have a core of protected, guaranteed rights and at their heart, religious freedom based on freedom of conscience and thought. He adds that freedom of conscience does not equal freedom of choice. There will never be peace and harmony in our diversity unless this foundational right is protected.
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“Being an Ambassador from a Christian Perspective in Work, in Politics, in Life” with Rob Wildeboer

“Being an Ambassador from a Christian Perspective in Work, in Politics, in Life” with Rob Wildeboer

December 1, 2015 Rob Wildeboer, Executive Chairman and co-founder of Martinrea International Inc., a global auto parts supplier, spoke on the importance of being an ambassador in every aspect of his leadership and his life. He specifically outlined ten guiding principles that have helped propel Martinrea International Inc. to its success and elaborated on one: the Golden Rule--show dignity and respect. "The key to our success as leaders, to my success as a leader, is whether our company is taking care of our people and their future...I am an ambassador for what we do, to our people, to our customers, to our stakeholders and to the governments of the places in which we do business."
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“Cargill: Built on Strong Foundation” with Greg Page

“Cargill: Built on Strong Foundation” with Greg Page

May 6, 2015 Greg Page shared the story of the development of Cargill: from the company's first grain storage facility in 1865 to one of the largest, privately-owned businesses providing food, agricultural, risk management, financial and industrial products and services around the globe. Cargill employs 152,000 people in 67 nations. He also shared seven principles that serve as the strong foundation of Cargill and in his own life. When faced with the challenge of making important decisions that affect so many, he relies on that tools that God has provided: patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control and the guidance from people of faith.
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